Trouble is brewing in Syria, on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. With the troops in a deplorable state, centurions Macro and Cato are despatched to restore the competence of the cohort. But another challenge faces them as Bannus, a local tribesman, is brewing up trouble and preaching violent opposition to Rome. As the local revolt grows in scale, Macro and Cato must stamp out corruption in the cohort and restore it to fighting fitness to quash Bannus - before the eastern provinces are lost to the Empire forever.
"Entertaining Romans in the Field"
It is spring 45 AD and Centurions Macro and Cato, dismissed from the Second Legion in Britain, are trapped in Rome, waiting for their involvement in the death of a fellow officer to be investigated. It is then that the imperial secretary, the devious Narcissus, makes them an offer they can't refuse: to rescue an imperial agent who has been captured by pirates operating from the Illyrian coast. With him were scrolls vital to the safety of the Emperor and the future of Rome.
"Intrigue, treachery and lots of action"
In the spring of 1914, a group of young students gather in an art studio for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant and Elinor Brooke are two components of a love triangle, and at the outset of the war, they turn to each other. After volunteering for the Red Cross, Paul must confront the fact that life, love, and art will never be the same for him.
"In Love and War"
The gathering of the tribes of the Mongols has been a long time in coming, but finally, triumphantly, Temujin of the Wolves, Genghis Khan, is given the full accolade of overall leader and their oaths. Now he can begin to meld all the previously warring people into one army, one nation. But the task Genghis has set himself, and them, is formidable. He is determined to travel to the land of the long-time enemy, the Chin, and attack them there.
"Wonderful, historical fiction"
For more than a quarter of a century, Philip Norman's internationally best-selling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the most complete and revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published.
"Not a single boring minute"
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the third Roman Emperor, is better known by another name: Caligula, a name synonymous with decadence, cruelty and madness. His reign was marked by excess, huge building projects, the largest gladiatorial battles Rome was ever to see – men and animals killed in their hundreds – conspiracies, assassination attempts and sexual scandal.
"Disappointing story and misleading title."
Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.
"Great plot idea, but..."
The 100-Minute Bible is an abridgement of the traditional Bible which has primarily been written for people who are interested in Christian and spiritual matters but who do not have time to read through a whole traditional Bible. Divided into 50 sections it starts with the creation and moves though the history of the Jews in Old Testament times, the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and an outline of issues facing the early Christian church before ending with the Revelation of John.
This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that turned him, posthumously, into almost a secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extraordinary amount of new information about even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklore, including the evolution of his peerless creative partnership with Paul McCartney.
Finn loves spiders. He thought he loved all spiders. But that was before his hair-raising adventure with the scariest spiders you have ever seen. They have enormous claws and sharp fangs and they jump out at you from a dark pl- Aargh! Look out!
Geoff Howells, a government-trained killing machine, is brought out of retirement and sent to Hong Kong. His brief: to assassinate Chinese Mafia leader Simon Ng. Howells devises a dangerous and complicated plan to reach his intended victim - only to find himself the next target.
"Hong Kong Thriller"
The gathering of the tribes of the Mongols has been a long time in coming, but finally, triumphantly, Temujin of the Wolves, Genghis Khan, is given the full accolade of overall leader and their oaths. Now he can begin to meld all the previously warring people into one army, one nation. But the task Genghis has set himself, and them, is formidable.
For decades, Pity Wood Farm has been a source of employment for poor workers passing through Rakedale, migrants with lives as abject as the labour they sought. But now it seems a far worse fate may have befallen some of those who came upon this isolated community. Routine building work at the farm has unearthed a grisly discovery: a human hand preserved in clay.
Father Christmas' evil brother, Bad Christmas, is plotting to take over the world. His poisonous Christmas puddings are turning humans into zombies. Four children from Plumpot Primary have escaped. Are they in time to save the world?
This, the third book in the Conqueror series, is once more an epic story. Genghis Khan is an exhilarating and heroic figure. The sense of his ambition and his power, the relationships with his wives, sons and trusted aides, the sweep of his conquests, is all brought together with masterful storytelling.
When Lenny stumbles into the old Toffee Museum, he finds out its terrible secret - a Toffee Monster frozen for over 100 years. Not only is it dead, but it's broken up into little pieces. There's no way a monster can come back to life, is there? That's what Lenny thinks....
It's the first day of a new school for Sam and Sara. So of course they're both hoping to fit in quickly. All they want is a helping hand - some new friends to keep an eye out for them and help them get ahead. What they're probably not hoping for is Thumb. Actually, a lot of thumbs. And fingers. They're turning up all over Freakham High in seriously unexpected places. But why?
Deep within the Peruvian jungle, an astounding secret is about to be uncovered ... Matt's dad, an eminent archaeologist, has disappeared, leaving only a cryptic message with a bizarre set of instructions that lead him to the mysterious Julius Venture and a dangerous treasure hunt. Soon Matt is crossing continents, deciphering codes and exploring ancient ruins - with monstrous enemies hot on his heels. If Matt wants to see his dad alive he's got to get to the treasure first.