Semper Fidelis (2020)

Semper Fidelis Back at his post as a doctor in the Twentieth legion in Roman occupied Britain Ruso uncovers a new danger even closer to home than the neighboring barbarians As mysterious injuries and even deaths
  • Title: Semper Fidelis
  • Author: Ruth Downie
  • ISBN: 9781608197095
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Semper Fidelis
    Back at his post as a doctor in the Twentieth legion in Roman occupied Britain, Ruso uncovers a new danger even closer to home than the neighboring barbarians As mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers, it s clear that all is not well amongst the native recruits to Britannia s imperial army Is the much decorated Centurion Geminus preBack at his post as a doctor in the Twentieth legion in Roman occupied Britain, Ruso uncovers a new danger even closer to home than the neighboring barbarians As mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers, it s clear that all is not well amongst the native recruits to Britannia s imperial army Is the much decorated Centurion Geminus preying on his weaker soldiers And could this be related to the appearance of Emperor Hadrian Bound by his sense of duty and ill advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear Meanwhile his barbarian wife, Tilla, is finding out some of the answers and marked as a security risk by the very officers Ruso is interrogating With Hadrian s visit looming large, the fates of the legion, Tilla, and Ruso himself hang in the balance.
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    1. Book 5 in my tour of the life of Ruso and Tilla It s a rollercoaster ride, for sure I ve followed Ruso and his slave housekeeper girlfriend wife from Chester to Northumberland, to the south of France, then London, and now to York It s like a pit stop tour of some of my favourite places guided by two of my favourite characters and penned by one of my favourite writers.If you don t know how much I love Ruth s books by now then you re clearly new to the blog The Ruso mysteries are at the very top l [...]

    2. Back with the Legio XX, Ruso is doing inspection rounds We are treated to a view of life in the various outposts and training of recruits for the Roman legions As usual, Ruso gets dragged reluctantly into looking at some unsavoury aspects of life and death.What to ExpectWell researched details about Roman life in Roman Britain under Hadrian who makes a cameo appearance , murders and other nefarious deeds, a plot and sub plots that twist and build up all for a great read overall.The POV of view a [...]

    3. Another enjoyable entry in the author s Ruso series.Ruso is back with the XX Legion in Britain and has decided to make an inspection tour of the legion s medical facilities so as to avoid crossing paths with the Emperor s retinue In the wake of the recent troubles, Hadrian has come to the island to supervise the building of the Wall and settle the VI Legion there as reinforcements While in Eboracum York , he stumbles across several mysterious deaths and injuries amongst the British recruits and [...]

    4. This finds Medicus Ruso back in the XX Legion and with a vexillation to Eboracum where the VI Legion is taking over He and his wife, Tilla, are involved in solving the mystery of why so many British recruits are dying in suspicious circumstances There s a good portrayal of Emperor Hadrian and his wife, Empress Sabina, visiting Eboracum and Hadrian devising plans for his Wall Downie gave us a memorable conception of Sabina, an important character in this novel.

    5. Ruth Downie has done it again Semper Fidelis is another great story in this mystery series Just a quick warning, there are a few spoilers in my post.If you have not read any of this series don t start here Go back to book one where you first met the two main characters, Ruso and Tilla Russo is a depressed, unhappy person His father squandered all of the family money before he died and Ruso as the oldest son is the one who has to keep the family afloat He is doing this by serving as a doctor in t [...]

    6. Like old friends come to visit.I ve missed Ruso and Tilla, and I am so glad to spend time with them once again Ruth Downie s thoroughly likeable characters are back, and nothing has changed Tilla s advocacy for her native countrymen will inevitably cause troubles for Ruso Ruso has rejoined the 20th legion and not all is well, the native recruits are suffering from accidents and unexplained deaths, is the 20th legion cursed What does the Centurion Germius have to do with this Is the Tribune Acciu [...]

    7. I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Semper Fidelis, 5 in Ruth Downie s Gaius Petreius Ruso series, set in Roman Britain I was especially eager as we spent the week after Christmas in Corbridge, Northumberland and visited the major Roman excavation there I had a much better idea of what a Roman town in Britain looked like and it added to my enjoyment of an already favorite series Corbridge also brought home the rigors of Roman Legion life Northumberland is no place to be in a tunic and cl [...]

    8. The hero is Ruso, a doctor in the military whose career is fraught with change His wife, Tilla, is outspoken and wants to learn to read and become a medico They travel with Rome s Twentieth Legion and discover that mysterious deaths, injuries and fear pervades all the recruits from Britannia The Roman officers do not respect the recruits and believe that the recruits just need discipline discipline that causes death, injury and fear Can things get any worse Ruso has been stripped of his rank and [...]

    9. This was the most exciting book yet in the Gaius Petreius Ruso series I was scared half to death during half of the book, having no clue how everything will be solved.Ruso and Tilla arrive to Ibaracum to learn that a Centurion is abusing his recruits Ruso, who is a lovely man with a hugely developed sense of duty, puts his neck on the line to do the right thing And let me tell you, that things go terrible for him I was mad at Tilla, who just keeps pushing Ruso thinking he s invincible I thought [...]

    10. Reread July 2017Read September 2014This might very well be my favorite of the series The story is straightforward but well crafted and poignant for much of the book the mystery isn t who the baddie is, but rather how Ruso and Tilla whose relationship continues to develop beautifully will convince the authorities and see justice done I admit I enjoyed the chapters from the Empress Sabina s perspective the least, but since I read the book in one sitting, staying up till 2am to finish, I can t hone [...]

    11. Once again Medicus, with the help of his wife, Tilla, solved the crime The Roman world is safe and all can sleep well I really like Ruth Downie s serial I looked forward to this book coming out and I look forward to the next one I like mysteries and I like historical novels, Miss Downie s books give you both.

    12. I think this was the best yet in this series I downloaded the audobook from Audible and I could not stop listening It ate my Friday Fans of historical mysteries, ancient Rome, or just good character building should check out the adventures of Ruso and Tilla.

    13. Another excellent entry in this series featuring a doctor in the service of the Legion serving in Britannia Ruso is a great reluctant hero and Tilla is always highly entertaining The plot was quite suspenseful and quick moving and the look at Hadrian and his wife interesting.

    14. Gaius Ruso, Medicus to the Twentieth Legion, and his wife, Briton barbarian, Tilla are once in Britannia Though Ruso s commission had expired while he was on sick leave at home in Gaul, his friend and fellow Medicus, Valens, pulled some strings and got him reinstated The two find themselves in Eboracum modern day York awaiting a visit from Emperor Hadrian and his Empress, Sabrina The Legion has had its ranks increased by the recent recruitment of young Britons but there seems to be something st [...]

    15. This is the fifth book in the Roman historical series centred around medical officer Gaius Ruso and his British wife Tilla Once again Ruso becomes involved as unofficial investigator, this time into the deaths of a number of young British recruits in the Roman Legions at the time of Emperor Hadrian Ruso asks questions no one wants to hear and is himself imprisoned for a murder, whilst his wife Tilla, ignoring his instructions not to get involved, seeks out the Emperor s wife Sabrina.A great tale [...]

    16. There are a few good writers of historical crime novels, but Ruth Downie is my favorite The Gaius Ruso mystery series is set in ancient Rome Gaius Ruso is a Medicus by trade, but he is also a bit of a busybody and can t seem to ignore a mystery Add in his proud native British wife Tilla, who is equally nosey, and you get an entertaining read Each book follows a different crime that needs solving and furthers the adventures of this pair of sleuths A series worth reading if you are looking for a q [...]

    17. Another fun outing for Ruso and Tilla I do find the light, modern tone of these novels occasionally a little jarring would the ancient Romans really have called something view spoiler Sports Night hide spoiler , or is that a modern translation that sounds super modern Did Roman hospitals really work the way they re described or is there some present projection into the past going on I can happily believe that I underestimate the modernity of ancient Rome in some ways, but sometimes it just feels [...]

    18. Ruso has rejoined the Twentieth Legion as a medicus, but mysterious deaths and then an apparent murder put him once again in the role of investigator Unfortunately, his questions are threatening to disclose secrets that some very powerful people want kept, and Ruso himself comes under investigation A visit to Britannia by Emperor Hadrian further complicates the situation.This enjoyable series of murder mysteries never ceases to satisfy Each one builds from the last and further develops the main [...]

    19. Love Ruth Downie s characters Ruso, the Medicus, doctor to the Roman Legions in Britain and his wife Tilla a native Briton Ruso purchased from a slaver, are two of my favorite characters in fiction This series of books is always enjoyable, and after reading 5 of Downie s Medicus series, my understanding of this period of Roman British history has increased considerably I highly recommend.

    20. Entertaining and full of description of life in Roman occupied Britain Mystery set in Roman army camps in Britain I love the main characters of a Roman army doctor and his native wife.

    21. Fifth in the Gaius Petreius Ruso, a.k.a Medicus, historical mystery series based in 122 A.D York, England My TakeIt was a bit of a shock to learn that Ruso was back with the army Although, events in Caveat Emptor, 4 may well have made it seem like the safer choice, LOL I m not sure if it was Tilla s boredom or the family that encouraged Ruso to go back Do read the character list at the start of the book Downie has been clever, and it s a fun read Even fun is how skeptical Tilla is about how thi [...]

    22. I was excited to find and start a new mystery series, but my overall impression is meh don t hate it but certainly don t love it either This isn t bad, it s actually better than most that are called cozy mysteries The writing itself, the actual craftsmanship, is much better than what you usually find in the cozy mystery genre Unfortunately it isn t what I was hoping for either There s potential, but everything plotting, characterization, setting stays flat at good and not great nothing really gr [...]

    23. I really love these books The narrator of the audiobooks is great I love hearing about Tila and Russo s adventures.

    24. Eboracum 122 n Chr Ruso hat wieder einen Job als medizinischer Offizier bei seiner alten Legion und nach seinem Aushilfsjob als Detektiv in Londinium, will Gaius Petreius Ruso nur noch zwei Dinge, Ruhe und als Arzt arbeiten und Leute zusammenflicken Tilla steht ihm dabei als Hebamme und Krankenschwester zur Seite, wenn er Privatpatienten behandelt Da jedoch Kaiser Hadrian seinen Besuch angek ndigt hat, beschlie t Ruso diesem Stresse einfach aus dem Weg zu gehen, und die Armeekrankenh user seines [...]

    25. Book 5 in my tour of the life of Ruso and Tilla It s a rollercoaster ride, for sure I ve followed Ruso and his slave housekeeper girlfriend wife from Chester to Northumberland, to the south of France, then London, and now to York It s like a pit stop tour of some of my favourite places guided by two of my favourite characters and penned by one of my favourite writers.If you don t know how much I love Ruth s books by now then you re clearly new to the blog The Ruso mysteries are at the very top l [...]

    26. Ruso and Tilla are once again doing a dance they do so well The author,Ruth Downie, has and created two wonderful characters that are growing in love Ruso, especially, is learning that the Britons are people that are less different from the Romans that most Romans think.In this book, Ruso is placed with the twentieth Roman Legion who are awaiting the arrival of the Emperor Hadrian s arrival at Eboracum, modern day York From the first instant there is death, suicide and curses Roman Legionnaires [...]

    27. I almost didn t get to read this book I requested it from NetGalley, then it got archived Then, it somehow got unarchived But I m not going to question that I ll take my books when I get them.So, Semper Fidelis which, from what I understand, is Latin for Always Loyal is this Roman era mystery set in Britain It follows Russo, a medical officer who s investigating against orders the mysterious deaths of several recruits Helping, or hindering, depending on what you think, is his native born wife Ti [...]

    28. Downie set the story of Semper Fidelis book 5 of the series, in 2nd century Roman Britain during Hadrian s rule The protagonist Gaius Petreius Ruso, a Roman Army Medical officer and wife Tilla, a native Briton are back with the 20th legion The Emperor Hadrian and Empress Sabina are visiting England Ruso and Tilla are posted to fortress Eboracum modern day York only to find things are going seriously wrong there for the legion s British recruits Mysterious injuries and deaths have occurred Ruso r [...]

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