(From the publisher):
A traitor from the Roman Shipping Office is feeding vital information to a band of desperate pirates. Correus Appius Julianus, disguised as a pompous Roman, is sent by the emperor into the brigands' lair to shatter the conspiracy. All signs point to the traitor as being Senator Aurelius Vettius, a master of political intrigue. This accusation, veiled in a coded ransom plea, is sent to Flavius Appius Julianus, Correus's half brother and aide to the emperor. But the emperor refuses to act against the senator without evidence. Correus and Flavius have none.
The brothers meet their most vicious enemy in Vettius, a patrician with limitless influence, ambition, money, and capacity for evil. Vettius learns about their charges, and his thirst for revenge is insatiable; he sets out to destroy the Julianus family.
Set against the background of Emperor Domitian's final assault on the Free Lands of the Agri Decumates, Correus and Flavius must save the lives of their family before Aurelius Vettius can destroy them.
Original title: The Emperor's Games
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Rome