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Hunted by a killer, New Yorker Karen Brown is rescued by arrogant special forces officer Conrad Tellus and flees with him to her mother's mysterious homeland in Europe, centuries old Roma Nova. But the killer reaches into her new home. Pushed back on her own resources, she undergoes intensive training, develops fighting skills and becomes an undercover cop. Crazy with bitterness at his past failures, the killer sets a trap, knowing Karen has no choice but to spring it...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 17mm | 404g
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1781320624
  • 9781781320624
  • 1,784,671

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"Grips like a vice - a writer to watch out for." - Adrian Magson author of the Harry Tate spy thrillers // "Terrific. Brilliantly plotted original story, grippingly told and cleverly combining the historical with the futuristic. It's a real edge-of-the seat read, genuinely hard to put down." - Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster // "I loved it! Intriguing, unusual and thought-provoking. Karen develops from a girl anyone of us could know into one of the toughest heroines I've read for a while. Roma Nova was a world I really wanted to visit - and not just to meet Conrad - vivid and compelling. A pacey, suspenseful thriller with a truly dreadful villain, I can't recommend Inceptio enough." - Kate Johnson, author of The UnTied Kingdom // "Tense, fast-paced and deliciously inventive, Alison Morton's INCEPTIO soon had me turning the pages. Very Dashiell Hammett." - Victoria Lamb, author of The Queen's Secret // "Gripping. Alison Morton creates a fully realised world of what could have been. Breathtaking action, suspense, political intrigue... Inceptio is a tour de force!" - Russell Whitfield, author of Gladiatrix and Roma Victrix
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About Alison Morton

Alison Morton grew up in West Kent and worked as a civil servant in the City of London, dealt in coins and antique jewellery, head-hunted chief executives, served as a Territorial Army officer and owned a translation company. She completed a BA in French, German and Economics and thirty years later an MA in History. She now lives in France with her husband. A 'Roman nut' since age 11, she has visited sites throughout Europe including the alma mater, Rome. But it was the mosaics at Ampurias (Spain) that triggered her wondering what a Roman society would be like if run by women - A wordsmith much of her life - playwright (aged 7), article writer, local magazine editor and qualified translator - she came to novel writing in reaction to a particularly dire film: 'I could do better that that,' she whispered in the darkened cinema. Three months later, she had completed the first draft of INCEPTIO. Pursuing her interest in women's history and a nod to her own military service, Alison published a history eBook Military or Civilians? The curious anomaly of the German Women's Auxiliary Services during the Second World War in March 2012.
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328 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 36% (118)
4 35% (115)
3 17% (55)
2 9% (30)
1 3% (10)

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Wow, what a story! I don't think I have enough good words to fully express how special this book is-at least, not yet. It's not only spectacular-for me-because it's part of my first ever Blog Tour, but it is so mainly due to how different and fresh and original it truly is when compared to most of the books I've been reading lately. I have never read anything like Inceptio before. The way Morton developed the story with something new and thrilling always happening, the characters that ultimately are so believable, and the creation of Roma Nova by itself, all these things together are somewhat pretty amazing. I really liked Morton's writing. It is not only quite different from what I've come across so far, as it also shows that everything she puts on paper turns out to be important somehow. I also very much enjoyed the true balance between dialogue and narrative, especially because, as a reader, I felt all the good, the bad and the utterly scary thins going on on Karen's life and, to me, that's one of the most imperative components in a book. Plus, every single character I found it to be extremely well built and solid. It never mattered how significant their part was in the story, it never mattered how big or small their "physical" presence throughout the book was, all the background, all the crucial information about what motivated them, what made them want to act, want to love, want to protect, is there. This allows the reader to somehow connect with the central people in the story, and to allow himself a chance at being part of the adventure instead of only watching, reading about it. I particularly liked Karen. She's an enormously curious and active figure, with a strong personality and a huge amount of bad luck, especially in the first half of the book. Since everything happens to her all the time, the way she responds to problems and to all the new stuff occurring in her life ends up being one of the most interesting aspects of this book. She's that edgy, exceptional kind of character that in a crazy way captivates the readers attention and even when the book is over, when there's no more pages left, she's still pretty much in readers' thoughts. Renschman was a huge contributor to that unique alliance between reader and heroine. He's such a damaged man, who helplessly watches everything getting out of his control, that becoming the "evil" character, the villain, was precisely what we could do best. And what a scary guy he turned out to be! It gave me the creeps more than once. Another element that completely caught me by surprise was the alternate reality-I was aware of this when I first started the book but I could have never imagined how plausible and appealing Roma Nova would turn out to be in the end. I'm a woman so... this would definitely be the most amazing and exciting place for me to live in; but that aside, this is a country that speaks for itself and that's unbelievably beautiful for the way it keeps its inheritance alive. I couldn't help myself to fall deeply in love with it-and not because Nonna and Conrad are locals! Intriguing, imaginative and with a sturdy political side to it-that completely fascinated me-this is the perfect book to anyone who is looking for something different and unusual. I can't wait for the sequel!show more
by Patrícia Pilar Pecegueiro
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