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Raiders of the Nile (Ancient World #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  679 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
In 88 B.C. it seems as if all the world is at war. From Rome to Greece and to Egypt itself, most of civilization is on the verge of war. The young Gordianus—a born-and-raised Roman citizen—is living in Alexandria, making ends meet by plying his trade of solving puzzles and finding things out for pay. He whiles away his time with his slave Bethesda, waiting for the world to ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Dec 26, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it

Steven Saylor's novel, Raiders of the Nile, is the latest in his series featuring Gordianus the Finder, but this book takes us back to the Roman's early life, when, at the age of twenty-two, he traveled to Alexandria, Egypt. It was here that he acquired the slave Bethesda, who was later to become his wife.
The book opens with the scene of Giordianus and a team of bandits attempting to steal the golden sarcophagus from the tomb of Alexander the Great. From there the author flashes back to an earli
Natalie Cavernelis
Mar 05, 2014 Natalie Cavernelis rated it liked it
Always enjoyable but think I prefer the older Gordianus' adventures
Aug 04, 2014 Gretchen rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient-rome
I found this adventure featuring Gordianus (he's not quite "the Finder" yet) a little weak compared to the previous two novels I read. I found parts of the novel to be brilliant and other parts to be on the boring side.

My favorite character in this novel wasn't even human. (view spoiler)

If fortune favors the foolish, young Gordianus of Rome must be foolish indeed. On his 22nd birthday, he lavishly adorns his slave-turned-love-interest, Bethesda, only to see her kidnapped when she is mistaken for a rich man’s companion. The kidnappers, a notorious gang of thieves, cutthroats, and miscellaneous scoundrels intending to hold her for ransom, operate out of “The Cuckoo’s Nest”, hidden somewhere amid the Nile Delta. To rescue his love from abuse and execution, Gordianus must track do
2nd young Gordianus and excellent stuff as is more coherent and unitary than the short fiction like seven wonders, though it continues strands of the storyline
The book is much more adventure oriented and Gordianus plays action hero, fights some bandits and joins some others, befriends a lion and even uses his budding observation skills to inadvertently wreak havoc
While his fascination with Betsheda is played much more than it was implied in the original books - and obviously begging the question
May 05, 2014 Jon rated it it was ok
I haven't read a Steven Saylor ancient mystery in many years, so I thought I'd try his newest. This one is set in Egypt in 88 BCE, with Gordianus the Finder as a very young man. His slave-girlfriend Bethesda is kidnapped, and he must search for her through the Nile delta, a region pretty much run by a large band of outlaws. Many twists and turns, and the historical details feel right. But the characters all think like moderns, and they all sound pretty much alike. Full of cliches (my heart sank. ...more
Donald Luther
Mar 20, 2014 Donald Luther rated it it was ok
I began reading Steven Saylor's mysteries involving Gordianus the Finder a few years ago, and was very much impressed by the details and research, the intricacy of the mysteries themselves, and the usefulness of these stories in the 'Roma sub rosa' series. The stories rang true because so much of the detail of the world surrounding Gordianus was accurate and lent itself to the characters he encountered. I even found some of his details useful in presenting material in my World History course, as ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Mar 29, 2014 Shirley Schwartz rated it really liked it
Glorious Gordianus! What an awesome and enjoyable story. I shouldn't be surprised because Steven Saylor is a wonderful author who knows his time and place very well. Gordianus is a wonderful creation. I read all of the Roma Sub Rosa series where we see Gordianus as a mature man of 50 or 60 years of age. I thought we were going to run out of books in his story because of his age, but Mr. Saylor has created a whole new prequel series which shows Gordianus as a young man. In this book he is 22 year ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Jeanette rated it liked it
It's a joy to read a Gordianus again after all this time. I loved the Roma location series, all of them. But I much preferred the older Gordianus to this younger 22 year old. And I did read the first novel when he was 21 in Alexandria, as well. Alexandria is interesting, but it is just NOT the hotbed of ROME in its prime. And Gordianus is green and rather feckless, IMHO. Almost, but not quite there to naïve.

This time Bethesda gets kidnapped by mischance for ransom.

Simple and easy read- with som
Mª João Monteiro
Esta história passada em Alexandria e vizinhanças,por assim dizer, decorre na juventude de Gordiano. Longe dos dramas de Roma, sob o sol do Egito, Gordiano aproveita a vida até que, no dia do seu aniversário, raptam Bethesda, a sua escrava e algo mais. A partir daqui, viagens, perseguições, fugas e peripécias de todo o tipo. IUma viagem histórica para começar as leituras do ano. Gostei, muito giro, mais leve do que algumas das histórias anteriores de Saylor. Claro que me fez ter vontade de ir re ...more
This is a rollicking adventure story that reminds me more of Scott Lynch. It has rich historical detail (as usual) and I enjoyed it, but it's not what I'm looking for in Gordianus books.
Sarah Crabtree
Jul 24, 2014 Sarah Crabtree rated it it was amazing
super great fast pace adventure!! You cannot go wrong with a Steven Saylor novel!
Mar 30, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
An okay read. It really makes me miss the style of his first books, like Catalina's Riddle. This one seemed over simplified and to drag at points.
Feb 24, 2017 Jennie rated it really liked it
This is the third book of the young Gordianus and it feels like Saylor has hit a new groove with this character. It took the first two books for me to get reinvested with this younger version of one of my favorite characters - but I am there now. Saylor always comes through with an incredible rich, well researched book.
Alexis Ayres
Jan 15, 2017 Alexis Ayres rated it really liked it
Good book for the plane.
Apr 19, 2015 Eva added it
Foi pela mão deste autor que, depois de uma pausa de alguns anos, voltei a ler com mais assiduidade ... depois de arrumada a atividade profissional, foi com as suas palavras que, de novo, me entusiasmei no desbravar de novos horizontes de mundos da Antiguidade Clássica.
Steven Saylor é mundialmente conhecido, não só pelo seu trabalho académico e perito em política e cultura romanas, como também pela sua colaboração no canal História e, sobretudo, como escritor; os livros da coleção Roma-Sub Rosa
Aug 13, 2015 HBalikov rated it liked it
Steven Saylor began this series 13 books ago. His hero, and ours, was a private investigator in Rome's First Century B.C.E., Gordianus. We first encounter Gordianus in his middle years, he appears to be an unremarkable citizen of Rome, who has a unique talent for finding the truth. As he succeeds (through these books) he comes into contact with more and more of Rome's movers and shakers from Cicero to Julius Caesar. These are well-researched novels that give us a complex view of an empire in tra ...more
Alison C
Mar 04, 2015 Alison C rated it really liked it
In Raiders of the Nile, by Steven Saylor, young Roman Gordianus is living in Alexandria with his slave/lover Bethesda, until on the day of his 22nd birthday, she suddenly disappears. Gordianus applies his detecting skills, by which he has been making a barely adequate living, and soon learns that Bethesda has been mistaken for another beautiful young woman who resembles her, only that young woman is linked with one of the richest and most powerful men in Alexandria; Bethesda has been kidnapped f ...more
Vicki Kondelik
Mar 22, 2016 Vicki Kondelik rated it it was amazing
Raiders of the Nile is the second in a new series by Steven Saylor which features his ancient Roman detective, Gordianus the Finder, as a young man. After journeying to see the Seven Wonders of the World in the first book in the series, The Seven Wonders, Gordianus has settled in Alexandria with his slave and lover, Bethesda. But Alexandria full of political intrigues and discontented people, since King Ptolemy is hated and his exiled older brother is threatening to invade and reclaim the throne ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Dale rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, history, rome
It has been a few years since I've read any Steven Saylor. I read the original sequence of Gordianus novels, from Roman Blood through The Triumph of Caesar and enjoyed them immensely. Then I read the first of his Rome novels, and was very disappointed. So I was happy to see that there is a new Gordianus novel.

This one takes place in Alexandria and environs, when Gordianus is 22 years old. It is very different in style and tone from the preceding novels: Gordianus is still wet behind the ears; he
Jul 12, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new Stephen Saylor is a much anticipated thing, and if this Gordianus prequel still leaves unresolved the future of the series, it was enjoyable and interesting to read. If the shift in tone of this novel is a result of some exhaustion with the Gordianus formula, it is not entirely unwelcome. More of a swashbuckling adventure than a politically-charged murder mystery, the book travels fast and furious through Egypt, to explore the world of bandit gangs more than the passing tour through Egypt' ...more
Michelle L
Others have outlined the plot, and a very Gilbert and Sullivan-cum-Hollywood western one it is. Full of dreadful and comedic characters, twists and turns,mistaken identities, colorful settings from Alexandria's streets and royal precincts with its ludicrous inhabitants, to the lawless wastelands of the Nile Delta. I think Saylor was trying to have a bit of parodic fun with his normally earnest stories, what with Gordianus's kidnapped girlfriend-slave, his falling in with audacious outlander-pira ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Although it features the same character, Saylor's "Raiders of the Nile" is very different from his "Roma Sub Rosa" series of historical mysteries-- and even from "The Seven Wonders" which also featured the young Gordianus.

This book is less of a mystery-- or even an intrigue-- than a rollicking action-adventure novel. As Saylor himself notes in the epilogue, it was inspired by his reading of Hellenistic-era Greek novels, and it contains a lot of plot twists typical of ancient (and some early mod
Apr 08, 2014 Lianne added it
The newest title featuring Gordianus, the Finder, Stephen Saylor's Roman detective is hot off the press. The novel is a prequel, set in 88 BC in Alexandria while the Ptolemys are fighting for the Egyptian throne. Saylor is true to his long-established character. In the other books of the series, Gordianus has gravitas, is ever sophisticated and world weary with high stakes political events of the capital. In this prequel he is young and much more naive. This plot revolves around his 23rd birthda ...more
Victoria Moore
Feb 07, 2016 Victoria Moore rated it it was amazing
"Raiders of the Nile A Novel of the Ancient World" by Steven Saylor was a revelation to me as I entered a literary realm created by an author who novelized "ancient history" with characters and a plot full of modern soap opera techniques and old-fashioned swash buckling adventure. Told with wit, intelligence and vulnerability by the main character, Gordianus/Pecunius, a young Roman who moves to Alexander with his slave/lover Bethesda the story brings alive the city under King Ptolemy and an imp ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Robd rated it it was amazing
This is the second book following the exploits of a young Gordianus of Rome in a prequel to the excellent Roma sub Rosa series. Here the solver of mysteries is found living in Alexandria with his slave and lover Bethesda, at a time when the known world is on the verge of war. Following a mix up of identities, Bethesda is mistaken for a rich man's mistress and is kidnapped. Attempting to rescue her, Gordianus is drawn into the dangerous Nile Delta and has to infiltrate the notorious bandit gang o ...more
João Duarte
Feb 08, 2015 João Duarte rated it liked it
Vários anos depois de ter devorado os diversos volumes da série "Roma Sub-Rosa", acompanhando a curiosa personagem de Gordiano, o Descobridor, estava curioso em relação a este "Os Salteadores do Nilo", que prometia voltar à juventude do personagem principal e, mais importante que isso, decorrer na Alexandria de 90 a.C.

Na prática, Steven Saylor continua a ser um bom contador de histórias, havendo sempre um ritmo interessante no desenrolar da acção. No entanto, senti bastante a falta do lado não p
Nov 29, 2016 K rated it really liked it
Over the last 24 hours, I spent as much time as I could, avoiding other work, to finish reading this book. Unlike most other Saylor books, this took a little longer - maybe 3 chapters to draw me in and then I was off to the races. This might have to do with the fact, that the book began in media res and much of the book was a flashback.

This was the first Steven Saylor book that I did not devour end-to-end in one-or-two sittings. In fact, this was the first Saylor novel that I abandoned somewhere
Oct 04, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it
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The latest, though a flashback, in Saylor's excellent "Gordianus the Finder" series. The ancient Roman detective is again a young man, living in Alexandria, and desperately in love with his beautiful slave(!) Bethesda.
By a concatenation of fates that could only occur in reality, Bethesda is kidnapped, by the brother of the girl, who believes she is someone else, who she resembles: that is it, I will explain no more!

The quest to regain his lost love takes Gordianus on a dangerous journey across t
Jun 30, 2016 Labijose rated it really liked it
¡Esta nueva precuela de Gordiano el Sabueso, ambientada en Alejandría en el año 88 a.C. empieza ni más ni menos con la colaboración del protagonista en el intento de robo del Sarcófago Sagrado de Alejandro Magno!!!!
Luego descubrimos que no se ha vuelto loco, sino que lo hace forzado por las circunstancias, con el objetivo de poder rescatar a su amada esclava Bethesda, que ha sido secuestrada por error. A partir de ahí nos encontramos con una novela digna de Lee Child, pero ambientada en una époc
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Steven Saylor is the author of the long running Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, Roma and its follow-up, Empire. He has appeared as an on-air expert on Roman history and life on The History Channel.

Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and class
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