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The Pericles Commission (Nicolaos Series #1)

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    Fantastic book! I was able to learn about ancient Athens while b

    Fantastic book! I was able to learn about ancient Athens while being thoroughly entertained by this very interesting historical mystery. A smart, witty, and well-researched book. I appreciate how the author made the book accessible to those unfamiliar with the history of Greece (like me) -- he really took the time to flesh out the people, places, and events relevant to the story, entertaining and engaging the reader all the while. The characters were also fleshed out very well, and I still feel attached to them even after finishing the book. It's wonderful news that there are sequels to this one!

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Fantastic read

    Downloaded the preview and immediately purchased the whole book. Totally engrossing storyline. Aready pre ordered his sequel, and hope he continues to write for a long time.

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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    This is an excellent Ancient Athenian mystery

    In 461 BC in Athens, the man fell from the sky. At least that is how it initially looked to those near the Areopagus. In fact democratic reformist leader Ephialtes was shot with a myriad of arrows before his dive off the Rock of Areopagus. He landed dead at the feet of a sculptor's son Nicolaos.

    Ephialtes's political ally Pericles arrives just after the death. He is pleasantly surprised by the logical analysis Nicolaos applies to the assassination; as such Pericles hires the lad to investigate the murder. Knowing the ruling council meets at the Areopagus and the obvious motive is these members refuse to lose power as they would under Ephialtes' reform, he looks for the killer(s) amidst the leading citizens of the city including his client.

    This is an excellent Ancient Athenian mystery in which Gary Corby constructs his deep story line around real persona (including the victim) and events (including the victim's murder). The early chapters set the tale of fifth century BC in Athens and once Ephialtes falls, the story line takes off at a resounding speed. Mindful of Jose Carlos Somoza's The Athenian Murders, The Pericles Commission is a superb BCE historical.

    Harriet Klausner

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