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Soldier of Rome: The Legionary: Book One of the Artorian Chronicles: 1 [Paperback]

James Mace
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21 May 2012 Artorian Chronicles
**Revised 2012 Edition** Rome's Vengeance In the year A.D. 9, three Roman Legions under Quintilius Varus were betrayed by the Germanic war chief, Arminius, and destroyed in the forest known as Teutoburger Wald. Six years later Rome is finally ready to unleash Her vengeance on the barbarians. The Emperor Tiberius has sent his adopted son, Germanicus Caesar, into Germania with an army of forty-thousand legionaries. The come not on a mission of conquest, but one of annihilation. With them is a young legionary named Artorius. For him the war is a personal vendetta; a chance to avenge his brother, who was killed in Teutoburger Wald. In Germania Arminius knows the Romans are coming. He realizes that the only way to fight the legions is through deceit, cunning, and plenty of well-placed brute force. In truth he is leery of Germanicus, knowing that he was trained to be a master of war by the Emperor himself. The entire Roman Empire held its collective breath as Germanicus and Arminius faced each other in what would become the most brutal and savage campaign the world had seen in a generation; a campaign that could only end in a holocaust of fire and blood.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477418342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477418345
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,965 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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From the Author

Special thanks to all who have read and enjoyed my first novel, "Soldier of Rome: The Legionary." I wish to take this opportunity to update all of my readers on the status of the series. The second book, "Soldier of Rome: The Sacrovir Revolt" is at the publisher (as of December 2007) with an anticipated publishing date sometime around March 2008. I am currently working on the third book, "Soldier of Rome: Heir to Rebellion" and hope to have it available sometime during the first part of 2009.It also has my contact information so that readers may email me. I look forward to hearing from my readers in the U.K.! With best regards,

James --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Mace has served in the U.S. military since 1993 and has made the Roman Army a life study. He is a full-time soldier with the Idaho Army National Guard and a veteran of the Iraq War. He wrote numerous articles on bodybuilding and physical fitness before turning his attention to historical novels. He lives in Meridian, Idaho. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Proof Reader Needed! 21 Sep 2008
I am sorry to say that the typo issue does impact hugely on the enjoyment of this novel. As a person who reads a lot of historical fiction, I would love to be giving this book the four stars the story and command of the period deserves, unfortunately I could not in all conscience recommend it as the lack of even basic proof reading of the book is likely to leave any discriminating reader distraught. This is not the authors fault as you cannot proofread your own work, however a little more time could be spent on the flow of the work, and making sure that sentences actually make sense. I think there is a lot of potential in this author if more time is spent in preparing the finished product for its audience.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars harsh words gently spoken 11 Jan 2009
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I began by reading this book but ended up marking it like a teacher. I was constantly irritated by poor spelling and grammar which interfered with a basically decent story. I ended up keeping score of the errors!Perhaps the Romans did soak their campaign maps ('pouring' over them). Maybe they even wore punishment trousers ('breeches' of discipline)but I doubt it. Even allowing for Americanisation of expression and spelling this book displayed an apallingly low standard of writing, proof reading and editing.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor writing 1 Jan 2009
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I think the other reviewers are too kind. The author cites the Lord ( for his gift of writing talent) in his thanks to supporters of his efforts but this is actually a study in poor writing and lazy editing. There are numerous repeated simple spelling errors; 'reign' for rein, 'site' for sight, 'here' for hear and even 'picture' for pitcher. Commas are thrown in at random, sentences don't complete, cliches abound, and the whole style is Victorian melodramatic.There are no new insights into any aspect of Roman history or culture. The modern US Marines do not offer a simple parallel with the Roman Army. How on Earth did this get into print?
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Proof readers faults.. 16 May 2008
Like a previous reveiwer I found the subject and the story very well chosen and researched. However it was extremely annoying to come across so many 'typo' faults, very early one character was grasping for branches to pull himself out of mud twice in one paragraph, plus the awful modern American verbology...such as having Roman casualties 'impacting' the ground, a Centurion referring to his troops as 'guys'. There are some failed attempts at being a tad too clever such as a spear in the throat eventually tearing out an 'oesophagus', while apparently leaving the other structures in the throat intact.
If the author could be a touch less modern American and get a new proof reader he will do extremely well.
Peter Mitchell.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, Fast paced and Very Enjoyable 20 Dec 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Much has been written in the history books about this factual event that took place 9 AD, under the reign of Augustus. Was it a tactical error on the part of Quintillus Varrus, newly appointed Governor of Germany and leader of a Roman army of approximately 16,500 men, that led to them being wiped out to the man, in a German forest. This number of men relates to approximately 3 Roman legions, their three cavalry alae and on top of this number, all of the camp followers who may have amounted to as many as 10,000 souls. The general consensus is that Varrus who ended up taking his own life, was betrayed by the war chief Arminius.

This work of fiction takes this extraordinary event as the start of what is a gritty, brutal and extremely readable novel. Time has moved on several years and it is time for Rome to make its retaliatory move. There was no conceivable way that Rome could allow this to go unpunished and the Emperor Tiberius is about to unleash the equivalent of more than six Legions, almost forty thousand men. Not to give the Germanic tribes a lesson, they will never forget, that is not the way the Roman mind works. This is a campaign to annihilate the barbarians from the face of the earth. If all goes to Emperor's plan it will be as if Arminus and his Germanic nation had never even existed. Neatly entwined within the story is one man's fight for vengeance. A young Legionary named Artorius. For him, the war is a personal and his one chance to avenge his brother killed in the forest massacre.

The book is a work of fiction moulded around fact and is all the better and more plausable for that fact. The author has obviously researched well and the book, particularly for those who like all things Roman is a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sadly, I have to add my voice to those other reviewers who found the typos and use of modern-day expressions a source of more than a little irritation. I too read a lot and most of that is historical fiction, and this book is the first occasion when growing irritation at the seemingly relentless flow of typos almost made me want to give up reading it. There came a point when I even started to look out for them, which added to the spoiled enjoyment of the read. However, I also readily agree that the author does have obvious potential - and even more obvious enthusiasm! - and I do hope that his next book is much better served by his proof-readers. I also hope that what appeared to be an unexpectedly large proportion of the modern mannerisms, descriptions, anachronisms and expressions are replaced with items much more in line with the period of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier of Rome :The Legionary book one by James Mace
I recommend this authors work to you.
I like to read my books in chronological order and look forward to continuing with the remainder of this series.
Published 5 months ago by James Macdonald
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I've given 3 stars to this book as although I enjoyed it there are aspects of historical facts that I've never come across that seem to be a too modern take on the Roman army. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ian Heath
1.0 out of 5 stars Most Disappointing
As a keen reader of historical fiction, I was keen to read this first in a series new to me.

What a disappointment. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cyprover
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First things first, this is not a badly written book by any stretch of the imagination as some reviewers have said but if it was when it was first published, it isn't now, so it... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Je Salter
4.0 out of 5 stars Soldier of Rome the legionary
The first and best. So good I will be reading it again before book six is out. How it all starts and why he becomes a soldier. Great read. 4stars
Published 12 months ago by derek gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars James Mace hits the spot
I decided to give this series a try after reading one of his novel written around the events at Waterloo. I wasn't disappointed and look forward to subsequent books in the series.
Published 13 months ago by Barry Telford
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier of rome the Legionary book one of the Artorian Chronicles 1
A brilliant book, really enjoyed it so much so I have read all the series upto no6. Very absorbing books telling the story of a Legionaire Artorius on tje Roman front lines, inthe... Read more
Published 13 months ago by david bowen
1.0 out of 5 stars For children
This book must be aimed at children. There are some really good books out there about Rome and its Army. This isn't one. Read more
Published 14 months ago by H. Graham-Battersby
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
On the whole a good read.As a student of archeaology i picked up a couple of errors,but that did not detract from what was a good thought out story.
Published 14 months ago by lee john montgomery
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly but not quite.
Just when I thought that, apart from his brother having a vision of his love that could be down to approaching death trauma, we are getting away from the mystical; it happens. Read more
Published 14 months ago by dobie
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