By Steven Saylor
Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa sequence of novels, set within the later Roman Republic and that includes Gordianus the Finder, has garnered strange acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, constructing him as one of many pre-eminent old secret writers. In A Gladiator Dies merely Once, the second one selection of his award-winning tales that includes Gordianus, Saylor greater than meets his personal excessive criteria. Set among the occasions of his novels Roman Blood and Catilina's Riddle, those formerly untold adventures from the early occupation of Gordianus - while his followed son, Eco, used to be nonetheless a mute boy and his spouse, Bethesda, used to be yet his slave - will satisfaction Saylor's many enthusiasts whereas illuminating info of the traditional global like no different author can.
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I didn't ask you here to talk about Sertorius. Decimus Brutus, yes; Sertorius, no. " His bejeweled hand flitted over the pile and plucked a scroll for me to read. " I scanned the items. " I grunted. "All very interesting, but I don't see-" Lucius leaned forward and tapped at the scroll. "Read that part. " " 'The bookworm pokes his head outside tomorrow. Easy prey for the sparrow, but partridges go hungry. Bright-eyed Sappho says: Be suspicious! A dagger strikes faster than lightning. Better yet: an arrow.
Lucius peered down at the consular box. Even Decimus Brutus, ever the ingratiating politician, had risen to his feet to applaud Diocles along with the rest of the crowd. "I think your friend Decimus Brutus need not fear for his life. " "Tell me, Lucius, why have you not wagered even once today? " His florid face blushed even redder. " "Something… something new. " "I put a little something on each race. Well, it makes sense, doesn't it? " I shook my head. " He shrugged. "Everyone I know. Well, everyone who is anyone.
Or had it? If Bethesda wouldn't own up to pilfering Eco's figurines, the evidence of her footsteps in the dust, and of the dust adhering to soles of her shoes, would compel her to do so. I couldn't help but smile, anticipating her chagrin. Or would she maintain her fiction that the figurines had walked off by themselves, with the curious goal, as it turned out, of congregating beneath our bed? Whistling an old Etruscan nursery tune and looking forward to a hearty breakfast, I strolled across the garden toward the dining room at the back of the house.