In the fifth novel in Harry Sidebottom’s acclaimed and best selling Warrior of Rome historical fiction series, Ballista returns to undertake yet another epic mission - while the Roman Empire reels in chaos around him.
In AD 263, the Roman Empire is close to turmoil as violent uprisings threaten to shatter the fragile balance of power. In the north, the tribes are increasingly bold in their raids on the Imperium. Ballista must undertake his most treacherous journey yet. He must face the Heruli - the Eaters of Flesh, the Wolves of the North - the most brutal tribe of them all, and try to turn them against one another. As Ballista and his retinue make their journey, someone - or something - is hunting them, picking them off one by one, and leaving a trail of mutilated corpses and terror. Ballista is in a strange land, among strange people, but is it possible that the greatest threat may come from within his own circle?
Renowned for their skilled blending of action and historical accuracy, Sidebottom’s Warrior of Rome novels take the listener from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor’s inner circle. Rich in detail and punctuated by harrowing action, there’s no better way to transport yourself back to the days of the Roman Empire.
©2013 Dr. Harry Sidebottom (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Sidebottom’s prose blazes with searing scholarship." (Times (London), praise for the series)
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Sidebotttom may be relatively new to the historical fiction novels regarding Rome but combined with Rudnicki & the authors academic background he is able to strike a good balance between action & history, plus Ballista is such a great character that many other good Roman series (Macro/Cato), they tend to be expendable which leads to all out fighting for ones life because they have nothing to lose
Plus, he had a great group of 'familia' from the beginning, although he lost a few he still has Maximus which I imagine a character similar to Gladiator the movies character, he gets his revenge, doesn't die, but gets placed into a legion of forlorn soldiers... Rudnicki brings Ballista to life & makes it much more interesting, I'm not sure if the series would be so entertaining without this narrator...
Worth the credits, all 5, some are better obviously but they all have a couple pitched battles, skirmishes, & other interesting social balances
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