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Impietas [Kindle Edition]

D J G Berkeley
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'In the name of Juno, the guardian of Rome, I invest in you the power to protect, to do what is necessary, to defend our ancestral eternal city. Arise, Protector of Rome.'

Titus has everything he wants: a province of his own, a beautiful wife, and temporary respite from his demons.

But he is far from home. And when a message arrives, calling him back to his birth city, the Eternal City—Rome, he is unable to refuse the Consul, Marcus Albus, a man who was once a friend and Commander.

But the city is not as he remembered it and dark forces conspire within its very walls. Titus will have to choose: remain loyal to the city he loved? Or oppose the decadent totalitarian state that created him?

Taking the action from the far away shores of Britannia, all the way to the bright, corrupted, heart of the Roman Empire itself, ‘Impietas’ is a page-turning thriller, packed with intrigue, conspiracy, and betrayal.

This character-driven novel explores the dark depths of Rome itself – a Rome which extends as far into the sky as it does underground – a city as beautiful as it is depraved.

The sequel to 2012’s ‘Sacramentum’, and book two in the ‘Decline and Fall’ trilogy.


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Dan Berkeley lives with his wife and three children in Cumbria, near to the edge of the Lake District. He is a doctor at Maryport GP practice. He started writing seven years ago, but had the idea for his first book 'Sacramentum' five years before that, whilst awaking from a barely remembered dream. He has been interested in ancient history since he was a child, but was fairly useless at Latin whilst at school. Unfortunately he thought that to do medicine you needed A levels all in sciences, and so didn't do classical civilisation as a subject past GCSE. He therefore spent most of his time at medical school, reading books about ancient Rome and Greece, and drinking ale. Whilst at school he did try writing some short stories, but with no exceptions--these were awful. Even his English teacher told him they were awful. Having read ancient history, and enjoying the works of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Wilbur Smith, and Robert Harris, he felt it was time to try to combine three ideas: write an alternative history in the style of 'Fatherland', with the type of action, and characterisation, of an Iggulden or Cornwell novel, and the sickening descriptive brutality of a Smith book. At least he was writing what he wanted to read. When he is not writing, he also enjoys: strategic board gaming, medicine, brewing ale, drumming (badly), walking on the fells, and trying to eat as many different types of animal as possible. Sacramentum is his first book, with two sequels in the pipelines. The second book in the trilogy, 'Impietas' is due for release in May 2014 and is set an Rome itself. He is also the author of a communication and practical skills guide to the CSA exam, the final part of the MRCGP.

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Dan Berkeley lives with his wife and three children in Cumbria, near to the edge of the Lake District.

He is a doctor at Maryport GP practice. He started writing seven years ago, but had the idea for his first book 'Sacramentum' five years before that, whilst awaking from a barely remembered dream. He has been interested in ancient history since he was a child, but was fairly useless at Latin whilst at school. Unfortunately he thought that to do medicine you needed A levels all in sciences, and so didn't do classical civilisation as a subject past GCSE. He therefore spent most of his time at medical school, reading books about ancient Rome and Greece, and drinking ale.

Whilst at school he did try writing some short stories, but with no exceptions--these were awful. Even his English teacher told him they were awful. Having read ancient history, and enjoying the works of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Wilbur Smith, and Robert Harris, he felt it was time to try to combine three ideas: write an alternative history in the style of 'Fatherland', with the type of action, and characterisation, of an Iggulden or Cornwell novel, and the sickening descriptive brutality of a Smith book. At least he was writing what he wanted to read.

When he is not writing, he also enjoys: strategic board gaming, medicine, brewing ale, drumming (badly), walking on the fells, and trying to eat as many different types of animal as possible.

'Sacramentum', his debut novel was released in 2012 to favourable reviews and media interest. It was followed up in 2014 by 'Impietas'. The final part in the trilogy is planned for a late 2015 release. Dan Berkeley is also the author of a communication skills guide to the CSA, the final part of the UK MRCGP exams.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted to see the second one's out! 21 May 2014
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Having really enjoyed Berkeley's first novel, Sacramentum, I was delighted to see that his follow-up has been available for a few months now - needless to say I availed myself of a copy straight away. Getting back into that extraordinary world of Rome, but fast-forwarded to the 21st Century was truly a delight. And what a great read it is - the same characters, developed from the first book in the trilogy, together with new ones woven into the action, made it easy to slip back into that world. Having got to know those characters through the pages of Sacramentum, I think Berkeley's development of them was intelligently handled and he has certainly developed as a writer himself. This is most clearly shown in some of the conversations that he portrays, especially between Titus and his dad which are, for want of a better word, genuinely moving. As before there are numerous fiight scenes, but the author builds up the suspense to a greater extent than his previous effort and there is a real feeling of tension and menace - it was surprisingly good! I have to say that compared with his first book, Impietas is a good deal darker and the reader feels that oppression as the story gathers pace - I certainly would not wish to be an inhabitant of the 21st Century Rome he portrays - and certainly not if I was forced to live in the Imum!

No, this is definitely a worthy successor to what I felt was a good debut novel; I thoroughly enjoyed it, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced read with plenty of action and characters that the reader can empathise with and I have to say that I shall make a little more effort to keep an eye open for the final book in the trilogy. Now, when's that due to appear....?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 18 Mar. 2014
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I enjoyed getting to know Titus and understand his motivation more clearly. I'm not keen on blood & guts (of which there is lots) but it was done stylishly and for a purpose within the plot. My favourite characters are Gnaeus and Titus's dad. As I got deeper into the book, the pages turned faster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another roller coaster ride! 14 Jun. 2014
By Linda
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I was really looking forward to the follow up to Sacramentum and I wasn't disappointed. Dan's stories play like a film in my head as they are so vivid. I love the fact that the hero is flawed and makes huge mistakes. It's great to read a story where you don't keep thinking "why on earth would they do that?" The characters are believable and human. My sharp intakes of breath may have been worrying to my husband however!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling read 15 Mar. 2015
By Shawn
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Cracking read, highly recommended!
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