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Roman Carnival – YA Novel by Serafim Gascoigne

Written By: Eddie Snipes - Mar• 22•11

A friend is releasing Roman Carnival today:

When the Romans built Londinium, they planned to stay. This fact was evident to Anthony as he raced for his life up the Portobello Road. He would have to put on an extra spurt if he was to stay ahead of his pursuers. Already the gap was narrowing. He could hear their panting and the flap of leather soles on the hot summer nights pavement


Roman Carnival

THE DISCOVERY of an ancient Temple of Mithras causes great excitement among the residents of Ladbroke Square, London. At the suggestion of the curator of the British Museum, the residents decide to hold a Roman Carnival, complete with fancy dress, refreshments, tours and speeches. However, unknown to the large crowed gathered for the Carnival there are ‘Ravens’, Roman assassins from 65 AD.

Intent on invading 20th century London, the Romans, members of the cult of Mithras are thwarted in their attempt by two school boys, Anthony Archer and Hector Carter. As the drama unfolds, Hector is mistaken for a runaway boy soldier, while Anthony is thought to be Artemius, a high-ranking member of the cult of Mithras. Mistaken identity or nor, these boys begin to play a vital role in defeating the cosmic forces that have entered their time and reality through the Temple of Mithras. A mysterious figure, the watcher Nikomedes, confirms that this is their destiny –it is part of their ancestral breath. Only Anthony and Hector are capable of sealing the conduit between past and present. How are they to do this? Nikomedes says that they will know what to do when the time comes. Unlikely heroes in a battle with cosmic evil, the boys work as a duo, displaying common sense and courage in the face of many unexpected dangers. Their only weapons against this invasion are their simplicity, honestly, and their ancestral link to the past. Hector’s good and easy-going nature, loyalty to a friend and courage play an important role in the drama. Anthony is not particularly courageous but together with Hector, he shines as a natural leader in times of danger.

This is a fast paced historical/fantasy, combining Cockney humor and suspense. Written by a former resident of Number 12, Ladbroke Sq.

What reviewers say:


5.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful What You Wish For, July 13, 2010

By Mary Tootikian “Author of Stunned In America

A school boy’s fixation on the Roman Empire becomes real life drama as the line between past and present disappears. Father Gascoigne has written an intriguing adventure that will hold the interest of adults as well as youth. This tome is filled with exciting twists and turns keeping the reader engaged and in a state of anticipation. The characters are delightful and I ended the novel wanting to continue reading about their future escapades. Beautifully written and filled with such sights and sounds that you can actually feel yourself on location. Highly recommended reading for all ages but would fit well with youth ages nine thru fifteen. A great summer read for boys and girls who love adventure. A great book suggestion for teachers who are looking for ways to make ancient history come alive.

Sally Franz/Former Youth Director – Best Selling Author “Scrambled Leggs”

Serafim Gascoigne has done it again. A masterful story about a young man sorting out his life while all around him mysterious forces are mounting to test his manhood. Anthony is a schoolboy fascinated by Roman history, as are many boys his age. But in this case his play acting has taken on a life of its own and he soon finds himself in a life and death battle to save himself, his best friend Hector and all of modern day London. This is the way history should be taught.

Gascoigne uses accurate historical data and weaves it into such a suspenseful tale that even someone who would confess no love of the past would be hard pressed not to keep turning the pages. Underlying the drama is of course a wonderful story of true friendship and a lesson in morality, virtues and courage.

I especially loved that for the hero there were very few moments of clearly seeing what had to be done. There were many moments of not being clear on what was being asked of him. But the test was not if there was clarity of vision for the young boy, but if there was a willingness of heart to do what was right.

A great summer read for boys and girls who love adventure. A great book suggestion for teachers who are looking for ways to make ancient history come alive.

For teachers

My goal is to promote “healthy minds” in teens (without FDA approval!) through fantasy literature that is not only entertaining but has some important pointers for young readers.  I believe in the importance of myth and fantasy but I am concerned that many authors of fantasy dwell on masochistic, sadistic and psychotic role models.

Roman Carnival is no moralistic tale, but a scary, fast-paced, time-shift adventure. It’s not for the timid.

For parents

Roman Carnival is an exciting read for parents and teens. It has some new scholarship on Mithraism – the Romans worshiped the wrong god!  It is full of interesting facts about life in AD 65, what they wore and what they ate – dormice dipped in honey.  It helps children to be aware of how a passion can lead to obsession.  The underlying metaphysic is that we inherit not only the physical characteristics of our parents, but a part of their spirit too.  This is a surprise element in the story.

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