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4.0 out of 5 stars The budding investigator Gordianus tours the ancient world - 4-
Generally clever and entertaining collection of vignettes as the young Gordianus the Finder takes the Grand Tour of the seven wonders of the world as they were listed in 92 B.C. Each stop along the loop of the trip includes a local mystery to be dealt with by neophyte investigator Gordianus and his poet companion, Antipater. For me the best part of this book was the...
Published on 30 May 2012 by Blue in Washington

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed again.
I have been an avid reader of Stephen Saylor's 'Gordianus' series. I liked the veracity but also the more 'dark' flavour of the books in comparison with other popular authors of Roman whodunnits. But he now seems to produce books that are easier to write - in essence Seven Wonders is not a novel but a collection of short stories. There is little of the old magic and I...
Published on 11 Sep 2012 by Peter Winstanley


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The budding investigator Gordianus tours the ancient world - 4-, 30 May 2012
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Blue in Washington "Barry Ballow" (Washington, DC United States) - See all my reviews
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Generally clever and entertaining collection of vignettes as the young Gordianus the Finder takes the Grand Tour of the seven wonders of the world as they were listed in 92 B.C. Each stop along the loop of the trip includes a local mystery to be dealt with by neophyte investigator Gordianus and his poet companion, Antipater. For me the best part of this book was the detailed descriptions of each of the notable places visited and, in several cases, the attendant myths that were integral to their stories. The premise for the trip and the role of Antipater have a kind of shaky credibility but are comfortably overlooked if you focus on the what happens on the pair's itinerary.

Steven Saylor is a skilled writer and certainly knows more than a little about the Roman and Greek worlds. In the hands of a lesser author, this book wouldn't have been nearly as interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gordianus and a return to form, 19 Jun 2012
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Saylor's Gordianus books have always been a source of great detail allied with good storytelling and compulsive characters. For me, his recent detours into wider Roman history (Roma etc) became tedious self indulgent exercises where Saylor demonstrated his depth of knowledge without a reason to tell it all.

It goes without saying then that it's therefore good to see Gordianus back. It's essentially a prequel set before Gordianus becomes the "Finder". The first book about him for some time it's actually also short stories (previously published in a surprisingly wide range of genre publications - SF, horror. mystery) and making it the third such volume in the sub Rosa series I believe. Inevitably some of the depth is missing and some of the plot devices feel a little contrived, but its a good read.

The device is a tour of the seven wonders of the ancient world by Gordianus and his mentor Antipater. Once again it allows Saylor to show off how much research he has done; but here he does it in a much more realistic and entertaining way than in his more recent novels; But the characterisation is well done and by the end I realy wanted to see Saylor now move into a full novel around the younger Gordianus.

Not quite his sparkling best, but a good and interesting attempt and a return to the storyteller I love.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed again., 11 Sep 2012
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I have been an avid reader of Stephen Saylor's 'Gordianus' series. I liked the veracity but also the more 'dark' flavour of the books in comparison with other popular authors of Roman whodunnits. But he now seems to produce books that are easier to write - in essence Seven Wonders is not a novel but a collection of short stories. There is little of the old magic and I found this disappointing and superficial.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Well Researched, 13 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Seven Wonders (Gordianus the Finder Prequel) (Paperback)
Steven Saylor has penned an enthralling prequel to his Sub Rosa series. The plot revolves around a tour of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Well written in the form of seven short stories, his in-depth research into the ancient world is very apparent throughout. All in all a well paced easy to follow narrative, which is sometimes humorous and always intriguing. Recommended.For those who would like further information on this epoch I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps.

The perfect companion to the Sub Rosa series is the ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker.
Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Seven Wonders, 11 Dec 2013
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This review is from: The Seven Wonders (Gordianus the Finder Prequel) (Paperback)
I am hooked on Gordianus the Finder and his devious ways of finding out the truth. Steven Saylor is a brilliant author, and I would highly recommend any of his books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading !!, 28 Nov 2013
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Its a very enjoyable, good entertaining read. But because it has seven different stories in one volume - it reads as a book of seven stort stories connected by a mans holiday in Europe. Not a single story page-turner like Steven Saylors' other books. It's worth reading though especially if you like Stevens' other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good short reads, 6 Nov 2013
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The young Gordianus travels East with his tutor to see the seven wonders of the ancient world. At each stop, in the tradition that detectives always attract crime, he solves some wrong-doing. This is very much in the same vein as the main series of Steven Saylor's books, with a clearly drawn and vivid portrait of the ancient world as a backdrop. Ingenious mini-plots, nicely drawn characters and an upstanding protagonist. A good read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - Return to Rome!, 24 Nov 2013
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Having followed the life of Gordianus throughout the series, I enjoy the pace and style as the case comes together through a period of time. The seven wonders is essentially seven short stories each with a case to be resolved and for the majority the outcome is obvious very early taking away the intrigue which gives the series its strength.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pacey read combining Saylor's usual erudition with imaginative touches, 26 Oct 2013
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Having read all of the Roma Sub Rosa series of novels, it was good to be able to go back in time and find out more about the young Gordianus. The Seven Wonders acted as a handy washing line from which to hang the various episodes of the story. It was nice to hear about the Wonders even without the Finder at work! Some of the plot lines were a little far fetched, but overall, another good read from Saylor. Can't wait to read the next novel. which is due shortly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 21 Sep 2013
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Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to more Steven Saylor books. Would love to see the seven wonders of the world.
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