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Tribune of Rome: VESPASIAN I

Tribune of Rome: VESPASIAN I [Kindle Edition]

Robert Fabbri
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26 AD: Sixteen-year-old Vespasian leaves his family farm for Rome, his sights set on finding a patron and following his brother into the army. But he discovers a city in turmoil and an Empire on the brink. The aging emperor Tiberius is in seclusion on Capri, leaving Rome in the iron grip of Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus is ruler of the Empire in all but name, but many fear that isn't enough for him.

Sejanus' spies are everywhere - careless words at a dinner party can be as dangerous as a barbarian arrow. Vespasian is totally out of his depth, making dangerous enemies (and even more dangerous friends - like the young Caligula) and soon finds himself ensnared in a conspiracy against Tiberius.

With the situation in Rome deteriorating, Vespasian flees the city to take up his position as tribune in an unfashionable legion on the Balkan frontier. But even here there is no escaping the politics of Rome. Unblooded and inexperienced, he must lead his men in savage battle with hostile mountain tribes - dangerous enough without renegade Praetorians and Imperial agents trying to kill him too.

Somehow, he must survive long enough to uncover the identity of the traitors behind the growing revolt...

About the Author

Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and has worked in film and TV for 25 years. He is an assistant director and has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. Now, his life-long passion for ancient history, especially for that of the Roman Empire, has drawn him to write his first novel. He lives in London and Berlin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1747 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V9ODEK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid beginning for a remarkable man 10 May 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
With a whole host of books out there featuring the roman army in action, an author has to do something a little different or special to get their title not only noticed but also read by the literal army of potential fans out there. What Robert Fabbri does in his debut novel is place one of the most intruiging Roman Emperors who rose to this elevated position during the "Year of the Four Emperors" (AD 68-69).

Here Robert takes Vespasian from his young beginnings and weaves a magical tale for the reader that will see him rise due to his natural talents. It's cleverly written, the principle protagonist comes to life within the pages and the reader really is in for a treat as the book unveils its tale through clever prose and steady pace almost matching the legionaries of ancient Rome itself. All in this book is a decent beginning for a great story and a solid debut for a new author. It's definitely going to be interesting to see how Robert develops over subsequent titles.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
By Dor
Whenever I see a debut book form an author who's obvious agenda is to target the Scarrow's "Macro and Cato" series which are such good fun, I always have to remember that they're never going to make the grade. After reading Fabbri's debut novel today I can honestly say it was fantastic. Detailed, entertaining, atmospheric and with the usual epic battle scenes this really is a novel that feels like it should have been screened as part of HBO's Rome series which was a masterpiece and stunningly entertaining. There's little point in summarizing the storyline as you can read that for yourself in the product description. All I can say is, if you're a fan of Roman historical fiction this is an absolute must! Buy it, you won't be disappointed and although this novel won't change the world, you'll certainly end up fully immersed in the Roman legions for a few hours!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut 12 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When i first read about this book I was sceptical, The cover looked...well a bit naff and comical, and for me the cover can be a big lead in for the book, the synopsis had the potential to make this a true Scarrow rip off..BUT, it is Vespasian, one of the more interesting emperors, a man involved in so many great events in the history of Rome.

So could this Robert Fabrri fella pull it off?
Yes is the simple answer, in fact he does it in style, the book is very well written, well plotted, well paced, naturally great characters, and the fact blended with the fiction , to bring us Vespasian from Birth.

So instead of a cheap imitation we have possibly a new contender alongside Simon Scarrow, Anthony Riches, Ben Kane, Conn Iggulden, Douglas Jackson etc and the top of this equally competent well written book two will show us that.

This is a highly recommended Debut.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vespasian: Tribune of Rome! 3 May 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the debut novel of Robert Fabbri, the first book about the life of Vespasian who was eventually involved in the invasion of Britain in AD43 and who later went onto to become Emperor. The book starts with his birth where sacrifices are made and great things are foreseen about the forthcoming life of the young man. The story then jumps to a fifteen year old youngster who is intent on looking after his parents farm and lands from raiders.

Robert Fabbri manages to create a great atmosphere surrounding Vespasians early days on the farm where he fights to protect his live stock from local thieves. When his elder brother Sabinus returns home from the legions they are instructed by their father to take their local freedmen and slaves and seek out the thieves and make an example of them, which they set off to do in the first action of the story.

As a result of their success their father (an ex soldier himself) takes them to Rome to meet their uncle with promises of serving the Empire, Sabinus in the mint and Vespasian as a young Tribune in the army. From the outset there is deceit and treachery especially for the younger brother who has to virtually fight his way out of Rome with the help of Magnus, a man used by his uncle when skulduggery occurs or is required.

After joining his legion, he is quickly in the midst of the action in Thrace where all isn't as it appears to be. There are set piece battles, torture and executions galore and a sense of humour that's very squaddie like, that adds to the sense of believability. Young Vespasian performs well throughout all these encounters and slowly becomes a respected thin stripe Tribune.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An auspicious beginning 5 Mar 2012
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To be honest, despite having a list of books to read that's a mile long, I bought this largely on the strength of the title, Vespasian being one of my favourite historical figures. I'd not even read the blurb before I bought it and started reading.

I was therefore surprised and a little disappointed to discover as I read that this is a tale of the early days of the great man, long before the great events for which he's remembered.

Any negativity I felt was banished in short order. The book is simply marvellous and the tale gripping and wholly realistic, being solidly rooted in historical events regardless of its fictional nature.

The book is split into several parts and has something for everyone, from early farm-based childhood rivalries, through adolescence and intrigue in Rome, danger, flight and mystery, right to a full-scale military campaign with all the great detail an excitement to match any of the other great Roman fiction writers out there.

The great strength of Fabbri to me, though, is his characterisations. Vespasian is exactly how I would imagine a young version of the great man. The interplay between his family, particularly his grandmother and her chief slave, is charming to read. The highlight in characters for me, though, is Magnus.

I really look forward to the next Vespasian book and cannot recommend this highly enough to a fan of Roman fiction. Buy it. Read it. Love it.
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Excellent detail of life at that time
Published 17 days ago by PaulV
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a new Roman franchise
As a fan of Simon Scaroow's Roman series I was worried that this might be a rip off, but I was delighted to find it has a niche all of its own. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Camembaert
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok book .
Not the best roman book I have read . Can't really rate it more that a 3* . Found it a bit slow .
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
A very good read after reading Simon scarrow I thought that I would not find a match but I have
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historic Hokum
A curious mix of blood and raunchy sex interspersed with gobbets of rather undigested information about Roman life, customs and history. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mike lomax
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff
I love all things Rome and although I'm a girl and some of the fight scenes are a wee bit gory the fast pace of action and the brilliant descriptive writing makes this a fantastic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms Susan Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good book to read,struggled a bit to start with till I got used to all the characters. Have bought the follow up book .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Once again reading history as a story albeit with extra characters but it does spice it up and can't wait to read the next one
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A good story line, put together very well . I would recommend this book to any one who is intrested in Rome.
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