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A Capital Time: Chronicles of Eternity No. III [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Gordon
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In this book, the Auxiliary Centurion and his men visit the capital of the ancient world to take part in General Suetonius's ovation. The reader goes with them walking down the teeming streets of the plebeian districts and through the gleaming marble monuments to Nero's power.
While the auxiliaries marvel at the dazzling sights of the imperial city, they also find danger in its dark alleys. The soldiers learn that the exotic scents adorning the rich often mask a strong whiff of decaying fish but, in their dealings with Rome's rulers, they discover that seafood is not the only rotten thing in the city. As Graecus and his century prepare for the ovation, meetings with some of Rome's most alluring women ensure that life will never be the same again.
Praise for J A Gordon's earlier books in the Chronicles series: 'Reading The Weight of Time and Moments in Time is like uncovering a Roman mosaic - all the pieces fit together to provide a convincing picture of a bygone age and so skilfully that the story lingers in the mind long after the last page is turned'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 706 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Autharium (14 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005N8JBCC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Judith Gordon never thought of herself as being a creative person - as a barrister working in big companies travelling the world, she felt that creativity was for wimps. Twenty five years on and five books later, she now thinks differently: 'I didn't know how fulfilling writing would be', she says, 'Nor how difficult. I mean, it can be really heartbreaking to have to find the words for some of the scenes in my books but, because I'm writing about soldiers in a savagely cruel world, I must be true to my characters and have to steel myself to put the words on the screen. There are consolations though, because I also get to write funny scenes and, sometimes, I have the satisfaction of giving a nasty character a suitably horrible end'.

In addition to the Chronicles series, Judith has written a modern women's fiction novel, The Day My Life Changed, under the pen name Annie Francis-Clark. It is available on Amazon in both hard copy and e-book formats.

Judith likes to relax by cooking for her family and friends and loves going to the cinema with her husband, Ray, and taking their whippets Hugo and Skye for walks in the park in Shrewsbury where they live. She is also a great film fan, preferring anything which doesn't have CGI filling the screen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Venus not Mars 21 Jan. 2011
The happy band of Roman soldiers first encountered in Germania and then in Britannia in J. A. Gordon's magnificent, unfolding epic 'Chronicles of Eternity' continue their journey to Rome under the auspices of Venus not Mars, in this third book of the series, appropriately titled 'A Capital Time'.

Eagerly awaiting the triumph that will crown their subjugation of the Iceni and Boudicca, not to mention their financial reward, they first have to come to terms with Nero's world of political intrigues, venality and debauchery. And more than any of them, their chief Graecus, who away from the battleground has an unequal battle to fight against foes old and new with weapons he is hardly familiar with.

However, between the climaxes and dramas that punctuate this installment, there are also quiet moments when our protagonist, his imperilled son and some old, familiar faces from his century savour Rome's taverns,markets and amorous ladies. Their relationships will further complicate their lives and will inexorably drive the narrative to its simultaneously scary and comic conclusion.

The apparent effortlessness of the storytelling belies the planning that has clearly gone into the writing of these thrilling stories. One has to admire the interweaving of narrative strands and characters from one book to the next, as well as the ingenious way in which a reader familiar with the first two books is re-introduced to previous, important players and situations in the first chapters of the third. This will allow a new reader to pick up and enjoy this book in its own right. As for me, I can't wait to be re-united with these wonderful companions and their rough, tough, exciting adventures in a year's time. It'll be a long one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars roman nut from rochester 19 Mar. 2012
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as an avid reader of history especially roman history may i say what a fantastic story ,i have just finished the third one in the series and i cant wait for the next one!i have been gripped from the first book i downloaded the three of them last wednesday and i class your books in the same class as simon scarrow ,cornwell,wilbur smith ,g.a. henty,m.c.scott,ben kane,james mace,s.j.a.turney,and harry sidebottom .please keep up the excellent work.i like a book to keep me entertained from start to finish and you certainly did that from the begining of the first book to the end of the third.thankyou very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel 25 Nov. 2011
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This is the third story in the series "Chronicles of Eternity", and it follows directly on from the previous book. The century, led by Graecus have been ordered to report to Rome, where they are to participate in the celebrations ordered by the Emperor, to reward Suetonius for his defeat of Boudicca and the Iceni army.

The story flows really well, and this one portrays more of the social environment within the city of Rome. You get an excellent sense of what daily life might have been like at that time, and I found it all very captivating, and totally engaging. At the end of the book, the story is left hanging; obviously, there are to be more stories in the future, and I for one can't wait.

These are really good stories, with a great plot and very well written. I would suggest that they are suitable for most teenagers and above, although there are some slightly adult themes that some parents might want to check out first before allowing younger people to read them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rome at last 17 Oct. 2011
For a series set in the Ancient Roman empire, it may be a surprise that it takes until book 3 in the Chronicles of Eternity before we reach Rome, the eternal city itself. But it is worth the wait. Rome acts as another character in the novel, so rich it is in textures, smells, noise, peoples and colour. Steeped in vivid, believable detail, the author brings our hero, Graecus, to the very centre of the corrupt, barbaric, hedonistic world of Nero's Rome. The Emperor is a vicious madman, surrounded by a court of sycophantic, spoiled, ruthless and cunning courtiers, politicians, torturers and administrators. Rome spreads out around the court, full of dens of vice, restaurants, circuses, shops and markets - a wondrous playground for Graecus, Germanicus and his troops to explore as they await the rewards for their successful campaign against the Brits and Boudicca.

What ensues is a series of predicaments, love affairs, new relationships, feuds, arguments, street fights and nights out which utterly disarm and entrance the reader. You really cannot wait to find out what happens next. Every character is even more sharply and deeply drawn than in the previous two books. The spiritual and paranormal elements of the plot are even more intriguing. Graecus is even more confused and loveable. He falls in love AGAIN and of course finds himself in deep water again. The author lets us right inside her characters' heads, hearts and souls and she describes brilliantly how they feel and think.

I haven't loved a character as much since I first read Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond series many years ago. Graecus is like Francis Crawford in his deep moral strength, and he too, has had to do some pretty horrible things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I cannot imagin the huge amount of research that must have gone into...
I found this book to be an in depth recording of the real world of Rome and in particular the thoughts, feelings and actions of a Roman soldier, showing the author's in depth... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Michael Hands
5.0 out of 5 stars Best so Far
Another excellent Story. The description of every day life in Ancient Rome really gave an insight as to how life must have been in The Capital of the Roman Empire. Read more
Published 15 months ago by margaret clitheroe
5.0 out of 5 stars A Capital Read
As in the previous two books I found this one to be excellent from start to finish. There were however, quite a few grammatical errors in the books which should have been caught by... Read more
Published 17 months ago by reuben crutchley
5.0 out of 5 stars Third chronicle
The third book lived up to all expectations. As previous book unable to put down. When will book four be published??
Published on 22 April 2012 by Weasel
2.0 out of 5 stars What a Con!
I invest all that time in a not particularly good trilogy and find at the end that one of the main stories (obviously I can't say which) isn't resolved! Read more
Published on 11 Nov. 2011 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The River Tiber
Just as the River Tiber flows through Rome, so J A Gordon's story, like that great river, relates the story of a Rome ruled by the Emperor Nero, beautiful and glorious on the... Read more
Published on 24 Jun. 2011 by S East - Essex
5.0 out of 5 stars A Capital Time by J A Gordon
J.A. Gordon skilfully captures the very essence of ancient Rome and transports the reader back in time to a bloodthirsty era where life is cheap but heroic men, like Graecus stand... Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by AllyHarris
5.0 out of 5 stars A Capital Book
As with the previous two books, Capital Time is an addictive read. It is intelligently written, with a wealth of insight into an era of which much is said, but very little of the... Read more
Published on 16 Jan. 2011 by Victor Seal
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