This fast-moving adventure story not only tells a strong story well, it also gives a lively picture of Rome and the period. Like Karleen Bradford, who brought the period of the crusades energetically and realistically to life for readers, Jack Mitchell has set his mark on the Roman period, and hopefully this is only the first of many stories. Both Canadian writers are in the classic tradition of Henry Treece, who wrote about the Vikings, Rosemary Sutcliffe, and of adult fiction writer Jack Whyte. It all promises to fill the gap in our non-Canadian historical novels. Good historical fiction helps to encourage an interest and enthusiasm for history, which makes The Roman Conspiracy
a welcome addition.
— Okanagan College Newsletter