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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 May 2011
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This review is from: Fortress of Spears: Empire III (Empire series) (Hardcover)
This is the third book to feature Roman troops in the vicinity of Hadrian's Wall. An added complication to this series is Centurion Corvus who is hiding amongst them under a false name as he is under a death sentence as a result of politics back in Rome. Sent to Britain to be out of the way, his exploits keep bringing him back to the attention of those who want him dead.

So here we have a rather nasty team sent from Rome to capture him amongst the running battles with the local barbarians.

I enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed the previous two books, the author writes with an easy but compelling style and handles action and character very well. The `brotherhood' of the Roman troops, the banter, loyalty and affection is perfectly blended with the action and a sense of loss when characters we have grown fond of do not make it.

I think Anthony Riches is the equal at least of the other famous names in this genre and I incline towards the view that he is probably better, but that is down to personal taste. At the end of this book it looks like the troops might be heading for Germany and that's probably a good move, not many Brits actually left to crush! Were I to offer the author some gentle advice, it might be to park the fugitive aspect of his hero as the formula has been repeated (although very effectively) through three books and Mr Riches obviously has the talent to refresh the series with some new elements for us to enjoy.
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Initial post: 11 May 2011 11:03:12 BDT
A. C. Riches says:
Thanks Nick, a nice review. As you've said, I think the fugitive riff can now be turned down a little, and book 4 in the series - 'The Leopard Sword' focuses on some different issues, although Marcus's status hasn't gone away by any means.

Best regards,

Tony.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2011 11:06:44 BDT
Nick Brett says:
Thanks for the comment Tony, finished Fortress of Spears in a day and very much looking forward to Leopard Sword....

Posted on 14 May 2011 14:27:32 BDT
J. Lesley says:
I have this book and after reading your review I'm anticipating reading it even more. My sweet darlin' has it in his hands right now, but maybe he will hurry along with it.
Judy
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