Sacred Games #2019

Sacred Games Gary Corby Sacred Games The third book in the critically acclaimed series set in Classical Athens featuring the historically inspired amateur detective Nicolaos It is the Olympics of BC Nico s best friend Timodemus is

  • Title: Sacred Games
  • Author: Gary Corby
  • ISBN: 9781616952273
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sacred Games Gary Corby The third book in the critically acclaimed series set in Classical Athens, featuring the historically inspired amateur detective Nicolaos It is the Olympics of 460 BC Nico s best friend, Timodemus, is a competitor in the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece Timo is hot favorite to win His only serious rival is Arakos from Sparta When Arakos is found beThe third book in the critically acclaimed series set in Classical Athens, featuring the historically inspired amateur detective Nicolaos It is the Olympics of 460 BC Nico s best friend, Timodemus, is a competitor in the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece Timo is hot favorite to win His only serious rival is Arakos from Sparta When Arakos is found beaten to death, it is obvious Timodemus must be the killer Who else could have killed the second best fighter in all Hellas but the very best The Judges of the Games sentence Timodemus to be executed in four days time, as soon as the Sacred Games have finished Complicating everything is the fact that Athens and Sparta are already at each other s throats, in the opening stages of a power struggle for control of Hellas If an Athenian is found to have cheated at the Games by murdering a Spartan, it will be everything the hawks in Sparta need to declare open war the moment the Sacred Truce is over And that s a war Athens cannot hope to win Nico and his partner in sleuthing, the annoyingly clever priestess Diotima, have four days to save their friend and avert a war that would tear their world apart.
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    1. Description It is the Olympics of 460 BC Nico s best friend, Timodemus, is a competitor in the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece Timo is hot favorite to win His only serious rival is Arakos from Sparta When Arakos is found beaten to death, it is obvious Timodemus must be the killer Who else could have killed the second best fighter in all Hellas but the very best The Judges of the Games sentence Timodemus to be executed in four days time, as soon as the Sacred Games have finis [...]

    2. I thought this was quite good and would give it a 4.5 stars if that option were available I found the second book in this series to be simultaneously too grim and too broad in comedic terms This one, however, is focused and refined I loved the atmosphere of the ancient Olympic Games I learned a bit about the culture and practices of the times Even though ancient Greek culture is almost over studied in schools, Corby makes it feel alive and vital and normal The mystery was interesting and concis [...]

    3. A very exciting read, especially in the last half when the ending comes as a total surprise The story brings back the main characters and some other characters from prior books in Corby s mystery series set in Ancient Greece There s five in the series as of this date Having now read the first three of them, I must admit this third book is the best ever I m wondering how the next ones The Marathon Conspiracy and Death Ex Machina will be, so am eager to read those latest books as well The main cha [...]

    4. Overall nicely descriptive, but ultimately lacking in mystery I knew view spoiler as soon as Markos bent down to examine the chariot and came up with grease on his hands hide spoiler who had done the murder There was no other explanation for this action, and to clearly telegraph it this far in advance was ridiculous It was simply a matter of waiting for the hero to start thinking with his head instead of his penis in order to solve the whodunnit.There was far too much sex and not enough sport in [...]

    5. Delightful mystery set in the 460 B.C Olympiad Nicolaos and his fianc e or is she his wife set out to solve the violent death of a Spartan pankratist Timo, an Athenian pankratist and Nico s good friend, is accused of the murder To try to keep down the rivalry between Athens and Sparta, Nico the Athenian and Markos the Spartan are tasked to solve the murder together Fluffy, light reading of only a couple of hours I like the way Corby works in ancient Greek customs in this case mostly athetic and [...]

    6. Fun historical mystery set at the Olympics of 460 B.C I shudder to think how popular the pankration would be if revived.For a further review susannagoklikes post 72.

    7. 5 5 First of all, I d like to thank Soho Press and Gary Corby for sending me the ARC of Sacred Games As you can tell by the rating, I loved it, and I m not the kind of girl to hand out 5 stars, either.Sacred Games takes place at the 80th Olympiad games, in Ancient Greece Ace detective Nicolaos, who doesn t typically enjoy sports, has come to watch his childhood friend Timodemus participate in the Pankration However, when Timo s only real competitor, Arakos, is murdered, and the blame falls on Ti [...]

    8. I read every book in this splendid series except one, which I will read this week I did so because I enjoy the series, the stories, the way the tales are written, the humor in them, the interesting characters, and the huge amount of information that Gary Corby gives his readers about ancient Greece All of this information is given with humor, in a delightful manner, and is very enlightening We meet real famous ancients such as the philosopher Socrates, Diotima his teacher, Pericles the leader in [...]

    9. Sacred Games is exactly the kind of book I never thought I d find A fictitious story about ancient Greek cities and ancient Greek people It is an original idea that is pulled off extremely well, blending real documented events and people with the imaginings of Gary Corby.Nicolaos, a sleuth of the ancient world, is at the Sacred Games at Olympia to see his friend Timodemus compete in the sport of pankration After a few brief debacles, we come to find that one of Timo s biggest rivals is murdered, [...]

    10. Best of the series so far Returning from their assignment in Themistocles court, married without permission, Nico and Diotima are at the Olympic games, trying to persuade their respective families to agree to the union and solve a murder The slain is a Spartan, the accused is an Athenian, and he s got just a few days to figure out who the culprit is Pindar is helpful Hippocrates is just a little baby, so his dad helps out and Queen Gorgo and Diotima share a couple of adorable moments A little ey [...]

    11. This sort of thing is right up my alley Socrates and I have been an item since the mid 80s I remember reading up on the Pankration at the Manhattan Public Library while Temple researched the return of Picasso s Guernica to Spain Temple is the one who complained that my plays seemed to have sprung fully grown from the forehead of Steve Allen Fair enough.The clues were laid out a bit too obviously, but I enjoyed the thoroughly researched background and will certainly read of these as I can get my [...]

    12. Nicolaus and Diotima consider themselves to be married, but since his father and her stepfather can t agree on Diotima s dowry, they disagree They have all gathered at Olympia for the Sacred Games, where Nico expects to only be an observer But when his old friend Timodemus is accused of murdering Arakos, a Spartan athlete, and Timo s competitor in the pankration, Nico is appointed as one of the investigators into the crime Since both Nico and Timo are Athenian, a Spartan, Markos, is also appoint [...]

    13. This is actually a 3.5 star book, I d say, going up or down depending on how much interest you have in life in Classical Greece Since I m very interested in the time period, I enjoyed Sacred Games, which chronicles the adventures of one Nicolaos as he solves a murder mystery at the 80th Olympiad.Gary Corby has created an engaging protagonist and surrounded him with interesting complementary characters his wife Diotima and his brother Socrates yes, that Socrates, but just a boy , which makes the [...]

    14. Another very entertaining book for Gary Corby set in Ancient Greece The Olympics have rules that when broken lead to the conditions to start a war A fledgling democracy does not want war, and so when a death occurs a new competition is added to the Olympic Games Reading the authors note after the book is fascinating, for having heard of one of the societies and a bit about its way of life, was revealed in this book Well worth a read.

    15. I found this story dragged quite a bit with too many details about the customs at the Olympic Games and too much emphasis on sex between the characters involved A little is good, a lot gets boring Not as interesting to me as the previous books in the series that I ve read.

    16. This series is an interesting change of pace from the cozy murders I have been reading.The names are difficult but I love the new vocabulary I am learning And I love hearing about ancient history I have been Googling ancient Greek pottery, writing, and fashion.Go figure.

    17. There is an impressive level of specificity in describing the extent of nudity in each Olympian competition I appreciate that sort of devotion to detail in my historical fiction.

    18. I love the Olympics And this books gives a very good picture of the original, historical Olympics in all their glory and mess Very entertaining I very much enjoy this series.

    19. Received a copy from SoHo PressEntertaining and enlightening I learned a lot about the ancient Olympics and the culture and politics of the era politics were not very different from today, just physically bloodier while being entertained by well drawn characters and a complex plot I ll look for other books in this series.

    20. I had looked forward to reading this book which I won in a giveaway It is the third in a mystery series set in ancient Greece and I had greatly enjoyed the first two entries in the series.Then, only a few pages into the book, I read something that made me want to toss the tome across the room Tell me, do you see anything wrong with this sentence He d seen Timo and I play together when we were children THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF MY ABSOLUTE NUMBER ONE PET PEEVE IN WRITING The use of the subjective pro [...]

    21. The title, Sacred Games refers to the Olympic Games which occur in 460 BC, but this is of a murder mystery than a play by play of the sporting events This book is third in a series by the Australian author Gary Corby which features the investigator Nicolaos of Athens and his female companion Diotima.Corby has done extensive research on the Greek culture and historical data which he incorporates into his fictional plot line with ease The book is easy to read, as Corby has his characters using mo [...]

    22. Gary Corby s series of Hellenic Mysteries starring the Athenian super sleuth Nicolaos continues as he, and his right hand woman I m withholding their exact relationship spoilers , Diotima, attend the Olympic Games of 460 B.C and become involved in solving the murder of a Spartan athlete Not only is the fate of Nico s best friend on the line, but the tenuous peace between the various Hellenic states also rides on the outcome of the murder investigation Can Nico preserve the integrity of the games [...]

    23. First Line The procession wound past the Sanctuary of Zeus.The procession consists of athletes, trainers, priests, officials, and spectators who are gathering for the Olympic Games of 460 BC The most important contest is the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece Nicolaos s best friend, Timodemus of Athens Timo , is the favorite to win the pankration When Timo s only serious rival, Arakos of Sparta, is found beaten to death, it s obvious to everyone that Timo has to be the killer T [...]

    24. I received Sacred Games by Gary Corby as a winner of a First Reads giveaway I chose to enter this drawing, as I know very little about ancient Greece, and thought this would be an entertaining way to learn about it And entertaining the story is Sacred Games is third in a mystery series by Gary Corby, but works well as a stand alone book The story takes place in 460 BC, at the 80th Olympiad or, Sacred Games as they were called at that time , held in the town of Olympia All the country has arrive [...]

    25. As usual, I didn t pay for this book but despite that kind consideration of a free item for reading, I give my candid opinions below It s also worth saying that I did not get this through GoodReads as is so often the case but instead through a Shelf Awareness galley drawing.Our story begins and the year is 460 B.C From all over Greece athletes have gathered to compete in the Olympiad All seems well, or less, until one of the star athletes turns up dead with a blow to the head Our protagonist mu [...]

    26. I told myself that I would finish Sacred Games during the Winter Olympics but during the Olympics I was, well, watching the Olympics so I didn t finish this until the week after This book about the ancient Olympics is a great companion to the modern Olympics Definitely makes you think about them in a different way Nicolaus, back from his adventures in The Ionia Sanction, is at Olympus with Diotima, his almost fianc wife A murder most foul occurs before the Games even start and Nicolaus is tasked [...]

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