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Rome, AD 41. Caligula has been assassinated and the Praetorian Guard have proclaimed Claudius Emperor – but his position is precarious. His three freedmen, Narcissus, Pallas and Callistus, must find a way to manufacture a quick victory – but how?

Pallas has the answer: retrieve the Eagle of the Seventeenth, lost nearly 40 years before. Who but Vespasian could lead a dangerous mission into the gloomy forests of Germania?

Accompanied by a small band of cavalry, Vespasian and his brother try to pick up the trail of the Eagle. In search of the Eagle and the truth, whilst being pursued by barbarians, Vespasian must battle his way to the shores of Britannia. Yet can he escape his own Emperor's wrath?

©2013 Robert Fabbri (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Arjun
  • 04-12-2014

Excellent!

If you like historical fiction this is a wonderful addition to the genre. Basically it is about the rise of Vespasian. It is a great story and the narrator is excellent. Buy it and enjoy!

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  • mr m c whaley
  • 31-01-2015

Great story

If you like scarrow or conn igolden you will love this. great story lines. and well read!

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  • malcolm
  • 20-01-2015

excellent

loved it very good story and very well presented. well worth purchasing. Would recommend to others.

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  • PropheticTM ☆☆☆☆☆
  • 05-08-2018

Smashing Roman Romp

Robert Fabbri brings us the 4th instalment of the Vespasian series performed by the impeccable Peter Kenny who's brilliant variation works so well with these books. Vespasian is the character used to bridge this historical fiction series arc, he is a great choice as not much is documented about his early life so Robert Fabbri has a lot of leeway in producing these stories. In this particular tale, he crams in Caligula, Claudius, recovering fallen Eagles in Germania and the invasion of Britannia all from Vespasian's perspective and his end goal of becoming Emperor, phew!

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  • D7Soay
  • 08-07-2017

Treason on his field.commanders

Hard tactical battles commanded by middle Doherty Commanders robbed by Generals. Especially the missing Eagle recovery wrongly claimed by the General. Then Crashed inbred familyy have mock battle with losses in Britannia to make brain damaged Leader of Roman army look good

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  • Paul
  • 06-02-2017

Completely absorbing

Another completely absorbing title from Robert Fabbri, brilliantly read by Peter Kenny. It has just the right balance of action and intrigue and the characters are believable and well-drawn. I am gobbling these books up as they are released - currently loving Rome's Lost Son. I hope they all get the Kenny treatment soon. His characterizations are superb and really make the whole experience of listening a joy.

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  • A Friend
  • 10-03-2016

glad I didn't get the whole series

I'm a big fan of the narrator (from the 100 year old man/redemption road) but this one was a bit of a let down. The story jumps fron one silly fight scene to the next with little to connect them, and drags out exposition of people motives in place of actual storytelling. I particularly disliked the thug friend character, who seemed to be there mostly for crude jokes but then occasionally chirped up from nowhere with a bit if vital information or insight when the at best thin pace began to drag