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Sacred Games av Gary Corby
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Sacred Games (utgåvan 2013)

av Gary Corby (Författare), Erik Davies (Berättare)

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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 Parmonos from Sparta. When Parmonos is found beaten to death, it is obvious Timodemus must be the killer. The Judges of the Games sentence Timodemus to be executed in four days' time. Complicating everything is the fact that Athens and Sparta are already at each other's throats. If an Athenian is found to have cheated by murdering a Spartan, it will be everything the hawks in Sparta need to declare open war. Nico and his partner in sleuthing, Diotima, have four days to save their friend and avert a war.… (mer)
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While this 3rd book in the Athenian mystery series was a pleasurable way to spend my time, I again felt that there were too many modern phrases.... I love the setting (and Nico's brother Sophocles!!) but am jarred sometimes by that use of modern phraseology which disrupts my ability to sink into the historical setting. ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 8, 2021 |
Delightful mystery set in 460 B.C. Olympiad. Nicolaos and his fiancée [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 trivia. ( )
  janerawoof | Sep 19, 2014 |
entertaining mystery involving the Olympic Games and the rivalry between Athens and Sparta
  ritaer | Dec 15, 2013 |
The favourite for the pancration at the 80th Olympic Games, an Athenian, is accused of murdering his chief rival for the title, a Spartan. Can Nicolaos and Diotima solve the case with the help of Markos of Sparta and Nicolaos's little brother, Socrates, and avert an international incident or even a war?

The investigation kept me turning the pages though the sporting events were less interesting. The developing friendship between Nicolaos and Markos was very well done. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 27, 2013 |
In 460 BC Athens and Sparta are on the verge of war. At the Olympic Games Arakos the Spartan and Timodemus the Athenian are expected to fight for victory in the Pankration. Yet before the fight can take place, Arakos is killed. Timodemus is the suspect and hawks in both cities prepare to fight for honour.

This is Gary Corby's third book following his murder investigator Nicolaos. Following the Ionia Sanction the book is more of a husband and wife team investigating murders. The whole thing becomes a mix of the historically accurate and the anachronistic. That sounds like a mess, but what Gary Corby does is keep to history, unless it interferes with the story. For example, we have some very chatty Spartans, who could hardly be described as laconic. However, having the Spartan characters so open means the story can move on at a fair lick instead of filling the narrative with supposition. The impression of speed is necessary as the whole affair has to be concluded in a few days.

In terms of absolute historical errors, I'd wager 20 drachmae that Greek days - like Jewish days - start at sunset. However, many professional ancient historians wouldn't spot that, and Corby's spot on with the actual sacrifices happening in the morning.

Rigid accuracy would kill the series. So much would need explaining, and the book is at its weakest when there are raw info-dumps of detail to explain historical limits on what could be done. Fortunately the chunks are pretty small.

The book, like its hero, is very likeable. I hope this will continue in the next book of the series. ( )
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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 Parmonos from Sparta. When Parmonos is found beaten to death, it is obvious Timodemus must be the killer. The Judges of the Games sentence Timodemus to be executed in four days' time. Complicating everything is the fact that Athens and Sparta are already at each other's throats. If an Athenian is found to have cheated by murdering a Spartan, it will be everything the hawks in Sparta need to declare open war. Nico and his partner in sleuthing, Diotima, have four days to save their friend and avert a war.

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