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The Eagle's Vengeance: Empire VI [Format Kindle]

Anthony Riches
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This is fast-paced and gripping "read-through-the-night" fiction, with marvellous characters and occasional moments of dark humour. Some authors are better historians than they are storytellers. Anthony Riches is brilliant at both. (Conn Iggulden)

A damn fine read . . . fast-paced, action-packed. (Ben Kane)

Stands head and shoulders above a crowded field . . . . real, live characters act out their battles on the northern borders with an accuracy of detail and depth of raw emotion that is a rare combination. (Manda Scott)

'Muscular in prose and approach, the novel is riveting and direct.' (History Today on THE LEOPARD SWORD)

'This is a fast-paced, action-packed read. Anthony Riches brings alive the harsh reality of the Roman world - the period, people, and culture - in a frenetic and exciting novel which is well researched and tinged with humour. The battle scenes are vivid and expertly told . . . Difficult to put down, this is a welcome addition to the genre . . . Recommended' (Historical Novels Review on THE LEOPARD SWORD)

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The Tungrian auxiliary cohorts return to Hadrian's Wall after their successful Dacian campaign, only to find Britannia in chaos. The legions are overstretched, struggling to man the forts of the northern frontier in the face of increasing barbarian resistance.

The Tungrians are the only soldiers who can be sent into the northern wastes, far beyond the long abandoned wall built by Antoninus, where a lost symbol of imperial power of the Sixth Victorious Legion is reputed to await them. Protected by an impassable swamp and hidden in a fortress atop a high mountain, the eagle of the Sixth legion must be recovered if the legion is to survive.

Marcus and his men must penetrate the heart of the enemy's strength, ghosting through a deadly wilderness patrolled by vicious huntresses before breaching the walls of the Fang, an all-but-impregnable fort, if they are to rescue the legion's venerated standard. If successful their escape will be twice as perilous, with the might of a barbarian tribe at their heels.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 369 pages
  • Editeur : Hodder & Stoughton (22 août 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the breathtaking saga forges on. 10 décembre 2013
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An other fast paced, action packed episode of Marcus Valerius Aquila's journey through the forbidding marshes of Scotland and the no less lethal paths of the late second century Imperium's politics. The sharpness of the characters,the precision and intimacy of the everyday life of a Roman Centurion posted on the Britannia frontier coupled with the depth of the political intrigues and the vividness of the individual tribulations, makes this novel (and all previous episodes in the series) a must-read for all the fans of historical fiction, thanks to the masterfully blending skills of both the historian and the novelist of the author.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 More of the same? 2 septembre 2013
Par JPS - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is volume six of Anthony Riches' "Empire" series which take place at the end of the second century AD and will ultimately also cover the first decades of the third century as well. In this volume, the action takes place in AD 184.

The book has the same ingredients as the other previous episodes. It is essentially one of these "swords and sandals" (well, Roman boots anyway!) adventure stories books, but it is one of the better ones, or, perhaps more accurately, one of the ones that I prefer. The main reason for this is because Tony Riches is one of these authors who happens to be just as good as a story teller and as a historian. His historical note on the Antonin Wall (much less well-known than Hadrian's Wall) is rather excellent. His description of the Roman army, the relationships between legions and auxiliaries, between tribunes, centurions and troopers and between senators and equestrians are also well grounded and thoroughly researched.

Some readers might dislike the rather abundant "profanity" in the dialogues, with lots of swearing, slang and biological and sexual terms. One other reviewer took exception to what was seen as a transposition of the behaviour and vocabulary of modern British soldiers. The author certainly has made this assumption, and quite deliberately. However, it does "rings true" and seems rather plausible, to say the least. We do know that Roman soldiers were made to be though, rough and coarse. Assuming they weren't already so when they enlisted, they certainly became so, or else they did not last very long. In modern parlance, you could say that this was part of the "job requirements". Anyway, who expects Roman soldiers, whether legionaries or auxiliaries, to be gentile, nice and sweet, polite and well brought up?

The book does however take a while before the actions (fight against the Venicones tribe) starts coming thick and fast and finishing with Marcus Aquila (our "blue-eyed boy" Eagle) getting at least part of his revenge. The plot and machinations of the Praetorian Prefect Perennis are, to some extent, invented although quite plausible and also partly backed by the sources. The portrait that Tony Riches draws of Emperor Commodus is also a rather plausible one with his unwillingness to rule, his (rather understandable) paranoia and his bout of murderous rage.

Tony Riches has also done something similar to what Harry Sidebottom has done in his recent "Ballista" volume. There is a clear allusion to Rosemary Sutclif's classical Roman novel - another Eagle has been lost and needs to be retrieved. One of the secondary characters in this volume is a camp prefect called Artorus Castus. This was a true historical character who did serve in Britain at about that time, and NOT during the Fifth century AD contrary to what is shown in the film "King Arthur".

So, to a large extent, this one is "more of the same": if you liked the previous episodes, then you know what to expect. You will also like this one (just as I did!), although you might find that the first a hundred pages or so are a bit "slow going". Be aware, however, that it is preferable to read these volumes sequentially, and this is perhaps even more the case for this one.

Four solid stars.

PS (added on 25 September 2013): those wanting to learn more about the Antonine Wall can usefully read Osprey's "Rome's Northern Frontier AD 70-235" which presents just about enough additional context to go with this book to suit the vast majority of readers. Anyway, it worked rather well for me, so I hope it might also work for you...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Consistent excellence 30 août 2013
Par Robert Paterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Anthony Riches is one of a handful of writers in the Roman Military Genre that is at the top of the pyramid. Great plotting, characters, research and story are combined to offer the reader a wonderful experience. His latest book is of the highest quality.

Here we find the Tungrians back in Britannia where a few important loose ends are cleared up. Some old baddies get their deserts. We met some new ones and some new good people too. We also learn a lot about the Antonine Wall. Each book offers the reader a glimpse of part of Rome that was not well known. This part of Rome is almost never written about and we learn a lot as Riches uses it as a back drop.

But as always, it is the people that shine. One of the aspects of Riches books that I enjoy is the sense of "Mateship" between his characters. Many long for the kind of relationship that comes from spending you life and risking it over years in close contact with others. We live such shadowy lives by comparison today. The Tungrians are such a body of men. Being auxiliaries, their separateness bonds them even more strongly together. Fortunately in this volume, Riches does not kill off too many of our favourites but does end the life of one of the regulars with the kind of results that we can expect.

We find ourselves at the end of the book back in Rome for the first time. The next book is well set up by the end of this one.

Riches has chosen a very useful period in history with masses of choices for future books. I look forward to reading them all as fast as he can write them
4.0 étoiles sur 5 One can only hope that this resolves the hunted subplot and the wonderful telling of battle and fighting goes forth unhindered 26 juin 2015
Par David Wilkin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Though we seem to be in a rut for basic plot, there is an enemy who we will fight, here we see it twist and turn in the 6th outing to be a little different. Perhaps a too at device is used to give enough evidence (though without confessions signed and witnessed much seems supposition) to put an end to the plotter who targeted our hero from the first book. We do see that the usual subplot that the villain always has a man or team hunting our hero, or someone who can see through Marcus' attempt at disguise is not fully present. Though once again the villain at hand seems to know too much.

If Riches could tighten up that subplot and eradicate it, which slicing off the head might do, then this book can rise. The fight scenes are excellent. The tactical combat wonderful, and some of the dialogue makes you chortle outloud.

Yet the suspension of disbelief on whether our hero Marcus is known to live by the Preatorian Prefect, and is known to live by so many tasked with finding him that he as a declared traitor remains alive, always detracts. Conflict makes for good storytelling but this was too abused in prior books and still in this, causing a full 20% of the book to be the resolution, a disjunct part of the main story, but part of the 6 book sequence that should have had its own novel to finalize in Rome.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a super read. 8 mai 2014
Par Donald Jackson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excellent episode in the Empire series. Sorry that I have come to the end of the series. Waiting to see if anything else is forthcoming.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read 23 avril 2014
Par Ricardo de Faria - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Just could not put the book down, ended up finishing the book faster than I had planned. Would recommend to everyone.
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