Ian Ross - Author

About the Author

Ian Ross was born in England and studied painting before turning to writing fiction. He has travelled widely and worked as a bookseller, tutor and university lecturer while developing his writing abilities. A year in Italy teaching English and exploring the ruins of empire reawakened his early love for ancient history, and he returned to the UK with growing fascination for the period known as late antiquity. He has been researching and writing about the later Roman world and its army for over a decade, and his interests combine an obsessive regard for accuracy and detail with a devotion to the craft of storytelling. He lives in Bath, keeps unsociable hours and has never owned a television or a car.

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Imperial Vengeance

Imperial Vengeance

Author: Ian Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Aurelius Castus is one of the leading military commanders of an empire riven by civil war. As the emperor Constantine grows ever more ruthless in his pursuit of power, Castus fears that the world he knows is slipping away. On the eve of the war's final campaign, Castus discovers that the emperor's son Crispus aims to depose his father and restore the old ways of Rome. Castus must choose between honour and survival, and face a final confrontation with the most powerful man in the Roman world, the ruler he has sworn loyally to serve: the emperor Constantine himself.

War at the Edge of the World

War at the Edge of the World

Author: Ian Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018

AN EMPIRE IN DECLINE. Centurion Aurelius Castus - once a soldier in the elite legions of the Danube - believes his glory days are over, as he finds himself in the cold, grey wastes of northern Britain, battling to protect an empire in decline. Here he must face the barbarians beyond Hadrian's Wall, in a mission riven with bloodshed and treachery. Can Castus keep his promise to a woman he has sworn to help? And is anything about this doomed enterprise what it seems? War at the Edge of the World is the epic first instalment in a sequence of novels set at the end of the Roman Empire, during the reign of the Emperor Constantine.

Imperial Vengeance

Imperial Vengeance

Author: Ian Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

THE ROMAN EMPIRE HAS NO MERCY IN ITS QUEST FOR POWER. Aurelius Castus is one of the leading military commanders of an empire riven by civil war. As the emperor Constantine grows ever more ruthless in his pursuit of power, Castus fears that the world he knows is slipping away. On the eve of the war's final campaign, Castus discovers that the emperor's son Crispus aims to depose his father and restore the old ways of Rome. Castus must choose between honour and survival, and face a final confrontation with the most powerful man in the Roman world, the ruler he has sworn loyally to serve: the emperor Constantine himself.

Imperial Vengeance

Imperial Vengeance

Author: Ian Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2017

THE ROMAN EMPIRE HAS NO MERCY IN ITS QUEST FOR POWER. Aurelius Castus is one of the leading military commanders of an empire riven by civil war. As the emperor Constantine grows ever more ruthless in his pursuit of power, Castus fears that the world he knows is slipping away. On the eve of the war's final campaign, Castus discovers that the emperor's son Crispus aims to depose his father and restore the old ways of Rome. Castus must choose between honour and survival, and face a final confrontation with the most powerful man in the Roman world, the ruler he has sworn loyally to serve: the emperor Constantine himself.

The Mask of Command

The Mask of Command

Author: Ian Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2017

When a treacherous act of murder throws the western provinces into turmoil, Aurelius Castus is ordered to take command of the military forces on the Rhine. But he soon discovers that the frontier is a place where the boundaries between civilisation and barbarism, freedom and slavery, honour and treason have little meaning. At the very heart of the conflict are two vulnerable boys. One is Emperor Constantine's young heir, Crispus. The other is Castus's own beloved son, Sabinus. Only Castus stands between them and men who would kill them. With all that he loves in danger, Castus and a handful of loyal men must fight to defend the Roman Empire. But in the heat of battle, can he distinguish friend from enemy?

Mask of Command

Mask of Command

Author: Ian Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2016

BRAND NEW IN THE EPIC TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE SERIES. When a treacherous act of murder throws the western provinces into turmoil, Aurelius Castus is ordered to take command of the military forces on the Rhine. But he soon discovers that the frontier is a place where the boundaries between civilisation and barbarism, freedom and slavery, honour and treason have little meaning. At the very heart of the conflict are two vulnerable boys. One is Emperor Constantine's young heir, Crispus. The other is Castus's own beloved son, Sabinus. Only Castus stands between them and men who would kill them. With all that he loves in danger, Castus and a handful of loyal men must fight to defend the Roman Empire. But in the heat of battle, can he distinguish friend from enemy? What people are saying about THE MASK OF COMMAND: 'I'm such a fan of this series but The Mask of Command could well be the best so far' 'The book zips along at breakneck speed, intrigue and warfare on every page' 'Book one has me hooked, after book four I still want more. Roman history at it's best without a doubt' 'A superb and gripping book'

The Mask of Command

The Mask of Command

Author: Ian Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2016

When a treacherous act of murder throws the western provinces into turmoil, Aurelius Castus is ordered to take command of the military forces on the Rhine. But he soon discovers that the frontier is a place where the boundaries between civilisation and barbarism, freedom and slavery, honour and treason have little meaning. At the very heart of the conflict are two vulnerable boys. One is Emperor Constantine's young heir, Crispus. The other is Castus's own beloved son, Sabinus. Only Castus stands between them and men who would kill them. With all that he loves in danger, Castus and a handful of loyal men must fight to defend the Roman Empire. But in the heat of battle, can he distinguish friend from enemy?

Battle For Rome

Battle For Rome

Author: Ian Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2016

The Roman Empire is on the brink of civil war. Only Maxentius, tyrant of Rome, stands between the emperor Constantine and supreme power in the west. Aurelius Castus is now a tribune in Constantine's army. But great honour brings new challenges: Castus is tormented by suspicions that his young wife has been unfaithful. And as Constantine becomes increasingly devoted to Christianity, he is forced to ask himself whether he is backing the wrong man. The coming war will decide the fate of empire. But Castus's own battle will carry him much further...

Such is Life in the Navy - the Story of Rear Admiral Herbert V. Wiley - Airship Commander, Battleship Captain

Such is Life in the Navy - the Story of Rear Admiral Herbert V. Wiley - Airship Commander, Battleship Captain

Author: Ian Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/02/2016

Such is Life in the Navy tells the story of Herbert Victor Wiley. Born in Missouri in the late 1800's, this man lived an accomplished life, both as a naval officer and as a father. His boyhood in small Midwestern towns builds the character that will exemplify Wiley in his personal and professional life. Intelligent, pragmatic, courageous, calm...all of these attributes serve him well. He is fearless in taking to the air and builds a reputation as the consummate airship officer and a leading expert in the field. At the outbreak of World War II he calmly and bravely directs a squadron of destroyers against Japanese forces. Later, as captain, he guides his battleship USS West Virginia through fierce combat in the Pacific. He wins accolades for his leadership, perseverance, and achievement. Wiley handles deep personal loss with the same courage and stoicism he brings to his job. He is the doting father of three who must balance the needs of his family with service to his country.

Battle For Rome

Battle For Rome

Author: Ian Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2016

The Roman Empire is on the brink of civil war. Only Maxentius, tyrant of Rome, stands between the emperor Constantine and supreme power in the west. Aurelius Castus, promoted from the ranks for valour and loyalty, is now a tribune in Constantine's army. But great honour brings new challenges: Castus is tormented by suspicions that his aristocratic wife, the mother of his child, has been unfaithful. And as Constantine becomes increasingly devoted to Christianity, Castus is forced to ask himself whether he is backing the wrong man. All know that the coming war will decide the fate of empire. But Castus's own battle will carry him much further - into the shadowy realms of treachery at the heart of Rome itself. The third book in the brilliant Twilight of Empire.

Swords Around The Throne

Swords Around The Throne

Author: Ian Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2016

Rome is in peril. The old order is changing. Centurion Aurelius Castus has been summoned back from Britain to find himself caught up in a treasonous conspiracy threatening to bring down the Emperor Constantine. Rewarded for saving the emperor's life, Castus is promoted to the elite imperial bodyguard: the swords around the throne. But he soon discovers the court to be as dangerous as the battlefield. Behind the gilded facade of empire lurks a nest of traitors and one relentless enemy.

Battle for Rome

Battle for Rome

Author: Ian Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2015

The Roman Empire is on the brink of civil war. Only Maxentius, tyrant of Rome, stands between the emperor Constantine and supreme power in the west. Aurelius Castus is now a tribune in Constantine's army. But great honour brings new challenges: Castus is tormented by suspicions that his young wife has been unfaithful. And as Constantine becomes increasingly devoted to Christianity, he is forced to ask himself whether he is backing the wrong man. The coming war will decide the fate of empire. But Castus's own battle will carry him much further...

Exposing Fraud Skills, Process and Practicalities

Exposing Fraud Skills, Process and Practicalities

Author: Ian Ross, Jose Chacko Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2015

Foreword by James D. Ratley, CFE, President and CEO, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Beyond the basics tools for applied fraud management In Exposing Fraud: Skills, Process, and Practicalities, anti-fraud expert Ian Ross provides both ideas and practical guidelines for applying sound techniques for fraud investigation and detection and related project management. The investigative principles in this book are truly universal and can be applied anywhere in the world to deal with any of the range of fraud types prevalent in today's business environments. Topics covered include cyber fraud, the psychology of fraud, data analysis techniques, and the role of corporate and international culture in criminal behavior, among many others. Ensure an optimal outcome to fraud investigations by mastering real-world skills, from interviewing and handling evidence to conducting criminal proceedings. As technologies and fraud techniques become more complex, fraud investigation must increase in complexity as well. However, this does not mean that time-tested strategies for detecting criminals have become obsolete. Instead, it means that a hands-on approach to fraud detection and management is needed more than ever. The book does just that: * Takes a unique practical approach to the business of detecting, understanding, and dealing with fraud of all types * Aids in the development of key skills, including conducting investigations and managing fraud risk * Covers issues related to ethically and efficiently handling impulsive and systemic fraud, plus investigating criminals who may be running multiple scams * Addresses fraud from a global perspective, considering cultural and psychological factors that influence fraudsters Unlike other fraud investigation books on the market, Exposing Fraud develops the ethical and legal foundation required to apply theory and advice in real-world settings. From the simple to the complex, this book demonstrates the most effective application of anti-fraud techniques.

Swords Around The Throne

Swords Around The Throne

Author: Ian Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Rome is in peril. The old order is changing. Centurion Aurelius Castus has been summoned back from Britain to find himself caught up in a treasonous conspiracy threatening to bring down the Emperor Constantine. Rewarded for saving the emperor's life, Castus is promoted to the elite imperial bodyguard: the swords around the throne. But he soon discovers the court to be as dangerous as the battlefield. Behind the gilded facade of empire lurks a nest of traitors and one relentless enemy.

Swords Around The Throne

Swords Around The Throne

Author: Ian Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2015

Rome is in peril. The old order is changing. Centurion Aurelius Castus has been summoned back from Britain to find himself caught up in a treasonous conspiracy threatening to bring down the Emperor Constantine. Rewarded for saving the emperor's life, Castus is promoted to the elite imperial bodyguard: the swords around the throne. But he soon discovers the court to be as dangerous as the battlefield. Behind the gilded facade of empire lurks a nest of traitors and one relentless enemy.

Swords Around The Throne

Swords Around The Throne

Author: Ian Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2015

Rome is in peril. The old order is changing. Centurion Aurelius Castus has been summoned back from Britain to find himself caught up in a treasonous conspiracy threatening to bring down the Emperor Constantine. Rewarded for saving the emperor's life, Castus is promoted to the elite imperial bodyguard: the swords around the throne. But he soon discovers the court to be as dangerous as the battlefield. Behind the gilded facade of empire lurks a nest of traitors and one relentless enemy.

War at the Edge of the World: Part Two

War at the Edge of the World: Part Two

Author: Ian Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2015

This book is PART TWO of the epic novel, WAR AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. The complete novel is also available to purchase. 'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events' CONN IGGULDEN. 'A thumping good read, well-crafted, atmospheric and throughly enjoyable... Where's the next volume, please?' BEN KANE. BRITAIN, AD 305. Once a member of the crack legions of the Danube frontier, Centurion Aurelius Castus has known the might of the Roman empire in war, as he has known its great expanse, marching from one border to another. But now, Castus finds himself relegated to the crumbling British stronghold of Eboracum, regarded with suspicious awe by the provincial troops; just another veteran brooding upon his past triumphs in this frozen, uncivilised backwater. Until the king of the savage peoples beyond Hadrian's Wall dies in mysterious circumstances, and Castus is sent into enemy territory to negotiate with the barbarous chieftains of the Picts...

War at the Edge of the World

War at the Edge of the World

Author: Ian Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2014

AN EMPIRE IN DECLINE. Centurion Aurelius Castus - once a soldier in the elite legions of the Danube - believes his glory days are over, as he finds himself in the cold, grey wastes of northern Britain, battling to protect an empire in decline. Here he must face the barbarians beyond Hadrian's Wall, in a mission riven with bloodshed and treachery. Can Castus keep his promise to a woman he has sworn to help? And is anything about this doomed enterprise what it seems? WAR AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD is the epic first instalment in a sequence of novels set at the end of the Roman Empire, during the reign of the Emperor Constantine.

War at the Edge of the World: Part One

War at the Edge of the World: Part One

Author: Ian Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2014

This book is PART ONE of the epic novel, WAR AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. The complete novel will be available to purchase on 01 January 2015. 'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events' CONN IGGULDEN. 'A thumping good read, well-crafted, atmospheric and throughly enjoyable... Where's the next volume, please?' BEN KANE. BRITAIN, AD 305. Once a member of the crack legions of the Danube frontier, Centurion Aurelius Castus has known the might of the Roman empire in war, as he has known its great expanse, marching from one border to another. But now, Castus finds himself relegated to the crumbling British stronghold of Eboracum, regarded with suspicious awe by the provincial troops; just another veteran brooding upon his past triumphs in this frozen, uncivilised backwater. Until the king of the savage peoples beyond Hadrian's Wall dies in mysterious circumstances, and Castus is sent into enemy territory to negotiate with the barbarous chieftains of the Picts...

Rocking The Boat

Rocking The Boat

Author: Ian Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2013

1963 and Paul Shaw, suburban dreamer, barely out of his teens, is ready to make the most of those flower-powered days of innocence and decadence as the black-and-white post-war world of Britain blooms into glorious psychedelic colour.Soundtrack Baby! Says Liam, the Radio Pirate Chief, when he meets Paul. His plan for 50 kilowatts of offshore pop power 24/7 will blow every mind in the nation, and blow the lid off pressure-cooker Britain. All it needs is cash, and that's where Paul comes in, with his rich dad.From Haslemere to the High Seas Paul Shaw is drawn inexorably from suburbia into committing a historic act at which governments trembled, politicians railed, the people cheered, gunboats were dispatched, and 38 million Britons tuned in and turned on. Falling in love en route, he finally gropes his way to the happy ending.The thinly veiled story of Radio Caroline is a sidesplitting comic novel about how against all the odds three total goofers pulled it off.

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