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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,205 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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Rome, 56 BC. The great general Pompey has conquered the East; Julius Caesar is defeating the Gauls; only Egypt, with its strategic granaries and vast treasuries of gold, still eludes the grasp of Rome. The city itself is becoming ever more corrupt, as the last generation of the Roman Republic indulges in political backstabbing, endless lawsuits, scandalous love affairs, and the occasional murder.

In recent days several Egyptian envoys have been viciously assassinated. Fearing that he will be next, the Egyptian ambassador Dio calls on his old friend Gordianus the Finder and all of his special skills for help—but before the night is out, Dio is murdered.

Now Gordianus begins his most dangerous case. Hired to investigate Dio’s death by a beautiful woman with a scandalous reputation, he will follow a trail of political intrigue into the highest circles of power and the city’s most hidden arenas of debauchery. There Gordianus will learn that nothing is as it seems—not the damning evidence he uncovers, not the suspect he sends to trial, not even the real truth behind Dio’s death.

Poison, betrayals, and long-buried secrets confront Gordianus as one of history’s most famous trials races to a close. But even after the verdict is delivered, there are secrets still to be uncovered.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imaginative…Saylor’s style is smooth…An absorbing look at a time when men tried to rule themselves wisely and failed.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Engrossing…Intensely dramatic…Erotic, funny, compelling…A bona fide page-turner.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “Steven Saylor transports you to ancient Rome with spellbinding effectiveness.”

    Austin Chronicle

  • “Simmering with eroticism, adding engrossing historical filler about Roman law, politics and goddess cult…[an] absorbing brew of Rome's decay.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The remarkably vivid and finely etched historical background at once roots the characters firmly in their time and brings them alive for our own—in this finest flower yet of Saylor’s admirable Roma sub Rosa series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/14/2014

    " Not my favorite of this series, though I thought the ending was extremely strong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kirsten | 2/8/2014

    " Good historical details, as always, although sometimes I tire of the minutia of Roman politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 2/4/2014

    " Another fascinating read in the Roma Sub Rosa series and Gordianus the Finder. I really enjoy these books for both the character development and the historical fiction that is Rome. Saylor takes actual events from Roman history and brings them to life, staying true to the characters he includes from reality. I enjoyed the mystery and the atmosphere and will absolutely continue with this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ross | 1/14/2014

    " Making my way through the Gordianus series. Another great entry in the series. Cannot wait to read the next one! "

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