Item description for The Ides of April (Ray, Mary, Roman Empire Sequence.) by Mary Ray...
Overview In Rome in 62 A.D., seventeen-year-old Hylas must find a way to save himself, his mother, and the other household slaves from imprisonment and imminent death when their master, a prominent senator, is found murdered.
Publishers Description Hylas is a young Greek slave in the household of Caius Pomponius, a Roman Senator involved in political schemes. When the senator is found mysteriously murdered, the household slaves (including Hylas and his mother) fall under suspicion. Hylas escapes capture long enough to enlist the aid of a young tribune, Camillus Rufus. The desperate attempt to unravel the threads of the political intrigue carries Camillus into the very presence of Nero and brings Hylas into contact with the new secret sect of Christians.
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Studio: Bethlehem Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1999
Publisher Bethlehem books
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 1883937434 ISBN13 9781883937430
Availability 0 units.
More About Mary Ray
Ray was born in England. She has a BA Hons in Classical Civilisation from the University of Kent, and a MA in Church History.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Ides of April (Ray, Mary, Roman Empire Sequence.)?
A run-of-the-mill book Feb 8, 2007
The Ides of April is written by Mary Ray and it's 165 pages long and set in Rome A.D. 62. It's a run-of-the-mill book about a boy names Hylas Who escapes when his master, Caius Pomponius Afer is Murdered and because of that they are going to kill every single slave incase one is the murderer! After he escapes he calls on someone whose life he had saved, Cammillus, -he knew he could count on him. Together Cammillus and Hylas under go their own investigation to figure out the true culprit is. This book is what I would call mediocre because nothing seemed to catch my interest and it didn't astonish me; nothing special or extraordinary about it. She seemed to make the book more complicated than it has to be. The book seemed to drag on and on while Hylas is in hiding then after that it gets better. Defiantly not my favorite book but someone who likes mystery books might like it better.
It's Murder Mystery Time! Feb 7, 2007
The Ides of April is a historical fiction story by Mary Ray. Ray uses her unique skill to write a beautifully laced murder mystery in Rome 62 AD. Hylas is a young slave in the household of Caius Pomponius, a Roman senator. One horrible night, Caius is murdered in his sleep and all the slaves are rounded up and sent to prison to be murdered, except Hylas and Assinius, who disappeared right after the murder. Camillus, a military tribune, Varro, a porter, and Caius's aunt, Matidia, befriend Hylas. Together they race against time to find the murderer, bring him to justice, and free all the slaves kept in the dank and rotting prison. Ray creates an interesting ancient murder story by intertwining the glory of the Roman Empire with the death and destruction that comes with it, but, unfortunately, she introduces too many characters with similar names all at the same time which causes much confusion to the reader and makes it hard for them figure out who is who and who did what. Ray also creates the characters as though to make them distant from the reader. She creates them without any feelings so that the reader cannot say, "Yeah, I can relate to that." But, all in all, this is a good book because of the way Ray adds a gripping plot and twists and turns at every page. This story will interest younger teens and adults. I highly recommend it.
A Roman Murder Mystery Feb 7, 2007
Mary Ray changes her style of writing from science fiction to historical fiction and writes the book The Ides Of April. Set in Rome just after the time of Christ, The Ides Of April is a murder mystery, which will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. After a slave discovers his master, Caius Pomponius, was stabbed in the night all of the slaves of Caius Pomponius's household are rounded up to be murdered. All of them, that is, except Hylas, a young secretary for the household, and Assinius who elude capture. Hylas tries to find out who murdered Caius, with the help of his new friends, Camillus, a tribune, and Varro, an old man. Unfortunately, Hylas's mission isn't as easy as it sounds and he finds himself in a whirlwind of mystery and adventure. While The Ides of April was a fairly decent book, the author introduced many characters at once making the book a little challenging to follow. The beginning was a little boring because they were introducing the characters, rather than talking about the actual murder but as you get further on into the book it is more interesting because they really start solving the case. I think this was an a decent book, but it depends on if you enjoy Mary Rays slow paced adventure, style if writing as to whether you will really enjoy this book.
Very Little History in This "Historical" Mystery Aug 16, 2005
I had hoped to use this book in my high-school history class but found that it does little in terms of imparting a solid sense of what life was like in ancient Rome. The mystery portion is okay, but my real disappointment stems from the weakness of the historical contextualization.
Ides of April, review from a teenager Jun 1, 2004
I think that Mary Ray is a wonderful author and writer, with a great imagination a descriptive skills. The plot was intriguing, and carefully thought over. I could feel everything happening, as though I were right next to Hylas, the 17-year-old slave, and Camillus, the 18-year-old tribune. There are intense scenes, but nothing that an 8-year-old can't handle. ALmost no romance, and there is a large dipslay of compassion, loyalty, and discerment in the two boys. I thorougly enjoyed her book, though it was a LITTLE confusing. (but it was almost midnight when I read it, and my brain was half-way asleep by then). I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!