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Thrilling, authentic, and action packed, this novel introduces soldier hero Marcus Valerius: a centurion stationed on Hadrian's Wall in the second century during a revolt against the Roman Empire.

Marcus Valerius Aquila has scarcely landed in Britannia when he has to run for his life - condemned to dishonorable death by power-crazed emperor Commodus. The plan is to take a new name, serve in an obscure regiment on Hadrian's Wall, and lie low until he can hope for justice. Then a rebel army sweeps down from the wastes north of the wall, and Marcus has to prove he's hard enough to lead a century in the front line of a brutal, violent war.

©2009 Anthony Riches (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Tony G
  • United States
  • 08-17-16

NOT BAD FOR SOMETHING I STUMBLED UPON

If he had Pebbles narrate this I think we would have a real winning series. Plenty of fast passed action with a good storyline. Worth a listen.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • indian Land, sc, United States
  • 09-22-17

great historical fiction read!

this audiobook have strong character development as well as a good story. The performance was well done and entertaining.

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I enjoyed it. I'll read the next one.

Fans of Roman Legions in Britannia will like this story. Nicely detailed descriptions of battles and the carnage they inflict. It's a well researched and written book. I was warned about the voice of Marcus...eh...top notch voice work though.

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Well researched and a treat for the Roman History fan

If you like swords and sandals and well thought out historical fiction...this is a great series

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exceptional narrator...

also required to write a 15 word review however I think I stated already exceptional narrator

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story but ...

Here's the thing. I love books about the Roman empire and this is a pretty good one. I just wish I had read it in book form. The narrator sounds like an older man and the hero is only 19 years old. The voice of the main character was just wrong to my ear and it ruined the story for me. If, like me the narrator is important to you I suggest listening to the sample clip before you spend your credit.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • richard
  • 04-09-15

Fantastic....

Excellent story line, brilliant narration and damn realistic!!! Truly worth listening to as it brings the last years of the second century Roman world to life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Brooke E. Lane
  • 04-08-15

Roman adventure comes alive

An excellent yarn. The battle scenes had realism and authenticity. Performance well done. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more.

Brooke Lane




4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve56
  • 05-20-15

Superb listening.

Loved it enjoyed every minute wishing it not to end. I cannot recommend this book enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jack Russell s in France
  • 05-20-15

Good story

Where does Wounds of Honour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best but I have listened to a lot worse. Nice to be in the roman legions era, made a good change from the detective stories I often listen toot

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wounds of Honour?

The battle scenes one was there in the midst of the blood and glory, per haps not for the very screemish

Have you listened to any of Saul Reichlin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

don't know as the first book I have listened too

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

neither

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • L
  • 05-09-15

Great start

Really pleased this has finally been put on audible. Fantastic series and brilliant to be able to listen to it from the beginning at last!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • MIchael N
  • 11-17-17

Well written book.

The author and reader is great at keeping the the suspense cooking just long enough.

There were a few times I was think, ‘come in man read faster, I want to know what happens!’

Looking forward to next book.

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  • Judith
  • 08-14-16

A Stonking Good Read

I was recommended this as a great Roman Army story, with accurate Roman Army details and it was. The reader Saul Reichlin did good voices and kept them to the characters. Exciting to the end and there others in the series!

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  • S Robinson
  • 07-13-16

A good start. Compelled to "read" on...

This is my kind of book. Story line good. Very well written, with a good balance between detail and story line. I'm looking forward to continuing with the series.

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  • Etienne-Paul
  • 04-06-16

Richard Sharpe in Rome...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Narrator is excellent, story is compelling, if a little predictable.

Any additional comments?

For anyone who has read and appreciated Bernard Cornwalls Sharpe series, then this should be for you. This is basically a more educated Richard Sharpe running around ancient Roman Britain.

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  • Rene
  • 02-10-16

Looks Like I'm In for the Long Haul

I generally love historical fiction and this didn't disappoint.
Great story with even better narration... Saul is amazing.
I feel like I'm in for the long haul with this series.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 01-15-17

Great start, I know I'll love the series already

The author must be a masrer. Well written, descriptive and captivating. It's pure dramatic fiction licence no doubt but still must have been thoroughly researched. Along with one of my favourite narrators who helps to bring the story alive in his usual way I heartily recommend the series ...on to book 2 for me and I know I'll love it !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-15-15

On a serious par with Simon Scarrow

Gret intro story and has set up for future adventures. Excellent narration!! Loved it

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 04-15-15

A story spoken with great enthusiasm...

Everything a gripping war story should be.
But the main protagonist (Marcus) sounds a tad effeminate. Very engrossing story telling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful