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Pax Britannica

Pax Britannica [Kindle Edition]

David Jenkins
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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“Pax Britannica tells the story of a troop of present-day soldiers who are thrown back through the centuries to Roman Britain, with two additional timelines adding to the adventure: the present and the future. The author draws the reader’s attention to correlations between ancient and modern human behaviour, especially in situations of armed conflict. This is a good premise – a time-slip novel with an element of futuristic gaming adding a philosophical edge to the narrative. The idea is original and intriguing, and there’s much to admire. The text is well-written … and could appeal to fans of Michael Crichton’s Timeline.” - Historical Novel Society Indie Review

"A cracking read...David Jenkins has managed to entertain and intrigue in equal measure." - Peter Hart, author of The Great War: 1914-1918

"David Jenkins has pulled off a masterful feat with his compelling account of British soldiers, vets from the war in Afghanistan, now mysteriously lost in Scotland near Hadrian's Wall on a training exercise." - John Rose, author of The Myths of Zionism

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Hadrian’s Wall in the third century is no place for modern-day soldiers to be cut adrift. Used to being the occupying power, the crew of a ditched army helicopter will soon discover that ancient Britain, while under the brutal grip of Roman rule, is not a land to offer sanctuary. In order to survive against a ruthlessly oppressive war machine, these soldiers will have to confront the unthinkable. But will they be prepared to assume the mantle of the very insurgents and terrorists who they’ve fought and despised for so long in Afghanistan and Iraq? And exactly who is controlling who in this twisting, enthralling thriller that spans three time zones? As quickly becomes apparent, nothing is as it seems in a novel that profoundly questions the nature of identity, loyalty and personal authorship.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992643600
  • Publisher: Vault (29 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too clever 30 July 2014
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I think that if the author had just kept the story between the 21 century timeline of Jamieson and Morris, and the Roman timeline of Birch and Sands, the book would have been far more enjoyable. The gamers aspect of it, I felt was an unwarranted intrusion, and overly complicated matters; as was certain parts where the author was directly addressing the reader, in the middle of a scene, and changing the timeline midway through the narrative. Certain scenes were written as past tense, others present or future, depending on their position within the story, but then resorts to future perfect ('they would have done it', etc) I feel the author was trying to be a bit clever, and it didn't work (at least for me). Perhaps I was looking for a basic adventure story which wasn't there.

As such, the ending was an anticlimax. Obviously we can surmise that all the British soldiers died at some stage in the past, but what really happened to them all? Who knows?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable and well-written debut novel 17 Sep 2013
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This is a meticulously researched and well-written novel which works on a number of levels, yet maintains a cohesive flow from start to finish. The main plot centres on modern British troops finding themselves having to survive in Roman Britain. Although this could seem extremely far-fetched, it actually reads very realistically, due in part to tight plotting and the author's historical knowledge. Characterisation is strong and I would defy any reader not to identify with the main character.

As noted earlier, this is a novel that operates on a number of levels. Like an earlier reviewer, I am not going to detail these - it would detract from the pleasure of reading the book yourself. There are a couple of twists that you really won't see coming!

This novel raises a number of big issues relevant to today's society, but is a page turner nonetheless and I enjoyed it very much. I do hope there's going to be a sequel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity... 2 Aug 2014
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Exasperating. Neither one thing or the other to be honest. The premise of modern soldiers catapulted into Roman Britannia could have been really good both from a historical and fantasy - fictional viewpoint. But it didn't deliver. Added to that the rather curious prose style and the incredibly irtitating jumps away from the action, at one point it felt like I was watching Alex Cox's film 'Walker'.
I appreciate what the author was trying to do, but he just didn't manage to pull it off...
A missed opportunity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read this book 29 Sep 2013
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This is an intriguing book. You never quite know where you are (all 4 dimensions included) and for anyone interested in history, time travel, computer games and lots more then give it a go. As well as exploring lots of difficult territory it is a real page turner. I read the whole book in a couple of days and my daughter is now reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Novel With Some Great Ideas 13 May 2014
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I would like to congratulate the author on trying something different. I enjoyed the story and I feel that most of his ideas worked.

There were a few spelling mistakes, (practise and discreet were both spelt incorrectly, for example). There was also the very occasional punctuation error and usage of hyphens in words, where none were warranted; however, on the whole, it was fairly well-written.

I enjoyed the characters, although I feel that a few of them could have been fleshed out more than they were.

I would certainly be interested in reading a sequel, should one be written.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars waiting for book 2 27 Sep 2013
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I enjoyed this because of the layers of story that keep you interested all the way through. Getting to the end was disappointing and quite a surprise. Can't wait until the follow up. Who should read this book? Anyone who likes good literature and who doesn't mind stretching the genres around a little
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, good read 6 April 2014
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A good plot, a good read, and very well written but there is a bit of head-hopping and a few minor errors - easily put right by a quick proof-read - a skilful re-edit would transform this book from a good read into an outstanding read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterful feat 23 Nov 2013
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Time travel books have always irritated me but not this time. David Jenkins has pulled off a masterful feat with his compelling account of British soldiers - vets from the war in Afghanistan, now mysteriously lost in Scotland near Hadrians Wall on a training exercise.
A freakish time incident plunges them back 2000 years into the Roman occupation of Britain. What fascinates is the author's meticulous attempts to re-create the socio-cultural conditions including our modern soldiers' stunned perceptions of the awesome beauty of the pre industrial geographical landscape.
These soldiers are of course also suddenly on the receiving end of the ancient world's greatest imperial war machine. But this canny political point merges with a further ultra modern ultra techno dimension introduced by the author raising questions about whether this is a time travel story at all. The mystery deepens taking the reader by surprise...
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