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ROME ENDURES (Defenders of Rome Book 3)

ROME ENDURES (Defenders of Rome Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

William Harper
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Young legionary Gaius Marcus Furius Secundus is sent from being Palace fencing master to the Second Traiana Fortis Legion where he helps to train recruits, then fixes artillery for Legate Publius Junius who gives him the rank decurion. Imperator Trajan invades the Parthian Empire forcing passage across the Euphrates River by artillery against the dreaded Parthian Archers.
Gaius distinguishes himself as an artilleryman decorated by Trajan. The Tigris River is crossed. Babylon, Seleucia, and the Parthian Capital Ctesiphon fall, but hostile climate, revolts, and health problems cause Trajan's withdrawal and a stroke his death as the Second Traiana Fortis and Gaius march to Caesarea Maritima.
While Gaius polices complaints in Judea , new Imperator Hadrian executes four men of consular rank who served Trajan. Gaius replaces crooked overseers on estates leased in Judea as danger of revolt subsides but is alarmed to find swords made there under contract for the Roman Army on many estates. His energy and literacy gain him the rank of centurion.
Legate Publius Junius and Gaius are recalled to Rome. Publius Junius is retired, and coldly told by Imperator Hadrian, "You have escaped."
Gaius, after a few days with his family, must sail to Britannia to serve the Twentieth Valeria Victrix Legion as centurion and liaison to the British auxiliaries whose language he speaks as they combat the warlike Caledonians who have inflicted heavy casualties and soon destroy the Ninth Hispanic Legion.
Backed by the Sixth Victrix and Second Augusta Legions, the Twentieth with excellent British auxiliaries defeats the Caledonians until desolation makes peace.
Gaius is Master of Arms of the Twentieth, whose Legate- Governor Nepos blames the greedy Brigate King Roscius for the Ninth's fate. Heroic Primus Pilum Sentius selects Gaius to replace him as Primus Pilum. Governor Nepos accepts this.
Gaius is haunted by the poverty awaiting maimed legionaries and tries to think of a just remedy for their misery.
Hadrian, trying to be a good Imperator trains the legions living as a common soldier drilling them in every tactic with every arm. He comes to the Twentieth.
Gaius, who has quit the Master of Arms title tries to avoid him, but is revealed by the new master. Resembling his father Marcus Furius in looks and strength, Gaius does an uncanny trick with a coin and his sword both of which Hadrian knows, calling on the Imperator to give justice and mercy to the maimed men of the legions by building a wall across Britannia that they can defend while teaching enlisted British auxiliarlies.
Hadrian likes the idea. He will be the soldiers' friend. He gives Gaius permission to marry Sephrona, a retired centurion's daughter at Deva so long as she stays outside of the camp and away from campaigns.
Hadrian exiles King Roscius of the Brigantes and begins the Wall in the east planning a fort every Roman mile with two watchtowers in between, each big enough to hold a decury. Every legion in Britannia works on the Wall.
After Governor Nepos' departure, Legate Veres sends a vexillation of the Twentieth under Gaius' direction to work on the Wall in the west. This being neither fort or campaign, Sephrona and son, Gaius Heraclius, come along with optio Norbanus in kindly Legate Veres' carrucca dormitoria. For years work progresses until under Governor Germanus Hadrian's Wall is completed- a huge fort for the maimed legionaries to draw full pay in whiile training British auxiliaries.
Gaius and family are recalled to Rome where he is made Palace Master of Arms to the Praetorian Guard and to Hadrian's cadets including the stunningly perfect and intelligent Antinous. Hadrian leaves for Africa. Meanwhile, Gaius and Prefect Turbo discover a plot toward a colossal revolt in Judea under Simon bar Kokhba. Gaius leads a legion of British auxiliaries to the conclusion of the ghastly eastern conflict and retirement.

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  • Publisher: Kindle Books 2013; First Edition, Revised Edition Jan. 2014 edition (3 Jan 2014)
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  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Far to much use of full names titles and honorifics and long boasting sentances on the mighty fantastic men of rome

you begin to forgot who is who and eventually stop caring, its a good story spoiled by very obviouse slip ups and to many honorifics
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not recomended. 4 Mar 2014
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Poor writing, about as exciting as watching paint dry. In fact watching paint dry would be better.I would not recomend reading this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roman intrigue 24 Aug 2013
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Clever book with a rather scattered historical story spread from the outer Eastern reaches of Roman, including great descriptives and characters with skills that few of us understand but love to read about, to Britain. Wonderful breadth and introduction of some clever characters that are sure to appear in further novels. I look forward to reading more from William Harper's Defenders of Rome series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars possible ok 30 Nov 2013
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This book is like a historical journal meanders here there and misses the plot ,it is a poor read by anyone's standards , some authors just don't know when to cut and run
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missed the expected excitement 28 Aug 2013
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Some of the books on Rome have tension, excitement, interesting history, storyline. All of these are missing. reads to much like a personal diary with too few battle scenes ot prolitical intrigues. Author doesn't quite capture the readers interest
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not So Good 20 Aug 2013
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The language almost leaves one with the conclusion this is a translation. Very verbose use of honorific titles and names. The dialogue is, in my opinion, stilted and overly formal. I gave up on the book about half way through.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome under Emperor Hadrian against Dissent in Britain and outright war in Roman Judea 15 July 2013
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After meeting the rebellious Britain's and the dreaded Caledonians, the son of the central hero to this trilogy finds himself having to try and solve the twin problems of giving Rome's battered but ambulatory veterans in Britain a useful task and finding a way of damping down the southward bound activities of the Caledonians, the central character is despatched to the Roman province of Judea.
Once again Judea (or large parts of it) have rebelled and have embarked on a scorched earth policy of killing many peaceful inhabitants of Judea who disagreed with the rebellion's aims.
This detailed and excellent work covers thee Jewish diaspora from a Roman perspective.
It is an absolutely unmissable conclusion to this truly remarkable trilogy.
5.0 out of 5 stars To much glamour 28 Jun 2014
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I like the book, but what irritates me is that, Rome always are fair and just, The protaginist Marcus Gaius is a superman and has no human weaknesses etc.

I prefer books from Hosker, Fabrini, Scarrow, SJA Turney (very good), Ben Kane, Conn Iggulden, Anthony Riches etc. where the persons are more real, pocess human weaknesses, more "alive" and somehow more belieable.

PS One thing that Harper is very good tom is his historical descriptions / context.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars roman thug 9 Oct 2013
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rome had more than its share of ubermenschen pretenders but to make this jumped-up mediocrity into a hero is a joke. romans = brave foes = rats
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