A Gladiator Dies Only Once by Steven Saylor audiobook

A Gladiator Dies Only Once: The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder

By Steven Saylor
Read by Ralph Cosham

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780312357443

The Roma Sub Rosa Series: Book 11

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Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series, set in thelater Roman Republic and featuring Gordianus the Finder, has garnered unusualacclaim from readers and reviewers alike, establishing him as one of the preeminenthistorical mystery writers. In A Gladiator Dies Only Once, thesecond collection of his award-winning stories featuring Gordianus, Saylor morethan meets his own high standards. Set between the events of his novels RomanBlood and Catilina’s Riddle, these nine stories of previously untoldadventures from the early career of Gordianus—when his adopted son, Eco, wasstill a mute boy and his wife, Bethesda, was but his slave—will delight Saylor’smany fans while illuminating details of the ancient world like no other writercan. Included are “The Consul’s Wife,” which involves a twisted search for truth behind athreatening blind item in the Acta Diurna. In “The White Fawn,” Gordianus mustdeal with a kidnapping and murder during the revolt of Sertorius. “Archimedes’Tomb” tells the story behind Cicero’s discovery of Archimedes’ tomb. Finally, “Ifa Cyclops Could Vanish in a Blink of an Eye” brings up a perplexing domesticsituation in Gordianus’ own home.

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Summary

Summary

Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series, set in thelater Roman Republic and featuring Gordianus the Finder, has garnered unusualacclaim from readers and reviewers alike, establishing him as one of the preeminenthistorical mystery writers. In A Gladiator Dies Only Once, thesecond collection of his award-winning stories featuring Gordianus, Saylor morethan meets his own high standards. Set between the events of his novels RomanBlood and Catilina’s Riddle, these nine stories of previously untoldadventures from the early career of Gordianus—when his adopted son, Eco, wasstill a mute boy and his wife, Bethesda, was but his slave—will delight Saylor’smany fans while illuminating details of the ancient world like no other writercan.

Included are “The Consul’s Wife,” which involves a twisted search for truth behind athreatening blind item in the Acta Diurna. In “The White Fawn,” Gordianus mustdeal with a kidnapping and murder during the revolt of Sertorius. “Archimedes’Tomb” tells the story behind Cicero’s discovery of Archimedes’ tomb. Finally, “Ifa Cyclops Could Vanish in a Blink of an Eye” brings up a perplexing domesticsituation in Gordianus’ own home.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The stories are admirably varied—some are extensive mysteries; others offer short, sharp slices of life. All are marvelous reads in themselves and marvelous reflections of ancient Rome.” Booklist
“This collection of nine short stories establishes events in Gordianus the Finder’s early career between his first adventure and his third. Followers of this historical series, especially, will appreciate these scenarios.” Library Journal
“The twisty fair-play plotting that marks Saylor’s best novels is very much in evidence…[An] excellent volume.” Publishers Weekly
“All [the stories] engagingly evoke the last days of the Roman Republic and show the often tumultuous domestic lives of Gordianus’ lofty real-life acquaintances.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Steven Saylor

Author Bio: Steven Saylor

Steven Saylor is a freelance writer, editor, and the author of novels set in ancient Rome. He studied history at the University of Texas at Austin. Saylor’s writing has appeared in the Threepenny Review, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He lives in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English