Hero of Rome: (Gaius Valerius Verrens 1) Paperback – 13 Oct 2011
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After mulling over a four or five, initially I thought four but then I thought about how many books have gripped me like Hero of Rome did in the last few years; answer, not too many, so in my humble opinion it's worth five!
I found the title slightly deceptive as I had assumed the story would revolve around Rome itself but it didnt, it's about the Roman occupation of Britain centering around AD60 just before the Boudican revolt.
The main character unlike most Roman novels is a Tribune and not a Centurion, who after serving a few months in Britain is due to return to Rome to take up a position as a lawyer.
The Romans in the meantime are planning to wipe out the Druids on Mona (Angelsey) and are moving West in order to carry this out. Tribune Valerus however, is ordered to assist with road building in present day St Albans before setting off for Rome.
Arriving at his new post he finds the area is garrisioned by veterans who were involved in the original invasion of Britain who are now retired. They have old weapons, armour and are not as fit or up todate as current soldiers but they train regularly and are still proud Roman citizens.
Back in Rome the Emperor is looking to raise taxes from places like Britain who he is also considering abandoning as they have not yet found Britains Gold mines, so a clamp down is ordered.
When Boudicas husband dies, the Romans take her land and a Roman Centurion, Crespo and enemy of Valerus, publicly flogs her and rapes her two young daugters, thereby starting the revolt.Read more ›
This is a tale huge in its scope and Jackson's attention to detail is meticulous. I read this book in three sessions, finding it harder each time to put down. The climax is magnificent - bloody, brutal and totally gripping. I can hardly wait for the next episode of Valerius's adventures, when he returns to the court of Nero, hopefully, though by no means certainly, with the woman with whom he fell in love.
The story moves along at a good pace and I would recommend this book and others by this author without
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