The Siege: Agent of Rome 1 Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Agent of Rome is a masterful debut from a new author completely at home in this era; the writing is deft, the action swift and bloody and the characters believable and engaging. I look forward greatly to the next one. (Manda Scott)
Once the action kicks off you won't be able to put it down. (Anthony Riches, author of the Empire series)
'Brown's intelligent and exhilarating story excels in its perfect pace, vivid combat sequences and superb characterisation. The Siege delivers a thrilling coming-of-age adventure with an unlikely but likeable hero whose exploits are set to win an army of fans' (Lancashire Evening Post)
'Brown promises to be one of the most exciting sword-wielding writers in an ever-popular arena. In this, his debut, his principal is a 19-year-old fresh-faced officer commanding 100 men in defence of a Syrian stronghold against a vastly superior force. There are echoes of Beau Geste in this death-or-glory stand.' (The Oxford Times)
'The Siege is an excellent debut novel and delivers a thrilling and fascinating coming-of-age adventure' (Book Gazette)
Nick Brown has the craft of storytelling at his fingertips ... The Siege is a fast-paced and satisfying read (Russell Whitfield, author of Gladiatrix)
One Hundred Men Stand Between Empire and Annihilation.See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
However, the writing style is engaging, character build is thorough, and the majority of the book covers only a few days. I found the storyline compelling, with a few sub-plots that enhanced the whole.
Not usually drawn to historical novels I am really pleased that I decided to read Agent of Rome The Siege, and recommend it to all,
I needn't have worried. There are similarities, yes, but... well let me put it this way: I could give two artists the brief to paint a picture of a tree on a hill in September, and one might look like a Monet while the other might be a Braque. So that's that dealt with. The two stories are dissimilar enough to make comparisons pointless.
Brown has taken on an interesting premise for the main character, selecting a member of the Imperial Secret Service; one of the (in)famous Frumentarii or grain officers. What he has done is to tackle the service in the style of a sensible, sensitive young nobleman with only the best intent at heart. This is not the sly, devious, murderous, dangerous view of that organisation we are used to. There is very little reference in detail to the service in this book as, despite being an officer of it, Corbulo is thrown into a situation where he is more active as a military officer.
As usual, I won't push the plot other than to say that it involves a tiny Roman garrison at the far eastern edge of Syria, full of misfits and laxity, which faces a siege by the forces of the newly expansionist Palmyrene empire. More need not be said and indeed should not, lest the plot be ruined.Read more ›
What Nick Brown accomplishes so well is that he gave himself very few options or parameters to expand the story because not long after the first page, the siege actually begins and the characters except those carrying out the siege of the fort itself, are obviously confined within its walls.
That said at no time did I think 'he's ran out of steam, ideas or this is getting tedious'. The 'Agent' is a young Corn officer, Cassius aged 19 who is posted to the fort in order to defend it and its precious water supply with the present occupants who are a rag tag motley crew of veterans and auxiliaries.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Siege and its always great to have another Roman author's books to look forward too. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next part of the story that follows on from this and how Nick Brown develops the characters that survived the battle.
Siege stories, if done well, are almost impossible to put down (I think of Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East by Harry Sidebottom and The Wolf's Gold (Empire) by Anthony Riches) and Nick Brown has done an excellent job. But what makes The Siege such a successful novel is the fact that events are allowed to build up at a pace that takes us closer and closer to the edge of our comfy seat.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant but Nick moves the goal posts as series progresses not totally happyPublished 1 month ago by Peter P.
Very poor, awful condition, almost torned apart, its not in a good condition like it was on the descriptionPublished 5 months ago by Tobak Denes
I enjoy historical fiction especially from the Roman Empire era. This book is up there with others of the same genre and a highly enjoyable read.Published 12 months ago by Colin