"Deposed’ is a detailed and complex book.."
AD 68. Ancient Rome. The last of the Julio-Claudian Emperors, Nero, has been deposed and has apparently committed suicide.
This book takes us on an alternative route: Nero is not dead but has been imprisoned and tortured; his eyes have been gouged out and he is living in the dark, supplied with the bare necessities by a small slave boy, who is terrified.
The story is split into two parts which interlink throughout the book. The earliest story is about what happens to the deposed Emperor; the later tale is of the family that has taken power ten years later, the Flavians. Slowly, the complete narrative linking the two parts emerges, with a satisfying denouement at the end.
The character of the slave boy, Marcus, is the constant thread throughout the two parts and it is his story that is at the heart of the book.