Teaser Tuesday: The Last Day of Marcus Tullius Cicero

Like curling up with in a favorite blanket after a long day at work, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

This week I’m beyond excited to tease my friend Jordan’s second publication, The Last Day of Marcus Tullius Cicero. You might remember Jordan as the author of the supremely enjoyable No Snakes in Iceland. While Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine confounded Amazon’s two day shipping and, therefore, my reading plans, I’m finally able to dive into this novella.

The Goodreads’ Blurb

Cicero—lawyer, politician, philosopher, former consul of the Roman Republic, and man on the run. Just a year after the assassination of the dictator Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Caesar’s adopted son have allied, sealing their friendship with names given up to each other’s hit men. At the top of Antony’s list—Marcus Tullius Cicero.

With Cicero flees Leonidas, a longtime slave of the great statesman’s household. On the morning of Cicero’s last day, Leonidas anticipates a reunion with Clementia, whom he hopes to marry, if only their master lives long enough to free them. But assassins are closing in, the last escape routes are closing, despairing allies have killed themselves, and not everyone Cicero trust may be loyal.

The Last Day of Marcus Tullius Cicero is a riveting, vividly realized historical novella from Jordan M. Poss, author of the novel No Snakes in Iceland.


The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 18.

When he heard for certain that his name was on the lists that Caesar, Antonius, and Lepidus had agreed upon, he gave a feast to bid his friends farewell before going into exile. One of Antonius's men caught up to him during the feast and, with the tables laden and all of Salvius's guests reclining, hauled Silvanus down over the table by the hair and hacked his head off.

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