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Soldier of Rome: Heir to Rebellion (The Artorian Chronicles)

Soldier of Rome: Heir to Rebellion (The Artorian Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

James Mace
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A year has passed since the end of the Gallic rebellion of Sacrovir and Florus. Retribution has been exacted and the province is at peace once more. And yet there are some who escaped Rome's justice. They are led by a man whose heart burns with hate; an heir to rebellion. Knowing that there can be no victory against the legions; his vengeance can only be wrought through terror and murder. The Gallic city of Lugdunum will be the first to taste his wrath.The city of Lugdunum flourishes; the Twentieth Legion's Third Cohort having been stationed within the city since the end of the Sacrovir Revolt. For Centurion Proculus and his legionaries their comfortable assignment will soon come unraveled as a series of grisly murders looks to upset the order of the city. Sergeant Artorius inadvertently finds himself at the center of the search to find these mysterious killers before they undermine the city's faith in the protection of the legions; a search that will lead him on a journey into the darkest corners of what lurks in a broken man's wicked soul.

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 spent several years writing for bodybuilding publications before turning his attention to historical novels. His previous works in The Artorian Chronicles include "Soldier of Rome: The Legionary," and "Soldier of Rome: The Sacrovir Revolt." He lives in Meridian, Idaho.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1665 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Legionary Books (9 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UC4WTY
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of A Disappointment 23 Aug 2010
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It's the third outing for Mr Mace and his series "Soldier of Rome" and having enjoyed the first two, I know the editing was poor and the spelling a victim of F7 spellchecker but Mr Mace's obvious passion for the period and his Knowledge of the Roman Military carried it for me. However this third outing that touches on Murder and Political Intrigue fell flat - this is dangerous waters for a writer as so many others do it and do it better Davies,Sidebottom and Graves to drop a few names. Mr Mace's plot and it's time line were muddled and too much reliance and the Sergeants sexual exploits with oft mentioned "Deviant Behaviour" what this behaviour takes the form of we are not told, however the disturbing image of our hero swishing about in a Ladies summer frock springs to mind.
It's transparent that this series includes if not ends at a carpenter from Judea being nailed to cross by our hero ( who gets lots of practice in this novel ) just hope the next instalment is a better effort than this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's Egg 15 Jan 2010
By Falco
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This, the third book in James Mace's series is a little flat compared to the other two. The problem is that the Hero, Artorious, whilst well painted in the previous two books and allowed to roam in our imaginations, has been slightly curtailed. This means that the "sex as a means of keeping interest in the book" is more noticeable as are some of the more glaring and repeated spelling errors. e.g., I am positive that the Romans had a lot more "Provincial" Governors than they appear from these books to have "Provisional" Governors.

Having said that, in all it is a good series but could be improved by more fleshing out of Artorius and a bit more fleshing out of the Imperial power plays which seem to fluctuate between vague and overplayed but are mainly just whetting the curiousity rather than satisfying it and making the reader care about it.

In all a good read but in comparison to the previous two, "Could do better" as my old teacher used to say, we have proof of that by Books 1 and 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of James Mace 6 Jun 2013
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Once again another good book written by James Mace. I wonder where he gets all his stories from - keep up the good work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier of Rome Heir to Rebellion 17 April 2014
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A brilliant book, well written ,with plenty of action, I would recommend all the series to any one, who wants action books. A marvellous author Iam sorry I have nearly finished the series. DAVID BOWEN.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SomEone Heir to Rebellion 17 Mar 2014
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I gave this 4 stars to reflect the way this story cracked along. Yet another good read with a first rate lead in to the next in the series (which I have already downloaded!)
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1.0 out of 5 stars A good story ruined 30 July 2013
By Twodogs
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A good story ruined by stupid Americanisms and thoughtless wording. For instance.. No Roman could ever have complained of being thrown like a sack of potatoes, potatoes were 1500 years away in the future in the Americas. So to could a Roman ever drink Port as there was no Oporto or even Portugal let alone distilled alcohol to fortify wine. A Roman solider would not shout "Fire" at his archers; the word fire to shoot a weapon came with gunpowder some 1000 years or so later.
Pathetic American bastardization of the English language speaks of a less than well educated author. One "drags or dragged" not 'drug', there is no such word as "gotten" , one gets or got. and one "dived" not dove.
All these examples of poor authorship detract so much from the stories that I will not be buying further books by this author
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3.0 out of 5 stars Are we tiring 6 July 2013
By dobie
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Seems like Mace is struggling to stretch more out of his characters. This is ok but some of it seems to be padding.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I found this novel so disappointing on so many levels. Having read the first two books in this series and enjoyed them I wrote a good review for them despite the fact that many other reviewers panned them.

So what happened? Well, this book attempts to take on the stories of the main characters forward but the plot is so shallow and the writing so immature that it is little more than a series of disjointed stories which either tells us what we already know, or makes up scenarios which have nothing to do with a plot so he can awkwardly bring characters together. Mace also clumsily attempts to keep a timeline on the political intrigue at the heart of the Empire by flitting back and forth at odd moments to the Emperor and his family. But while those events might eventually (in whatever situation the writer has in his mind for this series) show their relevance they just add to the bitty nature of this book.

There are some glaring howlers; such as in a formal written commendation accompanying the promotion of one character which states that he is being promoted for 'his technical savvy'. One character asking another if he remembered during an event 'his adrenaline kicking in. 'Oh come on..please! This supposed to be an historical novel. The main villain is allowed to escape on more than one occasion, apparently with ease from a supposedly crack squad of heroes, who shrug and allow it to happen saying we'll get him next time, even though they spent two years searching for him. I understand that the author is a serving U.S. soldier and if he thinks that is acceptable then I hope is under close supervision in his day job.

The text seems largely unedited, sentences and paragraphs repeated word for word one after the other.
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