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Promoted to the elite Praetorian Guard in the thick of battle, a young legionary is thrust into a seedy world of imperial politics and corruption. Tasked with uncovering a plot against the newly crowned Emperor Commodus, his mission takes him from the cold Danubian border all the way to the heart of Rome, the villa of the Emperor’s scheming sister, and the great Colosseum.

What seems a straightforward if terrifying assignment soon descends into Machiavellian treachery and peril as everything in which young Rufinus trusts and believes is called into question, and he faces warring commanders, Sarmatian cannibals, vicious dogs, mercenary killers and even a clandestine Imperial agent. In a race against time to save the Emperor, Rufinus will be introduced, willing or not, to the great game.

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its really good

all sixteen books are great ,was sorry for it to end ,very entertaining , if you like Rome story's you will like this

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  • NICHOLAS
  • 07-21-18

Good story ruined by poor sound control

I really enjoyed the story but the sound levels were terrible. I listen to audiobooks walking to work used the same phone and same headphones for 100s of books. Normally have the volume at about 50-60% this book forced me to 100% and still struggled at places. The worst part was the voice actor would randomly (guessing attempt to add drama) shout which resulted in a painful volume jump. All in all good story let down by poor recording.

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  • Robert Spencer
  • 07-29-18

A gripping, well crafted story

In every respect a great story, full of twists and turns, with excellent narration throughout.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-18

excellent.

the author has an excellent knowledge of the time in which the story is set and brings alive the intrigues of ancient Rome, together with an unlikely hero, this is an excellent story. narrated to perfection. loved it.