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The Roman Empire is on the brink of civil war. Only Maxentius, tyrant of Rome, stands between the emperor Constantine and supreme power in the west. Aurelius Castus, promoted from the ranks for valour, is now a tribune in Constantine's army. But as Constantine becomes increasingly devoted to Christianity, Castus is forced to ask himself whether he is backing the wrong man....

The coming war will decide the fate of empire, but also expose shadowy realms of treachery at the heart of Rome itself.

©2015 Ian Ross (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Ian imbues any situation with some wonderful twists, reinforcing that nothing in life (and therefore within these pages) is as simple as it seems...a writing masterclass in adding research and factoids that help rather than hinder the pace." ( The Bookbag)
"A thumping good read." (Ben Kane)

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  • ben
  • 02-09-2016

great series

loved the series,made even better because it was narrated by Jonathan keeble who never let's you down

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  • P. Craine
  • 03-08-2018

Wine Women, Song & Betrayal!

Another great book, our hero still has the luck of the gods.
Jonathan Keeble performs 100% as usual. I don't know how he finds the time?

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 11-07-2018

ordinary men and emperors

how many thousands died over one man's ambition or for two wanting the same. this is an excellent story of the soldiers fighting on both sides for control of Rome, narrated with great emotion delivering an experience of being in the age. a marvellous series also showing the rise of Christianity.

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  • The Curator
  • 30-06-2018

Fine if you want battles but nothing more

As someone with an interest in the history of Rome, I find the background to these books really interesting but this totally washed over me. Lurching from battle to battle it felt like it was going nowhere. The subplot with the drippy wife was tedious and the one with child’s nurse ‘icky’- men who use slaves for sex are bad but I’m going to go ahead because for us it’s different for us regardless of the power imbalance. I get the feeling these are modern ‘boys own’ tales so in future, I’ll leave them for the boys.

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  • eatough1999
  • 24-07-2017

Gritty

Thoroughly enjoyable once again. Narration excellent. Replete with battle scenes, gritty with the noise of rage, blood lust, death, defeat and victory.

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