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Death Comes by Amphora [Paperback]

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In Ancient Athens in 461BC, aristocratic General Kimon has driven back the might of the Persian Empire and forged a new empire for Athens, making his city the commercial centre of the Eastern Mediterranean. Now he is struggling for his political existence against the radical democratic reforms of the demagogue Ephialtes and his ambitious supporter Perikles. Into this political turmoil steps Lysanias, just 18, just reached manhood, and an innocent amidst the deceit and corruption of the big city. Recalled from an Athenian colony by a mysterious message from his wealthy uncle Klereides, he discovers that his uncle has died in suspicious circumstances, that he is the heir, and that his obligations now include marrying his uncle's teenage widow. Convinced that his uncle was murdered and driven by the ancient duty of vengeance, Lysanias sets out to discover the truth, aided by his elderly slave Sindron. Their investigations take them deep into the murky interlocking worlds of Athenian politics, business, finance, religion and even art, where it seems Klereides had many enemies and where even his friends cannot be trusted. With his own loyalties torn between the rival political factions, aristocrats and workers, due to his early training as an artisan, Lysanias himself faces violent death before he and Sindron discover the culprit and Ephialtes' assassin.

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Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.43" Width: 5.35" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Twenty First Century Publishers Ltd
ISBN  1904433685  
ISBN13  9781904433682  

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More than mystery   Mar 23, 2008
Lysanias, just 18, arrives in ancient Athens in response to a request from his uncle, to find that same uncle has died quite suddenly and violently. Because this is a murder mystery, the young man must be suspicious of this untimely death. He will spend the rest of the novel, assisted by his older and wiser slave Sindron, trying to find the murderer and avenge his uncle.

If this was all there was to this novel, it would be a fine read. But, just as there is more to the death of Lysanias' uncle than meets the eye, there is also more to this novel than just the solving of a murder.

The authenticity of the world created by Hudson in this novel gives it a credibility--and a depth--found in historical novels. The transformation of Lysandius from naive teenager to self-confident young man is a subtle coming of age story that is well earned. The evolution of Lysanias' relationship with his slave, and the growing respect within that relationship, adds texture. And, to add a even a little more spice, Hudson has thrown you a bit of a love story.

DEATH COMES BY AMPHORA is layered and textured in ways that will constantly surprise you. As you travel with Lysanias and Sindron through the streets of ancient Athens, you will meet a rich mixture of real and fictional characters that will involve you in Athenian politics, intrigue, corruption--and, sometimes, good old fashioned political gossip. You'll learn about ancient Athens and solve mysteries. You'll meet and develop your own relationships with the characters he creates. And, quite simply, you'll enjoy a good read.

A great book and a wonderful read   Mar 3, 2008
Roger Hudson is a native of Dublin, and has been involved in writing and editing during his long career. His accomplishments encompass writing; editing; journalism; editing; scripting television documentaries; directing; and publishing. His LIFESCAPES is a collection of poetry published last year. His photomontages are on exhibit in London and Ireland; and his documentary "Wordweaver: the Legend of Benedict Kiely" is set to come out on DVD soon.

Set in 461 B.C., DEATH COMES BY AMPHORA begins with Lysanias, an 18 year old innocent, who has just been summoned back to Athens from one of the colonies to find his Uncle Klereides has died in a most suspicious manner. Lysanias finds himself the new head of the household with only his elderly slave, Sindron, to guide him. A new radical element has arisen in Athens which is trying to drive General Kimon out of power. Amidst the corruption and political intrigue of Athenian society, Lysanias must learn how to become a player both to solve and avenge his uncle's death. He employs an effective disguise to examine the scene of the murder himself:

"The next morning at dawn, there Lysanias was, approaching the hiring line on the southern slope of Market Hill, dressed in his worker's tunic, his tool bag slung from his shoulder, his ribbon tucked away inside it, breaking the rules again. Well, it depends whether one counts yesterday or today as the fourth day, he thought wryly. It felt strange to be again in the familiar garb, after the last few days playing the role of a wealthy heir. Now here he was pretending to be what he regarded as his real self; and with no Sindron to fall back on for advice..."

Roger Hudson has written a truly original and amazing book. The research involved must have been massive. Not only does he plot an excellent mystery with intriguing characters; he re-creates the fascinating world of Ancient Athens for the reader's entertainment. His whodunit is sophisticated, and his treatment of the coming of age of Lysanias, complete with his sexual education, is inspired. This is a great book and a wonderful read that can't help but teach as well as entertain.

Shelley Glodowski
Senior Reviewer
pleasing historical mystery  Jan 8, 2008
Hudson does a fine job describing the sights, sounds and smells of 5th Century B.C. Athens. The reader feels as if he's walking those mean streets, and rubbing shoulders with true historical personages such as Perikles (i.e. Pericles), Aspasia & Themistokles. But as Hudson tries to tackle a monumental and confusing point in history, so does the story become confusing at times, with several inter-connecting plots, numerous characters with unfamiliar-sounding Greek names, and a shifting narrative point of view. But Hudson's settings are vivid, his main characters compelling and likable, and his conspiracies well-tangled. Solid historical research, character lists, and maps.
Timeless intrigue  Dec 19, 2007
Very enjoyable! I became quickly engrossed in the story and found myself walking the streets along with the characters often forgetting that it is set in a completely different, and very anciant era. For me it was both an entertaining read and an opportunity to get a glimpse of what life must have been like back then.
There is exceptional detail provided into the surroundings and the lives of the characters. And yet while reading it, I was completely engrossed in the mystery and intrigue. The author has taken great care to give perspectives of each of the characters from the slave, to the most powerful and wealthy. Together with the plot, I found this book to be a very nice blend of timeless intrigue and a fascinating snapshot of the past.

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