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The Eternal Empire

The Eternal Empire [Kindle Edition]

Geoff Fabron

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A novel of alternate history, set in a world where the Roman Empire never fell, where the Emperor rules from Constantinople and the Legions still guard the Rhine and Danube. In the early 20th century a network of railways criss-cross the provinces of the Empire and instead of swords and spears the legionaries are equipped with rifles and artillery, the cavalry with armoured vehicles.
In ‘The Eternal Empire’ it is 1920 and the Roman Empire is in a deep economic recession following years of expansion and growth. A package of political, social and economic reforms coupled with austerity measures to deal with the crisis leads to revolts and bloodshed which hands power to a reactionary senator with his own agenda. Protective, punitive tariffs and taxes on trade and transport routes with neighbouring states generate unrest within the Empire and outrage outside it.
As civil war begins to breakout, Saxony, the largest of the German States, sees an opportunity to gain revenge for a humiliating defeat decades before.
Cornelius Petronius, a Roman diplomat in Saxony find himself in the centre of events through his relationship with Katherine, the sister of a Saxon Minister. Tensions between the Empire and Saxony increase as a revolt breaks out in Britain and a war starts with the Arab Caliphate. When evidence of an impending attack across the Rhine frontier by Saxony is discovered by Katherine, Cornelius endeavours to prevent it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AIEJ14
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read - a vision of a very different 20th Century Europe 25 Feb 2013
By Wizzel - Published on
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An amazingly good and thought provoking book. It is thought provoking to consider a Europe where an English people never formed through the intermingled migrations of Danes, Saxons, Normans and Celts, because Brittania was and remains forever Roman. As in much of the rest of Europe, the dominant culture is Latin and Greek. Excepting those areas on the periphery that are Saxon (German), Scandinavian, Scots or Irish. The book is about a how a somewhat democratic nation, Rome, gets put into an impossible mess and eventually war through poorly thought out fiscal austerity, extreme self interest, and despotic tendancies of senior civil servants, and rather bad judgement of the Emperor. War with Saxony ensues, as does rebellion in the provinces. Set in 1920 in an alternate history. A great read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bread and Circuses? 28 Nov 2012
By A. Hunt - Published on
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This was a surprisingly good read. Aside from a very few minor editing issues (far fewer than most of the ebooks I've read, quite honestly), this was an exciting and well paced examination of what a 'modern' Roman Empire might look like. Anyone interested in Alternate History yarns could do far worse... I sincerely hope the author is contemplating a sequal, or at least other books in this world. I'd definitely want to read it/them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent story riddled with mistakes 18 Aug 2013
By Clay Yearsley - Published on
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As is the case with most of these Kindle eBooks, it would really benefit from an editor or a proofreader. The author has apparently never heard of the apostrophe. There are some missing words, incorrect uses of your, instead of you're, and similar errors. The spelling of several names was inconsistent, even primary characters. At the beginning, I told myself to overlook these things, but they permeate the entire book.

The concept is excellent and plausible. The story moves at a good pace. The characters are fairly black-and-white. It's a good enough read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun... Not perfect, but Fun... 23 July 2013
By Mark W. Walton - Published on
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Okay, this is an 'alternate history' that doesn't quite play by the rules, in that a proper alternate history allows for one variation from the record, and then explores the outcome. Eternal Empire assumes that the last two thousand years of history have been different, and then looks at one event. So it's not quite within the parameters of normal alternate history.
that being said, it's a lot of fun to read, and I enjoyed it. Mr. Fabron will get another $3.99 from me whenever he writes again!
Here's what I liked. The Romano-Byzantine Empire in the 20th century! Yep, that's fun by itself. And we get to see it in action. The author shows us at least hints of family life, the church, the legal system, local government, technology, and lots of military and diplomatic details. He does this while telling a war story, and he takes us from the 'whys' of the war to the conclusion, including diplomacy, espionage, strategy and tactics. So it's an ambitious work! One might say that it's a little too ambitious, because the ending is cramped, and too much happens too quickly (by far) in order to tie up all of the threads that Mr. Fabron wove. But he does complete everything, and it's all in one volume, which is a redeeming point. The story gallops along,and if it is generally predictable, and the characters a bit two dimensional, I was so excited to find out 'What will happen?' that I read it in nearly one sitting!
The writing is perfectly adequate, with only a few minor editing problems, and these aren't distracting.
So, on balance, The Eternal Empire was well worth my time. I hope that Mr. Fabron will do something more, and maybe in the next book he'll show us a bit more about just how the Roman Empire of the 20th century is similar - but different. And why. Ought to be a book or two in those ideas I hope!
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 11 July 2014
By TAG - Published on
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Good story line!
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