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The Ancient Ocean Blues
Anyone who thinks ancient history is dry will think again after dipping into these ocean blues. Here, political corruption, intrigue, high-seas adventure, romance, and comedy are all presented in abundance by the likable Marcus Oppius Sabinus, a teenager with a very contemporary attitude. Marcus is unwittingly involved by his cousin in “promoting” the ambitious young Juliu ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Tundra Books
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Using a combination of historical figures and his own characters, Jack Mitchell has created this romp – rife with humour and authentic detail – through the heyday of Roman power. Marcus, in Rome to complete his education, doesn't fit in with the party set. Paulla, the young woman he is to marry, doesn't like their arranged engagement any more than he does. She’s in love with the hero of the hour, Aulus Lucinus Spurinna. And Gauis, the cousin with whom Marcus is staying, is neck-deep in political ...more
This was so fun to read! While the writing could use a firmer touch at editing, the story and characters were well-crafted and engaging. I was particularly impressed with Paulla. She's the kind of character I'd want my future daughter to read about.
I thought this book does a great job combining comedy, adventure, history, action, drama and lastly fiction. The only problem I had with the book was that it was not very descriptive at all. Things seemed to just happen, instead of explaining every step of the story in detail. I had to kind of imagine what the scene looked like and what was going on. Otherwise it was great!
Nov 02, 2012 CLA_MA added it
Teenage Roman Marcus Oppius is sent on a mission to follow an enemy across the sea in order to stop Cicero from controlling Rome and to help young Julius Caesar in his bid for power. Shipwrecks, pirates, and sea battles ensue, testing Marcus and the young woman and clever Greek who accompany him.
Tundra author Jack Mitchell was born in New Brunswick and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. At the age of fourteen, his admiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings prompted him to take Latin in high school. He has been interested in Roman history ever since. He studied Classics at McGill University and holds a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University, where he wrote his first novel, The Roman Co ...moreMore about Jack Mitchell...