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Vespasian - The Prequel,
This review is from: The Crossroads Brotherhood (VESPASIAN) (Kindle Edition)
The Amazon website does clearly state that this is a prequel to the first of the series on Vespasian. The second book in the series is called Rome's Executioner, due out in May 2012.
The file size is 348 KB which is less than half of the size of the Vespasian story at 783 KB. I would suggest that the price of £2.46 is probably too high when compared to the cut price of the Vespasian novel at £3.58 for the Kindle edition. The relative high price loses the rating a star.
The story is written in the same flowing style as Vespasian and also includes some of the same characters, including Lady Antonia and Sejanus. The novella fleshes out the background of the hard man like Magnus, who now is Vespasian's batman whilst on expedition fighting for Rome. The gangs of men who inhabit the Crossroads are a necessary evil, but at the same time they can be a force for good. The story also fleshes out the workings of patronage, political intrigue and spies, and the power of the Praetorian Guard. An enjoyable short read but not an essential purchase.
I really enjoyed Vespasian: Tribune of Rome, and I can not wait for book 2 in the Vespasian series, Rome's Executioner. If you are looking for books to read in the meantime you must look at First Man In Rome (Masters of Rome), or Under the Eagle (Roman Legion 1).