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5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to become a classic, 30 July 2012
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This review is from: The Nowhere Legion (Kindle Edition)
I came across this title after a long day of fruitless searching for new reading material, and it immediately caught my imagination: the title, the style, the story wrapped in a story within a story. The declining years of the Roman Empire have long held a special interest for me. Sadly, this immensely fascinating period is not that popular with novelists, who tend to stick to well ploughed over ground in the ailing Republic or early Empire. Not so Francis Hagan: The setting is fresh, the research impeccable, the characters engaging, and the plot sufficiently mysterious. The twist and key message at story's end should even give the most hard nosed realist a misty eye. This book is that good it shares top spot of "Favourite Historical Novel Of All Time" with Wallace Breem's "Eagle in the Snow" in my library. I sincerely hope the author returns to the Roman Empire - though it will not be easy to best this magnificent achievement. Ave atque vale, quintani!
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Initial post: 12 Aug 2012 19:12:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Aug 2012 10:04:07 BDT
The moment I read in your review the mention of Wallce Breem's 'Eagle in the Snow' I almost dropped my cup of tea. That book has been a profound influence on my writing since I read it as a young teenager many, many, years ago. It is gratifying to think you place my own writings on a similar level and I thank you for that comparison.

I am already working on the next novel (working title: 'Hadrianople') so have no fear on that score. This work is the latest in a series of writings I have been building up set in the Late Roman period. I will be hoping to e-publish them later - most are short-stories and fables, really, which I used to develop my writing for 'The Nowhere Legion'.

Thank you again for your kind words!
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