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Masters of Rome by Robert Fabbri

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In the fifth instalment of Robert Fabbri's bestselling series, Vespasian fights a battle on two fronts - ancient evil in Britannia and political intrigue in the heart of Imperial Rome. In the shadow of Stonehenge, an epic battle begins...

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Britannia, AD45, the fifth in the acclaimed Vespasian series. Sabinus, Vespasian’s brother, is captured by druids who want to offer a particularly potent sacrifice to their gods, and their aim is to capture both Sabinus and Vespasian, whom they know will come after his brother. The druids plan to give the siblings on Midsummer’s Day, as two absolutely prime offerings to their own dark and malevolent gods. But Vespasian has other things to do as well as rescue his brother, and he must complete the conquest of the south west before returning to Rome and the very epicentre of Imperial politics, where the scheming and extremely dangerous Messalina’s time as Empress (she is the third wife of Claudius) is coming to an end. Claudius’ freedmen secretaries have difficult choices to make, and how they go about this and what the consequences for Vespasian will be are told in the most gripping fashion. The author has a life-long passion for ancient history and it shows.
~ Julia Hamilton


Masters of Rome by Robert Fabbri

Britannia, 45 AD: Vespasian's brother, Sabinus, is captured by druids. The druids want to offer a potent sacrifice to their gods - not just one Roman Legate, but two. They know that Vespasian will come after his brother and they plan to sacrifice the siblings on mid-summer's day. But to whom will they be making this sacrifice? What were the gods of this land before the Celts came? Only the druids still hold the secret and it is one of pure malevolence. Vespasian must strive to save his brother whilst completing the conquest of the south-west of the haunted isle, before he is drawn inexorably back to Rome and the heart of Imperial politics. Claudius' three freedmen remain at the locus of power. As Messalina's time as Empress comes to a bloody end, the three freedmen each back a different mistress. But which woman will be victorious? And at what price for Vespasian?

About the Author

Robert Fabbri

Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and has worked in film and TV for 25 years. He is an assistant director and has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. His life-long passion for ancient history inspired him to write the Vespasian series. He lives in London and Berlin.

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30th November 1999


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