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on 13 May 2013
I read all 4 of these books in the space of a few weeks, one after the other, finishing this one only a few days ago - and I am already missing Fronto and his adventures with his wine-drinking mates!! All 4 books are set in the 1st century BC around Julius Caesar's campaigns in Gaul (for those with a weak disposition, please note that some of the battle narrative is rather detailed, gruesome and violent!), it is so well written you can't help but feel like you are there with the characters, love the fact that the Gauls seem to have northern accents and between battles the main characters like to pop to the pub (a lot!!)
I am not an expert on roman history, battles or politics, but it made me want to find out about the real events, people and places that these stories take their inspiration from - and from what I can tell they're pretty close to the reality of Ceasars invasion of Gaul over the same 4 year period, although the only Fronto I could find that excelled in battle and became a Legate was a Marcus Claudius Fronto from the second century AD (killed in battle 170 AD)
Regardless of fact and fiction the stories are a wonderfully entertaining and absorbing read, so I hope that if you pick these books up you enjoy them as much as I did - and please, please Mr Turney, I do hope there are more tales of Fronto on the way . . . . . . . . . . . . .