The third book in the critically acclaimed series set in Classical Athens, featuring the historically inspired amateur detective Nicolaos. It is the Olympics of 460 BC. Nico's best friend, Timodemus, is a competitor in the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece. Timo is hot favorite... show more
The third book in the critically acclaimed series set in Classical Athens, featuring the historically inspired amateur detective Nicolaos. It is the Olympics of 460 BC. Nico's best friend, Timodemus, is a competitor in the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece. Timo is hot favorite to win. His only serious rival is Arakos from Sparta. When Arakos is found beaten to death, it is obvious Timodemus must be the killer. Who else could have killed the second-best fighter in all Hellas but the very best? The Judges of the Games sentence Timodemus to be executed in four days' time, as soon as the Sacred Games have finished. Complicating everything is the fact that Athens and Sparta are already at each other's throats, in the opening stages of a power struggle for control of Hellas. If an Athenian is found to have cheated at the Games by murdering a Spartan, it will be everything the hawks in Sparta need to declare open war the moment the Sacred Truce is over. And that's a war Athens cannot hope to win. Nico and his partner in sleuthing, the annoyingly clever priestess Diotima, have four days to save their friend and avert a war that would tear their world apart.
Publish date: May 21st 2013
Publisher: Soho Crime
Pages no: 350
Edition language: English
Series: The Athenian Mysteries (#3)
bookshelves: hardback, one-penny-wonder, ancient-history, greece, paper-read, published-2013, series, summer-2015, cover-love, under-500-ratings, historical-fiction, ouch, mystery-thriller, rituals, sport, slaves, amusing Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Read from Januar...
I told myself that I would finish Sacred Games during the Winter Olympics but during the Olympics I was, well, watching the Olympics so I didn’t finish this until the week after. This book about the ancient Olympics is a great companion to the modern Olympics. Definitely makes you think about them...
In this third installment in the series begun with "The Pericles Commission," Nico, his father, annoying little brother, and girlfriend, Diotima, have gone to the 80th Olympic Games, of 460 B.C. Nico's father is looking for a big commission from some victorious athlete (he's a sculptor), little brot...
I won Gary Corby's book here on Booklikes as a giveaway. Even though the description sounded really interesting, I didn't expect much because it's the third book of his Athenian Mysteries Series. But I was completely wrong. Even though it seems to be an ongoing series - at least concerning the chara...