Thadius

Adult
Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
Thadius must race against time to stop a serial killer who prowls the hinterland of the Republic of Rome. One problem, the killer may have more than murder on his mind. More

Available formats: epub

Words: 91,140
Language: English
ISBN: 9780985064778
About Lawrence BoarerPitchford

Within the fiery crucible of the abyss of time I was conceived. From that sticky, and unwashed oblivion emerged the man that clawed his way to the bottom rung of the ladder of life. From there, only up was the clear choice, and it is to that second rung that I pulled myself up to.

Through heroic trials and burnt offerings, a muse came, and with it the passion to put ink to paper. Unfortunately, skill did not follow, and again I scampered from inspiration to jarring reality, barely clinging to the rung. That's when hard work, divine intervention, and blind luck came together to shape I the lump of clay into what I think to be an author.

But, it is not up to me to determine the outcome of all my hard work. It is up to the reader - for without those critical and ever hungry eyes prying over each word, my self-worth would be naught. Therefore, take this un to me, that you are the biography of the author, for it is you who will tell the tale of my success or failure.

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Reviews

Review by: Darla Ortiz on Nov. 22, 2014 :
I have mixed feelings of “Thadius” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford. On one hand the premise is very interesting and captivating, as is the setting and the characters. The author clearly knows his business when writing historical fiction in terms of voice and detailing. On the other hand, I felt that for much of it, the tension just wasn’t there that I’d need to thrust the story forward, at least not until way later in the book. There were several scenes and conversations where while nice to read, really didn’t add to the plot, so it just sort of weighed it down and slowed the momentum. In another genre (say, straight literary historical fiction), this would not be a problem at all, but in a thriller/mystery/suspense, there needs to be more of a compelling thrust throughout. Overall a decent novel that could use some tweaks, but the story is a good one indeed. I’d be interested in reading more from this author in the future.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on Nov. 22, 2014 :
"Thadius” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford is a different type of book than I normally read, but I very much enjoyed it, nonetheless. It is a combination of historical fiction (as it is set in a time and place near the ancient Roman Republic), but also combines the elements of mystery, political thriller, and fast-paced action. The writing was very descriptive and the language used felt very authentic for creating the believable world-building of the era. This was a richly captivating book that was unlike any I’d read. Recommend for adults as there are some mature themes and scenes.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cory Banyan on Nov. 22, 2014 :
an intriguing and captivating novel that provides more than one unexpected twist, “Thadius” is a unique take on the standard Roman era historical novel that always just seems to focus on battles and fighting. In this book, two men (Thadius and Dominus) go from their relaxing retired life to traveling on a perilous journey tracking down a killer who is leaving a string of corpses behind to uncover the surprising motive (and person responsible) for the planned attacks. I liked that it wasn’t predictable and it had some very good descriptions. I felt like I was really ‘inside’ the story and I love that. However, I do feel like it could have benefited from a proofreader as there were several instances of some editing mistakes, and occasionally it was a tad confusing (like having different speakers in the same paragraph or missing punctuation). I really enjoyed the book overall and would recommend to others
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on Sep. 28, 2014 :
I think the most impressive thing about this novel was just the effortless way that Mr. BoarerPitchford writes historical fiction in an effortless, literary way. Everything from the dialogue to the narrative prose, to the phrases used, to the actions of the characters… it just all builds nicely to create a very vivid imagery in your mind of this ancient world these characters are living in, yet it is done in a completely relatable way. I’ve only read historical fiction that falls into either the romance or the war categories, so this was a refreshing change of pace. There is political intrigue and building tension along the way as Thadius and his partner Dominus follow the trail of a serial killer, with a result that is surprising at the end (at least for me). There is great character development, and even though the pacing is a bit uneven at times, I thought the concept and execution was worthy of a read and recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: James Masters on Sep. 19, 2014 :
Interesting, captivating, and well-written. “Thadius” by Lawrence Boarer Pitchford is the story of two men (and several other characters along the way) who get plucked from their life from an old friend who writes them telling of the murder of a young girl. They make their way across the land(and sea) to see what they can uncover and along the way the story unravels more mysteries and twists and turns. I liked that it wasn’t easy to figure out the ending because I was surprised when I realized who did it and why. I think the beginning was kind of slow, but once they leave on their journey the pace picks up, and there is some pretty good action along the way. There were a lot of places where the action was really tight and focused, but sometimes it seemed to drag a bit and some parts felt unnecessary. But all in all I’d say it was an entertaining and memorable read, and it seems like the ending leaves the door open for more stories about Thadius and Dominus in the future? If so I’d be happy to read them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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