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Avenger of Rome : (Gaius Valerius Verrens 3)

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Douglas Jackson confirms his reputation as 'one of the best historical novelists writing today' (Daily Express) with the third action-packed adventure featuring his on-time gladiator hero, Gaius Valerius Verrens... Emperor Nero's grip on power is weakening. In every shadow he sees an enemy and like a cornered animal he lashes out at every perceived threat. His paranoia settles on the figure of Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo, Rome's greatest General who leads the imperial legions in the East. So popular is Corbulo with his men that he effective presides over an Empire within an Empire. Is Corbulo preparing to march against Rome and take the purple? Gaius Valerius Verrens, Hero of Rome, is ordered to Antioch with the power of life and death over Corbulo, a soldier he worships. There he finds word of his mission has preceded him and every man's hand is turned against him. But Corbulo's eyes are not on Rome, but on a new threat to the Empire's border. The Parthian King of Kings, Vologases, is marching to war and with such an army that if not stopped he might overwhelm the entire Roman east. Valerius marches at Corbulo's side. Outnumbered they make a stand in the barren wastes beyond the Tigris to meet Vologases in an epic contest of military might and ingenuity that will decide the fate of the Empire. And while he fights for the Empire, and for his own survival on the battlefield, Valerius must decide whether to complete his mission, or risk incurring his Emperor's dangerous wrath. A newspaper journalist by profession, Douglas Jackson's lifelong fascination for Rome and the Romans inspired him to pick up the pen and write his first novel, Caligula, and a sequel Claudius. He has gone on to become one of the best writers of Roman historical fiction at work today. Avenger of Rome is the third title in his series featuring Gaius Valerius Verrens; the first two, Hero of Rome and Defender of Rome, are available in paperback and ebook editions.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 38mm | 359.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B&W map
  • 0552161357
  • 9780552161350
  • 162,029

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"A splendid piece of story-telling and a vivid recreation of a long-dead world" * Allan Massie * "Light and dark in equal measure, colourful, thoughtful and bracing" * Manda Scott * "Superb battle scenes . . . I was gripped from start to finish" * Ben Kane *show more

About Douglas Jackson

A newspaper journalist by profession, Douglas Jackson's lifelong fascination for Rome and the Romans inspired him to pick up the pen and write his first novel, Caligula, and a sequel Claudius. He has gone on to become one of the best writers of Roman historical fiction at work today. Avenger of Rome is the third title in his series featuring Gaius Valerius Verrens; the first two, Hero of Rome and Defender of Rome, are available in paperback and ebook editions.show more

Review Text

"A splendid piece of story-telling and a vivid recreation of a long-dead world"show more

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THE EMPERORâS GRIP ON POWER IS WEAKENING . . . In every shadow Nero sees an enemy and, like a cornered animal, he lashes out at every perceived threat. His paranoia settles on Romeâs greatest general, Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo, who leads the imperial legions in the East. So popular is Corbulo with his men that he effectively presides over an empire within the Empire. Could he be preparing to march and seize the purple? Gaius Valerius Verrens, Hero of Rome, is ordered to Antioch with the power of life and death over Corbulo, a soldier he worships. However, the generalâs eyes are on a new threat. The Parthian King of Kings, Vologases, is leading his massive army to wage war against Rome. In the barren lands beyond the Tigris, Valerius stands at Corbuloâs side as they confront the Parthian hordes. And he must decide whether to complete his mission â or risk his Emperorâs wrath . . .show more

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