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Sword of Empire: Praetorian (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Richard Foreman

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Rome is at war with the northern tribes - and is yet to win a significant battle.
The Germanic armies have crossed the Danube and have attacked the Empire, slaughtering thousands.

The Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, is losing the support of the people and the Senate.
Yet he has formed a plan he believes will change the balance of power in the region.

Aurelius has despatched an officer in the Praetorian Guard, the centurion Gaius Maximus, to escort the son and daughter of a powerful German tribal chief back to their village through enemy territory - in hope of arranging an alliance with Rome.

But Maximus, to complete his mission, must contest with enemies at home, as well as abroad.

One man will change the fate of an Empire, or die trying.

From the backstreets of Rome, to the forests of Germany, and onto the Battle of Pannonia, Sword of Empire: Praetorian is the first book in a new series from the bestselling author of the novel Augustus: Son of Rome - and the Sword of Rome collection of novellas about the campaigns of Julius Caesar.

For fans of Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane and Conn Iggulden.

Richard Foreman's books have been widely praised.

Praise for 'Augustus: Son of Rome'.

'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'. - Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series.

Praise for Raffles: The Complete Innings.

“Classy, humorous and surprisingly touching tales of cricket, friendship and crime.” - David Blackburn, The Spectator.

Richard Foreman is the author of numerous best-selling books, including 'Augustus: Son of Rome' and the Raffles series of historical crime novellas. He is also the author of 'Warsaw', a literary novel set during the Second World War. He lives in London.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 146 pages
  • Editeur : Endeavour Press Ltd. (14 novembre 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A great read. 16 mars 2014
Par Dennis D. Mcdonald - Publié sur
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This book popped up in my "recommended" list on Amazon and, eager for respite from more serious fare, I downloaded it.

I found it immensely enjoyable. I've always been partial to sword-and-sandal movies, plus I studied Latin for four years in high school. As I've grown older my understanding of the brutal realities of those ancient days has grown, even as my appreciation of the realities of government and politics has also matured.

The elements of the story will be familiar to many readers:

- The strong, silent hero nursing memories of a painful loss.
- Political skulduggery and backstabbing.
- The secret mission.
- Nick of time rescues.
- War in a distant land.
- The eager youngster.
- The final battle where not everything is resolved.
- A liberal sprinkling of things to be addressed in future series installments.

Along the way we have flaming arrows, the slitting of throats, early Christianity, and the presence of the fabled physician Galen (whom I pictured as being played by David Hyde Pierce).

I found very enjoyable both the characters and the author's language.

The characters are recognizable and clearly drawn. I found it very easy to picture and get to know them. The writing is clear, direct, and replete with realistic imagery and flashes of humor. The author efficiently and skillfully metes out backstory throughout the novel. Also fun: occasional use of arcane terms like "scutum" which brought back some high school memories.

I look forward to the next in the series, SWORD OF EMPIRE: CENTURION.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great start to his second series 21 janvier 2014
Par Marta abromaityte - Publié sur
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I bought the Complete Campaigns which contained all the Sword of Rome series to save on money rather than buying each story and really enjoyed them. Again, whilst I prefer slightly longer works of fiction, hence why I enjoyed the omnibus, I thought this was a great introduction to the series. The writer has grown a lot as a writer. Some of the same humour features again, but less so than the previous books. A great read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book 30 janvier 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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Richard Foreman is a great storyteller, the story is sat in a historic context, and his characters are very real, . I'm waiting for the next book :-)
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Romans vs. the Germanic Tribes 19 décembre 2014
Par James Dainis - Publié sur
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At 146 pages things move along quickly. In Rome, centurion Gaius Maximus of the Praetorian Guard rescues the daughter of the head of a Germanic tribe. Then Emperor Marcus Aurelius tasks Gaius to escort her and her brother back to their father and try to convince him to support Rome in the current conflict with other Germanic tribes. Soon the novel will be ending, as one would expect, with a huge battle between the Roman legions and Germanic warriors.

Things move fast but the characters are interesting and well drawn. The writing is clear and direct. One gets a look at life and politics in Rome. The author tells it like it is with not much pause for explanation. The villain's hand may stink of garum as it is placed over someone's mouth to quiet them. It is assumed that people who enjoy these historical Roman novels will know what garum is. (A sort of stinky fish sauce that Romans spread liberally on their food.) The main weapon of the legions was the gladius but no description is wasted in describing it. (For the record, it was too short to be a spatha and too big to be a pugio. Now you know.)

Less time spent on descriptions of weapons or battle tactics does move the novel along quickly and keeps it short although the action sequences can be very graphic. The novel is short but enjoyable and I have already started on the next book in the series.
1.0 étoiles sur 5 ... that actually made you angry because it was so bad, trite a and banal 13 février 2015
Par laurence c byrne - Publié sur
Did you ever read a book that actually made you angry because it was so bad, trite a and banal? This is one of those books. First of all it is 140 something double spaced pages. Seemed like a final project for a writing class. Replete with references to roman history and figures spanning hundred of years in everyday conversation. It's like Americans constantly referring to George Washington, the Civil War and Columbus landing in the Santa Maria while discussing the current political situations. Supreme rip off. Give me Harry Sidebottom or Wallace Breem.
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