The Walls of Rome : 'not only have we scaled the mighty Alps, I believe we have climbed the very walls of Rome.' Hannibal
218 BC. Sphax is seventeen and haunted by the brutal murder of his parents at the hands of Rome. After ten years of miserable slavery he will make his last bid for freedom and go in search of Hannibal's army and his birthright. He will have his revenge on the stinking cesspit that is Rome!
Destiny will see him taken under the wing of Maharbal, Hannibal's brilliant general, and groomed to lead the finest horsemen in the world - the feared Numidian cavalry that would become the scourge of Rome.
From the crossing of the great Rhodanus River, Sphax's epic journey takes him through the lands of the Gaul to the highest pass in the Alps. This is the story of the most famous march in history. A march against impossible odds, against savage mountain Gauls, a brutal winter and Sphax's own demons.
This is more than a struggle for empire. This is the last great war to save the beauty of the old world, the civilized world of Carthage, Greece and Gaul. The world of art and philosophy - before it is ground into dust by the upstart barbarity of Rome.
- Paperback | 420 pages
- 127 x 203 x 24mm | 454g
- 18 Jan 2021
- Michael Parkin
"Rip-roaring Roman page-turner!
This is a real page-turner - right from page one! The research that has gone into this book serves up a roaring adventure through Roman Europe. Sphax himself is instantly likeable and I haven't stopped rooting for him."
"A fast paced novel set in a period about which I have read little. The historical detail was really interesting and had obviously been well researched. Good plot, well crafted characters, well thought through ending (without the usual sacrificial animal!), unputabledownable! I look forward, with anticipation, to the next novel by this new author!"
"A highly charged good read!
I loved this book - it's main characters are engaging, and its ripping pace delivers a multidimensional and very detailed account of an epic journey with a light touch - Can't wait for the next instalment!"
"A classic page turner. I really enjoyed the plot, vivid characterisation and invention."
"A rip-roaring historical yarn.
A great historical adventure to curl up with on the dark winter nights."
"I really enjoyed this very readable and informative novel. Sphax, the hero, was from the start, well drawn and totally engaging as he grew from a boy into a man whilst following his quest, giving us a charismatic, flawed hero of character and fortitude. The brilliantly described battles are logistically fascinating. I was also rivetted by the problems of moving elephants, horses and thousands of men over fast flowing large expanses of water on their epic journey. I eagerly await the next novel in the Sphax series.