Warrior of Rome

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 665 ratings

Fire in the East - Warrior of Rome Publisher's Summary

AD 255; the Roman Imperium is stretched to breaking point, its authority and might challenged throughout the territories and along every border. Yet the most lethal threat lurks far to the east in Persia, where the massing forces of the Sassanid Empire loom with fiery menace.

The far-flung and isolated citadel of Arete faces out across the wasteland, awaiting the inevitable invasion. One man is sent to marshal the defences of this lonely city; one man to shore up the crumbling walls of a once indomitable symbol of Roman power; a man whose name itself means war, a man called Ballista.

Alone, Ballista is called to muster the forces and the courage to stand first and to stand hard against the greatest enemy ever to confront the Imperium.

©2008 Dr Harry Sidebottom (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Fire in the East - Warrior of Rome

    • By: Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated by: Nick Boulton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    The far-flung and isolated citadel of Arete faces out across the wasteland, awaiting the inevitable invasion. One man is sent to marshal the defences of this lonely city; one man to shore up the crumbling walls of a once indomitable symbol of Roman power; a man whose name itself means war, a man called Ballista.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maps and appendix please

    • By John on 06-12-09

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Fire in the East

    • Warrior of Rome, Book 1
    • By: Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 133

    A.D. 255. The Roman imperium is stretched to the breaking point, its authority and might challenged throughout the territories and along every border. One man is sent to marshal the defenses of a lonely city and to shore up the crumbling walls of a once indomitable symbol of Roman power, a man whose very name means war: a man called Ballista. So unfolds an epic drama - a story of empire, heroes, treachery, courage, and most of all, of brutal, bloody warfare.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Was a Bit Sharpe-ish

    • By Cisco Rivera on 03-03-14

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  • Book 2

    • King of Kings

    • Warrior of Rome, Book 2
    • By: Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    In A.D. 256, the specter of treachery hangs ominously over the Roman Empire. The sparks of Christian fervor have spread through the empire like wildfire, and the imperium is alive with the machinations of dangerous and powerful men. All the while, Sassanid forces press forward relentlessly along the eastern frontier. The battle-bloodied General Ballista returns to the imperial court from the fallen city of Arete only to find that there are those who would rather see him dead than alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Historical novel buff's dream

    • By Bonnie on 01-11-13

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  • Book 3

    • Lion of the Sun

    • Warrior of Rome, Book 3
    • By: Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    Betrayed by his most trusted adviser, Roman Emperor Valerian has been captured by the Sassanid barbarians. The shame of the vanquished beats down mercilessly like the desert sun as the frail old emperor prostrates himself before Shapur, king of kings. Ballista looks on helplessly but vows under his breath to avenge those who have brought the empire to the brink of destruction with their treachery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Action, Action, Action

    • By STEVEN on 08-13-15

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  • Book 4

    • The Caspian Gates

    • Warrior of Rome, Book IV
    • By: Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    AD 262: The Roman Imperium is in turmoil after the struggle for the throne that brought Gallienus to power. Ephesus, the metropolis of the Eastern Empire, lies in ruins, shattered by a mighty earthquake. Its citizens live in fear as the mob overwhelms the city, baying for blood to avenge the gods who have punished them. Yet an even greater threat to the Empire advances from the north: the barbaric Goth tribes, determined to pillage the city. Only Ballista, Warrior of Rome, knows the ways of the barbarians, and only he can defeat them.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Professorial

    • By Michael on 02-24-14

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  • Book 5

    • The Wolves of the North

    • A Warrior of Rome Novel, Book 5
    • By: Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    In the fifth novel in Harry Sidebottom’s acclaimed and best selling Warrior of Rome historical fiction series, Ballista returns to undertake yet another epic mission - while the Roman Empire reels in chaos around him. In AD 263, the Roman Empire is close to turmoil as violent uprisings threaten to shatter the fragile balance of power. In the north, the tribes are increasingly bold in their raids on the Imperium. Ballista must undertake his most treacherous journey yet. He must face the Heruli - the Eaters of Flesh, the Wolves of the North - the most brutal tribe of them all, and try to turn them against one another.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Series Continues with Much Action

    • By G.Monie on 06-17-13

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  • Book 6

    • The Amber Road

    • Warrior of Rome, Book 6
    • By: Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    In AD 264, the Roman Empire has been torn in two. The western provinces - Gaul, Spain, and Britain - have been seized by Postumus, the pretender to the throne. To the east, on the plains of northern Italy, the armies of the emperor Gallienus muster, and he is keen to take his rightful place of power. A war between two emperors is coming, and everyone must choose a side.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • story good Narrator sounded bored.

    • By S. Brabant on 09-16-17

    Regular price: $20.72