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The Wall

av Douglas Jackson

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AD 400. Rome and its Empire are failing... Veteran cavalry commander Marcus Flavius Victor sets out with his regiment to make what may be his final tour of the forts along Hadrian's Wall.Through a combination of military prowess, brutality and bribery, Marcus has spent twenty years keeping the savage Picts at bay. Feared by his enemies and hated by his superiors, his strength of will is the only thing that has held the disgruntled, poorly paid garrisons of the Wall in place as the failing Roman Empire's grip on Britannia weakened.Yet as this tour of the wall progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that this is more than a routine inspection. Why is Marcus stripping the defences of cavalry to strengthen his own force? Is he negotiating with the Picts - or conspiring with them? And who is the mysterious figure who follows Marcus' every move and yet hides in the shadows? Segeduno, Cilurno, Brocolitia, Vindolanda: each fort holds memories and friendships, hides rivals, or conceals enemies. But what exactly is Marcus Flavius Victor's ultimate objective? It would appear he is willing to risk bloody civil war in a bid to seize Britannia for himself? Or is he raising an army to save the province from the darkness that waits on the other side of the Wall?… (mer)
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During the waning days of the Roman Empire--5th century--Marcus Flavius Victor is the Lord of the Wall. This is a title meaning he is in charge of all Hadrian's Wall. So why does he, on ostensibly an inspection tour, gather cavalrymen from the forts to himself, stripping the forts of manpower? What is his object? Is he trying to set himself up as another usurper or does he have something else in mind? This a new Roman novel by Mr. Jackson, who has proven to be one of the masters of the genre, both in writing power and style and in research. I did wonder at the fact of Marcus's half-sister being in the story. I did not like her sexual dalliance with the medicus [which I felt could have been left out], but there were a couple of important incidents where a brother wouldn't have moved the story along and it wouldn't have had the conclusion it did without her as catalyst. ( )
  janerawoof | Apr 24, 2023 |
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AD 400. Rome and its Empire are failing... Veteran cavalry commander Marcus Flavius Victor sets out with his regiment to make what may be his final tour of the forts along Hadrian's Wall.Through a combination of military prowess, brutality and bribery, Marcus has spent twenty years keeping the savage Picts at bay. Feared by his enemies and hated by his superiors, his strength of will is the only thing that has held the disgruntled, poorly paid garrisons of the Wall in place as the failing Roman Empire's grip on Britannia weakened.Yet as this tour of the wall progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that this is more than a routine inspection. Why is Marcus stripping the defences of cavalry to strengthen his own force? Is he negotiating with the Picts - or conspiring with them? And who is the mysterious figure who follows Marcus' every move and yet hides in the shadows? Segeduno, Cilurno, Brocolitia, Vindolanda: each fort holds memories and friendships, hides rivals, or conceals enemies. But what exactly is Marcus Flavius Victor's ultimate objective? It would appear he is willing to risk bloody civil war in a bid to seize Britannia for himself? Or is he raising an army to save the province from the darkness that waits on the other side of the Wall?

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