Fire in the East

Fire in the East

Book - 2009
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'WAR IS HELL . . . ' The year is AD 255 - the Roman Imperium is stretched to breaking point, its authority and might challenged along every border. The greatest threat lies in Persia to the east, where the massing forces of the Sassanid Empire loom with fiery menace. There the isolated Roman citadel of Arete awaits inevitable invasion. One man is sent to marshal the defences and shore up crumbling walls. A man whose name itself means war- a man called Ballista. Alone, Ballista is called to muster the forces, and the courage to stand first and to stand hard, against the greatest enemy ever to confront the Imperium . This is part one of WARRIOR OF ROME- an epic of empire, of heroes, of treachery, of courage, and most of all, a story of brutal, bloody warfare. 'An exceptionally gifted storyteller' TIM SEVERIN 'The best sort of red-blooded historical fiction' ANDREW TAYLOR 'A well-constructed, well-paced and gripping account' TLS
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780141032290
Branch Call Number: SIDEB
Characteristics: 433 p. : maps.


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Aug 17, 2014

I am left with a distinct feeling of ambivalence about this book. I have neither praise nor censure to bestow upon it. Which could be it's main issue in my eyes, it did not induce any emotion from me. Not to love or hate, not to recommend or malign it.

librarymovieguy Aug 14, 2013

Harry Sidebottom shows off his research a little too much, but he definitely keeps you reading.

May 20, 2013

A tremendous read, fast moving and totally additive! Wonderfully realized characters and a action-filled tight plot. A sit-up-late read!

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