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Harry Sidebottom
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31 Jan 2013 Warrior of Rome 5 (Book 5)

Experience all the action of Rome with Harry's latest epic.

AD263 - barbarian invasions and violent uprisings threaten to tear apart the Imperium of Rome.

In the north, the tribes are increasingly bold in their raids on the Imperium - their savagery unlike anything Rome has known before. Ballista must undertake his most treacherous journey yet - a covert attempt to turn the barbarians of the steppe against each other. He must face the Heruli - the most bizarre and brutal of all the nomad tribes - the Eaters of Flesh, the Wolves of the North. As Ballista and his retinue make their journey, someone - or something - is hunting them, picking them off one by one, and leaving a trail of terror and mutilated corpses.

Ballista is in a strange land, among strange people, but is it possible that the greatest threat may come from within his own familia?

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (31 Jan 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141046171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141046174
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,546 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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Wonderful fight scenes, deft literary touches . . . This is a storming triumph (Evening Standard)

Blazes with searing scholarship (The Times)

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.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better... 11 July 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is volume 5 of the adventures of Ballista (or Dernhelm), the son of an Angle warlord in Germania who grew up as a hostage of the Romans, was brought up at the imperial court and became a Roman general specialized in siege warfare. In this volume, after having been sent on a dangerous mission in the Caucasus, he is now sent with his "familia" on another dangerous mission to the Goths and Heruls living North of the Black Sea.

Apart from Harry Sidebottom's usual research, description of characters and writing style - all excellent - this book has quite a few other things going for it. The other strong point, of course, is that, as in his four previous books, and as another reviewer has mentioned already, the author makes you learn a lot in a rather entertaining way. However, none of these points are specific to this book. There are generic and can apply just as well to any of his four previous books.

The same reviewer thought it useful to warn readers against potential criticism that this book might seem slow paced at time. It does seem slow, at one point, but, far from being a criticism, this is perfectly suitable and it even seems to be deliberate since it conveys very well the impression of an endless trek as the embassy crosses the steppe and seeks to reach the Heruls' camp.

Another point is Sidebottom's choice of the Heruls, of which we know very little, and what we know mainly comes from Procopius writing almost 300 years after the time when the book's story is supposed to take place. This, of course, allows the author more room for invention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 13 Dec 2013
By Trajan
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The fifth in the series Wolves of the north finds Ballista and his familia sent on a diplomatic mission to the Heruli (an east Germanic tribe living around the Black sea. Mission to turn the Heruli against there neighbours which will forestall an invasion of the Imperium. After a slow start the author gets into his stride and then the action really picks up. All in all Harry Sidebottom has penned an exciting narrative with historical fact and fiction expertly interwoven, gritty action, three dimensional Characters, Highly recommended.
The perfect companion to this excellent series is the ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker.Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

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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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
As with all of Harry's books I expect that some will call the book slow, over detailed etc. But that's just not the case.

Harry's books and this one in particular are wonderfully written, he has an eloquent way of weaving the descriptive with the action. Like the history teacher everyone wants, you learn while you are entertained.

There are I'm sure a couple of readers out there who will once again claim to know more than the author about history but because there are always times that a fictional author must bend the facts and timeframe to fit the plot and its pace they need to get over that. Any changes are well explained as usual and all done with the very best of intentions to keep the latest story on plot and pace.

As usual our hero Ballista isn't just a 2D character, I always found him to be well rounded and by book five he is a living breathing hero, the good the bad, the imperfect, the stress and strain of position and command, all witten to give you fully rounded REAL person, with a supporting cast just as well written. I personally found even more realism with book five because of the chaotic swirl of the barbarian world clashing with the civilised order that was Rome.
Add a large dose of intrigue that usually accompanies the corrupt world of Rome and all its dealings, both from a family level through to movers and shakers in power. Ballista a Roman by accident / circumstance and deep down a barbarian at heart. This really does make for the most complex and intricate story so far and the best.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read as with the rest of the series 24 July 2012
By Kevin J
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As a standalone book it would not get four stars but having read the previous books I found this one just as enthralling.For me, it was a little less educational than earlier books and there was a greater concentration on the human side of the characters Sidebottom has created. Hopefully the next installment will arrive sooner than this one did.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Author, top notch title 11 July 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Harry is one of those authors that I really love to spend time with. He takes me far away from our own world and throws me back to the ancient days of Rome as his principle hero seeks to help keep order in the Empire. Its creative, its wonderfully written and with great prose alongside high octane action sequences, he's an author that really does deliver.

Add to this great research and an ability to keep you informed without the use of an info dump and all in this book was a pure joy to read. Magical writing and of course an author who sets standards for readers to follow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars wolves of the North This Ballista misses its target by a Roman...
I have read so many series sequel historical novels that I recently put down this latest volume Harry Sidebottom Ballista saga because I thought I had already read it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mark1000
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedium Beckons!
Each time I buy a new one in the series It is because I have convinced myself that such an able guy must be able to serve up a great read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Enquirer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
I bought this for my husband as he is a huge fan of this author and Roman history. He loved the book and we have bought other's in the series.
Published 6 months ago by Peachmo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series
I am a big fan of this series - the previous two were marvellous. This fifth one, though, was a disappointment to me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kate
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Reading
Poor for Harry as i normaly realy enjoy his books, mainly holiday view off the steepe which after one or two discription becomes a distraction as you then skim, trust this is just... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard Watkins
3.0 out of 5 stars The Allusionist
As a title for this review I thought `There and (almost) back again' might fit, as it appeared to sum up the plot pretty well and cast a knowing reference to all those Germanic... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Currie
1.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointing
I have read every book thus far in this series and thoroughly enjoyed them. I wish I had read some of the reviews before I read this one. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kilcandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Continues to develop the characters
Harry Sidebottom continues to develop the characters althoug the plot line wandered a little, can't wait for the next book
Published 7 months ago by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellant read.
I have read all of this series to date and this one doesn't disappoint. Although the action level dipped in a couple of places the book still held my interest and enjoyment... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dan Brain
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Having read all Harry's previous novels i was looking forward to this one as well. Although it was enjoyable i thought it was a little overlong and didn't really move the story on... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew McElvenney
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