Brilliant. Just wonderful in every way. I actually would rate this above the predecessor, as the Cicero in this book is far more flawed and imperfect than the earlier portrayal. You won't need to have read Imperium to enjoy this, but it certainly would help you to understand the motivation of many of the lesser characters. For Pompey and Caesar, however, the motivation is clear to all - power and the attaining thereof. Can't speak highly enough of the delicate multifaceted conspiracy tale woven here by Harris, as it finally unfolds its wings the reader is left grasping for certainties as much as poor old Marcus Tullius.