Marius' Mules III: Gallia Invicta: 3 Paperback – 29 Nov 2012
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About the Author
I live with my wife, my son and two (close approximations of) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where my wife and I both grew up, surrounded by friends and family. A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of the country, I cannot envisage spending my life anywhere else, though my anchor is sometimes tested as the wanderlust hits and we travel wherever I can find the breathtaking remains of the classical world. I have a love of travel and history, architecture and writing and those four interact well enough to keep me almost permanently busy. Since leaving school and University, I have tried a great number of careers, including car sales, insurance, software engineering, computer network management, civil service and even painting and decorating sales. I have lived in four counties and travelled as widely as time and budget allowed and find myself, on the cusp of my fortieth year, back where I began and finally doing something I love. Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a lover of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of classical history. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum, my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome. Since then, the success and popularity of both has spawned sequels to each work, with three tales in each series so far and more planned.
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Top Customer Reviews
I think the writer has done a fabulous job on both, but book 3 is my favourite by far. I especially enjoyed the depictions of the naval battles and the skulduggery in Rome. Simon's writing has come a long way since MM1 and continues to go from strength to strength.
I believe he is busily writing MM4, and I can only hope that it is anything as good as 'Gallia Invicta'.
I put the little one to bed and sat with my kindle and started the latest adventures of Fronto, the next thing i knew it was 2.20 am and i had lost 5 hours, i was utterly absorbed in the book.
This is Simons best book so far, each title showing an improvement in style and ability. The plots becoming more ingenious and involved and the characters more rounded and lifelike, the politics more deadly and the camaraderie more real.
Yes there are still some clunks with a self published title but they are very few and far between, and to be honest , you find plenty in books from the big publishing houses, so i think he does an amazing job on his own.
So i have many miles yet to travel with this book... but i felt that those lost five hours deserved an early reward on here...i will be back to complete the review soon.....
Many miles more traveled and this book did not disapoint, Its plot grew and twisted as the book progressed and i enjoyed every page, and given some of the big names in my TBR pile i was not tempted once to put it down and pick one of the big names in the genre up, Simon has a massive future, and this books like the rest of the series has quite some time in the top of the Kindle charts ahead of it.
Really enjoyed it Simon...keep it up and lets see more please.
Product Description (from back of book)
It is 56bc. As Fronto and his friends winter in Rome and Caesar in Illyricum, trouble is brewing in the north.Read more ›
That's the third book in this wonderful series, and its now on to number 4. Hope that they never end, but know that they must.
Please think of a new book that becomes a series.
S.J.A. TURNEY, you are amazing.
Finished the first book in two days then bought and rattled through the whole series in quick time.
Basically it follows one of Julius Caesar's Legion commanders (or Legate), Marcus Fronto, during the invasion of Gaul, each book taking one year of the campaign.
Marcus is a hard drinking soldiers' solider with little time for Politics which causes many clashes with not only Caesar but also some of the other commanders. He nevertheless is a masterful commander and doesn't mind getting his hands dirty to get the job done.
Well written and full of action, but also historically very informative.
If you like these kind of books you will not be disappointed.
Can't wait to read the rest
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I can't stop making friends with the all these wonderful characters and I am only on three.Published 8 months ago by Christopher John Lyon