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Only 1 left! Add to Cart. Free delivery. Arrives by Friday, Oct 4. Or get it by Mon, Sep 30 with faster delivery. Pickup not available. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. Books : Last Seen in Massilia Roma sub Rosa Paperback As civil war between Caesar and Pompey engulfs the Roman world Gordianus the Finder receives an anonymous message informing him of the death of his son Meto who has been acting as a double agent for Caesar. They do not stand on their own as well as they should, however, this is the inevitable effect of a long running series.

No sooner has Gordianus returned to Rome with his son-in-law to his loving family that he receives an unsigned note that his son, Meto, had been killed. Meto had gone to Massilia present day Marseilles. Had he gone as a spy for Caesar or had he left Caesar? With his son-in-law, Davus, he goes to Massilia to find Caesar's troops laying siege to the fortified city.

Caesar himself has gone to Spain. As in the previous book, the reader is given a front row seat to all of the events as described by the engineer, Vitruvius himself. Vital to Gordianus's plan is the information of a tunnel being dug under the city walls. Gordianus manages to insinuate Davus and himself into the troops that will emerge from the tunnel, however, the tunnel comes out under a reservoir.

Gordianus and Davus miraculously survive and find themselves inside the city and rescued by an unlikely helper, the scapegoat, Hieronymus. Saylor continues to enmesh the reader in the lives of Gordianus and his family as they carefully wind their ways through the treacherous times in 40s BC Rome. Another good one!


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The ending was definitely a surprise as I never thought Gordianus would do that, but then again, Meto was being pretty thoughtless. While I wasn't thrilled about the fact that this book does not take place in Rome, it still was a great read. Again, the ending really did it for me.


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In the city of Massilia modern-day Marseille , on the coast of Southern Gaul, Gordianus the Finder's beloved son Meto has disappeared--branded as a traitor to Caesar and apparently dead. Consumed with grief, Gordianus arrives in the city in the midst of a raging civil war, hoping to discover what happened to his son. But when he witnesses the fall of a young woman from a precipice called Sacrifice Rock, he becomes entangled in discovering the truth--did she fall or was she pushed?

And where, in all of this, could it be connected to his missing son?

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Drawn into the city's treacherous depths, where nothing and no one are what they seem, Gordianus must summon all of his skills to discover his son's fate--and to safeguard his own life. 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 classics. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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Chapter One "Madness! Shortcut indeed!

The road to Massilia isn't safe. The Massilians are all shut up inside the city, under siege. And Caesar's troops are too busy laying the siege to bother with patrolling the road.

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Gaulish bandits are running wild, waylaying anyone who dares to take the road. At least he might give us directions. Gradually we had made our way into a long, narrow valley, the cliffs on either side rising in imperceptible degrees around us like stone giants slowly lifting their heads, and now we found ourselves surrounded on all sides by sheer walls of pale limestone. A stream, almost dry at the end of a long, dry summer, trickled through the narrow defile, its rocky banks shaded by small trees.

Our horses delicately picked their way around jagged rocks and gnarled tree roots as thick as a man's arm. It was slow going. Early that morning we had set out from the tavern. We had taken the tavernkeeper's advice to abandon the flat, wide, finely wrought Roman road almost at once. As long as we used the sun to stay on a southerly course and moved in a generally downhill direction toward the sea, we couldn't possibly miss Massilia, the tavernkeeper had said, especially with so many of Caesar's troops camped before it.

Now, as the sun began to drop behind the western cliffs of the valley, I was beginning to think the fellow had played a nasty joke on us.