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Plot: The plot is well-constructed and tumbles along at a most satisfying speed – but there are moments when the pace drops, such as when the bad guy resurfaces like for the fifth time,
Characters:Karen Brown/Carina Mitela, Conrad Tellus, Jeffrey Renschman, Aurelia Mitela, Cornelius Lurio,Apollodorus, Favonius,
Writing:Inceptio starts in modern day New York where Karen Brown is having a very bad day. Stuck in a dull job with a small advertising agency, Karen’s main pleasure is spending her free time in New York’s Kew Park where she volunteers as park attendant. Stopping an assault on an old man by three drugged-up youths, she punches the leader, who turns out to be the son of the second most powerful man in the country. Instead of receiving a commendation, she is sacked in disgrace, her name is entered on a national security watch list and the Secret Service places her under active surveillance. Meanwhile, an inventor from Roma Nova (where Karen’s mother was born) travels to New York seeking commercial representation. Karen is singled out to deliver the all-important pitch, and her strong presentation impresses both the inventor and his interpreter, Conradus Tellus, a strikingly handsome but mysterious young man whose immense personal magnetism finds an easy target in Karen’s lonely heart.
Karen finds that she’s slowly getting sucked into what is rapidly starting to feel like a nightmare. She’s got a tail on her, though she can’t imagine why. She is been hunted by a crazed Government official who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, her death.
Karen’s life, still in shambles from her loss of the park job and the feeling of freedom it gave her, is upended rather unceremoniously as she and Conrad quickly become something more than just business associates. She’s quickly introduced to the fact that she’s extremely wealthy and she has a living grandmother who is one of the heads of a very prominent family in Roma Nova. Faced with the reality that there are people out there trying to kill her and that the American government is trying to destroy her and after she narrowly survives a kidnap attempt, Conradus offers her an escape with her mother’s family in fabled Roma Nova. Karen relinquishes her American citizenship and moves to Roma Nova where she takes up the name her mother had given her, Carina Mitela.
She is followed there by the man Renchman who had been hunting her in New York for the Government and partly on a personal vendetta again her father. Carina must learn to defend herself and to find a way to incapacitate him or risk being stalked until she’s dead. Carina learns a martial art and becomes an undercover agent for the government and acts as bait for a notorious drug-running gang by pretending to work for a group of career criminals. After the drug runner is caught Carina joins the military and becomes one of the best officer.
Renchman is finally caught after nearly killing Carina several times. Carina and Conrad are formally married and becomes the parents of a a beautiful girl Allegra.
About the Author:
Alison Morton loves historical fiction and thrillers. A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But it was walking on the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) that triggered her wondering what a Roman society would be like if run by women. Always enjoying well-written romantic suspense and thrillers with a twist, ‘what if’ alternate history fiction had particularly intrigued her.