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Enemy of Rome

av Douglas Jackson

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Set during the Year of the Four Emperors and telling of the bravery and the brutality of the Roman empire in the throes of civil war, the action-packed new novel from one of our finest historical novelists.      In the dry heat of an August morning Gaius Valerius Verrens wakes filthy and bearded and prepares for his last day on earth. Wrongly accused by enemies on his own side, Valerius is destined to die a coward's death for deserting his legion on the field of Bedriacum.      It is the summer of AD 89 and after a year of slaughter and turmoil the Empire remains trapped in the coils of a desperate, destructive civil war. Valerius's old friend, Aulus Vitellius, victor in the decisive confrontation that left Otho's armies shattered, sits uneasily on a golden throne in Rome, and his rival is dead by his own hand. But a new challenge arises in the East where Titus Flavius Vespasian has been declared Emperor by his legions. The only way Valerius can survive to reach Rome and be united with his lost love Domitia Longina Corbulo is to ally himself with Vitellius's enemies. On the way he must battle through a maze of distrust, corruption, bloody conflict and betrayal, with as many perils behind as there are in front. A powerful enemy, a burning temple and divided loyalties all stand in his way, but the prize that awaits has never been more worthwhile.… (mer)
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The author's series just keeps getting better and better! Valerius is torn between his friendship for Vitellius and his feelings of duty to support Vespasian, the latest contender for the purple. Valerius fights on the side of Vespasian, even commands a legion temporarily, then is tasked by General Primus: to talk Vitellius into surrendering. To rescue his lady love, Domitia, and to destroy his rival for her affections, he ends up fighting on Vitellius's side and when Vespasian's forces win, he is sentenced to exile as a traitor.

There was not much I could fault in this episode. Outstanding and heart-stopping were the night battle termed by one of the characters as "blindfold combat"; the Battle of Cremona and during its incendiary aftermath, the rescue of a family from a burning insula. We found out a little more about Serpentius. Valerius's freedman and friend. I am so glad Olivia was a bit more than a minor character in this story. My bête noir, Domitia, was not as loathsome as before; I finally began to see some humanity and some empathy for others in the last part of the story. There is the same mixture of action, loyalty, treachery, deceit, and love as in the previous volumes. I feel you can read the book as a standalone; the author gives enough backstory. If you've read the volumes in order, the backstory might feel like a bit of overkill. I'd give it a 4.5, not enough to round it to a 5, mainly because of Domitia's personality through most of the whole novel. ( )
  janerawoof | Sep 13, 2014 |
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Set during the Year of the Four Emperors and telling of the bravery and the brutality of the Roman empire in the throes of civil war, the action-packed new novel from one of our finest historical novelists.      In the dry heat of an August morning Gaius Valerius Verrens wakes filthy and bearded and prepares for his last day on earth. Wrongly accused by enemies on his own side, Valerius is destined to die a coward's death for deserting his legion on the field of Bedriacum.      It is the summer of AD 89 and after a year of slaughter and turmoil the Empire remains trapped in the coils of a desperate, destructive civil war. Valerius's old friend, Aulus Vitellius, victor in the decisive confrontation that left Otho's armies shattered, sits uneasily on a golden throne in Rome, and his rival is dead by his own hand. But a new challenge arises in the East where Titus Flavius Vespasian has been declared Emperor by his legions. The only way Valerius can survive to reach Rome and be united with his lost love Domitia Longina Corbulo is to ally himself with Vitellius's enemies. On the way he must battle through a maze of distrust, corruption, bloody conflict and betrayal, with as many perils behind as there are in front. A powerful enemy, a burning temple and divided loyalties all stand in his way, but the prize that awaits has never been more worthwhile.

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