Thomas M D Brooke
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Rome AD 9
Augustus Caesar rules Imperial Rome at the height of its power, as the Roman Empire stretches across the known world. Cassius, son of one of her most powerful families, is the personification of Rome's imperial strength: wealthy, popular, a war hero with a decorated military career - none of Rome's fashionable parties are complete without him - except, he hides a secret.
After his nerve is broken in Germany, the thought of genuine armed combat is enough to send him into a cold sweat of fear and shame. But this doesn't dissuade him from living off a false reputation so he can continue a life of casual affairs, wine, and parties, as he is seduced by the many vices of Rome.
However his scandalous life is soon upset by a summons from the Emperor's wife. It ends his happy decadent life and returns him to Germany to assist the Roman legions in their greatest ever trial, and the events that will resound down in history, in the dark forests of the Teutoburg...
'The classical world is brought vividly to life' Daily Mail - UK National Newspaper
Winner of the 2016 Gold Medal award for Fiction/Action Readers' Favorite
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel
I have gained a limited knowledge of the subject matter, timeframe, and outcome from previous novels and movies
It's a period and a subject that buttresses my intense interest in history
It also opens up, for me, a parallel parabola of sorts of the American post WW Two ascendancy and where that stands realistically and directionally now
But getting back to this novel, I can honestly say it felt real, more than held my interest and dramatically held my attention
Like all good reads to me, this enfolded in my minds eye like a movie, which is my highest personal compliment as an avid reader
That said plus the fact that the characters were so real and compelling to me, that I wanted the story to not end, also my measure of enjoyment and compliment gratitude
Well done and many thanks for a great read making history and human players come alive out of the mist and legends of the past
Well done and thank you! I await further works vitiating history from you at some future time
Joe De Marco