Catilina's Riddle : A Novel of Ancient Rome (A Novel of Ancient Rome)
Catilina's Riddle A Novel of Ancient Rome - A Novel of Ancient Rome Author:Steven Saylor Using scholarly historical insight and evocative storytelling that brings to life the glories of ancient Rome, Steven Saylor takes the reader from the bloody lines of clashing Roman armies to the backrooms of the Senate floor, where power-hungry politicians wrestle the Fates for control of Rome's destiny. — With the consular election draw... more »ing near, Rome is fiercely divided between the conservative Cicero and the tempestuous Catilina, whose followers are rumored to be plotting a blood-thirsty siege for power if their leader fails to win office.
Gordianus the Finder, retired to his Etruscan farm, is happy to be free of the intrigue and danger of the capital. But when his old friend Cicero enlists the Finder in an elaborate plot to control Catilina, Gordianus is drawn back into a familiar world. Now caught in a cloak-and-dagger political struggle for the fate of the Republic, Gordianus finds himself strangely drawn to the controversial candidate. Is Catilina really a subversive renegade, or are Cicero suspicions part of an even greater conspiracy? When a headless corpse ominously appears on his farm, Gordianus knows he must unlock the secret of Catilina's Riddle before Rome tears herself apart.« less
From the Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor, Catilina's Riddle is an excellent novel of ancient Rome. As a person who enjoys and studies history, I can say that Mr. Saylor's books are VERY well researched. However, beyond the historical accuracy of the novels, the stories are AMAZING! His prose is easy-to-read and flows freely. If you are a history buff or even just someone who enjoys a great novel, you will love Catilina's Riddle.