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The "sacramentum militare", was the oath by Roman soldiers in promising their loyalty, to the consul in the Republican period or later to the emperor. I think this idealism surrounds Titus, in his battle for honour and survival. The striking book cover captures this idea with the Roman dog tags, discarded in the mud. In Ecclesiastical Latin "sacramentum", has the idea of a mystery or secret and that would fit the conspiracy, Titus uncovers, involving Strabo. Titus tries to keep his sense of honour in a situation of competing loyalties, between Ceinwyn and his fellow mercenaries and his own keenly felt military ideals. This is what the book is about, loyalty to personal relationships in conflict with ideals about Rome, soldiering etc. Does Rome as an ideal have a future? What indeed, is the Roman ideal? Can corruption by its officials be rooted out? This is the concern of the author in book one.
The idea of a Rome, set in Cumbria where the author lives, that never falls, is a stimulating one. Similar approaches have been used with notions like: what would have happened if Britain had lost the Second World War and been taken over by the Nazis state. Setting his story within a Roman era that still continues and has developed from ancient times adds another dimension and challenge, which Berkeley has coped very well with in the book. His research of Roman times comes across and is convincing in its development of what Rome would look like in modern times had it not fell. The Epilogue is very helpful in setting the scene and stimulating further interest in Roman times, especially in Britain.Read more ›
What if Rome hadn't fallen, and had instead continued to the approximate modern day? What direction would the social order and the technological development taken? Berkeley explores these questions and takes you on an entertaining ride with characters that you care for. For the most part each character has a unique voice, some you like, some you don't. Fairly straightforward plot line.
All in all a very good first novel. I'm looking forward to reading the next.
I also thought that there wasn't enough explanation (at least until the postscript) about how Rome had developed when the 'split' in history occurred (when Julius Caesar was prevented from taking control of Rome). It often seemed that the author just took ancient Rome and tacked on some modern inventions (like cars, aeroplanes, rifles and the internet) in a sort of 'Roman Steampunk' without any description of what happened in the intervening 1500 years. How did Christianity survive, for example, without the conversion of Rome? Why do the slaves often have an intolerance to alcohol?Read more ›
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This started off as an interesting premise but I did not feel it really explored the opportunities of what a modern day Roman empire could be like. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2014 by Monty D
A story that is not an easy read but a thought provoking one. I find the concept of an alternative future fascinating!Published on 1 May 2014 by Susan Brice
Not my usual read. But it was really really good, plenty of action but a very good story. Definatly would read a sequelPublished on 6 Feb. 2014 by Diane
I read this book to start wanting to rubbish the whole principal and foundation of the book! I was so wrong! Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2013 by J S-P
If you are a fan of great historic fiction from the likes of Manfreddi or Iggulden this book is a brilliant break away from past and is a well considered look at a Roman future. Read morePublished on 20 May 2013 by Charles
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