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Enemy of Rome by Douglas Jackson
  

Enemy of Rome

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Amongst this crowded area of bloody battle and deceit in ancient Rome this series stands out. It is the fifth featuring Valerius, his loyal servant, former slave Serpentius and his love. Saved from execution and eventually sent to spy in Rome, this is set in a time of civil war (AD 69) and great unrest. Unlike some set during this period you are not drowned in names, there is a clear plot, lots of emotional interest and excellent battle/action scenes. One lives within the fight. The end is very tense – great stuff.

If you like Douglas Jackson you might also like to read books by Ben Kane, Henry Venmore-Rowland and Harry Sidebottom.

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Synopsis

Enemy of Rome by Douglas Jackson

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 69 and after a year of slaughter and turmoil the Empire remains trapped in the coils of a desperate, destructive civil war. Valerius' 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' 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.

About the Author

Douglas Jackson was born in Jedburgh in the Scottish borders and now lives in Bridge of Allan. He is an assistant editor at the Scotsman.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Douglas Jackson

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Hardback

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Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780593070567

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