Friday, November 18, 2016


The Singer From Memphis is an example of my favorite genre of novel, the historical thriller. I didn't realize that Gary Corby has been writing a series of these books, featuring agents from Periclean Athens, for years now. This one focuses on a little-known conflict of that period; the Egyptian (the Memphis in the title is the Egyptian Memphis, not our Tennessee) revolt against Persian rule in the mid-5th century BCE. The central figure in the book is Herodotus, who is portrayed as being in the midst of compiling his famous Histories, and the intrigue and twists in the spy story are really well done--this is one of the few books I've read of this type where I did not see the eventual ending coming many pages before the end. And although I am not as knowledgeable about the period as I am about Roman history, it meets the eye test as far as accuracy and plausibility are concerned. The author noted at the end that the next book in the series is already at the printer, and this is a anthology I fully intend to get caught up on and follow.

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