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The Janus Eagle: The Shattered Frontier by [Hagan, Francis]
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About the Author

I have been writing on and off since I was a shy lad hiding under the bed and scribbling in an out of date diary (I think it was about my space travels). Most of my works have been either plays populated with grotesques who stumble around ruins and those odd places we forget about - or epic tales of those last Roman legionaries as they falter and fall at the end of Empire. In these stories, the dying light of Rome flutters one final desperate time as I seek to follow the last of the Eagles down into their fates. Here, archaeological record, literary fragments, and my own invention intertwine to set a stage ripe for heroics and betrayal.'The Janus Eagle' is the second in a series of novels I am writing which will delve into that fatal period where the emperor Valens is slaughtered upon the fields of Hadrianople and the Goths break forever into the Roman Empire. It is a period fraught with tragedy and heroics, caught as it is on a cusp between the last of the ancient world and the dawning of what we are later to call the 'middle ages' . . .

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  • Print Length: 207 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DK69KN4
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An unusual take on telling a history-based novel. Unlike some of the other ratings, I found myself wedded to the sad demise of a complete Roman Legion and the strange method of relating their story. As usual some excellent characters bringing the life in a Legion alive. It is definitely a 'marmite' book - you love it or hate it. I look forward to Hagan's next Roman novel.
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This is an outstanding novel, and I mean that quite literally too - I can't think of any other novels or authors that get the reader to feel and become as immersed in this period as Francis Hagan does. While it is somewhat short, I guess this is understandable as part of a trilogy, and especially more so if one compare's it to his previous book - The Nowhere Legion - which was considerably longer and heavier going in places. In spite of this, I was pleasantly surprised that the novel suffers from no loss of depth or quality and that if anything the writing feels considerably stronger and the story flows at a very good pace.

The author clearly knows his history and his research into the subject and the gritty and forlorn Late Roman era is simply faultless. He does a tremendous job at portraying this rich and complex time in history, with the now irreversible decline of Paganism, the constant power games between Rome, Persia and the Armenians, in an enthralling and compelling story of shame and treachery through the standards of two legions and the eyes of a number of characters, all of which are very well fleshed out and with their own motivations and takes on this fascinating world. I very much enjoyed the extra attention paid to these as they really make the novel go above and beyond the already beautifully written and immersive story, compelling me to turn the pages and read on as I savour the little details and vignettes the writer has weaved into this tale. There are a few points in the novel which really make the reader stop and go "wow" with the quality of some of the scenes, you really have to take a minute to think over and appreciate just how brilliantly put together and written it is and how it makes you feel.
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The end of an empire. A lost legion banished and it's officers condemned to a suicidal mission, a mystery from the past.
It's all there. A great read I could not put down can't wait to start on book two.
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If I hadn't bought this title at the same time as 'The Nowhere Legion' I wouldn't have bothered. I found both books confusing and a hard slog, and couldn't get into seriously ploughing through either of them. There's no point in forcing myself to try to get through prose which doesn't grab me, so I'm afraid this author is no longer on my watch list.
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After reading The Nowhere Legion I've been constantly waiting for more writing from Mr Hagan.

When I came across this I was delighted and downloaded it immediately on the strength of his previous book. I was not disappointed.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself totally absorbed in the characters and story.

I await part two with barely contained anticipation.
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