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Soldier of Rome: The Sacrovir Revolt (The Artorian Chronicles)

Soldier of Rome: The Sacrovir Revolt (The Artorian Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

James Mace
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It has been three years since the wars against Arminius and the Cherusci. Gaius Silius, Legate of the Twentieth Legion, is concerned that the barbarians-though shattered by the war-may be stirring once again. He also seeks to confirm the rumors regarding Arminius' death. What Silius does not realize is that there is a new threat to the Empire, but it does not come from beyond the frontier; it is coming from within, where a disenchanted nobleman looks to sow the seeds of rebellion in Gaul.

Legionary Artorius has greatly matured during his five years in the legions. He has become stronger in mind; his body growing even more powerful. Like the rest of the Legion, he is unaware of the shadow growing well within the Empire's borders, where a disaffected nobleman seeks to betray the Emperor Tiberius. A shadow looms; one that looks to envelope the province of Gaul as well as the Rhine legions. The year is A.D. 20.

About the Author

James Mace is a full-time soldier and a part-time writer. He serves with the Idaho Army National Guard and is a veteran of the Iraq War. His first book, Soldier of Rome: The Legionary, was published in 2006. He lives in Meridian, Idaho.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4011 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147756361X
  • Publisher: Legionary Books (12 Feb 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042JT16E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,818 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars With regret, I found this a disappointing sequel 23 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was the first time I have given a sequel fewer stars than the first novel and I found that frustrating, as I really wanted to enjoy this book.

Why a worse review?

Well, in this edition I saw for myself the editing errors that so many complained about in the first novel in the series. I guess the version I had downloaded had subsequently been corrected by the time I read it. Here though, they were laid bare in all their lack of glory. Examples of this are the use of modern idioms such as 'Hey guys' and 'what do you guys think'. In another part of the narrative the author (a modern soldier) writes of scouts 'scoping' the landscape - presumably a modern military term involving a telescopic sight or similar. In addition there were numerous spelling and grammatical howlers. My favourite being the Emperor Tiberius visiting his dying ex wife, who was illuminated solely by the light of a glowing brassier (e). OK the added (e) was mine, but it still made me picture something Madonna or even Lady gaga would be wearing.

Despite all of this I could forgive these sloppy errors, but what I could not get over was that the writing appears to have taken a backward step from the first novel. The opening was tedious and took forever to get past the back-story of all of the characters. If I had downloaded a sample, I doubt I would have bought the book. Which is surprising as it was not this case in the first one!

Also facts are repeated again and again, almost as if the author had forgotten he had already written them. Again for example, we are told around six times in the first quarter of the book the Centurion Macro was one of the few survivors of the massacre by the Gauls a few years previously.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good 8 April 2008
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Having been a reader of Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow's series, I was delighted to discover this new author stepping onto the historical novel stage. The few editing mistakes do not distract from a well written and `page turning' series. The first two books avoid the farcical love plots of the Sharp series, and have more meat to them than The Scarrow books. I would recommend the books to any one who has an interest in Roman novels and wants to have a feel of what life in the legions was like on a daily basis's for the legionnaire.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacrovir Revolt 3 Jun 2008
I have to say that I can begin to see the developing author James Mace make significant strides in his writing. Not only did he maintain the high standard regarding the quality of the story line, but he also seriously improved the editing process. A lot of reviewers were targeting him for this very aspect while writing a review of the first book it is nice to see that their advice and others has been heeded, a marked improvement.

I would recommend that people read the first book in the series before venturing to this newest edition, simply so you can understand the characters and some of there more subtle complexity's which would make for an easier read. It is also nice to see that James Mace is still employing that attractive element of originality to his writing. I for one will be looking out for this series and will enjoy watching Atorius as he encounters more challenges. Of course I also like to watch him reaping the benefits as he advances up the command chain and decorated for his acts of valor.
A very good read and a nice edition to the promising series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Artorian Chronicles - Part Two (Kindle edition) 30 April 2013
By Mr. G. Johns VINE VOICE
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When I buy a book, even on my Kindle, I expect it to have been proof read before publication; after all, I reckon that, given I have paid good money for it, it should be able to be read without spelling errors, grammatical errors and have words that would not have been used in Ancient Roman times.

I have already read book one in this series and found a host of mistakes, so, this time I have noted every inaccuracy – see below. I have yet to read the remaining two books, because I have already bought them. If I had only purchased the first book, I would not have continued on with the other three; this writer would be better suited to writing children’s comics.

He could learn how to write if he read professional books like those written by M.C. Scott or Simon Scarrow – now, they ARE brilliant authors, who also specialise in the Roman Empire.

List of Spelling Errors

Wrong Words Correct Words

Option – (numerous) Optio
...surely surly mete
Options x 3 Optios
The measurement ‘metre’ or ‘meter’ in US English hadn’t been invented
...who would be break up the legionary formations,... no ‘be’
...look and see what are old enemies are up to... our
...“Maybe not in my lifetime, but one day Rome will all. ?
...the surviving barbarians knew they had been beat
and threw down their arms. beaten
...Thrax remained silent, though is breath was
coming in rapid gasps. his
...and a thousand memories wracked his conscious. conscience
...wore well made breaches... x 2 breeches
...The rest of the men followed suite, suit
Americanisms dotted throughout the narrative.......
Furlough Americanism
...only a minority was actual auxiliaries were
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Readable but attempts at realistic dialogue contain too many modern colloquialisms. In places the copy editor was sloppy. Which irritates.
Published 8 months ago by M. Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable but
Not overly impressed. I wish we could stick in more battle scenes and keep away from politics and mad emperor themes.
Published 13 months ago by dobie
5.0 out of 5 stars sOLDIER of ROME the Sacrovir Revolt.
A fantastic book James Mace writes in detail of the Legionaires life on the front and tells the story of aman who tried to bring down the senate and the Roman domination inthe... Read more
Published 14 months ago by david bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and a credit to the author
I can only repeat what I have said about the stories in the same series Soldier of Rome. A very good read and looking forward to his new books.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. C. Wharton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the second book I have read by James Mace. Excellent story well worth reading - you won't be able to put it down.
Published 14 months ago by Mr E. C Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars marys views Artorian Cronicles
a good insight into life as a soldier of rome,i have read all of the series and many other similar books all good reading
Published on 9 April 2012 by mary smith
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same. Shame
Although I wasn't really looking too hard, it only took until page 8 to spot the first spelling error. There may well be one before that. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by Tugs
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable
Having enjoyed the first book I downloaded this to my Kindle straight away. As good as the first, although I have to agree that some of the modern language - "you guys" etc does... Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by Alan Hutchings
3.0 out of 5 stars Switched off due to terrible editing
Dont get me wrong, this book has the potential to be great. The storyline and characters have all the makings of a really good read, however, I ended up frustrated by the regular... Read more
Published on 23 July 2010 by Johnson MB
1.0 out of 5 stars An Editor would give thumbs down!
This story is OK in as far as it goes, but unfortunately he does not write well. The style of writing is very awkward at times and he often presents 'factual' historical... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2008 by Dr. Philip Le Dune
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