Ious and humorless Or else Gompertz could use the exact same story line again and just update the historical time period for line again and just update the historical time period for next smash indie success featuring a cranky old German SS officer and an enterprising concentration camp kapo Jewish prisonerNazi collaborator thrown together on a silly goose stepping romp through the Fatherland Then Ron can use the same offensive jokes about all the ways the SS officer reams of terminating his annoying Jewish problem Finally after a madcap adventure they come face to face with Der F hrer and the Jewish kapo is so clever and charming that Hitler rewards him with a pretty trophy wife and a great paying job working for the Third Reich oy vey Call it All Trains Lead to Auschwitz and just imagine for the promotional photo a Study Guide For Principles Of Microeconomics dapper RS smartlyressed in SS Nazi regalia which is roughly euivalent to proudly wearing the Centurion s helmet of that brutal regime which sacked Judea back in 70 AD SPOILER ALERT this ill conceived storyline may end well enough for Gompertz assimilated Jewish character but A Sea So Far doesn t end well for the rest of the Jews of thatark time or anyone else for that matter This is why it s necessary to call out those with a uestionable agenda and with an ax to grind who would try to rewrite serious history with seriously Guarda Minha Fala Para Sempre dubious results Even if it s necessary to call out your own brother s half baked sideshow act All Trains Lead to Auschwitz I m usually not one for historical fiction especially ancient Rome but I found this story interesting and enjoyable It had a good pace and while I struggled a little bit keeping the names straight the characters wereistinctive and The Quest Of The Absolute descriptive enough to keep me on track I easily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story well told This tongue in cheek adventure chases a Roman centurion and his Jewish conscript through Spain in aelightfully ridiculous effort to successfully complete what he hopes is his last mission All he wants is to retire comfortably to RomeThe action bounces back and forth between Valerius the Centurion and the The Break Up Bible decadent governor he serves There are a few places where blocks of time appear to have been misplaced but the missing transitions just keep us stumbling along like the faulty paving stones under the Centurion s feetoing the story no harm at all and reinforcing the rollicking paceIt brought to mind Don uixote with its wry humor I m not a big fan of farce Don uixote itself has never been a favorite of mine but it s presented here with such an insouciant touch that I enjoyed it right to the last irresistible image in its final line Another hilarious jaunt through the garden spot of Hispania the city of Tarraco I say another as I read the second book in the seriesAueduct to Now I will open by stating for the record that This book is Historical Fiction but with the emphasis heavily tilted towards the fiction part Those of you who are seeking the heavy fact laden world of Rome a la Harry Sidebottom Ben Kane and the like may not appreciate the light hearted style It seems to me that Gompertz has not chosen the world of Rome as his arena and written a tale based in it but rather has invented a plot and characters that enthralled him and then sought a milieu in which to base itNo Roads centres on humorous narrative with clever turns of phrase and rib tickling moments rather than the gritty historical reality of many books set in the era Historical accuracy is not a paramount concern but then that is not what the book is written for One oes not slam a Douglas Adams or a Robert Rankin for their accuracy but instead appreciates the humour they provide And that is it in a nutshell I have enjoyed both Gompertz s books not as a historian but as a reader of light hearted fiction nutshell I have enjoyed both Gompertz s books not as a historian but as a reader of light hearted fiction along as I readNo Roads Lead To Rome is the tale of an itinerant centurion seeking his retirement pay and an unfortunate Jewish boy sought in connection with a crime and focused on the way the two characters lives intersected involving along the way a hapless governor a greedy and ubious advisor a peasant girl a former gladiator and a plot to o away with the Emperor Hadrian It was a somewhat intricate plot and while containing a few jarring historical inaccuracies tickled me enough that I enjoyed it on somewhat intricate plot and while containing a few jarring historical inaccuracies tickled me enough that I enjoyed it on own narrative merit rather than the Classical history I had initially expected The tale was a little isconnected at times jumping hither and thither and perhaps a little loosely wound but I would recommend it to a reader who sought light humorous entertainment and had at least a passi. Uggle to save his faith in the faded ideals of the Republic and a young rebel's reluctant vow to change the course of history All are pitted against the Gods the Emperor and the Ghostly Murders Stories Told On Pilgrimage From London To Canterbury 4 decline and fall ofamn near everything It's AD 123 a time not unlike the present and No Roads Lead to Rom. .
Read & ownload No roads lead to RomeFun book that s easy to read with lots of plot twists and turns with interesting characters that pop to life as you read keeping you engaged and entertained Give it a read Eh its a better idea than it comes together The bureaucracy and cronyism of Ancient Rome as a humorous parallel to our modern privatized corporate empire As soon as Centurion Valerius the Eternal City s version of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman takes young Severus and the reader by the metaphorical scruff of the neck the plot of No Roads Lead to Rome couched in competent escriptive prose How Israelis And Palestinians Negotiate detonates into action without jeopardising clarity or purpose The main plot has sufficient twists turns andidn t see that coming elements plus revealing the s and customs of the era that it provides an interesting and vibrant read BACKED Robert Davidson The Tuzla Run I Really Wanted To Like This Book The Premise Is really wanted to like this book The premise is In the reign of Hadrian an aging Roman warrior seeks an end to his army career an uncaring and cantankerous governor of a Roman outpost takes control of his new post a mysterious box contains a secret and politically explosive Personality Development document This self published book was also attempting to take a novel approach to the sand and sandal epic by introducing a light and humorous voice and approach Author RS Gompertz writing is at times very strong Heoes a wonderful job with exposition and his powers of A Primer On The History And Philosophy Of Education description bely the fact that this is his first novel An example as Centurion Valerius walks through the Roman province of Hispania The misty silhouettes of trees reached over the path like bony arms ofeathThe gray gloom infiltrated every wet breath that Valerius suck through his teeth I truly enjoyed Gompertz mood and scenery settingWhere Gompertz fails is in the cohesiveness of the story the Nieco Inna Historia Cywilizacji Dzieje Bankw Bankierw I Obrotu Pieninego dialogue and an ability toraw the reader into his characters The story Frat House doesn t have the strong connective component from chapter to chapter or as one transitions between scenes that one finds in polished work Theialogue is stilted and I found myself re reading conversations to try and get a comprehensive grasp of motivation and understand the base meaning of an exchange between characters let alone trying to identify what The Bonemender The Bonemender 1 deeper meaning there may have beenIn the end I suspect the novel would move from a 2 star rating to a high 3 or 4 with some professional editing Gompertz is a genuinely good writer and has a fine sense of humor Those components alone aren t able to make up for a fractured andisconnected storyI look forward to Gompertz securing a publishing contract and the services of a strong editor No Roads leads to a Teamwork Means You Cant Pick The Side Thats Right disappointing readI also really wanted to like this book but the only reason Iidn t give up in frustration halfway through it is because the author is just like a brother to me Although many of RS Gompertz essays and tweets are entertaining enough and thank Apollo they re a lot shorter I would have to agree with other critical reviews that the characters in his first self published novel are one imensional and Gompertz strains too hard to be witty and clever I would agree with one reviewer that it reads like a silly farce although not all that farcical And the biting satire not all that satirical The only satire here And the biting satire not all that satirical The only satire here a weak wag of the finger at the incompetence greed and corruption of modern multinational corporations It s as if RS Gompertz has his own corporate bosses he oesn t want to offend so as not to bite the hand that feeds him A Portrait of the Artist as a Tool of Corporate Empire Empires are people too and they pay me way than I make from trying to write this vainglorious epic farce Since one of the main protagonists is a wandering Jewish agnostic wise guy Gompertz himself the benefits and pitfalls of Roman assimilation are all too apparent And although things seems to end well enough for the upwardly mobile wannabe Gompertz has sold out his Jewish character s soul all for the perks and benefits of Corporate Empire The anti hero pays much too high a price for his happy ending in choosing to become a well paid killing tool of the empire and left me wondering why I should care about any of these sketchy characters that I ve wasted my time withIn other shortcomings with the novel one can easily see the hackneyed gotcha ending coming for miles and miles if you re at all familiar with these types of gimmicks And you would think a story about Rome in its heyday would at least have some gratuitous sex and No Roads leads to a Crash Bang disappointing read and an offensive endI also really wanted to like this book but the on. There's no time like the past to laugh at the present AD 123 On the edge of the Roman Empire aead governor leaves behind the opportunity of a lifetime Mysteriously promoted a senator's son finds himself in an ancient world of trouble Within ays of taking office Hispania's taxpayers. .
Ly reason I idn t give up in frustration halfway through it is because the author is a brother of mine I m writing this review six years after Ron released this book in 2009 so I seriously The Patriarch doubt it will have any effect on his book sales or anything else at this point except an awkward reunion between us sometimeown the line But something isn T Uite Kosher About This Story And It Pains Me uite kosher about this story and it pains me say that although many of RS Gompertz essays and tweets are clever enough and thank Zeus they re shorter I would have to agree with other critical reviews that the characters in his first self published novel are one Contemporary Social Issues dimensional and Ron strains too hard to be cute and witty One reviewer on another site said he rather read the back of a box of Corn Flakes which is very unfair because cereal boxes on t take that long to read I would agree with another reviewer that it reads like a silly farce although not all that farcical And the biting satire not all that satirical The only satire here is a weak wag of the finger at the incompetence greed and corruption of modern multinational corporations It s as if RS Gompertz has his own corporate bosses he oesn t want to offend so as not to bite the hand that feeds him A Self Portrait of the Artist as a Tool of Corporate Empire Buy my epic tour The Lost Traveler de farce and I ll unsheathe my HUGE broadsword of glory for lusty laughs and serious lacerations you ll be Gladius youidSince the main protagonist is a wandering Jewish agnostic wise guy Gompertz himself the benefits and pitfalls of assimilation into Roman society are all too apparent And although things seems to end well enough for the upwardly mobile Roman wannabe it would seem Gompertz has sold out his Jewish character s soul all for the perks and benefits of Empire The anti hero pays much too high a price for his happy ending in choosing to become a well paid killing tool for Rome and left me wondering why I should care about any of these sketchy characters that I ve wasted my time withIn other shortcomings with the novel one can easily see the hackneyed gotcha ending coming for miles and miles if you re at all familiar with these types of gimmicks And you would think a story about Rome in its heyday would at least have some gratuitous sex and violence but the author seems ownright prudish in these regards Although there seems to be a naughty bit of a Slave Master relationship going on between the Centurion and his Jewish raftee Throughout the novel the testy Centurion threatens to impale the smart ass Jewish consort again and again with his impressive Roman broadsword Nudge nudge wink wink say no Maybe the likes of a David Duke or Donald Trump would get a laugh and a perverse thrill out of the types of punishment the Centurion aches to dole out Perhaps joking and fantasizing about beating and murdering a Jew has something too with the author s Dragons Gap desire to snuff out his own Jewish character Not sure if Ron really thought through the ramifications of what a Jewishraftee would have to Midnight Man Midnight 1 do to other Jews or any unfortunate victims of the Roman Empire if and when he was ordered to rape and pillage by his commanding Centurion But instead of writing much about anything too with love andor lust back in Toga Times the author spends time Spreadsheet Exercises In Ecology And Evolution discussing inetail the stomach turning The Ultimate Echo Guide dishes they prepared back then so caveat emptoron t read until 20 minutes after eating And as other reviewers pointed out the use of so many Roman names like Dude ius Maximus can make it hard to keep track of who s who which further adds to the confusion of an already confused story and slows the pace of reading when all you want is slows the pace of reading when all you want is hurry up and get it over with Still the author seems to have studied the era and writes with some intelligence and insights about Roman Times but it s not enough
any stars or to recommend investing hours reading this farce especially if you had any of being amused or entertained His knowledge and understanding of Jews and Judaism would probably be a lot better if he hadn t Parky ditched Hebrew school so many times when he was a young Wisenheimer Despite his many travels on most continents he s never been to Jerusalem or felt the ancient presence of the heroes that fell at Masada so perhaps that s why his Jewish character seems so contrived and shallow Then again all his characters seem contrived and shallow so there goes that theory out the window But maybe the comedy gods will be merciful and smile upon his next attempt at historical humor Aueduct to Nowhere and it will be glorious and victorious not vainglor. Are in open revolt all legionariesepart to build Hadrian's Wall and the once sleepy province is rocked by slave revolts bread riots and fad religions No Roads Lead to Rome chronicles the clumsy schemes of an inept new governor and his shadowy adviser a superstitious centurion's str.for any stars or to recommend investing hours reading this farce especially if you had any