This is a journey of discovery for a patrician and a slave set in Pompeii just prior to it’s devastating eruption.
I just finished Soldier of Rome: The Legionary by James Mace. You wouldn’t know that the same Rome is being described. This book focused far more on the short comings of the Roman Empire than the strengths of their military.
A classic take of good versus evil with a religious overview characterizes the plot. The main characters of Cato and Ari are well developed. Each characterization is suffused with overt angst. The evil is obvious and the dirty politics are familiar. In some ways it is always surprising how little the world has changed in human interaction.
I recommend the book.
Body of work of T. L. Higley
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