I also love the ancient history of Rome & Greece, and could never have imagined the actual Rome as colorfully as Saylor does. Warmed, if you can; see if the embers are still glowing in the kitchen. Such a case and such a client as fell into my lap that night are few and far between; I would have fought for the chance to take on the job. “Numa’s balls!” I snapped, though it wasn’t fabled King Numa who found himself wounded by a single tiny claw. Louis Post-Dispatch on Arms of Nemesis, “Gordinaus has wisdom and prudence; Saylor has intelligence, wit, and insight. So Eco did what he had to do; he made a sign for my visitor to wait in the doorway and came rapping gently at my door. There’s a little slave revolt going on; I believe we were discussing it only a moment ago. This second entry in the ROMA SUB ROSA series opens as Gordianus is woken in the middle of the night by a mysterious summons to an undisclosed location to solve a crime and save scores of innocent people. “He’s only a boy.”, “Eco is eighteen; he put on his first manly toga over two years ago.”, “Yes. in Buried in Stone when Pickett helped the police solve a bake-shop murder. He tapped me again, twice sharply on the shoulder. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. This novel will tear at the conscience of the reader. I snapped out of bed and fumbled for my tunic. “Not me!” he bellowed. Even Eco was taken aback. The first book really immersed you in ancient Rome and the way the author's research intertwines with the plot is excellent. I'm a novelist, too (Sci-Fi), so I keep a notebook beside my Kindle to hit down nice additions to my vocabulary. If you have a need for some good escape reading, this is a novel that you should seriously consider. After reading Roman Blood, I was in a good enough mood that I drifted over almost immediately to the next book in the series, Arms of Nemesis. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The only clues are a blood-soaked cloak, and, carved into the stone at the corpse's feet, the word Sparta. Previously, these characters seemed almost mythic because they had been built up by hearsay and history; never before had I taken the time to examine the scale of their personal and political problems. “This is ridiculous,” he said. I suppose that when Pompey—”. Hidden beneath her robes are secrets men will kill for. We’ll soon see about that.”, “Invincible when confronted by a Roman army, I mean. Leonidas, a freed gladiator in ancient Rome, is tired of death, but murder now stalks him in the streets of the city. This is a book about character mostly. “Just to be sure,” he said, looking at me and Eco in turn, “I don’t suppose either one of you has a problem with seasickness?”. Thus does a soldier on a long watch refuse to make himself comfortable for fear that sleep will come against his will. Bodies in the Tiber: An Ancient Rome Political Thriller (The Sertorius Scrolls), Blood of a Gladiator (Leonidas the Gladiator Mysteries Book 1). I snuggled against Bethesda, who had turned her back on the disturbance. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. In the brighter light of the study I could see that Mummius looked worn and tired, as if he had not slept properly for some time. featuring Gordianus the Finder, has garnered unusual acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, establishing him as one of the pre-eminent historical mystery writers. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. Instead, the man, who curtly introduced himself as Marcus Mummius, affected an air of portentous secrecy and treated me with a suspicion that bordered on contempt. Blood in the Forum: A Novella of Ancient Rome (The Marius Scroll), The Noise of War: A Tale of Ancient Rome (The Sertorius Scrolls Book 2). He was probably luring me on a fool’s errand, anyway. Period. While many of his contemporaries tell Gordinius he is wasting his time to save the lives of these hapless slaves, he still pursues justice for both slave and master. I have accepted fees from advocates like Hortensius and Cicero, and sometimes directly from clients as distinguished as the great Metelli and Messallae families. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Rapping having failed to rouse me—generous helpings of Bethesda’s fish and barley soup washed down with white wine had sent me fast asleep—Eco gingerly opened the door, tiptoed into the room, and shook my shoulder. I wanted to know who had sent Marcus Mummius to my door. Arms of Nemesis is an excellent historical, mystery and suspense novel. I am given lots of snippets. But I shall want to bring Eco with me. Four barbarians ally with the Roman Empire to bring sweet retribution to a common foe. He might have roused Belbo, my strongarmer. Though you did say five times …”. In five days all will be finished, one way or another, for better … or for worse.”, “I see,” I said, not seeing at all. He is also a light sleeper, a habit held over from the wretched, watchful days of his childhood, before his mother abandoned him and I took him in from the street and finally adopted him. I reached for her, making my lips into a kiss, running my hands over her body. Gordianus the Finder - Chronological (#7) Series. Bethesda rolled aggressively away, dragging the sheet with her and exposing me to the dank September air. The conditions and position of slaves, in the Roman, are well set out and graphically illustrated. The other "Roman mysteries" I've read are by Lindsey Davis, books I can't say that I really like for several reasons. The choices he makes are personal, yet Saylor never attempts to impose modern values on this ancient detective. I'm glad I took the risk of buying this book. Take an epic journey through the world of 100AD by land and sea in the authentic historical context of Rome's first contacts with Han China. Now, Marcus Mummius, I take it you’ve come here offering me work.”. The murdered man was the overseer of Marcus Crassus's estate, apparently killed by two runaway slaves bent on joining Spartacus's revolt. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. This one was traversing the valley between our bodies, picking a path from thigh to thigh. Eco discreetly ignored my yelp of pain. Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 19 years ago. No fakey revelations here.This is important because this is the very first novel by Steven Saylor that I've found that lived up to the reputation that he has had as an excellent writer of historical mystery novels.