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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482972565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482972566
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 14 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,443,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Harry Sidebottom is a Fellow of St Benets Hall and lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art.

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Blazes with searing scholarship (The Times)

Sidebottom has the touch of an exceptionally gifted storyteller, drawing on prodigious learning (Tim Severin, author of the 'Vikings' trilogy)

Gruesome, Gladiator-style battle scenes and well-researched detail (Shortlist) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr Harry Sidebottom is a Fellow of St Benet's Hall and lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2013
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Regardless of whether this book is cheap or expensive, the purpose of this review is to try to explain why I believe it is worth five stars. As far as I am concerned, it ticks all my boxes, with a couple of original touches added to the mix. These gave me the impression that the author may even have enjoyed writing his book. For a piece of historical fiction like this one, there are at least three and possibly even five such "boxes" to tick for me to "love it", to use Amazon terminology for a five-star rating.

First, there is the historical context. The story takes place in AD 264, within one of the less well-known periods of the Roman Empire sometimes called "the Third Century Crisis" and as the Empire is torn by multiple usurpations, civil wars and invasions from Germanic Barbarians by land and sea all along the Rhine and the Danube. A few years before, Britain, Gaul and Spain had seceded, with Posthumus, a Batavian general, having been proclaimed Emperor. Odenathus, Lord of Palmyra, controls the Eastern part after having defeated the Persians. At least officially and for the time being, he acts there as the viceroy of Emperor Gallienus who still controls the central part of the Empire. The latter has been facing one crisis after another (and, at times, several almost simultaneously) for most of his reign which starting in AD 253.

Unsurprisingly, since the author is also an accomplished historian, the historical context is very well presented, with summaries of previous events (both those that took place in previous volumes and events that have not been described in detail) being summarized through the reflections of some of the main characters.
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Ballista heads north from Ukraine through Poland to Denmark -- though in those days, these countries and nations did not exist and other people lived in those lands.

This is not the same level as the earlier books, so I gave it only a 4 out of 5. It continues with the character development and you get to explore new pieces of ancient history, but there seems less heart in this and the story feels a bit incomplete. Ballista and Maximums are tired.

This could have been better if it had good conclusions, but it seems very rushed -- perhaps the entire epic of Ballista going home could have been stretched to two books (or is that Harry Sidebottom's aim?)

For those who have read the earlier 5 books, this is a must-have, it is a bit disappointing, but not very, so you will enjoy reading it. For those who haven't read the first 5, don't start with this.

I would like to see Harry Sidebottom put in another book about the Germanic kingdoms in the north. To me it is fascinating that in the 3rd century AD, the Germanics started expanding out of the Scandanavian lands -- why? was it the warming weather etc
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The perfect companion for all Roman history enthusiasts is: THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

Once again Harry Sidebottom displays his in depth knowledge of the turbulent third century A.D. when the Roman Empire was on the verge of collapse. The authors descriptive powers are second to none, the characters' especially Ballista three dimensional.

Some reviewers have stated that the author over indulges by describing in too much detail the geopolitical situation, for me it only enhances the narrative,and increases my interest.

I won't bother with the general description of the narrative as there are some excellent reviews already posted. Suffice it to say I thought the Amber road overall was well written, with a good plot, albeit not on the same level as his earlier works, but still a very enjoyable read.

For those who would like further information on this epoch I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps.
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My review gives 5 stars for the series (so far)..Doctor Sidebottom brings the chaotic period of the 3rd century to life with the stroke of a pen. Over the six books the main characters battle siege, betrayal, slavery, murder and everything else a barbarian general in Rome's 3rd century armies can expect and more.
As the Author is a scholar of the time. It is laced with people who existed from the great and good to the not so great or good. Looking forward to book 7 and the Throne Of The Ceasers is another great series by this writter. That is set just before this one and depending on how that delevops, could be a forerunner of the Warrior Of Rome series.
But only complaint I have is that book 6 does finish rather vaguely, as too many loose ends left untied. Or is that the greater plan for book 7?
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Took a while to get into it and finishes rather oddly, so lets hope there will be another book in the series.
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Good read but doesn't read easily as there are too many Latin words, would be better with an appendix, especially for the place names and the modern country equivalent. However I enjoy any novel about ancients be it Rome or any other 'empire' recommended
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