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A master story-teller,
This review is from: Hero of Rome (Roman Trilogy 1) (Hardcover)
Douglas Jackson proved with his first two books, "Caligula" and Claudius", which followed the adventures of the emperor's elephant keeper, both in Rome and in Ancient Britain, that he is a real master of the story-telling art. Now, with "Hero of Rome", he has done it again. He has a new hero, Valerius, a young tribune serving in a Britain about to be bled dry before being abandoned by the emperor Nero. After a full scale uprising of the Celtic tribes is sparked by Crespo, a brutish centurion who has Queen Boudicca scourged before raping her daughters, it falls to Valerius to make a last stand against the massed hordes of her army with only a handful of troops and a garrison of ageing veterans.
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.