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Galdir - A Slave's Tale (Roman Novel): Roman Empire Fiction (Roman Empire Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Fredrik Nath
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Book Description

"Highly Commended"
- Yeovil Literary Prize

"A great read, well written and definitely leaving me looking for more."
- Martha Bryce

Three seemingly unrelated events collide to change the course of history: A Roman slave with a serpent tattoo uncovers his true barbarian identity... A battle for power among Frankish warlords leads to a mass exodus across the Rhine... All the while, Marcus Aurelius' Roman army pushes further north, changing everything.

In the background, the ageing witch Chlotsuintha predicts it all. Or is she the one pulling the strings to shape her people's future?

When Sextus escapes Rome with a pocketful of gold and a knife, how could he even have dreamt of what the fates might have in store for him?

Pursued by Roman soldiers for the murder of his master, Sextus enlists the help of a retired gladiator, and falls in love with the gladiator's niece. An invading German army drives them further north, where Sextus discovers his true birthright, and his real name - Galdir. He becomes caught up in a bitter feud as one of the heirs of a dead Frankish warlord; but the blood feud must be put aside when the Romans invade and besiege the Frankish capital.

'Galdir' is enthralling Roman Empire fiction - a tale of love, brutal battles and conflict, in which a mystical prophecy winds its way through an epic saga of struggle against Rome, and the consequences of resistance by the Frankish people, its Warlord and its witches. The saga continues in Galdir - Rebel of the North, and Galdir - Protector of Rome.

"Vivid storytelling... This is a great book for everyone who likes stories about the Roman Empire and for those that like great action and adventure books."
- Mariv Photography

"If you’re looking for an adventurous, suspenseful, and interesting book, I would highly recommend Galdir: A Slave’s Tale by Fredrik Nath."
- Brianna, Goodreads reviewer

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GALDIR - A SLAVE'S TALE will appeal to fans of Legions of Rome, Hannibal, Warrior Chronicles and Spartacus; and Roman novels by Ben Kane, Conn Iggulden and Simon Scarrow.


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"Highly Commended" - Yeovil Literary Prize

About the Author

Fredrik Nath is a full time neurosurgeon. He lives in the northeast of England with his wife and daughter, his three sons having grown up and flown the coop. In his time, he has run twenty consecutive Great North Run half-marathons, trekked to 6000m in Nepal, crossed the highest mountain pass in the world and began writing, like John Buchan, "because he ran out of penny-novels to read and felt he should write his own." Fred loves a good story, which is why he writes. Also by Fredrik Nath and published by Fingerpress: The Cyclist - World War II Adventure Series, Volume One Farewell, Bergerac - - World War II Adventure Series, Volume Two Francesca Pascal - World War II Adventure Series, Volume Three

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 832 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fingerpress; 1 edition (28 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008G1VAVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fred Nath is a full time Neurosurgeon. Fred was born in Sweden and brought up in London and has worked in Liverpool, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow in his training (a long, long time ago). He lives in the northeast of England with his teenage daughter, his three sons having grown up and flown the coop. In his time, he has run twenty-one consecutive Great North Run half-marathons, trekked Island Peak, to 6000m in Nepal, crossed the highest mountain pass in the world (also in Nepal) [which you can see on You-tube],done a 12,000ft tandem parachute jump and began writing, like John Buchan, "because he ran out of penny-novels to read and felt he should write his own." Fred loves a good story, which is why he writes.
To date, he has written five French resistance thrillers, three books in the Galdir series and the first instalment of a four book series 'Amulet' has recently appeared in print - all published by Fingerpress publishers.
How does he find time to write? Get up a bit earlier and go to bed a bit later - sleep makes you unproductive!
He also loves the Dordogne, French wine and a good family getogether! You can reach him on: http://www.frednath.com or email fred@neurosurg.co.uk


Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enslaved by a slaves story 23 Feb. 2014
Format:Paperback
I can't remember the last time I read a book that wasn't about country matters, my own personal preference. I certainly can't remember the last fictional novel I read .. probably a re-visit to Tolkien's epics two decades ago. When I asked Fredrik Nath to review a short book for me, he told me I would have to read one of his first and sent me this novel. I have to admit to an inward groan .. but a deal is a deal. I owe Fredrik Nath a huge, huge thank-you. As a non-fiction writer I had long forgotten how to read rather than write. How to relax and escape into a different time and different world. Within twenty pages I was sucked in. After four days, picking this tale up in every spare moment, I finished and decided I needed to download the series. For me, reading the work of others is normally about learning and I resent time spent idly. This was not time spent idly. The weave and weft of historical data threaded around this story of escape, personal discovery and martial ascendancy made me think Mr Nath must be a historian? I was wrong, read his Amazon biography. That, in itself, is interesting. Particularly for those of us who try to write around a 'day job' as this author does.
An inspiring story, eloquently told. Why wasn't my school history curriculum like this?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC BOOK AND A MUST READ! 22 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Review 6******

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

OMG! Where do I start?! This is a fantastic story! I loved it!

Sextus is a slave in Rome, during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. He is a complex and fascinating character. He has an internal moral code that shapes his future. The Romans who own him think of him as furniture. However, I don't think I could EVER consider him furniture. He has a charismatic and magnetic personality that draws people towards him. However, he lives in a very violent age, and he has to learn to become someone he never thought he could be - a leader.

This book sucked me in and kept me hooked from the first page! I'm not really a big reader of historical fiction, but this book is one that I would gladly read again and again! I have always been fascinated by the stories of the Romans, the gladiators and their gods. But have never heard the other side of the story - from the slave's point of view. I knew about the slavery, and the constant wars that raged as Rome conquered countries, but only as dry history texts. This book brought it all to life and made me realise the impact that the Romans had on the world as a whole - not all of it good. This story is not a picnic, and had me riding on a rollercoaster of emotions! It is an epic tale of one man's journey to find out where he comes from, and where he fits in the world.

Fredrik Nath has written an amazing story that made me want to read more! This book has some really violent and upsetting scenes, so I do not recommend this book for young readers or those of a nervous disposition. However, I highly recommend this book as a MUST READ if you love historical fiction, thrillers, horror or action and adventure genres. - Lynn Worton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all fans of this era 20 Dec. 2012
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All the usual excitement of this type of novel, but from a different perspective. Book 2 in the series is equally gripping - can't wait for the next instalment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful & evocative escapism 13 Dec. 2012
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This is the second book I have read by this author - and it really sparkles. It reads as if the aged, scarred and wizened Galdir is recounting his life to me across a camp fire in dark, damp Germania. It really is quite special in the way that it throws so much tension and conflict into the tale as well, and there is very little 'filler' material in there - every scene builds on Galdir's friendships, rivalries, hopes and fears. The descriptive prose is very engaging too, touching all of the senses with poetic portrayals of things like the scents of the forest, the colour of the land and the melody of the birdsong. All of this really engaged me as a reader and I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel.

In a nutshell, this is a real triumph from an author who is going from strength to strength.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars read by chance 8 Dec. 2012
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only picked this book by chance but found it really good ,so much so i am now half through Galdir rebel of the north .You get a feeling this man is going to do great things as the story goes along.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Strangely - despite the storytelling craftmanship neeeding some development - I found this an enjoyable read, and I intend to purchase the next book in the saga.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First read of an interesting Author. 23 Sept. 2012
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Just finnished Galdir - A Slaves Tale, By Fredrik Nath.
Written in 2 halfs, Slave and Warlord, Galdir is the life's story of a man, who at an early age became a slave, and the journey his life became because of his actions.

Remembering how his mother was raped, his anger continued to grow as he continually saw his master raping young girls. One day, he could take it no longer as he listened to a young girl screaming during her rape, and he beat and murdered his master.
Fleeing from Rome and everything he knew, with the help of a barkeep, he left Rome and started a new life. Meeting many people along the way, some trustworthy, some not, he learned how to defend himself in battle, and even becoming a Warlord to the people his uncle had once ruled.
Written with great detail, you can image traveling with Galdir and the people he met along his life's journey throughout all the lands. Numerous characters to help spark your emotions. his adventures are very condensed, but an enjoyable read all the same. :smt023
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