In the city of Massilia on the coast of Southern Gaul (modern-day Marseille, France), Gordianus the Finder's beloved son Meto disappears--branded as a traitor to Caesar and apparently dead. Gordianus arrives in the city in the midst of a civil war, hoping to find out what happened to his son. When he witnesses the fall of a young woman from a ...
In the city of Massilia on the coast of Southern Gaul (modern-day Marseille, France), Gordianus the Finder's beloved son Meto disappears--branded as a traitor to Caesar and apparently dead. Gordianus arrives in the city in the midst of a civil war, hoping to find out what happened to his son. When he witnesses the fall of a young woman from a precipice, he becomes entangled in discovering the truth about her death. Martin's Press.
New in New jacket. "In 49 B.C., a bloody civil war between the forces loyal to Pompey and Julius Caesar has engulfed the Roman world and no one is allowed to be neutral. With Rome itself in turmoil, Gordianus the Finder receives an anonymous message informing him of the death of his son, Meto, who lately has been acting as a double agent for Caesar. In search of the truth about Meto's fate, Gordianus journeys to the besieged seaport of Massilia (modern-day Marseille), which has sided with Pompey and is now stubbornly holding out against Caesar"s troops camped just outside its gates and in ships in the harbor. Using his wits, Gordianus discovers away past the siege troops and into Massilia. But once there he finds that famine and slaughter threaten the populace, and intrigue and recriminations have taken over a city that cannot hope to stand up much longer against the troops outside its walls. His only friend is Hieronymus, the doomed scapegoat chosen by the priests of Artemis to bear the sins of the population and save them from annihilation. When Gordianus witnesses the fall of a young woman from a precipice called Sacrifice Rock, he becomes entangled in finding out what exactly i happened-did she fall or was she pushed? and where, in all of this, is the truth about his missing son."
Excellent both as a history book and a mystery detective book.
Feb 10, 2011
From The Romas Sub Rosa Series
Saylor knows Roman history quite well and certainly knows how to blend it with fictional characters of the era with this thriller that started with the book titled Roman Blood. This is one of the series that is hard to put down once you start. A real page turner!
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