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Defender of Rome by Douglas Jackson

Defender of Rome

Part of the Gaius Valerius Verrens Series
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Following on from Hero of Rome we find Valerius back at the Imperial court. Mentally and physically damaged from his campaigns against Boudicca in ancient Britain and on the wrong side of an increasingly mad Emperor Nero he has been set an impossible task for which failure or success look to carry the same deadly reward. Extensive research, exciting action and great characterisation makes this series of books compelling reads.

If you like Douglas Jackson you might also like to read books by Ben Kane, Anthony Riches and Harry Sidebottom.


Defender of Rome by Douglas Jackson

Gaius Valerius Verrens returns to Rome from the successful campaign against Boudicca in Britain. Now hailed a 'Hero of Rome', Valerius is not the man he once was - scarred both physically and emotionally by the battles he has fought, his sister is mortally ill, his father in self-imposed exile. And neither is Rome the same city as the one he left. The Emperor Nero grows increasingly paranoid. Those who seek power for themselves whisper darkly in the emperor's ears. They speak of a new threat, one found within the walls of Rome itself. A new religious sect, the followers of Christus, deny Nero's divinity and are rumoured to be spreading sedition. Nero calls on his 'Hero of Rome' to become a 'Defender of Rome', to seek out this rebel sect, to capture their leader, a man known as Petrus. Failure would be to forfeit his life, and the lives of twenty thousands Judaeans living in Rome. But as Valerius begins his search, a quest which will take him to the edge of the empire, he will discover that success may cost him nearly as much as failure.

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A master of his discipline rightly hailed as one of the best historical novelists writing today * Daily Express *

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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5th July 2012


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Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


480 pages


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