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Raiders of the Nile: A Novel of the Ancient World par [Saylor, Steven]
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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.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 351 pages
  • Editeur : Minotaur Books (25 février 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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The first novel about young Gordianus - before he is a "Finder".
It seems to be a collection of related short stories that have been reworked into a novel. Interesting and worth reading.
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Une onzième aventure de Gordianus (si l'on excepte les 3 volumes de nouvelles) qui ne dément pas les qualités narratives de Steven Saylor.
A lire absolument pour retrouver l'ambiance "antique" (et très bien documentée) que l'auteur restitue admirablement; dans le delta du Nil, zone de dangers et de non-droit, pendant une période trouble de l'histoire de l’Égypte, et d'où le jeune enquêteur aura quelque peine à sortir indemne...
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Ce retour sur la jeunesse égyptienne de Gordien est plein de surprises et rebondissements. Une plongée bien agréable dans les intrigues de la fin du royaume des Ptolémée.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful historical fiction! 26 février 2014
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Saylor has brought a fresh twist to his signature character 30 mai 2014
Par Andrew Kushner - Publié sur
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Excellent Book by Steven Saylor 11 juin 2014
Par gpat65 - Publié sur
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This was absolutely a romp through Alexandria and points beyond. Gordianus and Bethesda are staying in Alexandria and he is making a modest living. Suddenly Bethesda is kidnapped and Gordianus goes on a wild trip and ends up joining a gang of thieves just to stay close to her and try to figure out how to get away. The story is told with tons of humor and it was just a fun romp that moved quickly and was difficult to put down. Great Book!!!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 In the Nile Delta with Gordianus 8 décembre 2015
Par James R. Ludwig - Publié sur
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This new Gordianus series takes the reader back to the future Finder's very eventful youth. In the first book an eighteen year-old Gordianus visits the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World with his old tutor. In this second book, he is older, living in Alexandria, and romantically involved with his slave girl Bethesda. When she disappears mysteriously, he sets out to find her and bring her home.
A romantic adventure follows which involves everything from a mime troop to pirates and lion to a witch and, ultimately to a very fat Ptolemy, who is currently King of Egypt. It is a pleasure to read and includes the attention to bringing ancient people vibrantly alive that is hallmark of all of Saylor's stories. he makes Alexandria and the wilds of the Nile Delta accessible and as real as he made Rome and Italy in his earlier books. I look forward to reading these stories of the younger Gordianus as quickly as he writes them.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Running Out of the Best History 21 août 2014
Par Timothy Haugh - Publié sur
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I have to admit a real liking for Steven Saylor’s novels of Gordianus the Finder. Though they vary in quality from the mediocre to the truly excellent, you can always count on a decent mystery and a good dose of history. As far as Raiders of the Nile goes, it’s solidly in the middle of the road.

Having seemingly exhausted Roman history and taken Gordianus to a ripe old age in previous novels, Mr. Saylor has backtracked in his past couple books to Gordianus as a young man. This time around, we have a twenty-two year-old Gordianus living in Egypt force to track his kidnapped slave (love, and future wife) Bethesda in the Nile delta where he runs into brigands and political fallout with the uncertain rule of Egyptian King Ptolemy.

Honestly, Mr. Saylor is saved this time around by the great character he has created in Gordianus and a plot that ticks along nicely for most of the book. He’s working against a real problem now: the historical ground he’s currently covering just isn’t as interesting as Gordianus’ adventures in Rome. He also does himself no favors by the very pat, very happy ending he brings all the main characters to in the closing pages of this novel. I used to be a big fan of Mr. Saylor’s often harsh but more realistic endings to his Gordianus novels. He’s lost that recently.

Still, this is a pleasant enough read. And no one can deny that Mr. Saylor knows how to create a real sense of an historical place, when he doesn’t get too instructional (which he doesn’t here). In the end, this book is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
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