The Rhine frontier has exploded into all-out war. Summoned back to their homeland by their new leader, Kivilaz, the Batavi cohorts, so recently proud soldiers of Rome, find their lands transformed. All Roman influences have vanished after a battle in which two legions were humbled by the rebels, then chased away to lick their wounds in their fortress, the Old Camp.
As the most experienced men in the Batavi army, the veteran soldiers are sent south again alongside an army of warriors from the German tribes, tasked with spearheading the fight to destroy the Roman stronghold and remove the threat it poses to their homeland. Swiftly besieged, and with little hope of relief, the defeated 5th and 15th legions grimly defend an undermanned fortress against both the Batavi and their enraged barbarian German allies, united under the banner of the priestess Veleda.
But a relief column under a driven Roman general is marching north, with a burning need to restore Rome's pride - and the events that follow will determine the fate of both the Old Camp and Roman rule on the northern frontier.
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By Mr. Anthony D. Bateman on 02-10-17
The new Cornwell
The empire series was amazing, and this trilogy is as good. The lives of centurions on both sides at its heart, but with the background of revolt and civil war, concentration is paramount. The detail, historical research, embilished with deep characterisation , makes this a must read for fans of historical fiction. I bought this as soon as I recieved email of its availability, and wait with baited breath for the final part, and all of Anthony Riches further work.
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By will h on 12-05-18
I’m a fan of Anthony Riches novels but this a big disappointment. The narrator is woeful. One of the worst I’ve ever come across. The action involves Germanic tribes and his attempt at German accents are laughable. His delivery is odd with emphasis and pauses that make the prose hard to follow. The novel to me is not well written. So much information is passed on via dialogue that it makes conversations between characters rather absurd, long descriptions of troop movements, political situation in the empire in amongst family greetings etc. There are a lot characters settings and these were hard to grasp with this poor narrator. I think l will try to read this at some time in the future as it might improve as the narrative progresses and I’ve enjoyed all Riches’ previous work. This audio book is one to avoid.
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By Anonymous User on 14-04-18
Great narrator and story!
The narrator really brought the story to life! He gave each character their own unique voice making the already great story by the author so much more enjoyable. We need more books read by Mark Noble!
By John J Mullin on 15-10-17
This is a wonderful story ruined by bad Arnold Schwartznegger accents and working class Manchester accents. it is a major distraction. They need to eliminate those distractions. I almost abandoned the nook due to this aeful distraction.