Avenger of Rome (Gaius Valerius Verrens 3) Hardcover – 16 Aug 2012
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"Superb battle scenes . . . I was gripped from start to finish" (Ben Kane)
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I've been reading Doug Jackson's books since Caligula first appeared in hardback, while I was still writing my first, and I love his work. But when he started the Valerius Verrens series, something changed and his work stepped up several notches.
Hero of Rome (the novel that introduces the character) is one of the best Roman novels I've read and the scenes of the evacuation of Colonia in advance of Boudicca's attack were among the most powerful I've seen. The second Valerius novel, Defender of Rome, had a different feel and a different tack. It was a brave novel and a powerful one, if a little bleak and soul-withering at times.
Avenger of Rome is a book I've been waiting to read for some time. I found it difficult to see how the story could progress after the second book.
Well Doug did good! Avenger is a triumph of a novel. It has the tension of the first book in the series and the depth of the second combined, but it also has much more. It is far and away the best of the series so far and left me wanting more.
After the horrifying events in Rome in `Defender', in this great tale, Valerius is sent east with the remit of investigating General Corbulo for signs of treason. But nothing is as it seems and, as Valerius becomes more and more involved in matters, he finds himself becoming a valuable and trusted member of the great general's staff as Corbulo defies imperial edict in order to safeguard the empire, whatever the cost to himself.
Certain things stand out about this book, to me.Read more ›
As with the other books, it has great characters, solid prose and of course pace that really keeps you going especially as the first part is more of a journey to allow the reader to get to know the characters involved more. Add to this the huge combat sequences that occur later and all in this book more than hit the spot for me as a reader. Great stuff.
Douglas Jackson and his hero Gaius Valerius Verrens returns in book three of the same named series.
As pointed out by the Splendid reviewer Kate this is two books in one tome, We follow our hero on a journey to Antioch escorting the lady Domita to visit her father. Its not an easy journey, full of intrigue danger and coming together of characters. The other part of the book puts us on Valerius home turf, the battlefeld, if you have read the other two books you know how good the author is at writing battles. Whilst part one is battle for survival on a small scale, it is mainly about bringing some of the main character together on a personal/ respectful level forming bonds. I love the way that Douglas Jackson can very quickly build a character and invest you in their life and survival. Part two is fighting the might of the Parthians, never easy and always full of action.
My favourite scene in all Douglas Jacksons book will so far remain the battle for the temple of Claudius in book one, I have never felt such raw emotion in a book.
This latest book though has many emotive, triumphant and heroic scenes it just enthrals from page 1 to 352, putting this writer as one of the best in the genre. There is no let up in this story, there are no weak sections, there is no respite from the story. You will not want to put this down. (it kept me up until 3am)
Very highly recommended
Emperor Nero's grip on power is weakening. In every shadow he sees an enemy and like a cornered animal he lashes out at every perceived threat. His paranoia settles on the figure of Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo, Rome's greatest General who leads the imperial legions in the East.Read more ›
So Avenger of Rome finds him trying to keep out of the limelight but Nero has another poisoned chalice of a mission for him. General Corbulo is getting far too popular for Nero's liking and Nero fears he will turn his attention and troops towards Rome. On the other hand, Verrens greatly admires Corbulo and is not pleased to be thrown into his legion as Second in Command and with the news that he is Nero's spy arriving before he does.
And with a journey involving pirates, shipwreck and the general's daughter, our hero arrives to find distrust and treachery and the small matter of conflict with the Parthians.
So, with his options limited he has to watch his back as he turns towards a ferocious enemy.....
I very much enjoyed this, the author grows more confident with his character and the stories are well plotted, fast moving and great historical adventures. You can read this in isolation but you would be missing a treat if you don't read the first two. Very much in the vein of Simon Scarrow, Anthony Riches and Ben Kane and equally recommended.