History awaits an unsuspecting young man, fleeing the imperial capital and Nero's wrath. Arriving in Pompeii, Marcellus witnesses the funeral of a local man; the course of his life will be altered by this stranger's death. Unable to stop the murder of a mysterious woman named Helen, Marcellus becomes the caretaker of the dead woman's newborn baby. Hiding in plain sight at a brothel, Marcellus is left to decipher Helen's secrets. With the help of his overbearing servant and a seductive oracle, Marcellus must deduce who in Pompeii has blood on their hands. Helen's killer and Marcellus' true identity appear to be his greatest threats. Little does he know what cataclysm the Mighty Jove has designed. If Marcellus can survive the city's disaster, he just might expose a murderer and stay alive.
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From the egg to the apple
Yes, I would listen to the book again. The story is complex, the main characters are involved in a complicated mystery while they are on the run for a crime one of them is accused of. The two elements are not connected, although I had guessed that they were. Listening again, I wouldn't need to spectate, but rather take it all in.
There is a Jeeves and Wooster find themselves in Steven Saylor's Arms of Nemesis feel to the story. The roman details were well done and the dynamic roles of the main characters proved humorous.
I really enjoyed several scenes it is hard to pick one. While several scenes are playful and fun, the description of the earthquake was really well done.
No, I enjoyed the characters and didn't want the book to end too soon.
The narrator had a nice range. The character's were given distinctive tones which made the lengthy book easier to follow.
- Tim Parker
Great historical fiction!