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Raiders of the Nile: A Novel of the Ancient World [Format Kindle]

Steven Saylor

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In 88 B.C. it seems as if all the world is at war. From Rome to Greece and to Egypt itself, most of civilization is on the verge of war. The young Gordianus--a born-and-raised Roman citizen--is living in Alexandria, making ends meet by plying his trade of solving puzzles and finding things out for pay. He whiles away his time with his slave Bethesda, waiting for the world to regain its sanity. But on the day Gordianus turns twenty-two, Bethesda is kidnapped by brigands who mistake her for a rich man's mistress. If Gordianus is to find and save Bethesda, who has come to mean more to him than even he suspected, he must find the kidnappers before they realize their mistake and cut their losses. Using all the skills he learned from his father, Gordianus must track them down and convince them that he can offer something of enough value in exchange for Bethesda's release.

As the streets of Alexandria slowly descend into chaos, and the citizenry begin to riot with rumors of an impending invasion by Ptolmey's brother, Gordianus finds himself in the midst of a very bold and dangerous plot--the raiding and pillaging of the golden sarcophagus of Alexander the Great himself.

New York Times bestselling author Steven Saylor returns, chronicling the early years of his detective, Gordianus, before he assumed the title of The Finder. Raiders of the Nile is the latest in his much-loved series of mysteries set in the late Roman Republic.

Biographie de l'auteur

Steven Saylor writes murder mysteries and is best known for his Roma sub Rosa series set in Ancient Rome and featuring Gordianus the Finder.

Steven has been a newspaper and magazine editor, and a literary agent. Steven was born in Texas in 1956 and graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and Classics. He divides his time between homes in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

See also his website www.stevensaylor.com

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 351 pages
  • Editeur : Minotaur Books (25 février 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful historical fiction! 26 février 2014
Par Phyllis S. from Brooklyn NY - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
In this enthralling novel, we meet Gordianus the finder, as a young man on twenty-two, living in Alexandria with Bethesda, the slave girl who has won his heart. Readers of Steven Saylor’s mystery series, set in ancient Rome, will be familiar with Gordianus’s resourcefulness as a detective. He is equally resourceful here, when Bethesda disappears and he discovers she has been kidnapped.

There are mysterious events, and the presence of Ismene the witch, a character who appeared in Saylor’s last Gordianus book, THE SEVEN WONDERS, adds a touch of the occult to the plot. But the book is more an adventure story than a mystery, and Gordianus’s courage and physical stamina are tested along with his mental acumen. There are terrible dangers, hair-raising escapes, and a well-fleshed out cast of characters that includes the street-smart young slave boy, Djet. Djet leaps off the page so fully alive and so appealing that I very much hope we encounter him in another novel. There is also Cheelba, a lion who I came to care about as much as I did the human characters. I loved Cheelba and the role he played in the story!

I appreciate the moral seriousness that Saylor brings to the subject of a romance between a master—Gordianus—and his slave. This question is not belabored in any kind of heavy handed way, but it is not ignored either. Since Gordianus is a good man, one the reader admires, it would be wrong to portray him as oblivious to the ethical aspects of such a power differential.

I have an abiding interest in the ancient world, and there were plot elements that reminded me of Roman comedies (which were patterned on Greek comedies). I found Saylor’s discussion of ancient novels in the Author’s Note extremely interesting, and a reminder of this author’s true erudition. His knowledge of the ancient world gives his books a wonderful added dimension.

To sum up, I greatly enjoyed this book and found it a page-turner I could not put down. I regret that I read it in one day, because I would like to have lingered in Saylor’s ancient world a bit longer. I’ve read all of his historical novels and recommend them all. This one is great!
23 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Amusing Children’s Story 13 mars 2014
Par David Island - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Steven Saylor’s “Raiders of the Nile” is a well-written, amusing and charming tale of the adventures of 22 year old Gordianus of Rome, who later will become Rome’s well-known fictional sleuth, solving many mysteries of Ancient Rome. Saylor’s invention of Gordianus resulted in many of his best books on Rome.

Here, Gordianus, who is on a long absence from Rome lasting over 2 years, and his slave Bethesda, get involved in a fanciful if not phantasmagorical, set of episodes in Ancient Alexandria and neighboring Nile Delta areas. Except for the mild sex scenes, hints of homosexuality, and the salty language of thieves, this could be (and is, in many ways) a great wide-eyed tale of adventure for pre-teen children. Indeed, the most charming and lovable character in the book is Djet, a 10 year old boy who accompanies Gordianus on many of the episodes, particularly the time spent at the Cuckoo’s Nest, deep in the Nile Delta. Sadly, Saylor drops Djet rather unceremoniously at the end of the story.

I have known Mr. Saylor personally for about 25 years and have probably read every word he has written. I admire his ability and him as a person, author, thinker, and citizen of the world.

This book, however, is not his best work, no matter how well researched and historically accurate it may be. I have no reason to question its historical authenticity and correct detail. It is the story line, the dialogue and the rather ridiculous scenarios in which the principal characters are involved with which I have issue. For me, it’s always a red flag when, at the end of the story, the two main protagonists meet (this time in jail) to reveal the real truths to each other, followed upon by 30 more pages of explanation about what really happened and why. Thus, it is the story itself that disappoints, though everything in fact is neatly tied up at the end. The author’s note at the end is excellent.

If you’ve never read Saylor before, I recommend the Roma Sub Rosa series, the first book of which is “Roman Blood.”

Sorry, Steven Saylor. I didn’t much like “Raiders of the Nile”.

Thus, to me, overall it’s a 2.0 on Amazon’s rating scale.
12 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 1 mars 2014
Par manuel mourino - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Wanted another wonderful evocative novel about ancient Rome. Instead got a well-written colorful pirate romp reminiscent of Plautus. The ending reminds one of "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum;" which is a wonderful piece of contemporary work (with assistance from "Pseudolus" and "Miles Gloriosus"). Mr. Saylor is beginning to fall into the same trap as many other ancient mystery writers. He is adding a "cute" contemporary cast to his writing (e.g. "what happens in Canopus stays in Canopus," indeed). This serves to draw the reader out of the novel and its ancient world into the present and an awareness of the "cleverness" of the author. Too bad. I look forward to Mr. Saylor's next work, hoping he returns to Gordianus' adventures in Rome- especially if he ventures into the post Rubicon period.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not really what I'd hoped that it would be..... 21 avril 2014
Par R. Bixby - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This was not the Gordianus that I had come to enjoy in all of his previous adventures. Then he was "The Finder", but he did no 'finding' in this book at all. I understand that he is young, but we are led to believe that he is 'finding' in Alexandria to support himself and Bethesda. I was disappointed that there was none of that anywhere. At points in the book when he might have been able to do some detective work, the answers were given to him, or he was not able to deduce answers on his own. The story was interesting because of what came before it, but this one wasn't up to the standard set by other offerings. No one hits it out of the park every time, so I'll just wait for the next in the series, or just read the others again.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Saylor has brought a fresh twist to his signature character 30 mai 2014
Par Andrew Kushner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When I saw that a new Steven Saylor book was available in the Gordianus series, I jumped at it and devoured it in a matter of a couple of days. He would be somewhat of a "guilty pleasure" but his otherwise adventerous plots are leavened by serious historical reference and detail which make his novels "good, and good for you." Taking the plot time back to Gordianus' early years and his experiences in Alexandria made for a different read. I needed to constantly remind myself that the narrator was not the middle aged classic private eye dealing with Roman intrigue but was a 22 year old who needed more experience in the world despite his prior travels.

Thank Steven Saylor! Keep regaling us with Gordianus' travels and adventures.
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