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AD 98. The bustling army base at Vindolanda lies on the northern frontier of Britannia and the entire Roman world. In just over 20 years' time, the Emperor Hadrian will build his famous wall. But for now, defences are weak as tribes rebel against Rome.

It falls to Flavius Ferox, Briton and Roman centurion, to keep the peace. But it will take more than just a soldier's courage to survive life in Roman Britain.

©2017 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • KC
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 02-07-18

Action, Adventure, Mystery

Enjoyed the story, which is complete with action, adventure, and mystery. Very compelling plot and I did not want to stop listening. The historical context was vivid and I felt like I was there. Recommended!

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Historical Fiction written by an Historian!

What a concept. Fiction written by an actual scholar of the times. Probably as plausible a narrative of the times as any. It's worth a second read.

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  • The Curator
  • 02-09-18

At last a proper roman novel

Adrian Goldsworthy is not someone who would write drivel about roman Britain so I thought I’d be in safe hands. To find the spark for the novel was the party invite from the Vindolanda tablets made me way more excited than it probably should but it worked so well. Peter Noble is to be praised for not mangling the Latin terms as so many narrators do. All those blokes churning out Roman military boys own stories should be force fed this book to see how it’s done.

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  • Ray Carpenter
  • 01-31-18

First class novel...

Excellent characters and story line.. would recommend this book to anyone who loves history and the Roman period...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-18

Fantastic!

Absolutely gripping throughout, and narrated well. Very historically accurate and informative, tells the story with great attention to detail.

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  • Marie grice
  • 06-11-18

must read

this book!

captured my attention from page 1 and never stopped. historical correctness makes this book come alive giving you the ideal platform next to the charactors, making you live ever heart stopping moment. cant wait to start book 2 in this Ferox series! Thank you!

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  • Richard
  • 12-27-17

Very good, but confusing in parts

While an excellent Roman historical novel it lacks the historical background about the early parts of Emperor Trajan's reign; this only becomes evident in the last chapter. Goldsworthy is an excellent historian, but needs some polishing as a historical novelist. The reader can come confused with the number of characters, especially on the Roman side. He could learn from Scarrow and Kane in putting together a novel.