Robert Colton
The Residents of POMPEII
Marcellus, Gaius Sempronius Grachhus: On the run for a murder he did not commit, the young Roman finds himself in more trouble than he ever dreamed of. Easily distracted by a pretty face, Marcellus will need to count on the blessing of Fortuna to survive what fate has designed for him.
Tay: loyal servant to Marcellus, the chameleon has quite a challenge in keeping them both out of harm's way. Quick with a lie, he is able to infuse the two into the community of Pompeii. All he has to do now is deduce who in Pompeii has blood on their hands.
Cornelia: The most enchanting woman in Pompeii, and the most devious. In an instant, Marcellus falls in love with her. Which of the two's secrets are more deadly? Connected in someway to a local oracle, Cornelia conceals many facts. An unknown menaces threatens her, and she'll need more than the Oracle's insight to survive.     
Julia Felix: One of Pompeii's wealthiest ladies. Is she devoted or amused by the Egyptian Goddesses and their earthly representatives? Beautiful, seductive and intelligent, her curiosity into Pompeii's newest residents just might pose a problem for Marcellus and Tay.     
Gavia: A seller of tonics and magic, all served with a bit of scorn. The bothersome woman knows too much about Marcellus, but as it turns out she is good at keeping secrets, she has quite a few of her own.
The Oracle of Nephthys, a local Prophet, adept at making profit. The Soothsayer knows many of Pompeii’s secrets, of course she has something to conceal as well.

Zenobia, an Imperial Freedwoman, powerful and feared, she has the reputation of being all knowing.

Valens, an upstanding leader of Pompeii, his good nature puts him at a general disadvantage.

Actuis Anicetus, the famous pantomime, a favorite of the crowd, particularly the ladies.  After the mysterious death of his mother, he finds that she had kept much from him.

Admiral Proculus, commander of the Imperial Fleet stationed at Misenum, a surprisingly likeable brute.

Jucundus, A shrewd businessman, close friend to Regulus and blessed by Mercury. He is a perceptive witness to the events in Pompeii.


Appian, the recipient of Marcellus’ many letters and future historian, among other things.