City on Fire by Tracy L. Higley

By Tracy L. Higley

Formerly published as Pompeii.

As Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator joins forces with an not likely resource to hunt justice.

In the coastal city of Pompeii, a brand new gladiator prepares to struggle. yet this gladiator hides a perilous mystery: she's a runaway Jewish slave lady named Ariella, disguised as a tender boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph within the enviornment, understanding her lifestyles can be forfeit should still a person discover the truth.

Cato, a prosperous baby-kisser, moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. yet he quickly learns that Pompeii is simply as corrupt, and if he doesn't play the sport, his kinfolk may well pay the cost. made up our minds to lead to justice for the voters of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. yet what he discovers as an alternative is a confounding workforce of Christians . . . and a tender lady gladiator whose popularity is transforming into daily.

Political unrest reaches a boiling aspect as Christians are jailed and done, and the mountain within the distance threatens to smash town with its river of fireside. Cato and Ariella needs to act speedy and courageously to save lots of their household sooner than all is misplaced.

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Portia eyed the doorway. ” Octavia huffed. “Let him hear me. ” Portia gripped her mother’s arm. “He is not a man to be opposed, Mother. ” The young Isabella spoke for the first time, her voice low. ” Octavia’s rebuke was halfhearted. Cato winked at his sister. She had become fascinated of late with the history of the Empire and had been all talk about the Emperor Claudius, murdered twenty-five years ago in such a way. Portia turned her eyes on him, and there was neither amusement nor petulance there.

He held up his palms. ” Taurus’s direct question surprised him. Alliances in Rome were a tricky game. Were things simpler here in Pompeii, so far south of the mother city? indd 42 6/28/13 10:20 AM C i t y on F i r e : A Nov e l of P om pe i i He examined Taurus’s eyes once more, then decided on forthrightness. ” Taurus’s chest seemed to deflate, and Cato had the sense it was in relief. ” Cato laughed. “I am my own man. ” There were guarded smiles around the little group. Cato glanced at Portia.

But he did have a purpose. He would get his hands dirty, but it would be in the fertile black soil at the foot of Vesuvius, not in the futile political maneuverings of the city government. No matter how much Gnaeus Nigidius Maius deserved to be brought down. indd 35 6/28/13 10:20 AM 5 R T he evening was a fine one for theater entertainment, and Cato escorted his mother and Isabella toward the southern end of town, eager for a diversion. The bulk of their belongings had arrived from Rome yesterday, and between directing the slaves to place the furniture and prized statuary throughout the new villa and instructing Remus in the final details of opening the shop, Cato had found the past few days to be more work than play.

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