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
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  • Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
  • Words: 91,140
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780985064778
About Lawrence BoarerPitchford

Lawrence BoarerPitchford is the author of such works as Thadius, The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer, Sawbones, In the World of Hyboria (Book 1 Grim Determination, and Book 2 The Ties that Bind), as well as the cheeky novel Tales of Mad Cows and Brothels.

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Reviews of Thadius by Lawrence BoarerPitchford

Darla Ortiz reviewed 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 55 days after purchase)
Stacy Decker reviewed 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 76 days after purchase)
Cory Banyan reviewed 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 55 days after purchase)
Karen Matthews reviewed 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)
James Masters reviewed 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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