City on Fire by Tracy L. Higley

By Tracy L. Higley

Formerly published as Pompeii.

As Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator joins forces with an not going resource to hunt justice.

In the coastal city of Pompeii, a brand new gladiator prepares to struggle. yet this gladiator hides a perilous mystery: she's a runaway Jewish slave lady named Ariella, disguised as a tender boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph within the area, understanding her existence should be forfeit should still somebody discover the truth.

Cato, a prosperous baby-kisser, moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. yet he quickly learns that Pompeii is simply as corrupt, and if he doesn't play the sport, his relatives may possibly pay the cost. made up our minds to result in justice for the electorate of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. yet what he discovers in its place is a confounding team of Christians . . . and a tender woman gladiator whose popularity is starting to be daily.

Political unrest reaches a boiling aspect as Christians are jailed and carried out, and the mountain within the distance threatens to smash the town with its river of fireside. Cato and Ariella needs to act speedy and courageously to save lots of their family earlier than all is misplaced.

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His was only one of the busy streets that crisscrossed Pompeii in a grid that held both shops and homes, some little more than huts and others with doors opening to grand villas. The city moved with surprising intensity, even in these early summer months when the vacationers were fewer, many choosing to remain in Rome while the weather was pleasant. Unlike Octavia, he had not come to Pompeii for the weather, but he meant to enjoy it nonetheless. In truth, he meant to enjoy everything about his new life.

She glanced at him from under lowered lids, then lifted her head for a better look. He was strong but a bit grizzled, with deep lines about the eyes.  . Jewish. She waited for him to look at her. indd 48 6/28/13 10:20 AM C i t y on F i r e : A Nov e l of P om pe i i her a dipperful of water, lifting it above his head for her to hold as she drank. She took the lukewarm water in her mouth and swallowed. ” His head jerked upward and he peered into her eyes. ” He smiled slightly. She nodded. ” Word had come from Rome that Emperor Vespasian had died, and his son Titus succeeded him.

My apologies. ” He nodded to each of his four companions and introduced them all in turn. Cato knew none of them. Taurus inhaled deeply, as though bracing himself. ” Cato tried to read Taurus’s eyes, unsure whether to share his mind about the man who seemed to control the town. ” He held up his palms. ” Taurus’s direct question surprised him. Alliances in Rome were a tricky game. Were things simpler here in Pompeii, so far south of the mother city? indd 42 6/28/13 10:20 AM C i t y on F i r e : A Nov e l of P om pe i i He examined Taurus’s eyes once more, then decided on forthrightness.

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