"If they discover
it would be the death of us."
Manipulated by the gods, a young athlete illegally enters the Olympic
games. Pursed by the authorities, Zestra flees Athens, only to be
chased by bounty hunters after brother Lyrias steals gold. Andomini,
the family's paternal leader is a devoutly religious farmer, and
is constantly at odds with his wife, Demarete, an atheist and a
descendent of Spartan royalty, who is hiding in the foothills outside
Zestra voluntarily submits to slavery as a chariot driver in order
to book passage out of Greece. As a servant to Prometheus, they
travel city-to-city, eventually reaching Rome, and become entangled
in chaos, treason, and political corruption.
A Praetorian guard discovers their secret, and recruits Zestra
as an assassin to those who wish the Emperor dead. The death of
Commodus brings the appointment of Emperor Pertinax and peace, until
rebellious Legions march on Rome. Zestra must convince Athens and
Sparta to fight for Rome; otherwise all will be food for the lions
in the theater.
Curse of Athena is the first in a series of five novels, beginning
in 180 AD at the height of the Roman Empire.
This is a fictional adventure, but is historically accurate. The
author intends for you to truly understand every aspect of ancient
life, within a fast paced epic tale..