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Publisher's Summary

Hraban the Marcomanni has never met his father Maroboodus, exiled in far-away Rome, but this is about to change.

In the age of early Roman Empire, Augustus is creating his legacy with gladius as the legions begin the arduous work of subjecting the troublesome and divided Germani tribes.

Such great, distant issues do not concern Hraban, a young man bent on becoming a spear lord, giver of rings, a warrior praised in the dark halls of his kin. He is the Raven, and son of great lords. Yet his father's return to their burning village does not only upset plans of Rome and the scheming Germani, but those of Hraban, who finds the ancient virtues of his kin are very strained with strange morals of Maroboodus, his father.

Will Hraban find a way to survive the plots of his many enemies, serve his father, and keep his honor while entire nations struggle to unite against Rome and those who would betray the Germani?

The Oath Breaker is the first book in a new series of historical novels set in the dark lands east of Rhenus and fabulous, ancient Rome.

©2014 Alaric Longward (P)2016 Alaric Longward

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Another Masterpiece from Alaric Longward!

Alaric Longward has a way of taking history or mythology, making it his own, and create enthralling stories that always leave you wanting more. In this case, its the Marcommani during the Roman days, and Alaric creates engaging characters, and fleshes out a world that has to be read to believed. I cant recommend this book highly enough. Clay Lomakayu does an outstanding job bringing the characters to life, doing a great job keeping the narration flowing.

I voluntarily recieved a free review copy of this audiobook from the Author, narrator or publisher through AudiobookBoom.

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Looking forward to more volumes

I very much enjoy historical novels set in Roman times and thought I would give this a try. When I first started listening, I had a difficult time understanding the narrator and wonder if I should just put it aside. Fortunately, I did not and really enjoyed the book. I am just hoping the other volumes will be put on Audible.

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Columbo meets the shield wall.

So I have mixed feelings about this book. The story line is a constant back and forth of he betrayed his father, but his father wanted him to, so he really didn't betray him, but his father betrayed him because he betrayed his father. in the end the main character lives in to betray someone else so that they can then betray him.

I guess the biggest issue I had with this book was the narrator. The narrator sounds like Columbo. This really took away from being able to focus and really enjoy the book.

I've purchased the entire series and I'm not sure that I'm going to make it through the whole series. I'm going to give book two a chance, but if the narration doesn't improve, I will be returning these.

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Good historical fiction.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Oath Breaker: A Novel of Germania and Rome to be better than the print version?

The narration, in addition to the writing, brought us into the story. Easy listen. Engaging story. I would definitely be interested in listening to any sequels, as I do enjoy historical fiction.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hraban, the main character.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review.

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Poorly narrated

The narration was hard to understand. I don’t know if the narrator was trying to effect a Germanic accent but either way it was always annoying and often unintelligible. I finally gave up and just bought the kindle edition.

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fresh and brutally honest

oath-breaker is unlike any book I have ever read or listened to. it is a brutal hard-hitting book with more plot twists then one would think possible while keeping the story good. alric longWard managed to do this.

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Good book,but....

It was a good book,w/ a good story but the guy speaking sounds stupid. And it was hard to differentiate the characters due to this one guys same voice for all characters. Other than that it was a good book and now I’m going to download the 2nd book in the series

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Big fan of historical fiction--including this one!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Oath Breaker: A Novel of Germania and Rome to be better than the print version?

I enjoy listening to great Audible stories while I am driving to help relax me--this fit the bill.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Oath Breaker: A Novel of Germania and Rome?

The battle at the Roman fort.

Which character – as performed by Clay Lomakayu – was your favorite?

Hraban obviously...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Oathbreaker.

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Epic tale on par with braveheart and other such tales

The author and narrator take you deep into the lands of Germanic during the times of Rome. The first thing that popped into my mind was the movie gladiator when the Romans were battling the last of the Germanic warriors. It was great to see it from the other side. The 4 for overall was for the length. As the series is already multiple books I felt as though the story could have been broken down a bit further as it was a very long listen for the whole story. Be ready to be entertained for the entire time though. Would last you a full drive from Indianapolis to Orlando. Awaiting the rest of the tale to see how it flushes out.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Honor, Love, and Betrayal ..

Any additional comments?


This story centers around the main character, Hraban , and is told in first person, the

life of a son of nobility.

The author has included a helpful of names and places that document historical events.

He also created descriptive imagery of the entire book setting and the dark forests.

Overall, the book was an engaging action filled story line.

I am interested in (Volume 2) and (Volume 3 ) of this series.


Clay Lomakayu did well with the narration. He had the perfect voice for the characters.

Note:
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."


1 of 2 people found this review helpful