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Glory of Rome : (Gaius Valerius Verrens 8)

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77AD. Gaius Valerius Verrens is an honoured member of Emperor Vespasian's inner circle, but the enmity between him and Vespasian's son Domitian means that, even in Rome, danger is never far away. Meanwhile, in the outer reaches of the Empire, in Britannia, trouble is brewing.
The governor, Gnaeus Julius Agricola is preparing to march his legions north and Valerius is Agricola's chief legal adviser and deputy governor. It's the opportunity he seeks to move his wife and son out of reach of Domitian's wrath. But Britannia is where Valerius cut his military teeth and whetted his sword - and he will soon discover that the ghosts of his past are never far away and are more dangerous perhaps than Domitian.
The massacre of a Roman garrison and suspicious death of the legate of the Ninth Legion throw Agricola's preparations into confusion. Now his eyes turn west to Mona, the Druids Isle, where the Celtic priesthood still harbours hopes of ridding Britannia of Roman rule. But to deal with the druids and their savage Ordovice protectors Agricola needs a soldier he can trust at the head of the `unlucky' Ninth. Only one man in the province has the experience and the ability . . .
So a reluctant Valerius must put aside his scrolls and pick up his sword once more and march beside the eagle of the Ninth. It's only as he stands on the shoreline opposite Mona that he understands any glory his new legion wins is likely to be fleeting and tainted - and that he has placed his family in deadly peril.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 40mm | 746g
  • BANTAM PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 059307615X
  • 9780593076156
  • 449,081

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AD 77. Gaius Valerius Verrens is honoured to be part of Emperor Vespasian’s inner circle, yet the enmity between him and the Emperor’s son, Domitian, is such that to remain in Rome risks death.

At the outer reaches of the Empire, in Britannia, rebellion stirs. The province’s governor Agricola is preparing to march his legions north and, as his deputy governor, Valerius seizes the opportunity to move his family out of harm’s way. But it was in Britannia that Valerius cut his military teeth and first bloodied his sword – and it becomes clear that the vengeful ghosts from this past are never far away.

Then a Roman garrison is massacred and the legate of the Ninth Legion dies under suspicious circumstances, throwing Agricola’s preparations into disarray. In the west, from their heartland on the isle of Mona, the Celtic priesthood still harbours hopes of ridding Britannia of Roman rule. To deal with the druids and the warriors who protect them, Agricola needs a soldier he can trust at the head of this ‘unlucky’ legion. Only one man has the experience and the ability.

And so a reluctant Valerius must put aside his scrolls and pick up his sword once more – and march beside the eagle of the Ninth . . .
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Praise for Douglas Jackson

‘Superb battle scenes . . . I was gripped from start to finish.’
BEN KANE

‘Douglas Jackson brings history to life in a compelling way.’
DAILY EXPRESS

‘A splendid piece of storytelling and a vivid recreation of a long-dead world.’
ALLAN MASSIE

‘Gripping . . . well placed to take on the Simon Scarrow/Conn Iggulden audience.’
SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

‘A writer at the top of his game, his books are the complete package, filled with intrigue, action and adventure.’
PARMENION BOOKS

‘Cracking . . . one of our finest writers.’
DAILY RECORD

‘Brings a visceral realism to Rome.’
DAILY MAIL
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"What a fantastic writer Douglas Jackson is . . . Glory of Rome is a thrilling novel from the outset and culminates in a brilliant battle sequence that had me on the edge of my seat."
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"Superbly written and packed with historical detail and action." -- Kate Atherton * SUNDAY EXPRESS * "What a fantastic writer Douglas Jackson is . . . Glory of Rome is a thrilling novel from the outset and culminates in a brilliant battle sequence that had me on the edge of my seat." * FOR WINTER NIGHTS * "The plot is taut and gallops along at a pace. The characters are all well-drawn and convincing, while the action sequences are exciting, bloody, and dramatic, without being overly graphic. The novel can be read as a standalone without any loss of enjoyment. A gripping tale from start to finish, and you will find it difficult to put down. Recommended." * HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW *
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About Douglas Jackson

A journalist by profession, Douglas Jackson transformed a lifelong fascination for Rome and the Romans in to his first two highly-praised novels, Caligula and Claudius. His third, Hero of Rome, introduced readers to a new series hero, Gaius Valerius Verrens. Seven further novels featuring Valerius have followed - the most recent being Glory of Rome - and have won critical acclaim and confirm their author as one of the UK's foremost historical novelists. An active member of the Historical Writers Association and the Historical Novel Society, Douglas Jackson lives near Stirling in Scotland.
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