This book was awesome.
Part legal-ish thriller, mostly archaeology gone wild. :)
I have to confess, though, I am SUCH a nerd. Through all of the tense thriller-type confrontations I was thinking, come on, get back to the Josephus quotes! Are they going to find the artifact?! What will happen to it?!?! LOL. Nevermind that the bad guy had a gun to Emili's head. Minor details.
I also have to confess, I actually own a copy of The Complete Works of Josephus..... and I took Roman History for fun in college. Yeah, for fun. A 200 or 300 level course that didn't count for a darn thing, but I loved it.
From that class, I learned that the "Colosseum" is a totally inaccurate name. As a result I was SO glad when the main character mentioned that!! I was going to be irritated the whole book otherwise. (The Colosseum wasn't referred to as such until loooooong after it was built. If I remember right it's because of the Colossus statue nearby. The proper name would be the Flavian Amphitheater. Just so you know.)
So now, after reading this, I think it's time to break out Josephus again. The theory that he may not have been a traitor after all is fascinating. Got me all curious. :)
Bottom line is, I loved it.
Counts for the Reader's Choice and the Support Your Local Library challenges.