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Gary Corby

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I'm the author of the Athenian Mysteries.

Nicolaos, the ambitious son of a minor sculptor, walks the mean streets of Classical Athens as an agent for the promising young politician Pericles.

Murder and mayhem don't faze Nico; what's really on his mind is how to get closer (much closer) to Diotima, the intelligent and annoyingly virgin priestess of Artemis, and how to shake off his irritating 12 year old brother Socrates.

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Gary Corby Michael Moorcock once dedicated a book with these words: "To my creditors, who remain an eternal source of inspiration."

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Michael Moorcock once dedicated a book with these words: "To my creditors, who remain an eternal source of inspiration."

Luckily for me, I am much more motivated by the chance to tell stories that have yet to be told. There's nothing more inspirational than a blank page.(less)
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This seems a topical moment to talk about the world's first election that didn't quite go to plan. It happened in 416BC, or thereabouts, in ancient Athens.

Back then two men were vying for control of the city: Nicias and Alcibiades.

Nicias was a crusty old conservative General and an associate of Pericles. (Pericles had died thirteen years before.)

Alcibiades was a charismatic, handsome, intellige...

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The Singer from Memphis by Gary Corby
"I enjoyed this book, and was pleased that this series has continued to be entertaining. In this episode Nikolaos and Diotima are in Egypt, accompanying Herodotus on his book research tour, and working for Pericles as an agent to help overcome the..." Read more of this review »
The Singer from Memphis by Gary Corby
"I might be rounding up a smidgen.

It's always fun to return to the ongoing career of detective/agent Nicolaos, the (fictional) older brother of Socrates (though Socrates doesn't really figure in this installment). He and his wife and partner Diotim..." Read more of this review »
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"This series just gets better as the years go by! I've always loved Gary Corby's Athenian series because its honest, laugh-out-loud funny, and even romantic. There's not many books about Athens it seems most are about the Romans so I appreciate it..." Read more of this review »
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message 2: by Gary

Gary Corby Thanks Jen. It's great to meet someone else who loves ancient historical fiction!


message 1: by Jenn

Jenn Your book looks like a fun read! I've added it to my tbr list. :D

Thanks for the add!

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