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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: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504629270
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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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/18/2013

    " Another good book in the mystery series. This one is about the murder of Publius Clodius, hero of the people, by patrician politician Milo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julianne | 12/7/2013

    " I got this book out of the library...a wonderful historical mystery novel based on the orations of Cicero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freddie Silva | 11/7/2013

    " I love historical Roman mystery stories. If you like Roman history and a good mystery then read this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 10/20/2013

    " In the Roma Sub Rosa series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 9/28/2013

    " Really enjoyable mystery, complete with a who's who of the fall of the Roman republic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk | 8/31/2013

    " Excellent - enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulina | 7/26/2013

    " another great novel which combines fiction with history, and gives insight into ancient Rome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/3/2013

    " This series keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryBeth | 3/23/2013

    " This was a very exciting addition to the series. Marc Anthony is moving in and Cicero is being pushed out of the Roman spotlight. There was even mention of a young Cleopatra. I can't wait to read the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Trotter | 1/19/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Gordianus the Finder is an excellent character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 11/6/2011

    " Enjoyable read. The mystery was not as interesting to me as the information about life in ancient Rome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 7/2/2011

    " Nice to read after Rome, as both of these take place around the time of Season 1. Fun, not super-serious, though I imagine he's got all the details right. (Nominally murder mysteries.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marijalas | 6/12/2011

    " There are not enough stars to rate Saylor's books. Once you begin reading you are immersed in the sensation of being a Roman citizen in ancient Rome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 3/30/2011

    " Another good book in the mystery series. This one is about the murder of Publius Clodius, hero of the people, by patrician politician Milo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/3/2011

    " great book I'll look for more by Steven Saylor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/13/2010

    " Really enjoyed this book. Gordianus the Finder is an excellent character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 9/11/2010

    " Another strong outing for the finder!
    lots of strands to keep hold of in this one and as per the other books in the series it is very descriptive, but I find that works really well for this style of novel.
    good stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 9/2/2010

    " Gordianus can find himself in a bit of a soap opera. He's the least heroic guy I've ever seen when it comes to fighting, and he seems to have a moral sensibility that verges on the 20th century.
    But I'm a sucker for Rome and the stories zip along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh-ann | 7/18/2010

    " Saylor's writing is getting a bit darker as this series progresses, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 6/25/2010

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/16/2010

    " Nice to read after Rome, as both of these take place around the time of Season 1. Fun, not super-serious, though I imagine he's got all the details right. (Nominally murder mysteries.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 12/20/2009

    " Great book. OK I have been slacking on my social networking, and it's been a while. But since I started this, I have actually gone and read a few others from this series. I love Steven Saylor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 12/6/2009

    " Enjoyable read. The mystery was not as interesting to me as the information about life in ancient Rome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredstrong | 2/16/2009

    " I am so addicted to Saylor, it's not even funny... I have picked up some other authors of the Roman mystery genre, and it's apples and oranges when compared to his works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/31/2008

    " 5th book. This started slow, setting the historical situation. But was quite a good story when all done. More continues to change in Gordian’s life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 11/12/2008

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/6/2008

    " Really enjoyable mystery, complete with a who's who of the fall of the Roman republic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/12/2008

    " This series keeps getting better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 3/29/2008

    " In the Roma Sub Rosa series. "

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About the Author
Author Steven Saylor

Steven Saylor studied history at the University of Texas at Austin. His writings have appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

About the Narrator

Scott Harrison is a graduate of the American Repertory Theater Institute in Massachusetts and founder of Ironweed Productions, a theater company in Santa Fe, New Mexico.