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Defender of Rome

av Douglas Jackson

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"Gaius Valerius Verrens returns to Rome from the successful campaign against Boudicca in Britain. Now hailed a 'Hero of Rome', Valerius is not the man he once was - scarred both physically and emotionally by the battles he has fought, his sister is mortally ill, his father in self-imposed exile. And neither is Rome the same city as the one he left. The Emperor Nero grows increasingly paranoid. Those who seek power for themselves whisper darkly in the emperor's ears. They speak of a new threat, one found within the walls of Rome itself. A new religious sect, the followers of Christus, deny Nero's divinity and are rumoured to be spreading sedition. Nero calls on his 'Hero of Rome' to become a 'Defender of Rome', to seek out this rebel sect, to capture their leader, a man known as Petrus. Failure would be to forfeit his life, and the lives of twenty thousands Judaeans living in Rome. But as Valerius begins his search, a quest which will take him to the edge of the empire, he will discover that success may cost him nearly as much as failure."… (mer)
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Nero orders Valerius to find Petrus, the leader of a new sect founded by a Jewish carpenter who had been executed for sedition some 30 years previously.

Exciting with lots of twists and turns though some may feel that the climax of the final fights was a bit too well-timed. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jul 15, 2020 |
Very enjoyable story sey in nero's time. The roman military hero from the british uprising Gaius Velerius Verrens is tasked with crushing the christian uprising in rome and delivefing its leader petrus to nero for execution. There is a scene where christians are fed to the lions for enjoyment of the rich. Exciting read and well written. ( )
  mick745 | Apr 8, 2020 |
A good read, but I do prefer my historical intrigue on the Machiavellian level of mischief, not so much a soldier running around hunting xians and trying to protect his sister. I would like to read an account of how Seneca schemed and plotted to gain and retain power in ancient Rome. That would be cool.

And poor Nero. No one ever has a good word to say about this man. So he had a few problems, a few issues, but the guy could throw a great party. As for killing off the aristocracy. Great, thin them out I say. I am thinking of creating a website for Nero, to tell the other side of the story. Any one interested?

But seriously folks, the use of the "week" in the novel. This is the bane of my existence. All ancient fictional stories are littered with weeks. The week did not come into common usage until the mid 1st century (ok, the time of this novel I admit), but the eight day market interval was in more widespread use at this time. There should be fewer weeks mentioned and more market days. ( )
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"Gaius Valerius Verrens returns to Rome from the successful campaign against Boudicca in Britain. Now hailed a 'Hero of Rome', Valerius is not the man he once was - scarred both physically and emotionally by the battles he has fought, his sister is mortally ill, his father in self-imposed exile. And neither is Rome the same city as the one he left. The Emperor Nero grows increasingly paranoid. Those who seek power for themselves whisper darkly in the emperor's ears. They speak of a new threat, one found within the walls of Rome itself. A new religious sect, the followers of Christus, deny Nero's divinity and are rumoured to be spreading sedition. Nero calls on his 'Hero of Rome' to become a 'Defender of Rome', to seek out this rebel sect, to capture their leader, a man known as Petrus. Failure would be to forfeit his life, and the lives of twenty thousands Judaeans living in Rome. But as Valerius begins his search, a quest which will take him to the edge of the empire, he will discover that success may cost him nearly as much as failure."

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