Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

A Novel of the Roman Empire

Book - 2008
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Army doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso strikes out for the uncivilized borders of Roman Britain in this highly anticipated sequel to Ruth Downie's New York Times bestselling debut.

It is spring in the year 118, and Gaius Petreius Ruso has been stationed in the Roman-occupied province of Britannia for nearly a year. After his long and reluctant investigation of the murders of a handful of local prostitutes, Ruso needs to get away. With that in mind, he has volunteered for a posting with the army in Britannia's deepest recesses--a calmer place for a tired man.

But the edge of the Roman Empire is a volatile place; the independent tribes of the North dwell near its borders. These hinterlands are the homeland of Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there: Her tribespeople are fomenting a rebellion against Roman control, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso, filling in for the demented local doctor, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect. Worse, he is honor-bound to try to prove the man innocent--and the army wrong--by finding another culprit. Soon both Ruso's and Tilla's lives are in
jeopardy, as is the future of their burgeoning romance.

Terra Incognita shines light on a remote corner of the ancient world, where Ruso's luck is running short--again.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : distributed to the trade by MacMillan, 2008.
ISBN: 9781596912328
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOW
Alternative Title: Ruso and the demented doctor


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Jun 01, 2018

I am enjoying this series. I appreciate that the main character has a little sarcastic attitude that he shares with the reader. It adds some humor to the story where alot is serious.

Feb 14, 2014

In this second book of the series, Ruso thought that taking his slave, Tilla, back to her home territory would be a vacation. He was sadly mistaken. Hadrian is emperor, but has not built his wall. Tilla's sympathies are with her tribe, but they are not happy with her any more than the Roman soldiers are. The quandary of people caught in a war zone is all to applicable to today's world. The gruesome murder of a soldier and the apparent insanity of the previous doctor make the situation very dangerous, but Ruso and Tilla manage to solve it and return to their previous post.

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