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Wrath of the Furies: A Novel of the Ancient World (Novels of Ancient Rome) Hardcover – October 13, 2015
"A highly suspenseful plot and a moving resolution distinguish Saylor’s masterful third novel featuring Roman sleuth Gordianus the Finder." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Every bit as good as its history- and tension-packed predecessors…sustains a high level of suspense, while Saylor gives readers great sandals-on-the-ground details of the ancient world." - Booklist (starred review)
"Saylor has concocted one of his best novels so far with this tale of intrigue and extraordinarily bloody reckonings...an international thriller, with espionage, world-shaking events, and plenty of plots, plans, and conspiracies." - Edge Boston
"The series has been rejuvenated by the younger hero and is now better than ever. ... [Saylor] the undisputed master of the Roman historical mystery." - Historical Novel Society
"With its expert mix of comedy and tragedy, Wrath may be Saylor's most thought-provoking work, a book that shows sympathy for all while asking us to ponder mankind's seemingly limitless capacity to do terrible things, then as now." - USA Today
About the Author
STEVEN SAYLOR is the author of acclaimed historical mystery novels featuring Gordianus the Finder, including Raiders of the Nile, as well as the internationally bestselling historical novels Empire and Roma. He has appeared on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.
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I have always preferred Saylor to the other writers of Rome-based mysteries, since his interest is more in the place and time than in the whodunnit element. And while there is something of a mystery here, really it is a study of Ephesus and Pontus as Mithridates VI began his challenge to Roman supremacy. Fans of Colleen McCullough's Rome novels will remember that ambitious young king, and Saylor's book also has one of McCullough's greatest characters, the former consul Publius Rutilius Rufus, among its characters.
It might be helpful to be familiar with Gordianus and Saylor's earlier works before reading this one, but it would also stand alone reasonably well.
The story, based on real events during the wars with Mithradites, combines the usual Saylor staples of oustanding descriptions of social life, religion, politics, strife, etc., in the ancient Roman world, the clever ingenuity of the principal character, Gordianus, and the continuing adventures and experiences of a young man who is growing into the adult of earlier books in the series.
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