Raiders of the Nile, Hardback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Gordianus is now twenty-two years old and living in Alexandria with Bethesda, scraping by in modest and haphazard fashion.

But then Bethesda is kidnapped by mistake. With few resources available to him, Gordianus has to find the people who kidnapped her and get her back - before they realise they have the wrong woman and dispose of her for good. A raid on the golden tomb of Alexander the Great, a semi-shady troupe of travelling performers, highwaymen, amorous innkeepers, the politics of the pharaohs, smugglers, camels and an adventure up the Nile all combine to make this a rescue mission neither Gordianus - or Bethesda - will ever forget. Praise for Steven Saylor: 'The Saylor hallmarks are meticulous recreation of Rome's grimy bustling streets and a brilliantly drawn cast of minor characters.' The Sunday Times 'A compelling storyteller, with a striking talent for historical reconstruction.' Times Literary Supplement


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781472101969

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The life and adventures of Gordianus as a young man,before his Roman investigations.It takes place in Alexandria and tells of his attempts to find Bethesda,who has been kidnapped in mistake for another girl.A very enjoyable romp through ancient Egypt.

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This is the second of the prequel novels featuring Gordianus the Finder as a young man, now living in Alexandria where he has met his slave and future wife Bethesda. Following the travelogue approach of The Seven Wonders, this novel is a more straightforward narrative involving kidnapping, bandits and turbulent Egyptian politics. I found the storyline and the eventual resolution of the plot strands a little far-fetched, though as usual Saylor's characters are all well rounded and believable, even quite minor ones. A good read, though again not up there with the best of the Gordianus novels.

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