The Ancient Ocean Blues

The Ancient Ocean Blues is a historical novel for Young Adult readers, set in Ancient Rome.

Corruption, intrigue, shipwreck, pirate battles — it all starts when likeable teenager Marcus Oppius is unwittingly involved in "promoting" the up-and-coming Julius Caesar in a Roman election. When Marcus proves better at politics than anyone suspected, he is assigned an almost impossible mission. He must follow an enemy agent across the sea, hoping — with help from a rash young woman and a clever Greek freedman — to stop Cicero from controlling Rome. If Marcus succeeds, he will find himself on the inner circles of Roman power. If he fails, he faces exile — or worse.

The Ancient Ocean Blues can happily be read on its own, but it also serves as the sequel to the author's first book, The Roman Conspiracy. Several characters from the first book appear again here — Aulus Lucinus Spurinna, the consul Cicero, and most notably the over-educated Homer — and the main story takes place only a few months after The Roman Conspiracy ends, in 62 BC. The Roman Conspiracy is described on other pages on this site. There is a sequel to The Ancient Ocean Blues: Chariots of Gaul.

Here you can find information on the characters in The Ancient Ocean Blues, explore maps that let you trace their adventures, and meet the author, Jack Mitchell. Also available are reviews, together with an excerpt of the novel itself, which you can buy on Amazon for under US$10.00. There is also an audiobook of the novel, narrated by the author.

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