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South of Rome on the Gulf of Puteoli stands the splendid villa of Marcus Crassus, Rome's wealthiest citizen. When the estate overseer is murdered, Crassus concludes that the deed was done by two missing slaves, who have probably run off to join the Spartacan Slave Revolt. Unless they are found within three days, Crassus vows to massacre his remaining 99 slaves.

To Gordianus the Finder falls the fateful task of resolving this riddle from Hades. In a house filled with secrets, the truth is slow to emerge. And as the hour of the massacre approaches, Gordianus realizes that the labyrinthine path he has chosen may just lead to his own destruction.

©1992 Steven Saylor (P)1996 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A compulsively entertaining whodunit." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Entertaining...Saylor's sense of style and elegantly witty writing make the most of this genre transference." ( Boston Guide)

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  • Linda
  • Fresno, CA, United States
  • 01-04-12

Awful narrator!

Would you listen to Arms of Nemesis again? Why?

No. Harrison is horrible. Had I noticed who was reading before I spent the credits I never would have downloaded this book.

What didn’t you like about Scott Harrison’s performance?

Dead, dead, dead voice. He has one tone and its boring.

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I'm Hooked!

I love the characters. Steven Saylor places me in Rome each time I listen. I wish I could find the entire series here!

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don't read it for the mystery

If you want a good "who done it" mystery, you should probably move on to another novel. The story is good but the mystery lacks suspense or an unexpected twist. The joy if this series is the well-researched and informative details about life in Ancient Rome. Through the cases he takes on, the novels main character encounters some of the most famous figures in Rome's history. Yet these are not novels about generals and great battles. It's the details of daily life, the descriptions of Rome and other regions of the Empire, and the insights into Roman’s traditions and way of thinking, that make this series such a worthwhile read.

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Crassus crassus rich as Croesus

If you could sum up Arms of Nemesis in three words, what would they be?

Murder and mayhem at the foot of Vesubius

What did you like best about this story?

I liked Olympia's apprentice, forget her name.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed listening to it during my commute

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Good crime book

This series is really nice. Good crime books with the twist of glimpses into the life in ancient Rome. Very interesting.
Good voice but not amazing (for my taste).