Gaius and Achilles

The novel  Gaius and Achilles, is  available on Smashwords and Amazon, including access to a substantial free sample.

Gaius and Achilles is a gay historical romance set in Late Republican Rome, concerning the choices facing Achilles, a young aristocrat from Paphos whose life is thrown into confusion when he is captured by pirates and separated from his lover Hippothous.

He finds himself the slave of decadent Roman poet Gaius Manlius Torquatus, a sensitive soul, who must struggle with the conflicting demands and desires of his nature.

Achilles’ radical change in status from respected citizen to personal property forces him to question and redefine his threatened sense of self and ultimately to question what it is to be free.

Meanwhile, his lover Hippothous is facing his own perilous adventures and is determined to find and save Achilles at any cost.

Trailer for Gaius and Achilles, created with images taken from ancient Greek and Roman art.


6 thoughts on “Gaius and Achilles

  1. I just read the very positive (and detailed) review of Gaius and Achilles on SpeakItsName and immediately bought the book and began reading. Strictly speaking, I immediately checked out your blog here, then read the free short story, then switched to Amazon and read the free sample, and having satisfied myself that I would like the book (ignoring the rather mealymouthed review on which says there are too many commas) I then bought it.
    I’m an avid reader of gay-themed fiction and in my own small way a writer of short stories. I love historical fiction too, but until now I have struggled with historicals set in ancient Rome or Greece. Even Mary Renault I’ve found difficult, but I’ve persevered, every so often trying a new book I find, mainly because I remember reading and loving The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe as a child. Surely one day I’ll find a book that’ll recreate that experience for me?
    Well I may just have found that book. Here is a story that gets me immersed in the life and times of ancient Rome, brings the people and their environment to life in full colour and gives me protagonists I can identify with, attractive and sympathetic, and gives them a storyline that carries me with it, anxious for their safety and for an ultimate satisfactory conclusion for them. I’m loving it – thanks for writing!

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your kind comment.
      I also loved the books of Rosemary Sutcliffe as a child; they were very vivid and sometimes stark, bringing distant and mythological times and places to life. It is wonderful to think that Gaius and Achilles has had the effect of bringing ancient Rome to life for you in a similar way. Thanks!

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