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The Forgotten Legion fought against almighty odds at the very edge of the known world - and lost.

Now Brennus the Gaul, Tarquinius the Etruscan soothsayer and Romulus, bastard son of a Roman nobleman, are prisoners of Parthia. They dream of escape, but in the brutal fighting which lies ahead, only two will survive.

Meanwhile, Fabiola, Romulus's twin sister, is caught up in the vicious eddies of Roman politics. Hunted by slave catchers she flees, hoping to find her lover, Brutus, bound for Alexandria with Caesar.

Ben Kane's brilliant second novel plunges his characters into a cauldron of war and terror, as Caesar and the Roman Republic hurtle towards their day of reckoning.

©2009 Ben Kane (P)2011 Random House AudioGO

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  • Poppey
  • 03-07-18

The Journey

Moving on from the arena, we see Romulus and Brennus, joined by Tarquinius, the soothsayer, journey to the East, where they are captured and forced to fight in the Forgotten Legion.

Meanwhile, Fabiola, Romulus’ sister, seems to be fighting her own wars back home in Rome.

This is an enthralling series encompassing historical events, mixed with the right amount of fiction, depicting a soldier’s life in the legion; a gladiators life in the arena and a prostitute’s life in a brothel and beyond.

The journey is both frightening and addictive and a must listen to any and everyone who enjoys good writing, mixed with excitement and romance.

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  • brazenkev
  • 01-21-18

it keeps you coming back

U soon become tied into the story at first u may struggle with the swapping of narrative of the different characters but this just keeps u going on so
much so u listen in headphones in bed

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  • CT
  • 11-21-16

Scarrow and Cornwell have an equal

An unusual but excellent series.
looking forward to the third book.
I fully recommend them
An interesting view on historic facts too.

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  • Kay
  • 04-22-16

99% brilliant

The word heartbeat is used to an annoying degree. other than that I loved it.

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  • David
  • 10-21-15

amazing second part

a amazing second part to the story had me gripped all the way through can't wait goto get my hands on the last book

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  • S. Jewry
  • 02-24-15

Fabulous

Completely hooked and can't wait to start book 3! Wondering what the next step it for Romulus and the others

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  • Amanda
  • 03-22-16

Imaginative tie-in to historical events

Really interesting way of bringing to life the Roman experience in the time of the First Triumvirate.
I do question the need, however, to detail rape scenes. Inference and emotional outcomes would be more appropriate.
Michael Praed delivers a wide range of characterisations, it's hard to believe it's the same narrator.

Otherwise, a great continuation of the story of the twins.