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Roman Blood [Format Kindle]

Steven Saylor
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From Publishers Weekly

From the arrival of an articulate slave on the doorstep of sleuth Gordianus to the riveting re-creation of an actual oration by Cicero, Saylor's remarkable first novel takes the reader deep into the political, legal and family arenas of ancient Rome, providing a stirring blend of history and mystery, well seasoned with conspiracy, passion and intrigue. In the steamy spring of 80 B.C. fledgling orator Cicero is preparing the legal defense of Sextus Roscius, a wealthy farmer accused of the murder of his father. Things look grim for Sextus; it is well-known that his father had threatened to disinherit him in favor of his younger half-brother. Cicero engages Gordianus to get at the truth of the matter, and while the orator practices powerful speech-making the investigator proves the aptness of his sobriquet, "the finder." Gordianus soon discovers that truth and mortal danger walk hand-in-hand through the twisting streets and the great forum of Rome. But he is unflinching in his quest for veritas in a story greatly enhanced by its vivid characters, including Cicero's clever slave Tiro; a mute street urchin and his widowed mother; a beautiful, enigmatic whore; Gordianus's spirited slave and lover, Bethesda; the aging dictator Sulla; and a dyspeptic but brilliant Cicero. A classic historical mystery, in every sense.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Kirkus Reviews

From the papers of Marcus Tullius Cicero comes this first novel, a fictionalization of the immortal Roman orator's first important case--his defense of well-heeled farmer Sextus Roscius on the charge of killing his hated father. The narrator is Gordianus the Finder, hired by Cicero to dig up evidence, and so good at his job that he soon learns the pretext that lured the elder Roscius to his death--a summons from Elena, a young prostitute pregnant with a possible heir; finds where the murder was committed; unearths two witnesses who set him on the track of a brutal conspiracy; and uncovers some sordid truths about the Roscius family in time for Cicero to set off the expected courtroom fireworks. More genuine mystery and detection than in Ron Burns's Roman Nights (see above), with two handsome surprises saved for last. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 580 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1845292480
  • Editeur : Robinson (29 septembre 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Pour ceux qui comme moi aiment les voyages dans le temps et attendent la suite de la série "Masters of Rome" de Colleen McCullough, voici un autre livre qui fait revivre la Rome de la même période (la fin de la dictature de Sulla) par un auteur à l'érudition impressionnante. Excellent premier roman de Steven Saylor, je commande de ce pas les autres!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 une plongée dans la rome antique 19 mars 2011
Voici un roman historique qui rassemble tout ce que j'aime: un décor et des personnages historiques, une intrigue qui vous tient en haleine en s'appuyant sur la description de la société romaine etenfin une écriture fluide. J'ai appris énormément sur le règne de Sylla et j'ai apprécié le polar.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thrilling mystery draped with vivid historic detail. 24 octobre 1996
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I first began reading Steven Saylor's short stories in Ellery Queen and
was immediately taken with his writing. Saylor brings history to life in
an immediate and vivid manner. He does it so well, the reader doesn't notice
it after awhile.

"Roman Blood" is first and foremost a mystery, and the "detective" is
Gordinius the Finder, a Roman citizen who is often hired to find truth.
In this story a man is accused of murdering his father, and faces a
horrible punishment if Gordinius and Cicero cannot find him innocent.

Saylor exposes the corruption of the Roman political system while
asking pointed questions about what justice is. This novel is so far
my favorite of Saylor's novels because although he delves into the
politics of the Roman Forum, the book is foremost a mystery novel.
Gordinius is attempting to solve the murder of a Roman citizen, and
Saylor maintains the suspensefulness throughout the novel.

The book's ending leaves the readers surprised and thoughtful. Saylor
also, by the end of the book, has ensured his future royalties because
he's made you care about the characters and leaves you wanting to read
more about their lives and their challenges.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Step back in time to mean streets of ancient Rome.... 24 juin 2005
Par Jeanne Tassotto - Publié sur
and join Gordianus the Finder as he hunts through those twisting, winding streets to aid Cicero (yes, that Cicero).

Set in 80 BC, during the dictatorship of Sulla, Gordianus is hired by a young orator named Cicero to investigate a case, Sextus Roscius, a gentleman farmer, is accused of the murder of his father. Gordianus is soon plunged into the not so glamorous side of ancient Rome, a Rome of hired killers, corrupt government, brothels and home invasions. A world where a dying man's screams only cause good citizens to cover their ears and hide behind their barred doors.

The clues to the mystery of this novel are all there for the reader to follow but twist and turn so that it would be a challenge to solve the crime before Gordianus. The real treat to this story is not the mystery, although it is engaging, but rather the glimpse into the ancient world. Even though Gordianus has many of the same concerns of a modern day citizen, (crime in the streets, corruption in government, stretching the income to cover expenses) but he is very much a man of his times. Gordianus must contend with the social niceties of how a free citizen should treat a slave, his own and those belonging to others, finding his way through a city that has no maps, nor even any names on most of the streets, streets where a citizen could be killed at any time by a common thief, in a vendetta with a rival family or even at the request of the government. Saylor's descriptions of the settings and characters are fascinating, they bring this long gone time a place alive in an interesting and entertaining manner.

This is the first of the ROMA SUB ROSA series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next in the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a terrific book, part of a terrific series 15 septembre 1998
Par vpenner2 - Publié sur
Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series is wonderful for the exploration of character, for the mysteries (of course), and for bringing Ancient Rome to life. The descriptions of Rome made me feel like I was walking through a city teeming with life, people, sights, sounds, smells.
The novels seem to become more complex as the series goes on. Roman Blood, the first novel in the series, is the most straight-forward murder mystery. Arms of Nemesis puts Gordianus under pressure with a time limit, and looks at the way slaves fit into Roman society. Catalina's Riddle takes place on a farm, in the midst of a possible revolution. The Venus Throw involves, scandal, politics and an examination of morals. I haven't read the other books yet, but I have ordered them. I heartily recommend this series.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Better history than mystery 13 février 2002
Par Kathleen Chappell - Publié sur
Steven Saylor's novel is aptly named -- a good deal of Roman blood is indeed spilled when Gordianus the Finder agrees to help a young lawyer named Marcus Tullius Cicero with his first case. Cicero has been hired to defend one Sextus Roscius, accused of killing his father, also named Sextus Roscius. The crime of patricide was punishable by death in ancient Rome, and neither Cicero nor Gordianus wants to see an innocent man executed.
Saylor does a good job of bringing Rome to life; he includes many details, including descriptions of the narrow, winding streets, the oppressive heat of summer, and the intricacies of the Roman legal system, that create a sense of place and painlessly educate the reader. There are only a few places where the description intrudes into the story. Since the story is bound up with the political intrigue surrounding the rule of the dictator Sulla (80 BC), a knowledge of Roman history will help the reader keepthe characters and their motivations straight. Saylor does give an explanation of Sulla's rise to power and the atrocities he and his followers committed, but it comes late in the book and drags on for several pages, so this is not as useful as it could be. Readers not familiar with (or uninterested in) Roman history may have trouble getting into the book, but overall the setting is well-done and convincing.
The mystery aspect of the novel was not as interesting as the historical aspect; the story is slow in places, and it was hard to care about the characters, especially since many of them lack redeeming qualities. Also, Saylor has an unfortunate tendencyto overemphasize key plot points, as if he doesn't want the reader to miss the fact that a certain discovery is a clue. Part of the mystery reader's responsibility is to find the clues on her own; it is the mystery author's job to confuse the reader about what is a clue and what is a red herring. Saylor doesn't seem to have mastered that skill. The end of the novel, which includes the requisite court scene with Cicero making his argument on behalf of the accused, seems to take forever to lumber to a conclusion. Read the book for its setting, but don't expect too much in the mystery department.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 good, but needs an "R" rating - not for kids 15 juillet 2007
Par Alison Johns - Publié sur
(there's a spoiler in here, so be warned)

I wouldn't have read this book on my own - it was recommended by my son's history teacher. And it's actually not bad - but it isn't for kids.

The book has some pretty steamy, detailed sex scenes - nails clawing in the back, hips thrusting, etc, etc. In fact, it has two such scenes in the first 50 pages, not to mention a brutal stabbing in the middle of a mob (which the protagonists choose to ignore), and a scene where one of our main characters lusts after the pretty, dead flesh of a corpse. Eesh.

We go on to deal with rape, father-daughter incest, your run-of-the-mill child abuse and neglect, another brutal stabbing (first reenacted, rather heartbreakingly, by a traumatized child, then described in vivid detail), the nasty ways a parricide is punished (to which an eager potential child witness responds "wow, I've never seen a monkey before!"), the beheading of thousands whose heads are impaled and on public display. The killing of a kitty cat whose blood is used as ink. A grown man having sex with a woman he owns as property while fantasizing about having sex with a young girl he knows has been molested by her father.And a couple more brutal stabbings.

As a historical detective novel, I think it did a fine job - it's not my genre, and I was certainly captivated by the story. Jacqueline Susann/Raymond Chandler in a toga, sort of thing. But it's not for those under 17.
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