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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This, the debut novel of John Salter, is the story of the legendary Briton Caratacus and his quest to protect his homeland from the Claudian invasion of Britain. Most of the book focuses on the 2nd Augusta Legion under it's Legate Vespasian as he strives to convince the various tribes to acquiesce to Roman rule and order. The author brings to life some very interesting characters both Roman and Briton in this well researched tale. The Britons Caratacus, Adminius and Brenna bring to life the differences of opinion as to whether submission to Rome or the destruction of the invader is the better choice for their home and people. Their motives and emotions are vastly different from each other(I won't say who is of which opinion so as to not reveal a spoiler, though Caratacus' choice is probably well known) and are the heart and soul of the conflict.

As in any good story there are plenty of plot twists especially one towards the end that is very nice yet very nasty and I was taken completely by surprise. The battle scenes are well done, the gore is not overly excessive yet enough so that you get the feel of what it would have been like to be a Roman legionnaire facing a menacing group of frenzied, woad covered warriors. You also get to know what it was like to be an advance scouting party of Roman cavalry from the intense fear to the comradeship of the men involved. I am looking forward to the next volume in this saga as the battle for Britain is far from over and Caractacus is as determined as ever to throw the Romans back into the sea. My rating for this is 3.8 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2014
This debut novel is not for the squeamish as it places you at the heart of the ferocious and blood-thirsty battles between the Romans and the early Britons. With well-researched historical detail and appealing characters on both sides it culminates with an unexpected twist to the plot. I feel compelled to find out what happens next and will have to get my hands on Part 2 of this Saga!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2014
Yet another book covering the Roman advance thru Albion. Let us hope it's not John Salters last.
With such an exiting moment in history Mr Salter opens the panorama as seen thru the eyes of several characters.
Exiting, fast paced, we can almost smell and taste the reality. Most enjoyable read!
We hope that Mr Salter is back at his keyboard, weaving the next tapestry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2015
A very absorbing read. Well researched and enthralling storyline is only marred by the obvious lack of a good proof reader.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2013
A very gripping story, based on the invasion of Britannia by the Romans. Although a little slow to start as the historical background is provided, the book quickly develops, with some fast-paced battle scenes. The characters are well introduced, and you quickly get a sense of their beliefs and role within the invasive and defensive armies. The battle scenes are graphically described, and you are left with a real sense of what it would have been like to have been involved.

Overall, a very entertaining read which kept me gripped throughout.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
John Salter's first epic in the 'Blood of Rome Chronicles' leaves the reader in anticipation for what is to follow? A refreshing take on the Roman invasion of Britannia, Salter skilfully takes history and storytelling to a new level. As a debut novel it excels and its principal characters both intrigue and inspire. As a Roman 'junkie' I approached this novel with some trepidation but I was not disappointed! John Salter's writings position him alongside Cornwell and Iggulden and I for one can't wait for more!
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on 22 January 2015
I really enjoyed this book, it is historically factual with few errors I can't wait to read the rest of this series of books. Well done Mr Salter.
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on 12 July 2015
Good storyline with well rounded characters on a real journey through that period telling a believable storey as they went. Well done
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2014
A good tale and quite well written except - The amount of bad language used could detract from it reaching a much wider audience. That language MAY have been used but other authors can get the story across without using so much. Generally though, a good read.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2013
This book was a complete departure from what i would normally read, however, wanting a change of genre I decided to give it a try. From the start I became completely engrossed and enthusiastically turned each page to discover what would happen next.

A good balanced story based upon historical fact with interesting characters and vivid descriptions throughout, especially of the battle scenes, which gave a great impression of what it must have been like in reality. The story contains one particular plot twist that was completely unexpected and surprising!

Overall a great read which I thoroughly enjoyed, I will definitely be reading the next volume.
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