Retalio : An Aurelia Mitela Roma Nova thriller

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"A classic tale of resistance and resilience - the only regret is when the action stops." - Douglas Jackson
Early 1980s Vienna. Recovering from a near fatal shooting, Aurelia Mitela, ex-Praetorian and former foreign minister of Roma Nova, chafes at her enforced exile. She barely escaped from her nemesis, the charming and amoral Caius Tellus who grabbed power in Roma Nova, the only part of the Roman Empire to survive into the twentieth century.

Aurelia's duty and passion fire her determination to take back her homeland and liberate its people. But Caius's manipulations have isolated her from her fellow exiles, leaving her ostracised, powerless and vulnerable. But without their trust and support Aurelia knows she will never see Roma Nova again.

A story of political and personal rivalry in an imaginary surviving state of the once mighty Roman Empire. But with a difference. Struggling to defend the tiny state and keep the families alive at the dissolution of the Roman Empire, Roma Novan women fought alongside their men. And they never forgot it as they rose to prominence through the ages. Now in the late 20th century the egalitarian state has been crushed into misery by a brutal dictator imposing male-only rule. Aurelia is their last best hope, but Caius who has longed to dominate and defeat her since childhood will do anything to stop her. Anything.

Praise for the Roma series has come from Conn Iggulden, Simon Scarrow, Elizabeth Chadwick, Sue Cook and Helen Hollick.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 19mm | 431g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 9791097310004

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"RETALIO is a classic tale of resistance and resilience as an exiled Aurelia Mitela leads an army of the dispossessed to free Roma Nova from the clutches of the despicable Caius. As always Alison Morton's alternative world feels utterly authentic. RETALIO reaches an explosive climax and the only regret when the action stops is that this is the final book of a remarkable trilogy." - Douglas Jackson, author of Gaius Valerius Verrens series

"Alison Morton's RETALIO is an international thriller, full of intrigue and espionage, set against an imaginative retelling of a history that feels authentic and real. The fight-back for Roma Nova has begun, and what an entertaining ride it is!" - Matthew Harffy, author of The Bernicia Chronicles

"Tense, thrilling and incredibly timely, this is what happens when women fight back. When a progressive society is taken over by an egomaniacal despot, women can succumb or retaliate. Morton shows alarming prescience. RETALIO is a terrific concept engendering passion, love and loyalty. I actually cheered aloud." - J J Marsh, author of the Beatrice Stubbs series

"RETALIO is an engrossing read from the very first page with a cast of characters who grapple with their situation and loyalties. Aurelia is a tough but principled heroine you'll root for over the course of every twist and setback she faces as she heads towards the finale and a meeting with her arch nemesis. An exciting, gripping and page turning read." - L J Trafford, author of The Four Emperors series
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