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Hetaera--Suspense in Ancient Athens (Agathon's Daughter Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Tyrpak , Tess Gerritsen
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Hetaera—suspense in ancient Athens, is Book One of the Agathon’s Daughter Trilogy. Born a bastard and a slave, Hestia has a gift: the power to read people’s hearts. And yet, the secrets of her own heart remain a mystery. Hestia’s keen intellect makes her a match for any man. But even a literate slave has little control over destiny. Sold to a prominent statesman with sadistic tendencies, Hestia becomes his hetaera (consort). As her wealth and fame increase so does her despair. She dreams of freedom, but she faces enemies at every turn. When Hestia is accused of murder the mystery of her past unravels and fate takes another turn.

About the Author

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. She works for an airline which allows her to travel and do research for her books. When she’s not writing, she enjoys riding her bike, swimming, skiing, and dancing. In her next life she would like to be a belly dancer or her cat.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Adytum; First edition (Jan. 11 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KYE4ZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Crystal
Classical Athen's during the time of Socrates, Pericles and Sophocles is enough of a plot line to gain my attention, throw in some murder suspense and philosophical debates and I'm all in! I was fortunate to enough to be picked by this author again, the last tale dealt with Classical Rome, and she's becoming one of my new favorite historical fiction authors!

Hetaera is a story about Hestia, a slave in the house of Agathon. Upon his deathbed she learns that she isn't just his slave, but also his daughter - born out of wedlock and during a mysterious ritual. This knowledge doesn't change her status as slave and she continues to work within the home until Agathon's wife decides to sell her. When sold she becomes the Hetaera (a courtesan or better known as a high class mistress) to the wealthiest man in town.

This is a theme well played within Ms. Tyrpak's story. She did a great job capturing the times and all the hardships that not only women went through but also slaves and the restrictions held by them. I'll admit I had a hard time putting the book down and finished it within one reading. Although the ending left me wanting more I cannot wait to see what happens in the next story! I hope I get the chance to keep reading this writer's work and being transported to a time I love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite so far Jan. 6 2012
By TLJ - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read and deeply enjoyed everything by Suzanne Tyrpak, including her blog. She is an accomplished, experienced writer and you can't go wrong, whether reading her books or short stories (Her collection, Dating My Vibrator was another of my favorites). However, I became immersed in Hetaera even more than I did with Vestal Virgin (another historical novel by Suzanne that I really enjoyed). While I like historical fiction, it's not the main genre I read. That made no difference. Hetaera was engrossing, moving, and suspenseful, and I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy to come out. Many novels about Athens, Greece, or Rome are by or about men and war. Suzanne's books go into the less well known lives of women--and interesting, unusual women, at that. Highly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plot is too drawn-out, but I'd recommend it Jan. 19 2012
By E. Toye - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is not what you would consider a normal suspense. Really, it's a love story. No murder mystery, no thriller, nothing like that. What you have is a story a lot like a Greek play. Whether it is a comedy or tragedy has yet to be determined as this is the first book of, I believe, three. Like Oedipus, we, the readers, know most everything. The characters don't. And like Oedipus, if the chracters had the correct information, most of the bad stuff in the book would not have happened. Though the plot wouldn't be considered slow, I think the main reason I gave this book 3 stars is because if she had known "this" and he had known "that," they would have been able to live happily ever after by the end of the first chapter. Drawing out this ending to more than one book seems a little too much for me. I'd recommed it though, as the prose is beautifully written and anyone who has studied classic literature can appreciate the various themes Tyrpak has taken from Greek plays and even Shakespeare and written a book in modern prose. (Modern PROSE, not modern setting).
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully woven story Jan. 1 2012
By Mel Comley - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to say this is the first book of Suzanne's I've read, not the kind of novel I usually read but I'm so glad I took the plunge.

Suzanne has a wonderful way with words that places the reader within the depths of the story.

From the outset, as a reader your sympathies lie with Hestia, a slave whose background is a mystery. When her master dies her world is turned upside down.

She falls in love with the wrong person and is forced to become the hetaera of a man she detests, while her former master's wife continues to blight her life.

A great suspense mystery set long ago in ancient Athens.

A recommended five star read.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strongly written, well researched, fascinating heroine! Feb. 19 2012
By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book on Librarything in exchange for an honest review.

There are a lot of wonderful things about this book. It introduces us to a fascinating world that I only had minimal knowledge about-- ancient Athens and the intricate politics and culture of both the elevated classes and the slaves that work for them. Hestia, in particular, is a terrific character- strong and yet vulnerable at the same time. The whole system of the Hetaera and the discussion of what true freedom is with the interplay of overall philosophy were very well done and interesting.

I will reveal some mild spoilers now, so beware! I can't tell if this book is going to have a sequel or not. Everything is wrapped up nicely except the less compelling story of the romance, which I don't care as much about because let's face it, her love interest is not half as interesting as she is. But I will be less compelled to find out if they ultimately get together unless a whole new story is developed in the meantime.

That said, I was impressed by this effort by the author, and I will definitely be keeping Suzanne Tyrpak on my radar!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caught in a spell... Jan. 9 2012
By barbara silkstone - Published on
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I've been a fan of Suzanne Tyrpak's writings for about two years. I waited eagerly for the release of Hetaera. I expected great characters and a thriller plot. But I did not expect to be so fully drawn into the day-to-day world of Ancient Greece. The author's research is nothing short of amazing. I was there alongside Hestia as she was forced into slavery, a consort to a sadistic man. This mystery could have taken place in any time period... that we are carried back centuries caught up in a spell is a tribute to Ms.Tyrpak's gift for the written word. Highly Recommended. PS... It's the first in a trilogy. I can't wait to read more.
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