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Rome's Executioner by Robert Fabbri

Rome's Executioner

Part of the Vespasian Series
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Rome's Executioner: the second instalment in the epic Vespasian series that chronicles the rise from humble origins of one man to fulfil his destiny as one of Rome's greatest Emperors.

The Vespasian series:
1. Tribune of Rome
2. Rome's Executioner
3. False God of Rome
4. Rome's Fallen Eagle
5. Masters of Rome
6. Rome's Lost Son
7. The Furies of Rome

If you like Robert Fabbri you might also like to read books by Simon Scarrow, Harry Sidebottom and Ben Kane.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series, Tribune of Rome.  You can read their reviews here.

  • Magdalena Vidgen - 'Historical fiction at its best.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'This is History brought to life.  Excellent books for anyone who likes one they can get their teeth into.'
  • Susan Walsh - 'Thoroughly enjoyable read! Brings a great tale to life. Couldn't put it down.'
  • Oliver Keating - 'I hope the story of Vespasian is the start of many because this author has the ability to get you right there on his shoulder in the thick of the battle.'
  • Pam Kennedy - 'Wow what a book!...His writing flows, he grips you from the first word. I feel as though I have had a stay in ancient Rome.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'This is a high quality sword and sandals epic...I have to admit that I’ve never been drawn to historical fiction of this era. This book is one that could change my mind.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'An exciting, skilfully written book about Vespasian who became one of the most famous of the Roman emperors.  A book for lovers of the Romans and their turbulent world.'
  • Daisy Otway - 'A real page turner! Interesting and exciting with fluent writing skills and enabling a thorough use of the imagination. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more!'
  • Les Warriner - 'The descriptions of Roman society, the value of loyalty and life are totally enthralling, as are the depiction of everyday life from slaves to nobility.'


Rome's Executioner by Robert Fabbri

A hero forged in battle. A legend born. Thracia, AD30: Even after four years military service at the edge of the Roman world, Vespasian can't escape the tumultuous politics of an Empire on the brink of disintegration.

His patrons in Rome have charged him with the clandestine extraction of an old enemy from a fortress on the banks of the Danube before it falls to the Roman legion besieging it. Vespasian's mission is the key move in a deadly struggle for the right to rule the Roman Empire. The man he has been ordered to seize could be the witness that will destroy Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard and ruler of the Empire in all but name. Before he completes his mission, Vespasian will face ambush in snowbound mountains, pirates on the high seas, and Sejanus's spies all around him. But by far the greatest danger lies at the rotten heart of the Empire, at the nightmarish court of Tiberius, Emperor of Rome and debauched, paranoid madman.


Robert Fabbri has a winner on his hands. * The BookPlank * A stonking read. * Classic FM * Fabbri's Vespasian novels have been creating quite a stir. * The History Girls *

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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1st November 2012


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Atlantic Books


384 pages


Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
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