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By Thomas Holt

ISBN-10: 0316861138

ISBN-13: 9780316861137

ISBN-10: 0349116148

ISBN-13: 9780349116143

Heritage tells us that during sixty nine advert, Nero fled his palace in Rome, stabbed himself within the throat with a pen, and was once trampled to demise through horses in a muddy ditch. yet this is one other risk: Nero didn't die in that ditch, yet a person who regarded a great deal like him did. this offers Nero the chance to begin a brand new existence in pursuit of his first love—music. yet Nero is being pursued by way of those who have cause to suspect he's nonetheless alive—one desires him useless, the opposite is a passionate fan of his dreadful track and needs his genius famous.

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Oh, shut up, Galen,’ he replied. ’ Of course he was just snotty about having to sleep with the dogs while I had the bed, but I didn’t say anything. It was a nice day, for Sicily, and I wasn’t in the mood for bickering. We were walking down a good, level road with cornfields on either side, the sun was shining and we had a quart of drinkable wine the farmer had given us for the road. There was even a woman singing somewhere in the distance, probably some old bat doing her washing or fetching water.

Bloody silly question, like it’s something that’d slip your mind. ‘Positive, sir. My name.. , Screw me, I couldn’t remember what my name was supposed to be. ’ The senator clapped his hands together. ‘That must be it, then,’ he said. ‘I served there on my last posting. ’ I didn’t look round, but I could feel great waves of hate crashing into me from Lucius Domitius’ direction. ‘Icosium, sir,’ I answered, mostly because it was the only place in Mauretania I could think of. ‘Really’ The senator was beaming.

The senator frowned and thought for a moment. ‘Kill them,’ he said. ‘I haven’t got all day’ So the cavalryman hops off his horse, gives the reins to a thug to hold, strides up drawing his sword, and slices it across my mule’s neck, just like that. Before the poor thing hit the deck he’d done the same to the other one, and a moment later the footmen had got both carcasses dragged onto the side of the road out of the way Problem solved. Well, I’d have been quite happy to leave it at that. But your Roman senator’s a devil for fair play when you don’t want him to be.

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