Quite different from anything else he has written, though in tightness of plot it suggests the compactness of The Enchanted Village. Remember Joseph O'Neill's Land Under England (Simon & Schuster) -- the closest prototype, though this is easier reading, and more convincing. Discovery, from the air, of hitherto unknown Roman ruins leads to the gradual realization of the domination of a small English village by a man steeped in Roman tradition, and opposed to any social intercourse which may interfere with his rule. He is eventually blocked by a confirmed bachelor, a diverting archeologist and a disillusioned boy. Good yarn with mystery and adventure appeal.