In this outing Verrens is sent to the empires eastern provi Not quite the finished article. I'd read a couple of sentences, close my eyes for a minute, then resume reading and repeat. Gaius Valerius Verrens Hero of Rome is ordered to Antioch with the power of life and death over Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo,Rome greatest General,a soldier he worships. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Avenger of Rome — my criticisms are minor and mostly nit-picking. The characterisation of the General was excellent, as were the battle scenes. It seems that you know these people soon into the story.
I lookm forward to the next Verrens novel. Avenger of Rome is the third title in his series featuring Gaius Valerius Verrens; the first two, Hero of Rome and Defender of Rome, are available in paperback and ebook editions. So, with his options limited he has to watch his back as he turns towards a ferocious enemy. Now he studied the cloth sail with anxious eyes as it rippled and cracked because of the angle of the wind across its surface. However, Verrens embraces the pupil warmly and it makes for a nice aside from the main plot. The first book had slight flaws a slightly rushed relationship and left Verrens a hero, but very much a broken hero. On the other hand, Verrens greatly admires Corbulo and is not pleased to be thrown into his legion as Second in Command and with the news that he is Nero's spy arriving before he does.
Tigellinus was a real historical personality known for his cruelty and for gaining imperial favor by arranging the emperor's notorious debaucheries. In every shadow he sees an enemy and like a cornered animal,he lashes out at every perceived threat. I have to admit to finding the references to the previous novels a bit tedious, they occur just a little too often for my liking, and I did find it a little slow in some places. Valerius marches at Corbulo's side. The Britons have a great fear of the beast and if Rufus can train the animal well, it may well cow the Britons and win the war.
The rest is then summarized in the aftermath This was a solid historical fiction book. . In every shadow he sees an enemy and like a cornered animal he lashes out at every perceived threat. The strength of this historical fiction novel is its robust cast of characters, who all play distinct roles in crafting the overall plot. I skimmed over the chapters dealing with him.
In every shadow he sees an enemy and like a cornered animal,he lashes out at every perceived threat. Therefore he usually starts the description, which is for some reason terminated in the middle. I liked the comradeship that developed between Valerius and Tiberious. Tiberius hauled open the hatch and Valerius felt a surge of relief as they slipped below and away from the incessant howl of the wind. The journey, further complicated by the presence of Corbulo's daughter, Domitia, is a suspense-filled endeavor that requires Valerius to battle Illyrian pirates and an unforgiving desert.
Ever since the beginning of the first book, the battles were a bit rushed, and I think author himself has a great difficulty describing what is happening. Another great read from Douglas Jackson that not only thrills but also moves. The only thing that was not to my liking were the author's descriptions of battles. She was very irritating and much too aggressive for my taste. Douglas did not stay at the Youth Opportunities job for long as being a very good English reader and writer he soon got into reporting and journalism for a local paper. The question is, would a change of Emperor help him, or weaken his loyalty to Rome further? But nothing is as straightforward as it seems and it's not long before Valerius is tested again to prove his loyalty, courage and honour. Valerius, I will watch you put things right! So popular is Corbulo with his men that he effective presides over an Empire within an Empire.
It's not often a novel about a Roman soldier moves me to tears, but this one managed it. I skimmed over the chapters dealing with him. The main strength of this book are the battles scenes, Jackson writes them on an epic scale and the battle between Rome and Parthia is no exception. The other half concerns itself with Corbulo's fight and final battle with Parthians. There he finds word of his mission has preceded him and every man's hand is turned against him.
The dynamic between Verrens and Tiberius seems foreboding as we are constantly reminded that Tiberius is essentially a younger, stronger version of Verrens, and is now learning from Verrens himself. Half of the book concerns Valerius's bringing Corbulo's daughter to him in Antioch. Valerius seems to have become harsher. Valerius had had little contact with him during the voyage, but he seemed capable enough. He had to repeat himself three times before Valerius worked out that he was wanted below. Emperor Nero's grip on power is weakening. She was just a pale, frightened face — more child than woman — in the flickering yellow glow of the flame, her expensive cloak stained by the vomit that dribbled from the corner of her lip.