Mystery of the Roman Ransom

Our rating: *****

The Xanthos School is back with another adventure! The pupils, Julius, Publius, Flavius, Caius, Rufus, Muscius and Antonius give a slave, whose name is Udo, unable to speak or hear, to Xantippus for his “50th birthday.” Xantippus refuses, telling the boys to take the slave back to the slavedealer, Callon. When the boys get to Callon’s cottage, they find that Callon had sold all his slaves, except for one old slave that nobody would take, and fled! The old slave tells them that an ex-gladiator came and wanted Udo. When Callon told him that he didn’t have him anymore, the ex-gladiator said he was coming back the next day, and if Udo wasn’t there, he would kill him and all the slaves! After the boys leave the cottage, the ex-gladiator shows up and tries to take Udo, which the pupils manage to prevent. Then, Udo discloses that he can talk and hear! He is a slave of Pollino, the famous general! What’s going on? Is Udo to be trusted?

The sequel to Detectives in Togas, Mystery of the Roman Ransom is another enjoyable book.

3 Responses to “Mystery of the Roman Ransom”

  1. All I can say is that this book and Detectives in Togas are hilarious! They also help you absorb some knowledge of Ancient Rome. Xantippus is great in this book, and there’s plenty of suspense and action.

  2. This was a GREAT book! I really like the lion.

  3. this book is awesome. its really interesting and gives a lot of facts About rome. i have to do a powerpoint on this book for social studies and its going to be awesome.

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