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M C Scott
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12 May 2011 Rome (Book 2)

AD 65. Sebastos Pantera, spy to the Emperor Nero, has undertaken the most dangerous of missions. Hunting often alone, with few he can trust, he must find the most dangerous man in Rome's empire, and bring him to bloody justice.

Against him is Saulos. Consumed by private enmities and false beliefs, Saulos is pledged to bring about the destruction of an entire Roman province. Brilliantly clever, utterly ruthless, he cares only for his vision of total victory - and not the death and devastation such a campaign would bring.

Between them is the huntress Iksahra. Beautiful and deadly, feared by men, loved by the beasts she cares for, she must decide who to support if she is to avenge her father's death.

Fought inside the palace of a royal city and within the rocky fastness of a desert fortress, this will be a conflict between two men who have everything to gain - and a kingdom to lose ...

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593065425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065426
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, columnist and screenwriter, Manda (M.C) Scott has written thirteen novels beginning with contemporary thrillers. Her first, 'Hen's Teeth; was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, 'No Good Deed' was nominated for an Edgar Award in the 'Best Thriller' category.

Having served her writing apprenticeship, she went back in time to write the bestselling Boudica:Dreaming series. Her latest 'Rome' series starts with Rome: The Emperor's Spy and continues with Rome: The Coming of the King, Rome: The Eagle of the Twelfth and Rome:The Art of War. Set from 54 - 69AD, the books feature Pantera, the spy whose name means leopard.

She is working on a dual time line novel of Jeanne d'Arc (who she really was: not the fainting visionary peasant girl) and a contemporary thriller.

She is Chair of the Historical Writers' Association (, Prize Chair of the HWA Debut Crown and Programming Chair of the Harrogate History Festival. She writes reviews and columns for the Independent, the Express, the Telegraph and the (Glasgow) Herald.

She is an avid reader. Her top picks of 2013, in no particular order, are: Robert Wilton: TREASON'S TIDE, Imogen Robertson, 'THE PARIS WINTER', Beatrice Hitchman: 'PETITE MORT' Robert Ryan, 'DEAD MAN'S LAND', Robert Low, 'THE LION RAMPANT', Neil Gaiman 'THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE' and Neal Stephenson, 'Reamde' (it's 2012, but it's still outstanding.

Further details can be found on her website:

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"Religious and political tensions, passion and intrigue, superb action sequences and real and imagined characters are seamlessly woven together to create a fascinating and exciting story on a truly epic scale." (Laura Wilson THE GUARDIAN)

"Full of good fights and battles...Scott's version is not only perfectly tenable in theory; it is grippingly sustained in her fiction." (Independent)

"Brilliant detail, credible locations and characters, and a cracking plot mark this out as a definite success." (Shropshire Star)

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One man battles to save his kingdom as violent unrest threatens Rome's empire. The new historical adventure in M.C. Scott's Rome series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome 29 July 2013
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Why are these books not in Schools for pupils to learn about the Roman Empire, so exciting & informative! Excellent
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 25 Jun 2013
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Manda Scott always provides an excellent read and this is no exception. Un-put-downable! A really good and convincing yarn once again
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story 15 Jun 2013
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A good story and easy to read. One of many new books about the Romans which I like to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spy, Warrior, Kingmaker 10 May 2011
Two years have passed. Math and Hannah are gone. The Leopard, Sebastos Abdes Pantera, remains. Rome is a distant memory and the heat of Rome's Eastern Empire shimmers with deadly allurement over the fate of our spy, warrior, kingmaker.
It is A.D.66, a summer ripe with rebellion. The burning of Rome is done and Saulos Herodian recuperates amongst the Berber tribes in the desert plotting the destruction of Jerusalem for he believes that "if Rome burned under the eye of the dog star, then Jerusalem might be sundered and in its place...might grow something wonderful...Judea must fall for that to happen." He has a new ally, the deadly Iksahra sur Anmer who uses falcons and cheetah as readily as a sword and the start of his new great game is to murder King Agrippa.
A desert away Pantera and Mergus are hunted on their way to Caesarea where Governor Florus and Queen Berenice reside. Estaph gives us a summary of the political situation: of Menachem's War party, of Gideon's Peace party and of the undercurrents of rebellious discontent against the Roman overlords where the province of Judea has plenty of keen ears into which Saulos can whisper insidious words of war. Conflict is swiftly engaged, the ebb and flow of struggles is set against the treacherous shifting sands of Roman Judea as we follow the timeline of the historian Josephus.
Into this assemblage comes Hypatia, Chosen of Isis, reluctant mentor to the headstrong Kleopatra, daughter of Queen Berenice.
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Two years after the great fire of Rome and the close of Rome: The Emperor's Spy (Rome 2), Sebastos Abdes Pantera has pursued Saulos to Judaea. As we recall, Pantera is a Roman spy and pupil of Seneca while Saulos is the arch enemy of Roman and Hebrew alike. Known to history as St Paul but here freshly interpreted as an agent of vengeance and death, Saulos has recovered from his severe burns, resulting from the fire, and now has his destructive sights fixed on Herod and his family and the annihilation of the entire Hebrew race. Pantera's injuries are more of the mind. Still mourning his lost family in Britain and with his new family safely despatched to Mona, the sacred island of the Druids, Pantera focuses on restoring peace to Israel.

Pantera is a loved man - he is surrounded my men such as Mergus and women like Hypatia who would die for him. By contrast, Saulos is followed by the Berber huntress Ikshara who is tied to him only through lies and deceit.

The Coming of the King carries us around the Kingdom of Judaea in 66 AD. The focus is on the court of Herod, his sister Berenice and his niece Kleopatra. They are surrounded by rioting Hebrews and Syrians, pacifists and warmongers. As the influence of Saulos grows, the voice of reason dies, and the royal family leaves their palace at Caesarea for Jerusalem where they are effectively undersiege and under attack from without and within. Pantera's influence also grows, uniting the descendants of the Galilean, gaining arms and support through a daring assault on the seemingly impenetrable fortress of Masada in the desert.

However, the action of The Coming of the King, although exciting, is not what makes the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The coming of a king 9 Jun 2014
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M C Scott again writes a gripping and compelling story this series is as good as the Boudica one and that is praise indeed
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 10 May 2014
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I have read reviews that aren't too positive about this series (or indeed the Boudica series) but I would urge anyone to give them a try if they have an interest in novels with intrigue, excitement and pace. Not being a natural historian, these books plunge me into a world where I feel I get to experience, breathe in the smells of, hear the sounds of and begin to understand the complexities and culture of an astonishing period in history. It is really worth concentrating during the descriptive prose lest you lose the valuable layers in these novels. M C Scott does not waste a word. They are all there for a good reason. I thank the author for the research and the intricate detail. And now onto the third in the series...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 14 Mar 2014
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Arrived as expected great read good follow on, looking forward to reading the next instalment in the near future .thank you
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