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 area, realizing her lifestyles might 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 kinfolk may well pay the associated fee. made up our minds to result in justice for the electorate of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. yet what he discovers as a substitute is a confounding workforce of Christians . . . and a tender girl gladiator whose repute is turning out to be daily.

Political unrest reaches a boiling aspect as Christians are jailed and done, and the mountain within the distance threatens to ruin the town with its river of fireplace. Cato and Ariella needs to act quick and courageously to save lots of their family ahead of all is misplaced.

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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 area, realizing her lifestyles might 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 kinfolk may well pay the associated fee. made up our minds to result in justice for the electorate of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. yet what he discovers as a substitute is a confounding workforce of Christians . . . and a tender girl gladiator whose repute is turning out to be daily.

Political unrest reaches a boiling aspect as Christians are jailed and done, and the mountain within the distance threatens to ruin the town with its river of fireplace. Cato and Ariella needs to act quick and courageously to save lots of their family ahead of all is misplaced.

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The five slaves who traveled with the troupe were already passing out plates of spicy meat and bread, and the men fell around the large fire and dug into the food. indd 26 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 lonely spot in the scratchy grass. Her stomach heaved with physical and emotional unrest, but she forced the food down for the sake of her strength. She watched the gang of men wolf down their meal. Most of these Gentiles were indeed wolves. If they discovered that she was not a slightly built young man but a woman—she shuddered to think of the outcome.

He had heard the politician’s name muttered a few times by disgruntled citizens but knew nothing more of the elected official. “Don’t let the position fool you. The city is united in its hatred for him. indd 21 6/28/13 10:20 AM T r ac y L . H ig l e y refused to give him a take of the shop’s profits, Maius destroyed him. ” Cato straightened, two shards of pottery in his hands. ” “Indeed. The man’s a—” Remus’s sentence hung unfinished as the doorway darkened and Cato looked up, still expecting his delivery.

A twinge of concern bloomed in his chest. The purchases of the shop and fields and home had all but annihilated the family fortune, and there was little left for building the business. Along with his list of tasks, the list of costs was also lengthening. Would there be enough? He slammed the lid on the money box and clenched his fist around the coins. There must be. As though his heart were the fertile black soil of his vineyard, the determination to thrive here had taken root inside him like a stubborn vine, curling around his heart, drawing nourishment from the pain of the past, longing to bear fruit.

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