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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Saylor Narrator: Scott Harrison Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Roma Sub Rosa Series Release Date:
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Ancient Rome has been in a state of turmoil as the rival gangs of Publius Clodius, a high-born, populist politician, and his arch-enemy, Titus Milo, have fought to control the consular elections. When Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson, and even the near sacrosanct Senate House is burned to the ground.

As accusations and rumors fly, Gordianus the Finder, whose famed investigative skills and integrity make him sought after by all sides in the escalating conflict, is charged by Pompey the Great with discovering what really happened. Who is really responsible for Clodius’ death? And should his murderer be despised as a villain or hailed as a savior of the Republic?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gordianus has wisdom and prudence; Saylor has intelligence, wit, and insight. Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In Steven Saylor’s lively imagination, Rome—both glorious and grimy—is revived.”

    Seattle Times

  • “An unusual and morally sturdy character, Gordianus is honest without being sanctimonious, a savvy observer of the political scene who never loses his integrity…The suspense never lags as Saylor spins a sophisticated political thriller that also brings his readers up to speed on their Roman history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The plotting is deft and the action—both physical and intellectual—is nonstop.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Another irresistible installment in the continuing chronicles of Gordianus the Finder…Gripping suspense and intrigue superbly supported by a wealth of accurate historical detail.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex | 2/12/2014

    " I can't stop reading these books. They're like crack. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Colin | 1/29/2014

    " I have an only slightly-secret love for the mysteries of Steven Saylor set in ancient Rome. They're always fun, and often a little educational as well. Another favorite of mine, this one with Saylor's take on the truth behind Cicero's Pro Milone. Anyone who has studied the parallel accounts of the murder of Clodius (e.g. by teaching or learning from Ecce Romani IV ought to read this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise | 1/19/2014

    " Steven Saylor developed a passion for all things "Roman" as an adolescent. He's spent years reading and researching everything he could find on this time period and writes stories based on historical events and characters. He doesn't sugar-coat the past nor does he write under the influence of any religious dogma. If you're easily offended by depictions of gladiatorial games, bloodshed, and sexual attractions and situations, do NOT read this series. If however, you're an adult who accepts that ancient people approached life differently and relished food, entertainments and pleasures (when they could get them), then get comfortable and enjoy some good stories. Life was hard in ancient times and this author tells it like it was! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric | 1/18/2014

    " Overall this was a good book, if Roman history with a little murder mystery thrown in is something that interests you, then this is a book for you. "

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