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The Roman civil war has come to its conclusion — Pompey is dead, Egypt is firmly under the control of Cleopatra (with the help of Rome's legions), and for the first time in many years Julius Caesar has returned to Rome itself. Appointed by the Senate as Dictator, the city abounds with rumors asserting that Caesar wishes to be made King — the first such that Rome has had in centuries. And that not all of his opposition has been crushed.

Gordianus, recently returned from Egypt with his wife Bethesda, is essentially retired from his previous profession of 'Finder' but even he cannot refuse the call of Calpurnia, Caesar's wife. Troubled by dreams foretelling disaster and fearing a conspiracy against the life of Caesar, she had hired someone to investigate the rumors. But that person, a close friend of Gordianus, has just turned up dead — murdered — on her doorstep. With four successive Triumphs for Caesar's military victories scheduled for the coming days, and Caesar more exposed to danger than ever before, Calpurnia wants Gordianus to uncover the truth behind the rumored conspiracies— to protect Caesar's life, before it is too late. No fan of Caesar's, Gordianus agrees to help — but only to find the murderer who killed his friend. But once an investigation is begun, there's no controlling what it will turn up, who it will put in danger, and where it will end.

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"At the start of bestseller Saylor's stellar 10th novel in his Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder (after 2004's The Judgment of Caesar), Gordianus is at first reluctant to accept a commission from Julius Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, to discover which of the general's many enemies may be plotting her husband's assassination soon after his victory in the Roman civil war. When Calpurnia reveals that the first man she'd hired for the job, Hieronymous, was murdered, the sleuth agrees to help because Hieronymous was an old friend of his. The suspects in Hieronymous's death, who include such prominent figures of the period as Cleopatra and Marc Antony, may well be the ones seeking to kill Caesar. Since the action takes place two years before Caesar's actual death in 44 B.C., there's little suspense about the outcome, but Saylor ably rises to the challenge. The convincing backdrop of daily life in ancient Rome helps make this compelling whodunit a triumph. Author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The New York Times bestselling author of Roma returns with the latest installment in his critically acclaimed series.

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The Roman civil war has come to its conclusion - Pompey is dead, Egypt is firmly under the control of Cleopatra (with the help of Romes legions), and for the first time in many years Julius Caesar has returned to Rome itself. Appointed by the Senate as Dictator, the city abounds with rumors asserting that Caesar wishes to be made King - the first such that Rome has had in centuries. And that not all of his opposition has been crushed.

Gordianus, recently returned from Egypt with his wife Bethesda, is essentially retired from his previous profession of ‘Finder but even he cannot refuse the call of Calpurnia, Caesars wife. Troubled  by dreams foretelling disaster and fearing a conspiracy against the life of Caesar, she had hired someone to investigate the rumors. But that person, a close friend of Gordianus, has just turned up dead - murdered — on her doorstep. With four successive Triumphs for Caesars military victories scheduled for the coming days, and Caesar more exposed to danger than ever before, Calpurnia wants Gordianus to uncover the truth behind the rumored conspiracies — to protect Caesars life, before it is too late. No fan of Caesars, Gordianus agrees to help - but only to find the murderer who killed his friend. But once an investigation is begun, there's no controlling what it will turn up, who it will put in danger, and where it will end.

About the Author

Steven Saylor is the author of the New York Times bestselling Roma as well as the previous books in the Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder. Saylor's books have been published around the world in twenty languages and been bestsellers in many of them. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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tregatt1, June 19, 2008 (view all comments by tregatt1)
I've read many glowing reviews for THE TRIUMPH OF CAESAR, and while I agree that it is a good read, well written and utterly compelling, I have to say that, for me, this is really not the best entry to the series -- I think the best two installments are still ROMAN BLOOD & ARMS OF NEMESIS. THE TRIUMP OF CAESAR was wonderfully crafted, filled with wonderful historical details, but the sad fact is that for much of the book, the air of suspense and tension was sadly lacking. Things definitely picked up in the last five chapters of the book, when Diana, Gordianus' daughter, joined in the investigation -- so much so that I rather wished that she had started helping her father earlier in the book! And that is actually my only criticism of this installment, that the suspense was somewhat lacking. In everything else -- the compelling storyline, brilliantly fleshed out characters, colour, pageantry, atmosphere and historical detail, THE TRIUMPH OF CAESAR delivered in spades. I particularly appreciated the poignant manner in which Saylor conveyed through Gordianus, the enormity that the never-ending wars had caused, and that Saylor had given Godianus a voice that authentic without sounding anachronistic. I cannot fully express how tired I am of coming across 'Roman' investigators that sound like modern street toughs! All in all. THE TRIUMPH OF CAESAR was a good read. It may not be the best in the series, but it was an enjoyable and rewarding one nevertheless.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312359836
Subtitle:
A Novel of Ancient Rome
Author:
Saylor, Steven
Author:
Saylor, Steven W.
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Novels of Ancient Rome
Series Volume:
12 of 15
Publication Date:
20090707
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.15 x 6.75 x 1.16 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of bestseller Saylor's stellar 10th novel in his Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder (after 2004's The Judgment of Caesar), Gordianus is at first reluctant to accept a commission from Julius Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, to discover which of the general's many enemies may be plotting her husband's assassination soon after his victory in the Roman civil war. When Calpurnia reveals that the first man she'd hired for the job, Hieronymous, was murdered, the sleuth agrees to help because Hieronymous was an old friend of his. The suspects in Hieronymous's death, who include such prominent figures of the period as Cleopatra and Marc Antony, may well be the ones seeking to kill Caesar. Since the action takes place two years before Caesar's actual death in 44 B.C., there's little suspense about the outcome, but Saylor ably rises to the challenge. The convincing backdrop of daily life in ancient Rome helps make this compelling whodunit a triumph. Author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The New York Times bestselling author of Roma returns with the latest installment in his critically acclaimed series.
"Synopsis" by ,

The Roman civil war has come to its conclusion - Pompey is dead, Egypt is firmly under the control of Cleopatra (with the help of Romes legions), and for the first time in many years Julius Caesar has returned to Rome itself. Appointed by the Senate as Dictator, the city abounds with rumors asserting that Caesar wishes to be made King - the first such that Rome has had in centuries. And that not all of his opposition has been crushed.

Gordianus, recently returned from Egypt with his wife Bethesda, is essentially retired from his previous profession of ‘Finder but even he cannot refuse the call of Calpurnia, Caesars wife. Troubled  by dreams foretelling disaster and fearing a conspiracy against the life of Caesar, she had hired someone to investigate the rumors. But that person, a close friend of Gordianus, has just turned up dead - murdered — on her doorstep. With four successive Triumphs for Caesars military victories scheduled for the coming days, and Caesar more exposed to danger than ever before, Calpurnia wants Gordianus to uncover the truth behind the rumored conspiracies — to protect Caesars life, before it is too late. No fan of Caesars, Gordianus agrees to help - but only to find the murderer who killed his friend. But once an investigation is begun, there's no controlling what it will turn up, who it will put in danger, and where it will end.

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