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A rising star in the realm of alternate history, Alan Smale delivers fiction of broad sweep and epic scope.

Set in a world in which the Roman Empire never fell, Clash of Eagles finds Praetor Gaius Marcellinus leading his 33rd Legion into Nova Hesperia. But there his conception of the world is challenged by encounters with the Powhatani, Iroqua, and Cahokiani tribes.

©2015 Alan Smale (P)2015 Recorded Books

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  • Carlos
  • Miami, FL, United States
  • 10-25-17

Good premise, silly story

A world in which the Roman Empire never fell and an invasion of the Americas is an idea with great potential. The childish flying Indians is a squandered opportunity to spin a great saga.

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  • Brenda
  • Kirkland, WA, United States
  • 03-06-18

Great story

Performance slightly marred by a strange voice that cuts in a few times. Otherwise it’s fine. The new voice is so obtrusive it jarred me out of the story.
Inventive idea. Lovely main character. Well researched.

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A solid effort

I generally avoid alternate histories but this was a pleasant surprise. The character building was decent and the plot kept my interest.
I'll check out the rest of the series.

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Interesting concept, captivating story, poor end

Interesting concept, captivating story, but unlikely elements and outrageous and disappointing ending.
I realize it's set up for a sequel, but the ending was so destructive as to destroy any desire to read more. I may attempt the second just to see how he can resurrect the storyline, and because this book ends on such a sour note.

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The unlikely elements are flying machines (make it fun though) and Greek fire used by cohkians. Also that their enemies would have been able to capture viking longboats, learn to sail them and the take them all the way from Chesapeake Bay--down around Florida and then up the Mississippi to Illinois in 2 years and build and use siege equipment without Roman/Viking aid and training. That our Roman hero was able to accomplish so many advancements was unlikely enough.

The ending: the good guys army and city were nearly completely destroyed. All of their technological advancements were destroyed and their Roman weapons and armor stolen.
Their defense of the city was pitiful. And Marcelinus ran around ineffectually and ended up a near invalid.

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