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Sword of Rome: Standard Bearer [Kindle Edition]

Richard Foreman
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Sword of Rome: Standard Bearer is the first book in a series of novellas featuring Lucius Oppius and the campaigns of Julius Caesar.

Britain, 55 BC.

Julius Caesar’s invasion of the wild and mineral-rich land is becalmed, a stalemate exists between the forces of Rome and Britain. But the standard bearer of the Tenth Legion, Lucius Oppius, is about to display a depth of courage that will change the course of the invasion – and history.

Encamped upon the south coast Caesar, admiring the courage and skill of his standard bearer, orders Oppius to accompany a native British archer and go behind enemy lines. His mission is to hunt down a treacherous Roman agent, who is recruiting Britons to fight against the armies of Rome in Gaul.

Yet not all is what it seems and Oppius will fight for his life, as well as for Caesar and the glory of Rome, to complete his mission and find his way back home.

Sword of Rome: Standard Bearer brings together history and action and adventure in a story which will appeal to fans of both Simon Scarrow and Bernard Cornwell.

Richard Foreman's books have been widely praised.

Praise for Augustus: Son of Rome.

'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'. (Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series)

Praise for Raffles: The Complete Innings.

“Classy, humorous and surprisingly touching tales of cricket, friendship and crime.”

(David Blackburn, The Spectator).

Praise for A Hero of Our Time.

'An elegant novel which is awash with both hope and tragedy. A Hero of Our Time is a must read for anyone interested in WWII or 19th Century Russian Literature.' (Nigel Jones, author of Countdown To Valkyrie)

About The Author.

Richard Foreman is the author of numerous bestselling kindle books, including Augustus: Son of Rome and the Raffles series of historical crime novellas. He is also the author of A Hero of Our Time, a literary novel set during the end of the Second World War. He lives in London.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (6 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00952UUDG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,095 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Foreman is the author of the Raffles series of books and the historical novels Augustus: Son of Rome, Sword of Rome: Standard Bearer, A Hero of Our Time and Warsaw. He has worked as a literary consultant and publicist to a number of bestselling authors, including Tom Holland, Conn Iggulden and Simon Scarrow. He lives in London.

Richard Foreman's work has been widely praised:

The Raffles: The Gentleman Thief series:

'A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!' (David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries)

'This story is not only a joy because of the wonderful characterizations of Raffles and Bunny, but the rest of the ensemble is both amusing and full of personality. I found myself often laughing with Raffles and cringing with Bunny at the various people they encounter. The casual mention of real people like H.G.Wells, Winston Churchill and the famous sportsman C.B.Fry - here a friend of Raffles - naturally brings authenticity to the story, and you really do feel like you're witnessing history first hand' (Dawn - The Baker Street Babes)

'The exploitative rich are robbed, habitual criminals are caught, and men of true nobility triumph... Raffles... is a debonair rogue - a sparkling bon vivant with penchants for cricket and larceny ... [but] Foreman gives himself more latitude with Bunny... who grows in stature (and cunning) over the books.' (David Blackburn, The Spectator)

A Hero of Our Time:

'An elegant novel which is awash with both hope and tragedy. A Hero of Our Time is a must read for anyone interested in WWII or 19th Century Russian Literature.'
(Nigel Jones, author of Countdown To Valkyrie)

Augustus Son of Rome:

'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'.
(Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sharp, Like A Gladius. 2 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great short book. Although the author tacks his story to Caesar and the first Roman invasion of Britain he is able to have fun through fictional characters and a Sharpe-like plot involving a mission behind enemy lines. Loved the dialogue between the soldiers, which soldiers today might enjoy and copy too, and also the scenes between Caesar and his servant Joseph.
The action set-pieces are short and sharp, like a gladius, although the opening battle involving the landing on the beach could have been filled out more.
Looking forward to follow-up and will also check out Augustus: Son of Rome.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of heroism and humour 2 Sep 2012
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a strong blend of historical fact and fiction. Set during Caesar's campaign in Britain, Foreman manages to combine fast-paced, energetic action scenes with likeable characters and intimate scenes of dialogue. The simple plot is driven forward, although there are some nice moments too where the story slows to develop the principle characters and their comradeship. The central character of Sword of Rome is Lucius Oppius. He's far from an original or complex character - it sometimes feels as though the author has parachuted a Roman Sharpe or Jack Reacher into his story - but this is no bad thing in light of genre and length of book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accomplished start to the series 3 Sep 2012
By Adam R
Format:Kindle Edition
The incident of a Roman standard bearer leaping into the channel and causing his comrades to follow is true and provides a nice starting point for this series. However, unlike the author's historical novel Augustus: Son of Rome, much that follows is based on historical fiction rather than fact. Whereas most of the leading characters in Augustus are real historical personages (such Mark Antony, Cicero, Agrippa) Sword of Rome has a mostly fictional cast of characters and the story is lesser for it in my opinion. Only Julius Caesar keeps it real, so to speak, in this novella. Little is made of the political and history of Rome's first invasion of Britain.

But it's clear that the author is meaning this series to be entertaining, rather than educational. The author has read more Sharpe than Suetonius as a basis for his story, but once you get into the spirit of that you start to realise how smart and fun Standard Bearer is. You'll find yourself cheering for Rome, as opposed to Britain, and the very last word of this story will have you looking forward to sequel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Roman Band of Brothers. 3 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There seems to be more to come but the first book set things up well in this Band of Brothers type Rome series. There's plenty of humour and jokes/quips as well as pockets of action. Caesar are the hero Oppius are well drawn (heroic but far from perfect) It's a shame the author didn't turn things into a full novel as I woulld've liked to have known fuller story about Caesar and the invasion. Liked end note suggesting further reading, although would've liked map too. But all in all terrific stuff. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 7 Sep 2012
By Antonia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a fan of Foreman's novel Augustus: Son of Rome, I was curious to see if this short story lived up to it's longer cousin. Whilst appearances are made by some familiar characters, Sword of Rome is an altogether lighter fare and in some ways more entertaining for it. The dialogue is quick and humorous, often making me laugh as the Roman soldiers banter between themselves. The author smatters the story with bloody fight scenes but keeps them short and brutal. I particularly enjoyed the introduction of Teucer the conflicted Briton fighting as a master archer for the Romans and look forward to seeing where the series goes next. A minor criticism is that the book could have been a bit longer - and it also lacked a female character.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling start. 11 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After having watched programmes/films and read books on Rome I find that they are either historically inaccurate but somewhat entertaining or completely factual and dull. Sword of Rome is a rare cross between the two with obvious factual detail and a great story of action and heroism, fit enough for the big or small screen. The book was so enjoyable I forgot that I was reading history, even though the history may be embellished a bit. I got really into the story and the characters and found them to be understandable and it made me think that modern day soldiers would be able to relate to them. Although I was apprehensive about the Briton who was on the side of Rome, I found that the Romans didn't seem to be the villains in the book; the two nations were equally determined and capable fighters. I also enjoyed the many references to culture and history through the author's witty sense of humour. I look forward to the exploits of the Romans in the second book of this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cut above most books in genre. 19 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Fun, violent and seemingly historically accurate in places Sword of Rome is a cut above most novellas in the action and adventure genre.

Would say though that due to story being a novella, as opposed to novel, some of the characters and sub-plots could have been developed more.
That said, there seems to be more to come from the series and will read Augustus: Son of Rome soon too.

The author has a good ear for dialogue and the story isn't bogged down with historical details. Oppius and Caesar are also engaging central characters, for different reasons.
Clearly Foreman has read his Cornwell and Scarrow, but he's carved out a voice of his own too.

Appreciated end note with further reading too.

Looking forward to the sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Good story line, worth a read. It is a book for bedtime, as it is easy to pick up and carry on with story
Published 28 days ago by Geoffrey Blakey
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
This was nave, unbelievable pap. I stayed and struggled with it to the end but I will never go back to Foreman. Couldn't take it seriously.
Published 2 months ago by dobie
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard Bearer
This would have been a five star book if author could have turned into a full length novel, though still really enjoyed Standard Bearer and author brings something extra to genre. Read more
Published 3 months ago by h
4.0 out of 5 stars A Roman Sharpe?
I was impressed by how much the author packed into what is effectively a long short story (although I slightly preferred Sword of Empire by the same author). Read more
Published 3 months ago by hcm
5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun!
Such fun!
One of the best short action novellas I've ever read. Very funny in places, there are few things the author won't poke fun at. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marta abromaityte
2.0 out of 5 stars Vino, vidi, but NOT vici !
Did I read a different book to everyone else here ? I was a few pages in and I'd thought I's bought something that was either teenage fiction or "Romans for Remedials". Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. W. Gill-collis
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Roman history and what happened in the legions. Looking forward the rest of the series
Published 8 months ago by Alan King
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
An enjoyable romp through ancient Rome. Good detail with an accurate description of life in a Roman legion. I will read more from this author
Published 9 months ago by Glass Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars "Loyal Warrior"
I have never been particularly interested in reading historical fiction, but I downloaded on a promotion and it took me by surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cristina
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
Gem of a short book, should you enjoy action and history. Read with sense of humour too, as author has written book with sense of humour.
Published 9 months ago by Kmacs
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