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Ron Fritsch
Who Killed Coriolanus?
Ron Fritsch, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Who Killed Coriolanus? is a sequel to Helen’s Orphans. Both novels can be read on their own, but (spoiler alert) Who Killed Coriolanus? gives away the ending of Helen’s Orphans. Timon, who grows to adulthood in a Greek orphanage after the Trojan War, learns he’s the sole surviving member of the Trojan royal family. He and his Greek companion Lukas receive an invitation to visit republican Rome, the city the Trojan survivors of the war have founded. Charmed by their prospective host’s son Marco, they sail with him to Rome. Their host, Marco’s oddly protective father, is the military hero Coriolanus. Soon after his guests arrive, he involves them in his anti-republican schemes—which might include a civil war.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10


Plot/Idea: In this work of historical fiction, a sequel to Helena's Orphans, Fritsch establishes numerous strong plot points that, while predictable by their nature, will captivate many readers. 

Prose: Who Killed Coriolanus overuses perspective switching when balancing the two main characters' viewpoints, leading to rich texture, but an occasionally distorted storytelling style. Readers may be sidetracked by various awkward moments and stiff prose.

Originality: Fritsch adds novelty to familiar historical events by spotlighting legendary relationships in new ways. 

Character Development/Execution: The enticing circumstances are the primary strength of Who Killed Coriolanus. Those with a passion for mythology and Greek and Roman history will savor the historical details Fritsch provides.

Date Submitted: April 08, 2022

Reader Views

The novel involves politics on a grand scale. Manipulation, deception and treachery are all incorporated into this story. Readers will enjoy stepping back into the Troy to Rome series. Once again Ron Fritsch has created an amazing story with a compelling, intricate storyline which will be enjoyed by all

The Prairies Book Review

Brilliantly constructed and richly detailed. Stunning. Fritsch returns with this deeply engrossing stand-alone sequel to Helen’s Orphans, taking readers on an exhilarating journey laced with sinister motives, manipulations, and intrigues. Fritsch’s vivid rendering of the Roman era is noteworthy for his atmospheric use of historical facts, but the book’s emotional punch comes from its portrait of a young man growing into adulthood as he takes responsibility for his friends’ lives. Fritsch’s language is simple yet lyrical and his pacing swift. He describes emotionally charged, speedy actions excellently while making good use of history, myth, and legend. Fritsch’s straightforward prose, vivid imagery, and uncomplicated dialogue create a suitably ominous atmosphere, and the plot advances at a swift pace, keeping readers invested. Readable, well crafted, and thoroughly absorbing, the novel makes for a winner.

The US Review of Books

With the power of other historical works such as I, Claudius, this book transports its audience into the past. The book’s magic lies in its alternating narratives, which give readers multiple perspectives on the same situation or event. While modern scholars often debate the legitimacy of Coriolanus’ story, this book feeds on the myths and legends surrounding the general. The book’s focus on the common people and the often nefarious politics behind elections makes it a relevant read that reminds readers that history lies not so far from the present in regard to human nature and its motivations. This book takes the best elements of historical fiction and a mystery thriller and combines them to form an engaging read perfect for history lovers of all ages. Even those unfamiliar with the Roman era of history will find its plot easy to follow.