The Cybelene Conspiracy

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Toby Press, 2005 - Fiction - 316 pages
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A eunuch archpriest and an unscrupulous senator smuggle products from China to Italy that will change the course of western history. Surgeon Getorius Asterius, his wife Arcadia, the eunuch archpriest of a pagan fertility cult, the female head of a heretical Arian church, and an ambitious senator in league with a Chinese merchant: these are the prime movers in this mystery set in Ravenna, Italy, in A.D. 440. When Getorius is summoned to examine the castrated body of a youth found by Thecla in her Arian church, who is the sobbing Vestal Virgin nearby? Why is the senator smuggling counterfeit Western coins to the Eastern Empire, and contraband Chinese products back to Ravenna? Thecla's coded message leads to a secret tunnel and the sinister temple of Cybele, whose devotees are self-mutilated eunuchs. In a stunning climax, the conspirators try to escape Ravenna, planning to sell one product in Egypt, but failing to recognize the far more deadly nature of the other.

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User Review  - jtck121166 - LibraryThing

Come, come! Some of the other review(er)s are too harsh! This is not fine writing, and the research is not worn lightly; in fact, yes, there's much to mock - but it's an interesting and neglected ... Read full review

Review: The Cybelene Conspiracy (Getorius and Arcadia Mystery #2)

User Review  - Lance McMurchy - Goodreads

This series of books is a breath of fresh air. While the story its self is nothing amazing, the author's ability to bring the reader in the world of the Western Roman empire in the 5th century AD, is ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

With degrees in art, art education and the hu- manities, Albert Noyer¿s career includes working in commercial and fine art, teaching in the Detroit Public Schools and at private colleges. He lives in New Mexico, and has previously published another historical mystery, The Saint¿s Day Deaths, and the precursor to this book, The Secundus Papyrus.

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