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Raiders Of The Nile [Format Kindle]

Steven Saylor , 9781472101969 , 9781472110954

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Gordianus is now twenty-two years old and living in Alexandria with Bethesda, scraping by in modest and haphazard fashion. But then Bethesda is kidnapped by mistake. With few resources available to him, Gordianus has to find the people who kidnapped her and get her back - before they realise they have the wrong woman and dispose of her for good.

A raid on the golden tomb of Alexander the Great, a semi-shady troupe of travelling performers, highwaymen, amorous innkeepers, the politics of the pharaohs, smugglers, camels and an adventure up the Nile all combine to make this a rescue mission neither Gordianus - or Bethesda - will ever forget.

Praise for Steven Saylor:

'The Saylor hallmarks are meticulous recreation of Rome's grimy bustling streets and a brilliantly drawn cast of minor characters.' The Sunday Times

'A compelling storyteller, with a striking talent for historical reconstruction.' Times Literary Supplement

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 351 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1250015979
  • Editeur : C & R Crime (15 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Amusing Children’s Story 13 mars 2014
Par David Island - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful historical fiction! 26 février 2014
Par Phyllis T. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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!
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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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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing lack of depth continues from previous short story prequel 16 juin 2014
Par Simon Burchett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Given the quality of the original 'Roma sub Rosa' books, Stephen Saylor's full-length second prequel disappoints by continuing the shallowness of his collection of short stories prequel. In the case of the latter, it was understandable, though frustrating, as interesting scenarios ended just as they showed potential and others failed to develop at all, which presumably is why they did not become full-length novels. In this case, with a return to the full-length style and the promise of explaining the Egyptian roots of the engaging relationship between master/husband and slave/wife in the context of ancient mystery-solving, expectations were raised of another intriguing challenge and revelation for the characters and reader alike. But while entertaining with the same spirited descriptions of the old world and its characters coming to life, as if it were yesterday, the plot is too removed from real or acceptable history and lacks the suspense and twists of the finder's travails in Rome or engagement with interesting historical figures. It reads like a rather superficial and far-fetched adventure tale for teenagers, rather than the light, but carefully crafted and scholarly mystery of Saylor's earlier novels. Hopefully in any new novel, he will return to Rome and the slums of the subura to rediscover the attraction of 'Roman Blood' and its sequels. So a fun read, but disappointing in the circumstances.
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