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Mid 1970s. Ex-Praetorian Aurelia Mitela is serving as Roma Nova’s interim ambassador in London. Asked by a British colleague to find his missing son, Aurelia thinks it will only be a case of a young man temporarily rebelling. He’s bound to turn up only a little worse for wear. But a spate of high-level killings pulls Aurelia away into a dangerous pan-European investigation. Mid 1970s. Ex-Praetorian Aurelia Mitela is serving as Roma Nova’s interim ambassador in London. Asked by a British colleague to find his missing son, Aurelia thinks it will only be a case of a young man temporarily rebelling. He’s bound to turn up only a little worse for wear. But a spate of high-level killings pulls Aurelia away into a dangerous pan-European investigation. Badly beaten in Rome as a warning, she discovers the killers have kidnapped her life companion, Miklós, and sent an ultimatum: Back off or he’ll die. But Aurelia is a Roma Novan and they never give up… Set between AURELIA and INSURRECTIO in the Aurelia Mitela Roma Nova adventures


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Mid 1970s. Ex-Praetorian Aurelia Mitela is serving as Roma Nova’s interim ambassador in London. Asked by a British colleague to find his missing son, Aurelia thinks it will only be a case of a young man temporarily rebelling. He’s bound to turn up only a little worse for wear. But a spate of high-level killings pulls Aurelia away into a dangerous pan-European investigation. Mid 1970s. Ex-Praetorian Aurelia Mitela is serving as Roma Nova’s interim ambassador in London. Asked by a British colleague to find his missing son, Aurelia thinks it will only be a case of a young man temporarily rebelling. He’s bound to turn up only a little worse for wear. But a spate of high-level killings pulls Aurelia away into a dangerous pan-European investigation. Badly beaten in Rome as a warning, she discovers the killers have kidnapped her life companion, Miklós, and sent an ultimatum: Back off or he’ll die. But Aurelia is a Roma Novan and they never give up… Set between AURELIA and INSURRECTIO in the Aurelia Mitela Roma Nova adventures

20 review for Nexus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shomeret

    Since Aurelia is my favorite of the two Roma Nova novel protagonists, I was delighted to be in her company again. This time it was in the newly written 1970's adventure, Nexus, provided to me by Alison Morton in advance of publication for review. I'd like to emphasize that all the Roma Nova books are heavily plotted thrillers, but characterization is also an aspect of these books. Aurelia investigates a series of crimes in Nexus. Yet I feel that the central theme of this novella is character Since Aurelia is my favorite of the two Roma Nova novel protagonists, I was delighted to be in her company again. This time it was in the newly written 1970's adventure, Nexus, provided to me by Alison Morton in advance of publication for review. I'd like to emphasize that all the Roma Nova books are heavily plotted thrillers, but characterization is also an aspect of these books. Aurelia investigates a series of crimes in Nexus. Yet I feel that the central theme of this novella is character centered. The ending of Nexus is tragic, but there is also a redemptive aspect that made it feel emotionally satisfying. I hope that Alison Morton will find other opportunities to write more Aurelia prequels. For my complete review see https://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2019...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul Bennett

    BLURB Mid 1970s. Ex-Praetorian Aurelia Mitela is serving as Roma Nova’s interim ambassador in London. Asked by a British colleague to find his missing son, Aurelia thinks it will only be a case of a young man temporarily rebelling. He’s bound to turn up only a little worse for wear. But a spate of high-level killings pulls Aurelia away into a dangerous pan-European investigation. Badly beaten in Rome as a warning, she discovers the killers have kidnapped her life companion, Miklós, and sent an BLURB Mid 1970s. Ex-Praetorian Aurelia Mitela is serving as Roma Nova’s interim ambassador in London. Asked by a British colleague to find his missing son, Aurelia thinks it will only be a case of a young man temporarily rebelling. He’s bound to turn up only a little worse for wear. But a spate of high-level killings pulls Aurelia away into a dangerous pan-European investigation. Badly beaten in Rome as a warning, she discovers the killers have kidnapped her life companion, Miklós, and sent an ultimatum: Back off or he’ll die. But Aurelia is a Roma Novan and they never give up… Set between AURELIA and INSURRECTIO in the Aurelia Mitela Roma Nova adventures REVIEW I have read all of the Roma Nova stories, and have enjoyed them all immensely. It's one of those series that although it is an alternate history, a made up geo-political world; it rings so true as to seem real. In this backstory novella, the author has not diminished that effect at all.  Nexus gives us another chapter in the life of one of my favorite fictional characters, Aurelia Mitela. An exciting tale that follows Aurelia on what started out as a  search for a missing person and becomes a roller coaster ride of adventure, and danger...two things that are sure to bring out the Praetorian in our heroine. So, my fellow readers of Roma Novan history, prepare to be entertained, and to learn a little more about Aurelia Mitela.  5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Amber

    Nexus is an alternative history novella which is part of the Roma Nova series. A group of Romans who wished to stay loyal to the old gods left Rome in AD 395 and formed a new settlement near modern Slovakia―these books are tales from the descendants who live successfully alongside other Europeans. If the premise appeals to you, I strongly suggest reading the books in order to get the most from the world-building and the main characters. In this story Aurelia is asked to help an old friend find his Nexus is an alternative history novella which is part of the Roma Nova series. A group of Romans who wished to stay loyal to the old gods left Rome in AD 395 and formed a new settlement near modern Slovakia―these books are tales from the descendants who live successfully alongside other Europeans. If the premise appeals to you, I strongly suggest reading the books in order to get the most from the world-building and the main characters. In this story Aurelia is asked to help an old friend find his missing son. Meanwhile, she’s appointed official investigator over the suspicious deaths of three prominent Europeans. The search takes her across the continent and, as her net closes in on her inquiries, Aurelia finds that danger follows swiftly behind. Morton’s strength in military writing shone through once more. I also liked the fact that the story was set in the 1970s, and thought the elements of nostalgia worked well. Overall, a good edition to the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amie McCracken

    This story kept me gripped and reading straight through. The world is so strong and the characters so well-rounded and intriguing that I couldn't help but be swept away. And the what-if scenario! Wow. I wish Roma Nova actually existed. It's incredible.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A thriller, set in an alternative Europe, featuring a ex-military officer determined to protect her family and friends, Nexus is a short but vivid episode in the Roma Nova series by Alison Morton. A standalone novella, this is a brilliant book which maintains a fast pace while keeping in touch with other Roma Nova stories. Aurelia Mitela has served her time in Special Forces, and can disarm a gunman with or without the help of her bodyguards. Her determination to help an old friend and desperate A thriller, set in an alternative Europe, featuring a ex-military officer determined to protect her family and friends, Nexus is a short but vivid episode in the Roma Nova series by Alison Morton. A standalone novella, this is a brilliant book which maintains a fast pace while keeping in touch with other Roma Nova stories. Aurelia Mitela has served her time in Special Forces, and can disarm a gunman with or without the help of her bodyguards. Her determination to help an old friend and desperate father is second only to her passion to protect her daughter and partner. From the flat lands of Cambridgeshire to the streets of Roma and beyond, this novel never pauses in its revelations of international crime and petty grudges. A terrifically physical book, this again contains a certain vulnerability on Aurelia’s part when not playing by the rules, but is also punctuated by her leaps of intuition when a threat is perceived. Morton’s creation of a state run by women from earliest times gives a sharp focus on the responsibilities that can be assumed when traditional expectations are overturned. While cleverly steeped in a world where Roman gods and army ranks are still common terms, the main characters are set in a 1970s Europe where London still stands but has the legation from a Roman state within its environs. As modern technology begins to emerge even if referred to by different names, this book is cleverly constructed and executed. It is an adventure that I was pleased to have the opportunity to read and review. The book opens with a conversation between Aurelia and her friend Harry Carter. He is consulting her because his troubled son Tom has disappeared once more. As a widower, Harry has tried to bring up his son with every material advantage and ambition, but apart from a brief interlude when Aurela’s companion Miklos managed to gain the young man’s confidence with horses, Tom has seemed angry with his life. Aurelia is soon involved in her own offspring’s problems, as her daughter Marina is being bullied by another schoolchild. Her position is difficult as her military training and experience is unsettling in diplomatic circles, but it is not long before she must remember every survival skill she has ever learnt. This book is an excellent episode in the Roma Nova series, fitting in between other novels and consistent in the massively able Aurelia from whose point of view this book is told. She is not a superhero, but a survivor in nearly impossible circumstances. This particular book offers an alternative view of Britain which has endured a different history; I was particularly drawn by the description of the Cambridge ara and “Oldmarket” instead of “Newmarket” and other little hints of the nature of a different European history. The importance of family, of love, is still central to this thriller- adventure, and I was instantly drawn back into the world of Aurelia and her state responsibilities. I recommend this book which is part of a series which has made room for fierce female protagonists, and it is as carefully and engagingly written as its predecessors and no doubt successors, of which I hope there will be many!

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Baird

    Nexus is a novella in the Roma Nova series by Alison Morton and the first thing I’m going to say is you don’t need to have read the series to enjoy this book but it certainly would help you understand the character motivations. Ever wonder what would have happened if Rome never fell? Well look no further. Rome lives on through Roma Nova. Roma Nova still holds many values and one of them in integrity.. they are a respected people who have very strong female leads… one being Aurelia Mitela. Aurelia Nexus is a novella in the Roma Nova series by Alison Morton and the first thing I’m going to say is you don’t need to have read the series to enjoy this book but it certainly would help you understand the character motivations. Ever wonder what would have happened if Rome never fell? Well look no further. Rome lives on through Roma Nova. Roma Nova still holds many values and one of them in integrity.. they are a respected people who have very strong female leads… one being Aurelia Mitela. Aurelia is a fun character, she’s an ex solider who can’t seem to shake that past. In Nexus Aurelia’s skills are put to the test when a connection is made between a series of unexpected deaths. Whilst the investigation continues she also lends her skills to tracking down a friends missing son..but does he want to be found? She can’t do this on her own and the enigma that is Miklós is along for the ride. I love Miklós and his approach to life which varies so much to that of Aurelia. They need each other in my ways. Nexus is full of twists and turns to provide the reader with plenty of suspense and the ending packs quite a punch. What the author manages to do really well with this book is mix a normal base for a thriller.. mysterious deaths.. with her own unique setting to give the reader a wondrous tale.. you might have read thrillers/mysteries before but this edge the tale has gives it a different feel.. it’s fun and exciting and the plot is simply riveting.. the setting for the tale really gives it that extra something I’m always looking for. As a fan of the series what I really enjoyed was the character development of Miklós.. it felt like he had a bigger part to play and as much as he’s still quite an unknown it was so great to see him have his own part to play.. although he does seem to get himself in rather a lot of trouble ha. If you enjoy thrillers but need something a little different..something fresh..then this is the book for you. Nexus builds nicely on the foundations set in previous novels for fans but also offers a chance for new readers an easy way into the authors world.. you can’t not enjoy it. Alison’s work for me is a go to if I need a refresh.. I’ve never read anything like this before and I doubt I ever will.. nothing can live up to the high standards set by Aurelia Mitela!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angelica Bentley

    It is a joy to discover these offshoots to the main saga of the fictional alternative-reality world of Roma Nova, where responsible matriarchy upholds ancient Roman values in a contemporary setting. Once again, the author creates a compelling, fast-paced adventure fully in the style of the longer books, connecting the dots, bridging events, and adding layers of interest and intrigue. Although I loved reading about Carina and Conrad, this novella confirms my preference for Aurelia, and places It is a joy to discover these offshoots to the main saga of the fictional alternative-reality world of Roma Nova, where responsible matriarchy upholds ancient Roman values in a contemporary setting. Once again, the author creates a compelling, fast-paced adventure fully in the style of the longer books, connecting the dots, bridging events, and adding layers of interest and intrigue. Although I loved reading about Carina and Conrad, this novella confirms my preference for Aurelia, and places Miklós at the top of my favourite characters. As before, the author crafts a completely believable envelope of period-appropriate technical details, navigating the politically grounded, action-heavy narrative with the skill of someone who has an extensive military background. Once again, we see Aurelia torn between human compassion towards her personal friends and her duty to uphold the law and defend vital institutions. Enriching this complex mix is the heady personality of her fascinating companion, Miklós, a free spirit dipping in and out of society’s norms as his fancy takes him, but bound to Aurelia by a powerful bond of love and respect. Given Alison Morton’s complete mastery over her Roma Nova world, the potential for these complementary novellas seems unlimited. I look forward to a series of future releases delving deeper into this fascinating fictional universe. Also, to state the obvious, this is prime material for dramatization. It would make a terrific television serial, to say the least.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    "A single raven." Nexus is set in the 1970s, in the alternate historical world in which a fragment of ancient Rome, Twelve senatorial Families, broke away in 395 from religious persecution to form their own small state. It survived, then flourished, to become a major power in Europe. Aurelia, soon to be recalled from her temporary position as ambassador in London, is asked by an old friend to discreetly look into the disappearance of his son, Tom, missing without Grace for six weeks. When she was "A single raven." Nexus is set in the 1970s, in the alternate historical world in which a fragment of ancient Rome, Twelve senatorial Families, broke away in 395 from religious persecution to form their own small state. It survived, then flourished, to become a major power in Europe. Aurelia, soon to be recalled from her temporary position as ambassador in London, is asked by an old friend to discreetly look into the disappearance of his son, Tom, missing without Grace for six weeks. When she was then unexpectedly replaced in England earlier than anticipated in order to look into the murders of three prominent man, each in different European countries, her partner Miklos stays on, briefly, to continue the search for the youth. Then Aurelia is threatened and a note is received warning her to, 'stop poking your nose in or we will terminate ...' This is an enjoyable stand alone thriller set in Alison Morton's well developed alternative world, one which must delight everyone who looks back with fondness to the exuberance of Ancient Rome and all things Roman. There is good atmosphere in the writing as well as excellent characterisation and feeling of reality. My thanks to the author for freely gifting me with a complimentary pre-publication copy at my request. Each book in this series is a pleasure to read. Nexus is quick but satisfying, and recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    Set in an alternate world, where the Roman society still exists….with powerful women in charge. Aurelia, Countess Mitela is in London for a while as an ambassador, when Harry Carter the Assistant Secretary General to the British Foreign Ministry asks her for a favour. His son, Tom, has gone missing again so could she help find him. She is recalled suddenly due to murders of important men in Europe, but Miklós is staying behind to search for Tom…. At the same time, Her daughter, Marina is being Set in an alternate world, where the Roman society still exists….with powerful women in charge. Aurelia, Countess Mitela is in London for a while as an ambassador, when Harry Carter the Assistant Secretary General to the British Foreign Ministry asks her for a favour. His son, Tom, has gone missing again so could she help find him. She is recalled suddenly due to murders of important men in Europe, but Miklós is staying behind to search for Tom…. At the same time, Her daughter, Marina is being bullied by a girl at school……Linda Casely……sister to John Casely a violent criminal… Aurelia has compassion but she is also strong and principled, as an ex-soldier she takes no nonsense and will uphold law and order at all costs. Will she be able to find Tom? What is the link to John Casely? This may be a relatively short novella, but there is no lack of substance to this tension packed thriller with great characters and twisty story. Nice to catch up with Aurelia and Marina is growing up to be just as feisty. Brilliant. Thank you to Alison Morton, The Author for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Juliet Smith

    An amazing thriller featuring Aurelia desperately investigating a series of European murders. Besides filling the gap between Aurelia and Insurrectio, the London setting was extremely vibrant, no doubt a result of Morton's British background. In addition, the mystery had me on my toes attempting to piece it together until almost the very end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helen Hollick

    This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: Helen Hollick founder #DDRevs "Rome, the Rome of the past did not survive much beyond the fifth century AD, but Ms Morton has turned that fact totally on its head by creating an alternative present-day world with its people, politics and events."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Geri F

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alison

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  16. 4 out of 5

    A.J.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jonmontanavega

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rey

  19. 4 out of 5

    Claudete Takahashi

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Smith

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