A top-notch crime caper!

There's a certain degree of fatalism required for any author waiting on first reviews of a book, so it is with great pleasure and some small relief that I tell you the first review has appeared for The Ionia Sanction.

 This from the latest issue of the Library Journal:
Corby, Gary. The Ionia Sanction. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2011. c.304p. maps. ISBN 9780312599010. $24.99. Mix one part ancient history, one part clever and contemporary banter, and one part action, and you have a top-notch crime caper. Corby brings back his dynamic crime-­detecting couple, Nicolaos and Diotima, for their second outing (after The Pericles Commission). Pericles dispatches Nicolaos abroad to Ephesus to return a slave girl who’s really a government official’s daughter and to retrieve a stolen document that should explain why an Athenian diplomat was hanged. The arrogance of Athenian native Nicolaos is quickly dashed when he’s confronted with new customs in this region controlled by Persia. Luckily, the charming Diotima paves the way. Layers of intrigue pile up, and our duo can see that time may run out before they can smuggle critical information—and get themselves—back to Athens.VERDICT The mix of real history with a crime romp makes Corby’s sequel go down easily. The author deftly concocts a Mel Brooks type of history. Highly recommended for those looking for humor with their crime detecting.
If you're wondering how reviews can be done for books that haven't released yet (Ionia Sanction is out in November), it's because the publisher prints advance reader copies, known in publishing lingo as ARCs.  The ARCs are printed as a small job lot before final corrections.

Here's the link to all the reviews and the official page.  I notice my friend and fellow author Joelle Charbonneau is in there too for her second book, Skating Over The Line.  Joelle and I seem to be in lock-step with our writing.


8 comments:

Anthony said...

Right on, that was a great piece from the Library Journal!

The Wife Unit and I can't wait to read it.

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Excellent! I am really looking forward to reading this.

Gary Corby said...

Thank you both! I'm looking forward to hearing what you think. One of the joys of this game is knowing there are highly knowledgeable readers out there.

Amalia T. said...

Congratulations on the great review! I'm looking forward to The Ionia Sanction as well!

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Amalia!

Botanist said...

Well done, Gary. I enjoyed The Pericles Commission, so it's good to know that Nicolaos and Diotima are getting up to mischief again.

Kristina Makansi said...

I just saw your first review and wanted to say Congratulations! And I hope Nicolaos and Diotima don't end up on a porn site. :)

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Kristina, and welcome to the blog! Thanks too, Botanist.

Nico probably wouldn't mind appearing on a porn site, since in his view he has all the necessary attributes, but Diotima would probably have a few words to say about it.