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, developing him as one of many pre-eminent historic secret writers. In A Gladiator Dies in basic terms Once, the second one choice 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 profession 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 pride Saylor's many lovers whereas illuminating info of the traditional international like no different author can.
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And what, I thought, if I had reported everything to the consul-Sempronia's adultery, the racing fix, the betting scheme, Scorpus's attempted blackmail and his murder, Sempronia's seditious support of Sertorius? Terrified of scandal, Decimus Brutus would merely have hushed it all up. Sempronia would have been no more faithful to him than before, and no one's wagers would have been returned. No, I had been hired to save the consul's life, discreetly; and as far as I was concerned, my duty to Decimus Brutus ended when I discovered there was no plot against his life after all.
Eco was briefly taken aback, then frowned and peered at me inquiringly. "How do I know? Well…" At that moment, Bethesda appeared from the kitchen, bearing a bowl of steaming porridge. I cleared my throat. "Bethesda," I said, "it seems that another of Eco's figurines has vanished. " She put the bowl on a small tripod table and began to ladle porridge into three smaller bowls. " She kept her eyes on her work. Her face was utterly expressionless, betraying not the least trace of guilt or guile. I sighed, almost regretting that she had forced me to expose her little charade.
Yes, her dictation of society items for the Daily Acts. She needn't leave the house for that. Senators' wives come calling-respectable visitors are still welcome-and they give her all the tidbits she needs. If you ask me, the society section is terribly tedious, even more so than the sporting news. I give it no more than a quick glance to see if family are mentioned, and their names spelled correctly. Sempro-nia knows that. " He glanced at the portrait and worked his jaw back and forth. "It was the word 'bookworm' that caught my eye.