Empire of Dragons

by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

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Terrific stuff with Persian, Roman and Chinese history in one great adventure.  We are in AD260 with a Roman outpost close to the Persian Empire where betrayal, capture and slavery overtake us.  On eventually, with an Arab trader, we enter China, learn about Tao and are part of a fabulous strategy.  All in all a very good story indeed.

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Comparison: Steven Pressfield, Conn Iggulden, Wilbur Smith.

Sarah Broadhurst

Empire of Dragons Synopsis

Southern Anatolia, 260 AD


The town of Edessa, a Roman outpost, is on its last legs, besieged by the Persian troops of Shapur I. Roman Emperor Licinius Valerianus agrees to meet his adversary to draw up a peace treaty, but it is only a trap and the Emperor and his twelve guards are chained and dragged away to work as prisoners in a solitary Persian turquoise mine.


After months of forced labour the Emperor dies, but his guards make a daring escape lead by the heroic and enigmatic chief, Marcus Metellus Aquila. They meet a mysterious, exiled Chinese Prince, Dan Qing, and agree to safeguard his journey home to reconquest his throne from his mortal enemy, a eunuch named Wei.


Thus begins the adventures of the Romans and the Prince as they journey to China. There they will discover that they aren't the first of their kind to arrive in China: they were preceded centuries before by the survivors of the 'lost legion'.

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ISBN: 9780330438261
Publication date: 06/10/2006
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405052009
Publication date: 03/02/2006
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330438261
Publication date: 6th October 2006
Author: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
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About Valerio Massimo Manfredi

Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. He has published over nine works of fiction, including the 'Alexander' trilogy, which has been translated into 24 languages in 38 countries. He has also written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world, and has written screenplays for cinema and television. 

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