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Roman Games (Plinius Secundus Series #1)

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Rome, AD 96. When a notorious senatorial informer is found stabbed to death, his slaves are suspected. Pliny, a young senator and lawyer,is ordered to investigate. However, the Roman Games have just begun, and for the next fifteen days the courts are in recess. If Pliny can't identify the murderer in that time, the slaves will be burned alive in the arena. Pliny teams up with a starving author and denizen of the Roman demimonde and soon unravels a plot involving religious "atheists," Egyptian cultists, and a ...

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Roman Games: A Plinius Secundus Mystery

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Overview

Rome, AD 96. When a notorious senatorial informer is found stabbed to death, his slaves are suspected. Pliny, a young senator and lawyer,is ordered to investigate. However, the Roman Games have just begun, and for the next fifteen days the courts are in recess. If Pliny can't identify the murderer in that time, the slaves will be burned alive in the arena. Pliny teams up with a starving author and denizen of the Roman demimonde and soon unravels a plot involving religious "atheists," Egyptian cultists, and a missing horoscope that forecasts the emperor's death. As the deadline approaches, Pliny struggles with the painful dilemma of a good man forced to serve a brutal regime.

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Editorial Reviews

Harriet Klausner
“This is an enjoyable whodunit due to the Roman background interwoven throughout the historical mystery."
Kirkus Reviews
Macbain's debut novel convincingly re-creates everyday life in ancient Rome, weaving real and fictional characters with aplomb.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441764942
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Plinius Secundus Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Macbain holds a BA in Classics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught Greek and Roman history at Vanderbilt University and Boston University. His special interest is religion in the Roman Empire. He enjoys travelling and was one of the first Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in Borneo. He lives with his wife in Brookline, MA. This is his first novel.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

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    This is an enjoyable whodunit due to the Roman background interwoven throughout the historical mystery

    In 96 AD in Rome, Senatorial Informer Sextus Verpa is found viciously stabbed to death in his home. The household slaves of the deceased are the only suspects; with no rights they will be executed for his murder once the Ludi Romani Games are over; as no one is killed by the state during the fifteen days of contests.

    Meanwhile Emperor Domitian could not care less about slaughtering some slaves in an inferno, but wants to insure his enemies are not behind the stabbing murder. He orders Senator Gaius Plinius Caecillius Secundus, better known as Pliny the Younger, to investigate. Pliny enlists the help of starving author Martial in order to enter places he would have no cooperation. Soon the pair begins to unravel a convoluted conspiracy starting with a horoscope reading that predicts the death of the Emperor is near with tentacles reaching from Jewish and Christian sects, supporters of the Roman pantheon, and Egyptian cultists; but the most dangerous locale for the detecting duet is the palace where the brutal emperor wears no clothes.

    Ancient Rome has been used as the backdrop for several mystery series by Steven Saylor, Robert Harris and John Robert Maddox for instance and more so Albert Bell whose lead is Pliny the Younger. However, Bruce Macbain keeps his saga fresh with a strong look at the decadence at the end of the first century in which an ethical hero struggles to keep his morality and his head. The story line is fast-paced as the two opposite ins status and outlook sleuths unite following clues that are religious and political dangerous as separation of state denotes separation of one's head. This is an enjoyable whodunit due to the Roman background interwoven throughout the historical mystery.

    Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Better than Saylor?

    Certainly more fun!

    Pliny the Younger and Martial travel from the palace to the slums to solve a murder.

    Historically great, good characters, and a mystery you won't solve early on.

    Thoroughly enjoyable; hope to read more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    I thought I would give this a try while waiting for the next Say

    I thought I would give this a try while waiting for the next Saylor book, and was pleasantly surprised by both the quality of the writing and the depth of historical detail. Like Saylor, MacBain has a grounding in classical history and literature, and it shows.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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