Atticus, captain of one of the ships of Rome's small, coastal fleet, is from a Greek fishing family. Septimus, legionary commander, reluctantly ordered aboard ship, is from Rome, born into a traditionally army family. It could never be an easy alliance. But the arrival of a hostile fleet, larger, far more skilful and more powerful than any Atticus has encountered before, forces them to act together. So Atticus, one of Rome's few experienced sailors, finds himself propelled into the middle of a political struggle that is completely foreign to him. Rome need to build a navy fast but the obstacles are many; political animosities, legions adamant that they will only use their traditional methods; Roman prejudice even from friends, that all those not born in Rome are inferior citizens. The enemy are first class, experienced and determined to control the seas. Can Atticus, and the fledgling Roman navy, staffed with inexperienced sailors and unwilling legionaries, out-wit and out-fight his opponents. SHIP OF ROME, full of magnificent sea-battles, packed with strong characters, torn between two powerful empires, is the first book in a new series, MASTERS OF THE SEA, by a brilliant new author.More
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Always thought Roman history was boring? Wrong! Give this one a try, you'll be hooked on the first chapter...
Excitement and naval action like the Bolitho or Hornblower novels but set in an older yet equally rich context. The political intrigue and machinations of the leaders reminds you that not too much has changed in the world.
As an opening gambit the first chapter is a killer. Starting you on the coastal patrol if not the high seas with a detailed and engaging cast. The action starts fast and hits ramming speed while illustrating a rarely covered element of the Roman era; their navy.
If you're not gnashing your teeth at the pettiness of the rulers in the first half you are far too forgiving... And the contrast with the detailed back-story of the protagonists is a joy.
If you take a chance on one audiobook this summer, make it this one. I was so impressed I took a weekend flight to Rome and visited some of the key locations mentioned. Listening to the story where it was set was magical!
Ship of Rome