Betrayal

The Centurions I
Narrated by: Mark Noble
Series: The Centurions, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Rome, AD 68. Nero has committed suicide. One hundred years of imperial rule by the descendants of Julius Caesar has ended, and chaos rules. His successor, Galba, dismisses the incorruptible Germans of the Imperial Bodyguard for the crime of loyalty to the dead emperor. Ordering them back to their homeland, he releases a Batavi officer from a Roman prison to be their prefect. But Julius Civilis is not the loyal servant of empire that he seems.

Four centurions, two Batavi and two Roman, will be caught up in the intrigues and the battles that follow - as friends, as victims, as leaders and as enemies. Hramn is First Spear of the Bodyguard. Fiercely proud of his men's honour and furious at their disgrace, he leads them back to the Batavi homeland to face an uncertain future. Alcaeus is a centurion with the tribe's cohorts serving Rome on the northern frontier - men whose fighting skills prove crucial as Roman vies with Roman for the throne. A wolf-priest of Hercules, he wields the authority of his god and his own fighting prowess. Marius is a Roman, first spear of the Fifth Legion: a self-made man who hates politics but cannot avoid them in a year of murderous intrigue. Aquillius, former first spear of the Eighth Augustan, like Hramn, is in disgrace for refusing to dishonour his oath of loyalty. But their paths will lead them to opposite sides of an unforgiving war.

And Civilis, Kivilaz to his countrymen, heroic leader, Roman citizen and patriotic Batavi, will change the course of both the empire's destiny and that of the centurions.

©2017 Anthony Riches (P)2016 Hodder Headline Limited

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It's very good, definitely worth reading

My only problem was it, at first, is a bit convoluted and hard to follow. There are so many major players at first, it's a little trouble keeping up (especially with similar Roman names). Eventually you catch on, the the novel hit its climactic battle and ended. I wanted more!

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Wordy, but great stuff!

Unlike Empire, there are a LOT of characters, and units....given that I listen to these books on my way to/from work, I often found myself rewinding, going back, to get clarity on what was going on. That some of Mr. Ritches' characters often use fifteen or thirty words in a sentence, when three or four would suffice, does not help but damn his books are addictive.

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POSC Prof

Very disappointed. The narrator speaks too soft and then yells. His fake accent sounds too much like a certain Austrian actor. As far as the story, to much repetition.

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The author says the politics are confusing.

The politics are vonffusing. I may have misread,, but in two prior novels, in 1_Marcus apparently died and in anoother, his wife died in childbirth

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ok...

good book and interesting ... not exiting or thrilling. not sure if I'd listen to it again.

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Too much talking

I like books that move. When they get bogged down with jibber jabber I skip it.
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  • 08-29-17

A better series

Having read the previous series about the Tungrians and Marcus Aquila, this book - the first of what I believe is a trilogy- has more of factual substance than the first series. I look forward to the two remaining books with especial anticipation. The reader of this series- Mark Noble- brings to life this book better than the previous reader. Well done, one and all!

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 05-24-20

horrid narration

after listening to the Empire series i had high hopes for this series but i don't think ive been more dissapointed in a narrator...character voices all wrong and his harsh accent for the germanic body guards almost made my ears bleed.

why anthony got this narrator instead of Saul who narrated the Empire series is a mystery but he lost this listener. i brought the whole series and have returned the lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-20

Sometimes you find gold..

This has to be one of the most gripping, intense and vivid books I have ever had the privilege to find! Anthony is able to weave complex characters into a battle rich, bloody story which I honestly can say is the best Roman based book I have found in a very long time. If you, like me, have every Simon Scarrow or Ben Kane book then you will understand that is no small praise. Delivery also top notch. 10/10 in every way.