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The Ionia Sanction (The Athenian Mysteries #2)

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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 and City of Dragons

Athens, 460 B.C. Life's tough for Nicolaos, the only investigating agent in ancient Athens. His girlfriend's left him and his boss wants to fire him. But when an Athenian official is murdered, the brilliant stat...more
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Published November 8th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Don Maker
Fast, funny, sexy, and a little bit of history!

This is the second in a series set in Athens and Ionia (modern-day Turkey) circa 460 BC, starring Nicolaos, son of Sophroniscus. It's a mystery with a lot of murder and mayhem, sex and other sins, secrets and surprises, but all done in the spirit of good, clean fun. Corby takes much of the culture and history of the era, including some actual historical figures, and spins it into a surprisingly coherent tale, with more twists and turns than the Rive...more
Randee Baty
Trouble is afoot in Athens and Nico, the aspiring 21 year old investigator, is called upon to get to the bottom of it!

Our hero is Nico, who wants to be an investigator but is being pressured by his very traditional father to go into the family sculpting business. Socrates is his younger brother and, as may be imagined, is quite precocious.

Thorion is the proxenos of Ephesus in Athens and when it is discovered that he was murdered, Pericles, the leading political figure of Athens, puts Nico on the...more
Sheri South
How I love this series! History, humor, mystery and a romance thread featuring a yummy young protagonist--what's not to like? Others have noted the jarring inclusion of a graphic death and a skanky sex scene (NOT involving our yummy young protagonist, thank goodness, although since he's hiding in the closet at the time, he finds himself an unintentional witness to it), but I think it's worth mentioning that the author explains these choices in the Author's Note at the end of the book. For that m...more
Jonathan
"The Ionia Sanction" is the second book in Gary Corby's "Athenian Mysteries" series, featuring the intrepid young investigator, Nicolaos and his elusive love, Diotima, set in Athens in 460 BC. This book begins where the previous one, The Pericles Commission, left off, as Nicolaos is Pericles' hand picked investigator. And there's a death, traitorous acts, trips across the sea and, of course, murder and love all around. This was another fine effort by Corby.

Soon after a leading man in the city is...more
Dorothy
Nov 22, 2011 Dorothy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of historical mysteries and writing about ancient Greece
Thorion, the proxenos (agent) for Ephesus (a Hellenic city in the Persian Empire) in fifth-century Athens, is dead. Very dead. His body is hanging from the ceiling of his office in his Athens home, where he is found by Pericles. Pericles had received a note from Thorion which seemed to say that he had committed treason against Athens. But it soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems at the death scene.

Pericles calls in the investigator Nicolaos, whom he had used once before, to look into...more
Asma Fedosia
Having read #1 in the series "The Pericles Commission", #2 "The Ionia Sanction" peaked my interest in the continuing saga of the twenty-ish Nicolaos. His sculptor father Sophroniscus has granted him a two-year opportunity for establishing his investigator career. Nico realizes his overconfidence with regard to catching murderers and walks a thin line with Athens' head-of-government Pericles.

A kidnapped girl and a murdered consulate at first seem unrelated, but all roads lead across the Aegean S...more
Jo
Nico, our politically naive would-be agent from The Pericles Commission is back in this second book in Gary Corby's Athenian Mysteries. This time, he's taking his first case as an agent of Pericles. And he finds himself travelling out of Athens, across the sea into Persian territory to investigate the murder, and possible treason, of an upstanding Greek citizen.

Much as with the earlier book, I threw myself into Nico's world with reckless abandon. I really enjoy the way Corby introduces common Gr...more
Joy
I received an advance uncorrected proof of The Ionia Sanction by Gary Corby through Goodreads. Picking up the book, I was a little hesitant and thought it may be a hit or miss. I didn't really care for the cover. But, OMG!!! I was hooked from the start, and keep in mind I VERY RARELY give a 5 stars as I did to this book. (FYI I have NOT read the first book....yet.)

The tone Corby uses for Nico, the main character and narrator, makes for a most enjoyable, fun read. I never laugh out loud, but foun...more
Lucinda
The Ionia Sanction (Minotaur 2011) finds Nicolaos, the only investigating agent in ancient Athens, examining the supposed suicide of Thorion, the proxenos (agent) for Ephesus, a Greek city within the Persian empire. Thorion sent a note to Pericles admitting to betraying Athens and promising news of a threat. But the scroll Thorion received before his death is missing, probably stolen by Araxes, his last visitor and probable murderer. Nicolaos comes up with a brilliant plan for capturing Araxes a...more
Jessica Howard
Nicolaos, the only private investigator in ancient Athens, has a problem. The Ephesian ambassador is dead, and Nicolaos let the murderer get away.

Pericles, the ruler of Athens, sends the embarrassed Nicolaos to Ephesus, a Greek enclave in the Persian Empire, to hunt for the killer and do a little spying on Themistocles, a traitor to Athens. Nico is more than eager to go since the luscious Diotima, the woman he loves, is currently serving as priestess at the temple of Artemis there.

The character...more
Christine
Nico, the Sculptor's son, is on a new mission for Pericles, an Athenian Politician. This one takes him into territory controlled by the Persians, in search of an assassin and to find out what the man Thorion had told that caused him to write 'traitor' before the assassin's hands fulfilled their mission ... his death.

On his way he buys a slave girl, Asia, so that she isn't made work in the brothels, who turns out to be the kidnapped daughter of a traitorous general, Themistocles, living as a Satr...more
Stephanie Thornton
Gary Corby's done it again in this second installment of Nicolaus' career as an Ancient Greek private investigator. Pericles, ruler of Athens, charges Nico with finding the murderer of Thorion, the proxenos for Athens, only the first murder Nico will encounter this time around.

A wily ride ensues as Nico careens down the Long Walls of Piraeus and travels to Ephesus where he is reunited with Diotima, priestess to Artemis. Unfortunately, Nico is lugging a rather young, very pretty slave named Asia,...more
Ian
Our heroic detective and protagonist Nico of Athens, becomes involved with a plot by the Persian Empire to invade Greece and Athens, a third time. He travels to Asia to visit the exiled Athenian leader Themistocles. Amidst numerous secrets and agendas he comes to learn that Themistocles is creating the Persian invasion master plan. To prevent this Nico assassinates Themistocles, and then escapes back to Athens.
Phair
All roads seem to lead to Ephesus! This is the third classical era book I've read this year that was set in/around Ephesus. Not as interesting as Corby's first book about Nico but it was OK. I did not like the overly graphic description of the favored Persian form of execution (later taken up by Vlad) which continues to creep me out days after finishing the book. Maybe a little too heavy on the political stuff but still kept me reading. Loved the author notes describing the real events & pe...more
Richard
Nicolaus is a young man working for Pericles of Athens in the mid-Fifth Century BC. His father wants him to join the family sculpture business, but Nicolaus has no artistic ability, so he becomes a confidential agent. Adding to his plight is that his younger brother is Socrates, possibly the most annoying little brother in history.

However, in this novel, Nicolaus sets out for the cities of Ephesus and Magnesia in Ionia to return a kidnap victim, or so he thinks. Enough plot twists to make for a...more
Skander
I liked the IDEA of this book a bit better than the book itself. It's entirely readable, and the author has done his homework. In fact, I get the impression that the historical setting is more important to the author than the story, which is a bit 'meh.' My biggest quibble is the main character and narrator - he's supposedly trying to invent the field of 'investigation,' but doesn't actually seem to be very good at it. He's really something of an idiot who succeeds largely by luck and happenstan...more
Kelly Knapp
Three types of people will thoroughly enjoy this novel. First, the mystery buff will love the detailed and intricate mystery. Second, the flat-foot buff will bend his/her fondness to a story that follows the actions of an ancient private dick. And finally, the history aficionado will peruse this tale for both the accuracies and the inaccuracies. One quickly learns that no one is beyond suspicion as Nico traces the clues and chases the bad guys. Nico finds himself ensnared with a second job when...more
Joanna McDarby
I loved this book and liked the well drawn characters, the mystery was well paced, funny and very intriguing. The relationship between Nico and Perecles is not as much a factor in this book and Nico becomes much more independent, it shows his character growing which I liked.
Joelle Anthony
This is a great, fun, fast read. I think I liked it better than the first one, and I really liked that one, too.

The parallels of Athens politics and the Bush/Obama administrations are...well, if not subtle, at least quite amusing in their obviousness. And throughout, the book is very funny.

Corby has created a loveable main character whose hubris is the source of much laughter, but you can't help rooting for him in all his naievete. And he's got a good woman to keep him on the straight and narro...more
Celeste
Gary Corby is great. The book flows very well and is extremely informative. Corby's books are a great way to learn about the life, rituals, practices, names and beliefs of Ancient Greece in a fun way. His protagonist, Nico, is also very likable, identifiable, and is written with very believable strengths and flaws.
The romance portion of this book was especially well done. I'm also still thinking about the particular method of Persian death sentence I learned about in this book. Yikes!

The only r...more
Dale
The people of Athens were fickle in their choice of leaders, as Themistocles learned. Exiled from Athens, he went to the king of Persia and got himself installed as the governor of western Turkey - a very worrisome development for Athens and the rest of the Greek world.

So in this book our hero, Nicholas, is commissioned to investigate the murder of a trade delegate representing Magnesia (the area overseen by Themistocles), and soon uncovers theft, smuggling, and a murder plot. He also finds hims...more
Lance McMurchy
Another second book that is not as good as the first book in the series, but does have some great qualities. The story is complex, maybe a little bit too complex, and was not able track what was actually happening at times. But what i did like was the intent for historical accuracy; this followed the extensive 'author's note' at the end of the book, this I got to love. most the characters are real people that have played important roles in the history of the time. The author was also wanting to...more
Vicki Cline
This is the second in a mystery series set in the world of ancient Greece. The "detective" is Nicolaos, the older brother of 12-year old Socrates. He has helped Pericles before with a mystery and is now asked to solve another murder. In order to do this, he travels to Ionia, a Greek colony on the western edge of modern Turkey. He takes a young female slave with him. She claims to be the daughter of an important man, and indeed, her father is Themistocles, an exiled Greek general, who is ruling o...more
Travis
Nice bit of historical fluff that only really has two major stumbles: it uses every relationship cliche when it comes to the hero and his girl and it's not Lindsey Davis.

The setting, the mystery and most of the cast are interesting, but the author falls back on too many cliches of fictional relationships and you can see them coming a mile away and they feel very forced.

He also uses alot of mystery cliches, but with the place and time being so different, that wasn't a problem.

Unfortunately, there...more
Julie
I won this ARC in a blog contest and was so excited when I received it! I haven't read Corby's first book, but I sure will after finishing this. It's definitely a unique tale - how many stories out there combine Greek history with mystery and humor? Nicolaos is a great protagonist, and I loved the repartee between him and his feisty priestess love interest. The writing style reminded me of Rick Riordan's work - light, fun, irreverent, sarcastic. My only beef was the constant back-and-forth dialo...more
Monica Williams
While not quite as fun as the first book in this series this series remains entertaining. Think Sam Spade in Ancient Greece and you get the general tone of the book. Nicolaos, the sleuth in training once again becomes involved in a murder case. He is tasked by Pericles to investigate the death of Thorion. Nico has to leave Athens to investigate which raises the stakes. The stakes are higher, and the political intrigue gets even more complicated. Certain elements seem just a bit off, but Nico rem...more
Elianne
This book is a delightful combination of mystery, romance, and historical novel. The historical setting is developed well enough for the reader to envision the characters there, but not so heavy as to lose the reader's interest. The author gave me lots of hooks with which to pull up my long-past Ancient History high school studies, all the while drawing me into the intrigue and the romance between Nicholaos and Diotima.
Added bonus for the detail-minded is the pronunciation guide to the Greek nam...more
Mike Rhode
I'm enjoying this series. The world of Classical Athens is very far removed from ours, even if we can see clear lines of descent.
MAP
Another solid entry in the series. I would actually say the mystery itself holds together better than the first book.
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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 yea...more
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