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Iron and Rust by Harry Sidebottom
  

Iron and Rust

Part of the Throne of the Caesars Series
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AD235, a year in Rome when six emperors each killed off his predecessor along with his family and supporters so claiming power himself. It was a frightening, uncertain time with threats from outside Rome too. The story hinges round a senior army officer and begins a new series from a very fine author. But you have to stay alert for the total chaos and insecurity of the times can become confusing and the names don’t help! Maximus and Maximinus show father and son but sometimes full names are used, sometimes common names, just to keep you on your toes. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Click here to see the second book in the Throne of the Caesars series, Blood & Steel.

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
‘Harry Sidebottom is an extraordinary writer, who, whether in the closed-doors, small-room power-play of imperial politics, or on the grand-scale narrative of epic set-piece battle, underpins his thrilling storytelling with incredible authenticity and historical insight. His Throne of the Caesars promises readers fiction where Patrick O’Brian meets A Song of Ice and Fire.’ - Katie Espiner, Publishing Director, HarperFiction

If you like Harry Sidebottom you might also like to read books by Anthony Riches, Robert Fabbri and Angus Donald.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Jane Gilman - 'It has everything. Political intrigue, gossip, social climbing of the 1st order. Plot and counter plot to rival the best thrillers.'  
  • Pam Kennedy - 'A very good book, I really enjoyed it.'
  • James Ryall - 'The start of an exciting journey in 3rd century Rome. The story does suffer from introducing so many characters and setting the scene. However, I am looking forward to the next book in the series.'
  • Dana Captainino - 'Overcomplicated and too many characters.  Disappointing.'
  • Jane Nicol - 'An interesting, very detailed story of a violent age, a few too many battles for me!'
  • Benjamin Mercer - 'Sidebottom succeeds in bringing to life the intrigue, the tension, the grit and the violence of a Rome fractured by the loss of its emperor.'
  • Alan Brown - 'The beginning of this story conceals a masterpiece of historical fiction. The story is told in a clear cut fashion necessary for a plot with so many characters, locations and twists.'
  • Sarah Jones - 'The story is highly detailed and well researched, with much for those who have an interest in Roman history.'
  • Cathy Petersen - 'Political mistrust and paranoia, violent bloodshed, passion and tragedy - welcome to Rome AD 235.'
  • Lindsey Whittle - 'Exciting story, lots of atmosphere and gory battles. An interesting view into a little-known episode of Roman history.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'A view of the factions fighting to take Imperial power during a turbulent time in Roman history.'
  • Caz - 'So many characters I did need to refer to the map and cast pages throughout the read. I have definitely learnt a lot about the Romans.'

Synopsis

Iron and Rust by Harry Sidebottom

A monumental new roman series is here. 3rd century Rome, like you've never seen it before: murder, coup, terror on the streets, counter-rebellions and civil war. In a single year six Emperors will lay claim to the Throne of the Caesars...SPRING AD235 Dawn on the Rhine. A surprise attack and the brutal murder of the Emperor Alexander and his mother ends the Severan dynasty and shatters four decades of Roman certainty. Military hero Maximinus Thrax is the first Caesar risen from the barracks. A simple man of steel and violence, he will fight for Rome. The Senators praise the new Emperor with elaborate oratory, but will any of them accept a Caesar who was once a shepherd boy? And in the streets of the eternal city, others merely pray to escape imperial notice. In the north, as the merciless war against the barbarians consumes men and treasure, rebellion and personal tragedy drive Maximinus to desperate extremes, bloody revenge and the borders of sanity. Welcome to a world of intrigue, murder, passion and war, a world where men will kill to sit on the Throne of the Caesars.

Reviews

'Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship'
THE TIMES

'Superior fiction, with depth, authenticity and a sense of place'
TLS

'A storming triumph...wonderful fight scenes, deft literary touches and salty dialogue'
DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama'
GUARDIAN

'Sidebottom knows how to keep readers hooked from first to last'
DAILY EXPRESS

'The lionisation of war makes my blood run cold, but Dr Harry Sidebottom's prose blazes with such searing scholarship that there is enormous enjoyment in this rumbustuous tale of the late Roman Empire ... Sidebottom treads in the footsteps of the greatest mimetic historian-storytellers of the 18th and 19th centuries. He makes you feel as though you are there'
Bettany Hughes, THE TIMES

'Harry Sidebottom works on Rome's 3rd-century army the magic that Patrick O'Brian applied to Nelson's navy. He has the touch of an exceptionally gifted story-teller drawing on prodigious learning'
Tim Severin, author of the Viking Trilogy

About the Author

Harry Sidebottom

Harry Sidebottom was brought up in racing stables in Newmarket where his father was a trainer. Educated at various schools and universities, including Oxford, he took his Doctorate in Ancient History at Corpus Christi College. He has taught at various universities including Oxford, where he is now Fellow and Director of Studies in Ancient History at St Benets Hall, and Lecturer in Ancient History at Lincoln College.

He has travelled widely, especially around the Mediterranean, including trips travelling as a guest speaker on a Cunard liner and a memorable solo journey into Albania not long after the fall of the dictator Enver Hoxha.

All his life he has gone racing, and played and watched rugby and cricket. He was a founder member of Woodstock Rugby Football Club and has recently discovered the pleasures of real tennis.

Author photo © James Hawkins Photography

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Book Info

Publication date

26th February 2015

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
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ISBN

9780007499878

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