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John Maddox Roberts is an American author born in 1947 in Ohio. Before pursuing publishing, the author was in the army. Raised in Texas, the Army wasn’t always in the cards for Roberts. It wasn’t until he was kicked out of college in the 1960s that he enlisted. And he will be the first to admit that the decision did him good, with his enlistment eventually seeing him undertake a tour in Vietnam.

Order of SPQR Series

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1The King's Gambit 1990Description / Buy
2The Catiline Conspiracy 1991Description / Buy
3The Sacrilege 1992Description / Buy
4The Temple of the Muses 1992Description / Buy
5Saturnalia 1994Description / Buy
6Nobody Loves a Centurion 1995Description / Buy
7The Tribune's Curse 1996Description / Buy
8The River God's Vengeance 1997Description / Buy
9The Princess and the Pirates 2000Description / Buy
10A Point of Law 2001Description / Buy
11Under Vesuvius 2001Description / Buy
12Oracle of the Dead 2005Description / Buy
13The Year of Confusion 2010Description / Buy

Order of Stormlands Series

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1The Islander 1990Description / Buy
2The Black Shields 1991Description / Buy
3The Poisoned Land 1992Description / Buy
4The Steel Kings 1993Description / Buy
5Queens of Land and Sea 1994Description / Buy

Order of Adventures of Conan Series by Steve Perry, Roland J. Green, Leonard Carpenter

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1Conan the Valorous 1985Description / Buy
2Conan The Raider ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1986Description / Buy
3Conan the Fearless ( By: Steve Perry) 1986Description / Buy
4Conan The Renegade ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1986Description / Buy
5Conan the Champion 1987Description / Buy
6Conan the Defiant ( By: Steve Perry) 1987Description / Buy
7Conan The Marauder 1988Description / Buy
8Conan the Warlord ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1988Description / Buy
9Conan the Valiant ( By: Roland J. Green) 1988Description / Buy
10Conan the Great ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1989Description / Buy
11Conan The Hero ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1989Description / Buy
12Conan the Bold 1989Description / Buy
13Conan the Indomitable ( By: Steve Perry) 1989Description / Buy
14Conan The Free Lance ( By: Steve Perry) 1990Description / Buy
15Conan the Formidable ( By: Steve Perry) 1990Description / Buy
16Conan the Guardian ( By: Roland J. Green) 1991Description / Buy
17Conan the Outcast ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1991Description / Buy
18Conan the Rogue 1991Description / Buy
19Conan the Relentless ( By: Roland J. Green) 1992Description / Buy
20Conan The Savage ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1992Description / Buy
21Conan and the Treasure of Python 1993Description / Buy
22Conan of the Red Brotherhood ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1993Description / Buy
23Conan and the Gods of the Mountain ( By: Roland J. Green) 1993Description / Buy
24Conan and the Manhunters 1994Description / Buy
25Conan The Hunter ( By:) 1994Description / Buy
26Conan Scourge of Bloody Coast ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1994Description / Buy
27Conan at the Demon's Gate ( By: Roland J. Green) 1994Description / Buy
28Conan and the Amazon 1995Description / Buy
29Conan The Gladiator ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1995Description / Buy
30Conan and the Mists of Doom ( By: Roland J. Green) 1995Description / Buy
31Conan and the Emerald Lotus ( By:) 1995Description / Buy
32Conan and the Shaman's Curse ( By:) 1996Description / Buy
33Conan Lord of the Black River ( By: Leonard Carpenter) 1996Description / Buy
34Conan and the Death Lord of Thanza ( By: Roland J. Green) 1997Description / Buy
35Conan and the Grim Grey God ( By:) 1997Description / Buy

Order of Hannibal's Children Series

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1Hannibal's Children 2002Description / Buy
2The Seven Hills 2005Description / Buy

Order of Gabe Treloar Series

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1Typical American Town 1994Description / Buy
2The Ghosts of Saigon 1996Description / Buy
3Desperate Highways 1997Description / Buy

Order of Falconer Series

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1The Falcon Strikes 1982Description / Buy
2The Black Pope 1982Description / Buy
3The Bloody Cross 1982Description / Buy
4The King's Treasure 1983Description / Buy

Order of The Cingulum Series

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1The Cingulum 1985Description / Buy
2Cloak of Illusion 1985Description / Buy
3The Sword, the Jewel and the Mirror 1988Description / Buy

Order of Act Of God Series

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1Act of God 1985Description / Buy
2The Island Worlds 1987Description / Buy
3Between the Stars 1988Description / Buy
4Delta Pavonis 1990Description / Buy

Order of Space Angel Series

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1Space Angel 1979Description / Buy
2Spacer 1988Description / Buy

Order of Dragonlance Classics Series

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1Murder in Tarsis 1996Description / Buy
2Murder in Cormyr ( By: Chet Williamson) 1996Description / Buy
3Dalamar the Dark ( By: Nancy Varian Berberick) 2000Description / Buy
4The Citadel ( By: Richard A. Knaak) 2000Description / Buy
5The Inheritance ( By: Nancy Varian Berberick) 2001Description / Buy

Order of John Maddox Roberts Standalone Novels

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1The Strayed Sheep of Charun 1977Description / Buy
2King of the Wood 1983Description / Buy
3Cestus Dei 1983Description / Buy
4The Enigma Variations 1989Description / Buy
5Total Recall 2070: Machine Dreams 1999Description / Buy
6Legacy of Prometheus 2000Description / Buy
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Roberts, who primarily writes historical fiction wrote and sold his first book in 1975. This was shortly after he left the army. Even though he initially experimented with science fiction, it wasn’t until he wrote The King’s Gambit, his first historical mystery novel, that Roberts garnered fame and began his journey down a path that would see him attain success as a result of works like SPQR, Conan and Dragonlance.

John Maddox Roberts is best known for SPQR, a series of novels told from the perspective of Decius Caecilius Metellus and which explores a series of murders that wracked the Roman Republic during its final days. As a member of the ruling class, Decius has access to the most prominent aspects of Roman society. As a result, he is best placed to investigate the cases of death and murder that begin to permeate his community.

Besides SPQR, Roberts is also responsible for the Gabe Treloar books, a series of detective novels set in contemporary times.

John Maddox Roberts Awards

Even though Roberts hasn’t had the opportunity to garner any accolades of note for his literary efforts, his Edgar Award Nomination for Best Mystery of the Year for the King’s Gambit is a worthwhile achievement.

John Maddox Roberts Books into Movies/TV

There has been talk of turning John Maddox Roberts’ SPQR series into a live action television series. There has been little in the way of movement on the project, though.

Best John Maddox Roberts Books

Even if you have never heard of Roberts, you have most likely encountered his historical mystery novels along the way, especially the SPQR books, with some of the best books from the author including:

The King’s Gambit: The first book in the SPQR series takes readers back to ancient Rome. It is a time of violence, where roving gangs control the streets in a society consumed by the conflict between Crassus and Pompey.

Each new day leaves new corpses on the streets, some lynched, others garroted. The death of an ex-slave and a foreign should have been of little consequence to the powers of Rome.

Yet Decius Caecilius Metellus would stop at nothing to unveil the truth behind the murders, not even in the face of official apathy and threats of violence. Decius would soon discover a web of lies and corruption winding through the breadth of the government.

The First SPQR book is fiction that uses historical figures operating within a historical setting. The book is written from the first-person perspective, which is a little jarring seeing as it is dealing with historical figures as though they were operating in the present.

Even though the book falls within the mystery genre, Roberts provides a lot of background data on Roman history, availing information about roman customs, religions and wars.

The purpose is to give readers an understanding of the historical setting so that they have some context about the clues that Roberts eventually avails.

The plot of the novel is kicked off by a fire at a warehouse that is quickly followed by a series of murders that pique the interest of Decius. Decius’ suspicions are further raised when the case comes his way and he realizes that he is expected to simply stamp it closed. When Decius decides that the case might require additional investigation, he attracts the wrong kind of attention.

The Sacrilege: In the past, Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger has used his skills to reveal rot and corruption. When a corrupt patrician in a female disguise infiltrates a Secret Woman’s rite and a set of brutal slayings follow, the young senator choose to leap into the fray once more and avail his investigative skills to Rome.

But this time, the senator isn’t working alone. With the help of a dangerous criminal, Decius follows a trail of clues that reveal a conspiracy within the lowest and highest levels of society.

This book builds upon the lore of the SPQR series as it delves into Roman religion.

When Does The Next John Maddox Roberts book come out?

John Maddox Roberts doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Year of Confusion and was released on February, 16th 2010. It is the newest book in the SPQR Series.

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