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The Mask of Command

by Ian Ross

Part of the Twilight of Empire Series

The Mask of Command Synopsis

Ross presents us with a vision of late Rome that is tense, exhilarating, complex and exotic... When a treacherous act of murder throws the western provinces into turmoil, Aurelius Castus is ordered to take command of the military forces on the Rhine. But he soon discovers that the frontier is a place where the boundaries between civilisation and barbarism, freedom and slavery, honour and treason have little meaning. At the very heart of the conflict are two vulnerable boys. One is Emperor Constantine's young heir, Crispus. The other is Castus's own beloved son, Sabinus. Only Castus stands between them and men who would kill them. With all that he loves in danger, Castus and a handful of loyal men must fight to defend the Roman Empire. But in the heat of battle, can he distinguish friend from enemy?

The Mask of Command Press Reviews

'What a cracker! ... Wonderful... A must for those interested in Roman history, especially of the late period, and a good read for book groups too. Fantastic' Nudge Book. 'As with this whole series the research is exemplary, the attention to detail is first class, and yet not thrust down the reader's neck, it's subtle and yet intricate, and the battles are a joy to read. Another absolute winner' Parmenion Books. 'Doesn't disappoint. Every maleficent twist and turn of Roman politico-military life is here together with Ian Ross' own brand of excitement and adventure making it a should-read' The Bookbag. 'With plenty of intrigue and bloody action, this is historical fiction at its rollicking best' Sunday Sport. 'This tense, immersive novel is driven by the forceful yet always human Castus ... the best of a fine series, this also stands very well on its own' Sunday Express. 'A corking story, thoroughly exciting and with some of the best fighting sequences I've read in Roman military fiction. I'm such a fan of this series but The Mask of Command could well be the best so far' For Winter Nights. 'Ross is a splendid writer of adventure' Ruth Downie. 'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events' Conn Iggulden. 'Ian Ross has has taken an era of history that rarely sees treatment in fiction - the end of the reign of Constantine and the troubles surrounding the succession - and brought it gloriously to life' Simon Turney.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784975265
Publication date: 21st November 2016
Author: Ian Ross
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 416 pages
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Ian Ross

Ian Ross has been researching and writing about the later Roman world and its army for over a decade. He spent a year in Italy, teaching English, but now lives in Bath. Visit his website: www.ianjamesross.com, or find him on twitter: @IanRossAuthor

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