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on 30 June 2013
Well researched and ties in with the known history around the events. As a military man the author gives a useful insight into how armies and the soldiers who make them up actually think and feel. I suspect that many things are indeed the same then and now! Believable and with a good grasp of the differing tactics and field operations. If there is a criticism it is that the bits where Titus is still one of the grunts or an nco come across better. To be in charge of a cohort puts someone on the same level as a lt.colonel now, and to be a "Primus pilus" even higher. To reach (and survive in) that rank in a crack legion would probably require more nous than Titus sometimes shows. As I am interested in the period and have read most of the relevant classics, the book retained my interest, but someone wanting a lighter romp through these campaigns might find it a bit heavy going in places.