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SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates

by John Maddox Roberts
     
 

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His two years of aedileship over, Decius is ready for his next adventure. He would rather do anything than join the war with Caesar, so he and Hermes find themselves on a mission to rid the Mediterranean of pirates. They set off with shoddy ships and sailors to the island of Cyprus, where a young Cleopatra is staying. Between her impressive crew and the ex-pirate

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His two years of aedileship over, Decius is ready for his next adventure. He would rather do anything than join the war with Caesar, so he and Hermes find themselves on a mission to rid the Mediterranean of pirates. They set off with shoddy ships and sailors to the island of Cyprus, where a young Cleopatra is staying. Between her impressive crew and the ex-pirate Ariston providing insider knowledge of that cutthroat occupation, Decius thinks he stands a good chance of bringing himself some glory.

That would be too simple though. The ruler of the island is murdered and Decius has a sacred duty to find and punish the guilty party. As he investigates world trade, the island history, and the new kind of piracy plaguing the waters, he is finding connections more menacing than he had ever imagined possible.
Roberts crafts another skillful mystery, this one fervently pulsing with the collision of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian interests.

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“Gripping ...longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle.” —Publishers Weekly

“Colorful characters led by Cleopatra and historical tidbits add entertainment.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Roberts's gripping ninth Roman historical (after 2004's The River God's Vengeance), former aedile Decius Caecilius Metellus is dispatched from Rome by his patrician family to deal with a resurgence in piracy to Cyprus, where he encounters the young Cleopatra, whose true allegiances remain obscure. With scant resources, Metellus seeks recruits from the dregs of Cyprian society and attempts to whip his forces into a squad capable of ending the violent pillaging. His focus shifts when Silvanus, the island's Roman governor, is found dead, asphyxiated by a mouthful of frankincense. The economics of the international trade in that aromatic spice prove relevant as Metellus suspects a connection between the assassination and his primary mission. The occasional colloquial phrase jars ("Rosy-fingered Dawn was performing her daily act as we pulled up by the naval wharf"), and Roberts has the misfortune of suffering by comparison with Steven Saylor, whose latest Roman mystery, The Judgment of Caesar, used the historical Cleopatra to much better effect. Still, longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle. Agent, Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency. (June 27) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312337247
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/24/2006
Series:
SPQR Series, #9
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
896,999
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

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"Gripping ...longtime fans and those interested in the Roman Republic will enjoy this crafty puzzle."—Publishers Weekly

"Colorful characters led by Cleopatra and historical tidbits add entertainment."—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

John Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy in addition to his well-loved SPQR mysteries. He and his wife live in New Mexico.

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