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GRAHAM GILBERT

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-17

A difficult topic to write about

Where does Betrayal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have very much enjoyed Antony Riches previous books so I looked forward to his latest offering this is however somewhat different in style.

The backdrop to this novel is the year of the four Emperors this took place in the year AD 69, in which four emperors ruled in succession: Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and finally Vespasian. This prompted by the suicide of the emperor Nero in 68 was followed by a brief period of civil war.

This means that to fully cover the topic must have been difficult, especially when it also introduces the revolt of the Batavi which took place in the Roman province of Germania Inferior ( It was an uprising against the Roman Empire started by the Batavi, a small but militarily powerful Germanic tribe that inhabited the delta of the river Rhine; and joined by some neighbouring Germanic tribes,

The writer spends a lot of time outlining the events that took place there being such confusion during the year AD 69 The book as such is short on the action that Antony Riches has treated us to in the past ... that said I did enjoy the book The reader did a very good job narrating a complicated tail and look forward to Mr Riches next book in the hope that he returns to a more action packed offering

Would you be willing to try another book from Anthony Riches? Why or why not?

Yes he an excellent writer

Which character – as performed by Mark Noble – was your favourite?

The Batavi

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The action scenes

Any additional comments?

Next time less explanation and more action please

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-16

Well worth a listen

Simon Scarrow has done a fine job on this book I read the 4 books some time back but listening to it just brings back how good a writer he is and in this case it's well narrated

It details the young lives and start of the careers of Napoleon and Wellington in an interesting and informative way

I really enjoyed this book and it was over far to quickly I am now eager to purchase the other 3 books in the series

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful