From the best-selling author of Warrior of Rome comes the first book in a new series set in third century Rome, a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war. In a single year six Emperors will lay claim to the Throne of the Caesars…Spring AD235 Dawn on the Rhine. A surprise attack and the brutal murder of the Emperor Alexander and his mother ends the Severan dynasty and shatters four decades of Roman certainty.Military hero Maximinus Thrax is the first Caesar risen from the barracks. A simple man of steel and violence, he will fight for Rome.The Senators praise the new Emperor with elaborate oratory, but will any of them accept a Caesar who was once a shepherd boy? And in the streets of the eternal city, others merely pray to escape imperial notice.
"Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship" (The Times)
"Superior fiction, with depth, authenticity and a sense of place" (TLS)
"A storming triumph…wonderful fight scenes, deft literary touches and salty dialogue" (Daily Telegraph)
"Explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama"(Guardian)
"Sidebottom knows how to keep readers hooked from first to last" (Daily Express)
"The latest in this series of novels on Rome's Persian Wars, Lion of the Sun, is, like the first two, a book to keep you up well past your bedtime. It's all about war and killing; I loved it"(Evening Standard)
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Ok but not amazing
- mr m c whaley
Sorry, but ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...
There are some interesting parts, but more often than not the narrative drags. Not consistently entertaining; often slips into tedium and the mundane. Too many names to remember; too many unrelated scenes, to the point that one stops paying attention.
No. Just this series.
Loud, then whispers.
Unusual Anglization of some Latin pronunciations. You don't hear, for example, RO-man-EYE-tus rather than Ro-MAN-ee-TAS every day. Causes a few double takes.The volume of the audio is uneven. One finds oneself reaching for the volume control because one moment it will be loud and the next it will fade to a whisper.