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Rome's Executioner: VESPASIAN II [Kindle Edition]

Robert Fabbri
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A hero forged in battle. A legend born.

Thracia, AD30: Even after four years military service at the edge of the Roman world, Vespasian can't escape the tumultuous politics of an Empire on the brink of disintegration. His patrons in Rome have charged him with the clandestine extraction of an old enemy from a fortress on the banks of the Danube before it falls to the Roman legion besieging it.

Vespasian's mission is the key move in a deadly struggle for the right to rule the Roman Empire. The man he has been ordered to seize could be the witness that will destroy Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard and ruler of the Empire in all but name. Before he completes his mission, Vespasian will face ambush in snowbound mountains, pirates on the high seas, and Sejanus's spies all around him. But by far the greatest danger lies at the rotten heart of the Empire, at the nightmarish court of Tiberius, Emperor of Rome and debauched, paranoid madman.


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    About the Author

    Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and has worked in film and TV for 25 years. He is an assistant director and has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. Now, his life-long passion for ancient history, especially for that of the Roman Empire, has drawn him to write the VESPASIAN series. He lives in London and Berlin.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 3325 KB
    • Print Length: 368 pages
    • Publisher: Corvus (1 May 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00795G9QI
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and has worked in film and TV for 25 years as an assistant director. He has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. His life-long passion for ancient history inspired him to write the Vespasian series. He lives in London and Berlin.

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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rome's Executioner: Vespasian II 4 May 2012
    Format:Hardcover
    Once in a while an author comes along and their story telling just clicks with you and you comfortably fall into their vision, writing and description of what they are conveying and before you know it, you've finished the book and are left wanting more. This happened with Robert Fabbri's first book about the enigmatic Vespasian and I must admit, I was worried that the second book wouldn't reach such high standards but my doubts were quickly dispelled.

    The story has already been covered to some degree and I don't want to spoil it for you if you intend to read it but if you like or are interested in this genre, enjoy a real page turner with charismatic characters and an excellent storyline, I cannot recommend Robert Fabbri's books highly enough. They are fantastic, heart warming and mirror real events in history which demonstrates the research that has gone into the writing.

    There are some superb historical authors out there at the moment and their books are highlights of the year(s) for me and I'm very grateful to add another to the list. Rome's Executioner is brilliant, authentic and different to other books/authors but is equally enjoyable. Great work Mr Fabbri, can I have another please?
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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A bit different, and just as good... 2 May 2012
    By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    This is the second volume of Fabbri's series on Vespasian, who ultimatly became emperor and reigned from 69 to 79 AD. It has the same ingredients that made volume 1 (Tribune of Rome) so successful, but also a few differences.

    The main originality of this series is the choice of character, with Vespasian as the main hero. This volume (when compared to the previous one) also gives much greater importance to his elder brother Sabinus to the extent that I wondered, at times, whether there was one or rather two heroes in a Simon Scarrow kind of way (Cato and Macro, of course). Another parallel is that, just like in Scarrow's Praetorian, Rome's Excutioner is mostly about Rome's horific and ruthlessly competitive politics. The main difference is the time setting: the story here takes place under the reign of Tiberius (AD 14 to AD 37 and, more precisely for this book, between AD 29 to AD 31) and tells about the fall of Sejanus, Tiberius' praetorian prefect and right-hand man. Scarrow's piece was taking place during the last months of the reign of Claudius (AD 41 to AD 54). Both books describe the atmosphere of paranoïa and terror that exists in the higher circles, including all of the Senate, and the ruthless fights between various factions for supreme power, but Fabbri's focuses more on the terror, horrors and depravity of Roman high society.

    Another deliberate originality of this book is that Robert Fabbri has chosen to maximize dramatic effects and has systematically picked the worst possible interpretations he could select for the characters of Tiberius, Caligula and even Claudius. To some, these choices may seem somewhat of a caricature, although they are grounded and extracted from the written sources.
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    45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Second title 25 April 2012
    By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    Having fallen for Robert's writing style last year with his debut I was interested to see what would happen with the second title based on the life of one of Rome's fascinating characters that was one of the earliest recorded self-made men. It's addictive, it is hard to put down and when you add solid prose, great pace as well as a lead character that is charming, knows how to play the system of politics alongside the battlefield and this book is a real triumph.

    Finally add to the whole mix, an addictive series that just goes from good to better, it really announces him as one of the historical fiction authors to not only watch but get in early. Magic.
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    25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Hardcover
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    When i saw book one of this series last year i was very interested, Vespasian , a name to get any Roman History lovers pulse racing, this is a man involved in some very interesting points in Romes long and chequered history.

    When you add to that the glimpse we have had of this man in Simon Scarrows Eagles series, im sure his future appearance in Henry Venmore-Rowlands new series (starting with the Last Caesar in June). This is not just an interesting figure, this is a man of the moment, it seems the time of the 4 emperors is something that we are heading towards in multiple books, and what an amazing ride it is.

    Vespasian: Tribune of Rome in 2011 was an amazing book, and with every book two you worry that it cannot be repeated by a new guy on the block, was it a flash in the pan? Well certainly not in the case of Robert Fabbri and Rome's Executioner.

    For me the highlight of this series is similar to Conn Igguldens Emperor series, it's taking a major figure from history but not from the record books, but taking him from birth, from the unknown years, breathing life into him filling in the details, the actions the thoughts the intimacies, the loves, the losses, the victories and the friends that might have shaped this person into the man he became, a Great Emperor who shaped an empire, and a dynasty.

    The Emperor series launched Conn Iggulden into one of the shining lights of the Historical Fiction genre, and in my opinion the Vespasian series is its equal in writing and its superior with some of its characters.
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