A bit about the author:
R.S. Gompertz grew up in a suburb of Disneyland. Since then, he has lived and worked in the USA, France and Spain.
He writes historical fiction served up in a thick broth of humor and adventure.
The inspiration for his first novel “No Roads Lead to Rome” came while hiking in the hills above Barcelona, Spain when he stumbled over an ancient wagon rut and realized things hadn’t changed all that much in 2000 years. The story came to him in a blinding flash that took the next 5 years to extract.
The action takes place in A.D. 123, a time not unlike the present, and chronicles the decline and fall of damn near everything.
“No Roads” was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. The book has been very popular on political humor and historical fiction lists.
The saga continues in “Aqueduct to Nowhere,” the standalone sequel to “No Roads Lead to Rome.”
While working on “No Roads,” he published a series of articles about travel and expat life, the first volume of which is now available as “The Expat’s Pajamas: Barcelona” on Kindle.
Aqueduct to Nowhere – Review
Two of my favorite genres collide in this entertaining look see at a Saturnalia Festival in Tarraco, Roman historical fiction and humor. Quirky characters and hilarious situations abound as the main character, Severus, tries to solve the many issues that crop up. One corrupt governor has died and his successor is on the lam. Severus is thrust into the position of head of Tarraco security and is faced with, among other things, finding the missing governor so he can be on hand for The Trial of the Century, solving the murder of the preceding governor, dealing with a band of Amazonian-like pirates led by the wife of the missing governor(and who is also the prosecutor of her husband), a Jewish zealot of a brother who turns everything into a diatribe against Rome, an angry crowd of fire displaced plebeians and a new set of rapacious government officials. Oh and let us not forget the set of Praetorian assassins,a fortune telling would be girlfriend, and a pair of rumor mongering news anchors. This story pokes fun at everything as it threads it’s way through every strata of society. I think my favorite scene takes place on a doomed ship caught in a storm; on this ship you have four differing views on what god to pray to for help. The sailor is a Christian, the brother is a Judean whose goal is to restore the Temple in Jerusalem, the Praetorian is a follower of Mithras and Severus talks to Neptune. I won’t say anymore so as to not spoil anything or to influence anyone’s belief system.
Suffice to say that now that I have read Aqueduct I will be reading the prequel No Roads Lead to Rome. 5 stars given; Io Saturnalia.