A very early novel written before the author started writing mainly horror and used the pseudonym S. P. Somtow. I remember meeting Somtow in the 80s when he told me his agent convinced hin to change the name so his novels would "sell in the bible belt". He shouldn't have changed his name but the move to horror was a wise thing. This science fiction novel about an alternative history where Rome has conquered the entire Earth is disjointed, rambling, and not very funny. I think this is supposed to be humor. It's hard to tell. Why do writers think that all you need to do to make something funny is to give it a Yiddish accent? Chalk this up as a wrong turn from a talented writer.