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The Tribune: A Novel of Ancient Rome (The Tribune Series Book 1)

The Tribune: A Novel of Ancient Rome (The Tribune Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Larkin
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“My name is Lucius Aurelius Valens, and I am a soldier in the service of Rome.”

A young Roman officer with a strong sense of justice and duty thwarts corrupt officials plundering the province of Syria and is marked for death. To save his life, he is sent to command a cavalry regiment stationed in ever-restless Judea. He expects only the thankless task of maintaining the Roman peace in a land where he and his soldiers are despised and feared. But this peace is shattered when he and his men discover the massacre of a detachment of Praetorian Guards and the man they were protecting—a member of the Roman Senate and an ally of the emperor Tiberius himself. Plunged straight into a deadly web of murder and intrigue, Valens soon realizes far more is at stake than just his own life and honor.

“I can only tell you what I saw and heard and felt and learned.”

Valens must find those truly responsible. If he fails, he will be forced to destroy the nearest village in savage reprisal. But time is running out fast and there are many—including some under his own command—who are sure the Roman peace can only be maintained by terror and the use of overwhelming force. To save innocent lives, he must first pierce the veil of secrecy surrounding the senator’s strange journey through one of the empire’s most dreary backwaters. What was Decimus Junius Silanus seeking? And why was he killed?

“You must judge for yourselves whether I speak the truth—or whether I have simply lost all sense and reason….”

Surrounded by strange prophecies, eerie omens, and hidden agendas, Valens races to uncover the truth, to confront a ruthless, powerful enemy, and to meet a destiny that he could never have imagined.

"The Tribune does for ancient Rome what The Name of the Rose did for medieval Europe and Gorky Park did for the corrupt Soviet Union."
— Kevin J. Anderson, bestselling author of the new Dune series

"The Tribune offers a captivating look into the life of an honorable Roman soldier...While the mystery surrounding the murder of the Roman senator provides a compelling story, the finale of the novel packs an even greater punch."
— Sheri Melnick, Romantic Times

"Patrick Larkin, co-author of five other thriller and espionage novels, writes directly, with a compelling narrative and descriptive detail...Larkin has a talent for evoking atmosphere and creating characters. Rather than parade his research, he skillfully and naturally weaves relevant facts into scenes and dialogue, which, in a historical novel, is no small accomplishment."
— Adelaida Lower, Historical Novels Review, Issue 25, August 2003

"[The Tribune] is historical fiction for everyone. The way the author introduces characters, presents background, and explains the machinations of Roman politics makes this book easily accessible to anyone with even a passing interest in the period. The mystery is only one layer of this complex story. Revelations continue to the final page. I’m looking forward to more...[4 Daggers]"
— Deborah Hern, coordinator of The Mysterious Corner at the Romance Reader's Connection

"Being a whistleblower is risky business, especially in ancient Rome... Larkin's story is ambitious and well plotted...fascinating premise."
— Publisher's Weekly

About the Author:
Patrick Larkin is a bestselling author specializing in historical, military, and espionage thrillers. His collaborations with Larry Bond—including Red Phoenix, Vortex, Cauldron, The Enemy Within, and Day of Wrath—have won critical acclaim for their suspense, realism, and unblinking appreciation of geopolitical and modern military realities. The Lazarus Vendetta and The Moscow Vector, both part of Robert Ludlum’s bestselling Covert-One series, have earned praise for non-stop action, chilling and realistic science, and intricate plotting. The Tribune is the first in a new series of historical thrillers featuring Lucius Aurelius Valens.

Larkin and his family live near Austin, Texas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 988 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick Larkin; 1 edition (12 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read ,cleverly told 30 April 2013
By stevieb
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A good roman novel that is cleverly linked into the intrigue and power struggles that gripped the empire after the peace of Augustus rule,backstabbing,conniving Romans at there best ,brilliant..,,,look forward to the next one
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 April 2013
By Richie
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Well written, well researched, good plot. There are a lot of novels set in the Roman period this one stands out a mile. At the quality end of historical fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 1 April 2013
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Excellent book and with a little more refining in the writing of future books five stars. I look forward to more books from this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable! 7 Mar 2013
By clotty
Format:Kindle Edition
i really enjoyed the tribune and will certainly be reading the rest of the series. i love reading about Romans and love the descriptions, feelings and emotions that Patrick Larkin writes in his novel. it really draws you into the story and grips you at everytime.

the story itself was well thought out and i wont spoil it for you. the main character is sent to Syria to keep the peace in a land that is aggressive and in fear of the romans. a bit like a tinderbox ready to explode. eventually it does explode and all hell breaks loose and our hero has to get out of the mess with his life intack.

i loved the action and the drama and i really couldnt put the book down once i was into it. would really recommend if you love your history novels, the romans or action packed thriller books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Place Like Rome 27 July 2013
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Opening round in a series of historical novels set in Ancient Rome. Our hero is a bluff manly young chap who probably plays rugger at a public school. Not for him the evil plotting of the villains, he depends on his own right arm and some well placed chums impressed by his personality. Set during sojourn of Germanicus Julius Caesar in the East (for those who remember "I, Claudius") there is plenty of historical detail and a "guest appearance".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit contrived 3 April 2013
By Unknown
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A good thriller. But do not expect a clever read. It could be set in any historical period. Sharp in sandles
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all you ever wanted in ancinent rome 6 Jun 2013
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yes loved this book start to finish this author new to me if you are like me and like this sort of stuff go for this one
you will love it not a long book but plenty in it no problem giving 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribune series - part 1 21 May 2013
By Hilt
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure if I would be able to get into it, but after very few pages I realized it was a story that I couldn't stop reading. Fast and with enough action pages to keep anyone who loves this area of past times.
A brilliant novel by Patrick Larkin - hurry up Book 2.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Daniel H Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Brtty's read.
Great book could not put it down if you are a fan of books about Rome and its l history then you will enjoy reading this book. I would recommend women to read it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Betty stanyer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good old yarn
Good in its apparent historical accuracy, although I am not a historian.
With an unexpected twist in characters identity, towards the end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
The book has a good pace to it but the author did tend to go over the same things occasionally. Still a good book though.
Published 6 months ago by Tokkamada
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed
The only thing that disappointed me about this trilogy is that it isn't a trilogy, there is only one book in the series. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Chatterton
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tribune
An exciting tale of a Tribune of Ancient Rome with gentle hints of an underlying sub plot which is interesting and makes you keen to carry on reading the series.
Published 10 months ago by Johan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tribune, Patrick Larkin.
A very interesting book. I await the next one in the series with anticipation.
A great feeling of time and place.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs.S.Walls
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
Held me from the beginning and found it a great read. For those of you who like this period and like the action in the Roman series then you will enjoy the book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JD
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Roman Empire story
I do enjoy a good Roman soldier / hero read and this book is exactly that. Enjoyed the link with the birth of Christianity. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the genre
But isn't the market for ancient Roman novels getting a bit overcrowded?

Good story and the end part was surprising.
Published 13 months ago by Chasm
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