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 likely resource to hunt justice.

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

Cato, a prosperous flesh presser, 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 associated fee. decided to result in justice for the electorate of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. yet what he discovers as a substitute is a confounding staff of Christians . . . and a tender girl gladiator whose repute is starting to be daily.

Political unrest reaches a boiling aspect as Christians are jailed and finished, and the mountain within the distance threatens to spoil town with its river of fireplace. Cato and Ariella needs to act fast and courageously to save lots of their household sooner than all is misplaced.

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Had he become an enemy to Maius simply by opening a small wine shop? Surely Maius wasn’t threatened by Cato’s presence in Pompeii? As if the shop weren’t crowded enough, another figure peeked out from behind Maius, still in the street. “Quintus? indd 32 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 Cato sighed. He should have expected his married sister, Portia, to make an appearance. Maius slid to the side to allow her to enter, and Cato did not miss the naked admiration that overtook the older man’s face as Portia ducked her head politely and joined Octavia.

An older slave approached with a bucket of water and a metal dipper. 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.

Portia turned her eyes on him, and there was neither amusement nor petulance there. “He is just the sort of man you always opposed in Rome, Quintus. ” Cato turned back to the spilled wine, but Remus had it all cleaned. Portia had not finished. “It would give your coming here purpose. indd 34 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 Cato scowled. “Not as rich as you seem to think, Portia. And my ‘idle pastime’ will no doubt yield more fruit than any of my efforts in Rome. ” Portia started again, but her mother stilled her with a gentle hand on her arm.

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