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Sacred Games

Gary Corby

ISBN: 9781616952273

Published: May, 2013

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Paperback $15.95

Gary Corby

Sydney, Australia

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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...

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.

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“Corby has not only made Greek history accessible—he's made it first-rate entertainment.”
─Kelli Stanley, award-winning author of Nox Dormienda
“Those who like their historicals with a touch of humor will welcome Australian author Corby ... Corby displays a real gift for pacing and plotting.”
─Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Energetic.... Very entertaining.
─Kirkus Reviews
“Details of culture, politics and history are so deftly woven into the threads of the story that life in ancient Athens comes vividly alive.
—Historical Novel Review