Catilina's Riddle: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of by Steven Saylor

By Steven Saylor

"Saylor opponents Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical international come alive." --(ortland) Oregonian "Engrossing...Ironic and satisfying." -- San Francisco Chronicle The 3rd in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa novels that includes Gordianus the Finder. Gordianus, dissatisfied through the corruption of Rome circa sixty three B.C., has fled town along with his kin to live to tell the tale a farm within the Etruscan nation-state. yet this bucolic lifestyles is disrupted by means of the machinations and murderous plots of 2 politicians: Roman consul Cicero, Gordianus's longtime buyer, and populist senator Catilina, Cicero's political rival and a candidate to exchange him within the annual elections for consul. Claiming that Catilina plans an rebellion if he loses the race, Cicero asks Gordianus to maintain a watchful eye at the radical. even supposing he distrusts either males, Gordianus is compelled into the guts of the ability fight whilst his six-year-old daughter Diana unearths a headless corpse of their reliable. Shrewdly depicting lethal political maneuverings, this addictive secret additionally screens the author's enterprise snatch of heritage and human personality.  On first booklet again in 1994, Catilina's Riddle used to be a finalist for the Hammet Award.

Show description

Read or Download Catilina's Riddle: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome, 3) PDF

Similar genre fiction books

Wind in the Stone

As soon as the Wind united the Valley with the wooded area, enveloping them within the most powerful of magics. It was once a union that persevered whilst the Darkness got here, and during it the land used to be preserved and the evil banished. The creatures of the wooded area then retreated into their hidden glades, vanishing into the mists of legend.

Kursaal (Dr. Who Series)

The general practitioner and Sam commute to a planet being made right into a great excitement palace. Eco-terrorists are sabotaging the venture as the development crews are destroying the outdated civilization. The surgeon and Sam get stuck up within the turmoil.

Fantasies: New Year's Eve

Is it the warmth of the instant or is there extra to it? Eric Wright, assistant supervisor of the unique Fantasies hotel, has continuously hated the vacations. After catching his lover dishonest and moving to Hawaii, he’s made up our minds to not fall in love back. Then a recognized crime author involves remain on the hotel and exhibits an curiosity in Eric.

Last Seen in Massilia (Novels of Ancient Rome)

Within the urban of Massilia (modern-day Marseille), at the coast of Southern Gaul, Gordianus the Finder's liked son Meto has disappeared--branded as a traitor to Caesar and it sounds as if lifeless. fed on with grief, Gordianus arrives within the urban in the middle of a raging civil warfare, hoping to find what occurred to his son.

Extra info for Catilina's Riddle: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome, 3)

Example text

In his own way he must have appeared as much a threat to the order of things as Catilina. And he might have been, had his principles not proved to be so flexible. "Catilina and Antonius formed an alliance. From early on they were both favored to win. ), but to his own supporters he began talking up the kind of radical schemes that give property owners gray hair and sleepless nights. The rich were in a quandary—Cicero they could not stomach, but Catilina they truly feared. "As for Cicero, his campaign was managed by his brother Quintus.

I think we should retire to the library," I said. " Meto looked up expectantly and began to rise from his couch. " "You have some very fine works in your collection," said Caelius, trailing his eye over the scrolls in their pigeonholes and fingering the little labels that hung from them. "I see you're particularly fond of collecting plays. So is Cicero. I suppose on occasion he passes on his duplicates to you. I had plenty of time to look through your library this afternoon, and I was impressed by all the volumes inscribed, 'From Marcus Tullius Cicero, to his friend Gordianus, with warm regards—' " "Yes, Caelius, I'm well acquainted with the contents of my own library.

Took the nature of bemoaning what they called my sad decline in the world, having now to serve a master—pardon me, Master, these are their exact words and it pains me to repeat them—having now to serve a master 'so far below' the last. I answered them with stony silence, of course, which they merely seemed to find amusing. " "I see. " "No, Master, not I. As it turned out, I was confined almost exclusively to the kitchen, with hardly a moment to catch a breath of air. " "As you might imagine, I was quite busy the whole time.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.57 of 5 – based on 43 votes