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Soldier of Rome: The Centurion Book Four of the Artorian Chronicles [Paperback]

James Mace
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3 Jan 2011 Artorian Chronicles


In the year 28 A.D. the people of Frisia, a previously loyal province, were suffering under the oppression of the Roman magistrate, a former Centurion named Olennius. So blinded by greed had he become that he had taxed the populous well beyond their means to produce. Now impoverished and risking starvation, the Frisians did the unspeakable and sought open rebellion as their only means of survival.

The Emperor Tiberius, now living in self-imposed isolation on the isle of Capri, is deeply troubled upon hearing that such a staunchly loyal province would seek to throw off the rule of Rome. Nevertheless, he orders the mobilization of the Army of the Rhine to suppress the Frisians back into docile submission, never knowing the real reasons as to the origins of the rebellion.

As the Twentieth Legion marches north into Frisia on its first major campaign in eight years, Centurion Artorius finds himself facing his first major battle since taking over his Century. Years of relative peace, combined with the mass discharges of many of his veteran soldiers have left the ranks filled with a number of young and inexperienced legionaries. For over a third of his men this will be their first action. The Frisians in their desperation know that they face death either by starvation in peace, or slaughter on the battlefield. For Artorius and his legionaries the crucible of war will end in heartbreak; for only after the devastation of battle does the truth arise.

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: (3 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450282679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450282673
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Mace was born in Edmonds, Washington, and grew up in Meridian, Idaho. He joined the United States Air Force out of high school, and three years later changed over to the Army. He spent a career as a soldier, including service in the Iraq War.

In 2011, he left his full-time position with Army Guard and devoted himself completely to writing. His series, Soldier of Rome - The Artorian Chronicles, has been a best-seller in ancient history on Amazon Kindle. Most recently, he has branched into the Napoleonic Era with the novella, Forlorn Hope: The Storming of Badajoz. This was followed by a full-length novel of the Waterloo Campaign, I Stood With Wellington.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Soldier of Rome book four- Artorian Chronicles 22 Mar 2011
This is the 4th books in this series, it seems the writer (James Mace) got lost, in delivering a book to the same standard of the other 3 books. Just enough to maintain an interest to read the book to the end, which of cause leaves you wondering how he will fair in the land of Egypt in book 5.... all in all I did enjoy the read and I hope the next book will have a bit more about it, it had a few funny bits, touching moments and a good battle sequence. Would I recommend it?..........only if you have read the other 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Mace does it again 6 Jun 2013
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James Mace who is an author who I had not heard of. Try reading this and his other books - well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Centurion 2 Jan 2013
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A very good book full of action however I found it very long winded in the discription of buildings in the story line
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 22 Aug 2012
By Antony
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I really enjoyed the earlier novels but this I thought was the best so far, the characters have grown and have more depth, the action doesn't stop from start to finish. If you like historical fiction with lots of blood and guts then look no further. Can't wait for the next one............
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soldier of Rome The Centurion 26 Mar 2014
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Yet again a 4 star read. The battle scenes are really graphic but so well crafted and it brings a reality to the story. I enjoyed it that much I've already downloaded the next book in the series!
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By Bhdc
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A good read takes one into the period and makes one want to read more. I would recommend it to all
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3.0 out of 5 stars Running out of steam? 13 Aug 2013
By dobie
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To much politics and not enough battles. As a soldier he should get on with soldiering and leave the stinky stuff to his betters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent author
I can recommend this author and his writing . All his books I have read up to now are very good.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. C. Wharton
1.0 out of 5 stars a rip off
The whole series seem to be a copy of rw peake series although in a different era too many similarities although enjoyable the series becomes to an extent predictable
Published 14 months ago by mike box
1.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Roman Fiction
A total waste of time - it is like reading a child's comic with extra words/language which are not recommended for the likes of anyone either under the age of sixteen or ladies! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. G. Johns
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i agree with some of the other reviewers . this book lost somthing as compared to the preceeding three books which were 5* i do however eagerly await SofR v. Read more
Published 23 months ago by k l sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable read - with some niggles...
I have now read and thoroughly enjoyed all four parts of the Artorian chronicles. Characters are well-drawn, and resonate with an ex Armed Forces veteran like me. Read more
Published on 15 July 2012 by Mike Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable Offering From Sergeant First Class Mace/Centurion...
Sergeant First Class Mace Features on the Cover Illustration as Centurion Artorius - And like his re-enactment Uniform this fourth offering in the series continues to be as... Read more
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