While conducting exploration in the frozen Arctic, Texan Lew McCardle, a geologist working for the Houghton Oil company, discovers something remarkable: a body encased in the ice. More remarkable still, the skills of Russian researcher Semyon Petrovitch bring the man miraculously back to life.
This strange visitor from the distant past has an amazing story to tell. Translated from his native Latin by Nordic nun Olava, Lucius Aurelius Eugenianus reveals that in the era of Domitian he was a champion in the Roman Colosseum, a gladiator known far and wide as the greatest of all time.
An ingenious amalgam of science fiction, fantasy, and history, Richard Ben Sapir's The Far Arena is a breathtaking work of literary invention, at once thrilling, poignant, and thought provoking.
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A good listen
I first read this book over thirty years ago, and have re-read it several times since: it is one of those books that stays with you. It is a little uneven in pace and parts may be questionable, but it is nevertheless still a good story ... listening to it rather than reading it actually succeeded in evening out some of the pace issues, and the narration was, I thought, excellent. I hadn't really thought much about the characters' accents when reading it, but the narrator captured them brilliantly and the whole thing came more alive for me than when on the printed page.