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Legionary: Viper of the North (Legionary 2)

Legionary: Viper of the North (Legionary 2) [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Doherty
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The Danubian frontier is weaker than ever, and a storm is gathering in the north . . .

Deep winter, 376 AD: Emperor Valens has withdrawn the field armies from Moesia and Thracia to fight in the Persian War. The impoverished limitanei legions left behind to defend the banks of the River Danubius are now all that stand between the war-hungry Goths and heart of the Eastern Roman Empire.

For Numerius Vitellius Pavo and the men of the XI Claudia, the brief from Emperor Valens is simple: to avoid war with the Goths at all costs while the Roman defences are so weak. But in the frozen lands north of the Danubius a dark legend, thought long dead, has risen again. The name is on the lips of every warrior in Gutthiuda; the one who will unite the tribes, the one whose armies will march upon the empire, the one who will bathe in Roman blood . . .

The Viper!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781768145
  • Publisher:; 2 edition (14 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008Y1L3LM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a Scottish writer, addicted to reading and writing historical fiction.

My love of history was piqued during spells living and working close to both Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall, sites of rich history winding back through thousands of years. The later Roman Empire and Byzantium hold a particular fascination for me. There is something quite special about the metamorphosis from late antiquity into the 'dark ages' and the medieval period.

While historical fiction is my passion, I enjoy writing comedy and sci-fi too. Perhaps one day I'll find a way to combine all three!

My Legionary series is set in the Eastern Roman Empire circa 376 AD and follows the adventures of the border legions as the empire begins to waver under the relentless crush of barbarians from the east and the north.

My Strategos trilogy is set around the build up to the Battle of Manzikert in 1071 AD and follows the dark and troubled life of a Byzantine general in a land riven with bloodshed and doubt.

All of my novels are available from good online stores in paperback and eBook format.

Happy reading!

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Engrossing 7 Sep 2012
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Following on from the quite wonderful "Legionary", the question was whether the second book in this series could continue in the same tightly paced, character rich vein. The answer is a resounding yes.

"Legionary 2" is a superb book. The characters - Pavo, Gallus etc - all progress nicely and you can see the effect that events have on them as the story continues. Combine great characters with an excellent plot and you have a recipe for success. There are twists along the way - but they don't come completely out of left field. They are not twists for the sake of twists - they are necessary plot points that you can work out - the clues are there for you (nice and subtle though - you're not beaten about the head with them). "Legionary 2" is also a pretty perfect set up for book 3 (and honestly, you'll go back and read book 1 again just to make sure you haven't missed anything).

One of Gordon Doherty's many strengths is his description of battle scenes - they really do come to life behind your eyes. That's one of the joys of his books - his descriptions can create the scenes in your mind - not just the layout of the battlefield, but the sights, smells and experiences of the characters.

"Legionary 2" - like "Legionary" - is an absolute joy and delight to read. I'm currently reading this for the third time - and I will never tire of it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Heart-wrenching. 9 Sep 2012
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This is the follow-up to Pavo's first adventures and follows those momentous events which saw the assembled Goths cross the Danube and break deep into the Roman Empire. As with Gordon Doherty's first 'Legionary' novel, the pace is expertly crafted and the events gripping and bloody. This second novel takes the reader into a larger canvas and ties together some of the plot lines laid down in the first excellent novel - while introducing new characters and fates. Again, as with the first novel, I can only commend Doherty's command of pace and plotting as he whisks a reader up and down the Danube lands either side of the river and deep into the heart of barbarian and Roman decisions. There is a bloody and epic quality to this story which gives the novel a poignant feel where both the Romans and the Goths become pawns in one man's hands. This makes that awful crossing of the Danube and the tragedy which follows painful to read and it is great to find a writer who is exploring that period rather than the usual late Republican or early Empire periods.

I can only commend Doherty's writing and thank him for writing in a period I love but which finds few writers willing to set their pen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars furiosa actio !! 15 Sep 2012
By jj9k
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i could not put this book down
really exciting with plenty of pace and very graphically choreographed action sequences
cannot wait for the next one!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel 1 Sep 2012
By Paul
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to the Legionary - bring Pavo's richness of character to a whole new level. It has a few strong twists in it making it one of those books that it's simply hard to put down.
If you enjoyed the last book, you'll love this one. Great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 is as good as book one. 11 Jun 2014
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If you enjoy Scarrow and Kane you will enjoy Doherty's tale of courage and bloody warfare in the ranks of a Roman Legion. A must read for the battle scenes alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent follow up! 27 May 2014
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Continues where the first story left off. If you love historical fiction, then this is definitely the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 8 April 2014
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Great book could not wait to read the next instalment, had to look up the author and enjoyed his comments. Isabel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting action packed story 8 Jan 2013
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I couldn't wait to read this book after reading the first book in the Legionary series and now look forward to the next. Exciting story full of stirring battles and heroism on the part of the main characters and provides sufficient background detail of the historical setting.
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