The seventh novel in Anthony Riches' acclaimed Empire sequence brings Marcus Aquila back to Rome, hunting the men who destroyed his family. But the revenge he craves may cost him and those around him dearly. The young centurion's urge to exact his own brutal justice upon the shadowy cabal of assassins who butchered his family means that he must face them on their own ground, risking his own death at their hands.
A senator, a gang boss, a praetorian officer and, deadliest of all, champion gladiator Mortiferum - the Death Bringer - lie in wait. The knives are unsheathed, and ready for blood....
©2014 Anthony Riches (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
"The roman sword is double edged and cuts both ways"
Duty and destiny weave a deadly game in the streets of Rome.
The unexpected twists and turns as ememies become freinds and freinds become enemies.
Saul brings the atmosphere and characters to life capturing the sounds and smells of Imperial Rome.
Yes but I had to ration myself to prolong the enjoyment.
strange how all writers of this genre feel the need to have at least one book dedicated to the wranglings of rome itself, and a diversity into the arena, with gladiators at the fore. still, Saul reichlin gives his normal brilliant portrayal of characters and street life. There is also a short story at the end linking characters and storyline worth a listen. but it's eastwards next for our hero and the tungrian cohort, how will they cope with the extreme heat difference of part his and northern brittania.
"Love this series"
Once again this series really delivers with possibly the best instalment so far. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone
"Magnificent Series, Superb Narration"
I focussed mainly on the audio versions of most of the series. Since book1 is only available on Kindle, I can say that I enjoyed reading it but found the audio versions of book2 and beyond better. Saul Reichlin is an outstanding narrator
This is a review of the first 7 books (book one is kindle only). Providing one can suspend disbelief at the number of people willing to risk death to support our protagonist, Anthony has written a superb, well researched Swords & Sandals series. Storyline, Characterisation, World building are all good with the description and sense of fighting and battle outstanding
Throughout the series Saul has been an outstanding narrator. Excellent voices, good characterisation and a good pace. Great contrast between the "ordinary" phases of the book and the more exciting ones too
I found book 6 of the series to be the most moving, then this one. That said, I don't think that the author is really aiming in that direction
I will read further books in the series when they become available. I will also make a point of looking for other books narrated by Saul Reichlin
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