By Steven Saylor
Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa sequence of novels, set within the later Roman Republic and that includes Gordianus the Finder, has garnered strange acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, constructing him as one of many pre-eminent ancient secret writers. In A Gladiator Dies purely Once, the second one selection of his award-winning tales that includes Gordianus, Saylor greater than meets his personal excessive criteria. Set among the occasions of his novels Roman Blood and Catilina's Riddle, those formerly untold adventures from the early occupation of Gordianus - while his followed son, Eco, used to be nonetheless a mute boy and his spouse, Bethesda, used to be yet his slave - will satisfaction Saylor's many fanatics whereas illuminating info of the traditional global like no different author can.
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Next came the charioteers who would be racing that day, slowly circling the track in chariots festooned with the color of their team, red or white. To many in the stands, they were heroes larger than life. There was a chant for every racer, and chants for the lead horses as well. The noise of all the competing chants ringing out at once was deafening. Never having been a gambler or a racing aficionado, I recognized few of the charioteers, but even I knew Diocles, the most renowned of the Reds. He was easy to spot by the extraordinary width of his shoulders, his bristling beard, and his flowing mane of jet-black hair.
He raised a finger. The slaves around us silently withdrew into the house. "Discretion, Gordianus. Discretion! " I blinked. " Lucius nodded. " I raised an eyebrow. "You think there's a plot against the consul's life, based on a blind item in the Daily Acts? " "It's not what I think. It's what Deci himself thinks. The poor fel-low's in a state; came to my house and roused me out of bed an hour ago, desperate for advice. He needs someone to get to the bottom of this, quietly and quickly. " I scowled at an olive pit between my forefinger and thumb.
I grunted. "All very interesting, but I don't see-" Lucius leaned forward and tapped at the scroll. "Read that part. " " 'The bookworm pokes his head outside tomorrow. Easy prey for the sparrow, but partridges go hungry. Bright-eyed Sappho says: Be suspicious! A dagger strikes faster than lightning. Better yet: an arrow. '" Lucius sat back and crossed his fleshy arms. " "I believe it's called a blind item; a bit of gossip conveyed in code. No proper names, only clues that are meaningless to the uninitiated.
A Gladiator Dies Only Once: The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder by Steven Saylor