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Rewarded for saving the emperor's life in battle, centurion Aurelius Castus is promoted to the Corps of Protectores, the elite imperial bodyguard, the swords around the throne.

But he soon discovers the court to be just as hazardous as the battlefield; behind the gilded facade of empire, there are spiralling plots, murderous betrayals and dangerous seductions. And one relentless enemy.

©2015 Ian Ross (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast paced events." (Conn Iggulden)
"Ian Ross blazes in the world of Empire and legions...This is up there with Harry Sidebottom and Ben Kane." (M.C. Scott)

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Best narrator and a fantastic story!!

A must for anyone who loves Simon scarrows series.
Its been amazing so far!
Great series

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  • Russell Tomlinson
  • 29-01-2017

Another great story

If you like Simon Scarrow,Ben Kane,Harry Sidebottom or Bernard Cornwell then this is the series for you.Jonathan Keeble does a wonderful job of narration.Fast paced and plenty of action.

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  • Oliveira
  • 25-09-2015

not to miss... superbe narration! very envoyable.

looking foward for the next book .... well Done. more audiobooks on rome would be nice!!!!!!!como

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  • Rick
  • 14-01-2019

A great and gripping story

Good story. Well narrated. I warmed well to the main character And his young side kick.

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  • Fittpar
  • 28-11-2018

enjoyable story

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was brilliant. will watch out for more books like this.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 30-06-2018

politics

though enjoyable I found this one fragmented and at times confusing. Jonathan keeble brings belief to the characters in his expert narration, and the history of the era is greatly described, .

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  • eatough1999
  • 17-03-2017

Loved it!

Second Installment and the intrigue, treachery, brutality continues but within a different arena. Power and supremacy are everything as is loyalty and allegiance.. but who too? Who can be trusted? Is our hero just a pawn or is he shaping his own destiny?
Keeble is superb again.

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  • Dr G.
  • 11-04-2021

Superb tale

My second book in the series and I find these really well written and gripping. Aurelius Castus is a great character who feels personable, honourable and gritty. There is plenty of intrigue and deception mixed with bravery and bloodshed. The character of Sabina throws some feminine nobility and a touch of sexiness into the mix. I know have been captured by the compelling series and will listen to all with relish!

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  • staghound
  • 08-12-2020

Another great listen

The second installment does not disappoint, thrilling stuff! on to the next instalment,
" soldiers, on me! Charge! "

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  • P A Robertson
  • 01-12-2020

Historical fiction at its best

very well performed by Jonathan Keeble
Another excellent story by Ian Ross , a convincing tale.

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  • philip bell
  • 26-11-2020

another belter

builds wonderfully on the first book. really dives into the terrifying plotting and intrigue that define the rome that lays beneath the gilded facade that the glory of rome tries to overshadow. very cool and well worth your time.

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