THE EMPEROR’S 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 Rome’s 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 general’s 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 Corbulo’s side as they confront the Parthian hordes. And he must decide whether to complete his mission – or risk his Emperor’s wrath . . .show more