THE SECRET SIGN by Gladys Malvern

THE SECRET SIGN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Gladys Malvern's seventh book with a Biblical setting, this is a luxuriously woven first rate tale of a Roman actor and his love for the daughter of a high ranking Roman senator. It is also the story of Nero's heinous crimes against the Christians and of the latter's indomitable valor. Stephanus the actor is admired by the high courts of Rome for his satires in support of any popular sympathy. His cruel though unwitting rendition of Christianity inflicts a deep wound in Valeria, who is secretly devoted to the budding cult, a wound healed only by Stephanus' heroic attempt to save her life during the burning of Rome. When Nero blames the Christians for this disaster, the entire sect is arrested and tortured. How Stephanus employs his talent as an actor to save his beloved, how they accomplish their hazardous escape, dramatically climax an engrossing tale with the accent on visual stimuli.

Pub Date: April 19th, 1961
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman