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Summary

It is 58 BC, and the mighty Tenth Legion, camped in Northern Italy, prepare for the arrival of the most notorious general in Roman history: Julius Caesar. Marcus Falerius Fronto, commander of the Tenth, is a career soldier and longtime companion of Caesar's. 

Despite his desire for the simplicity of the military life, he cannot help but be drawn into intrigue and politics as Caesar engineers a motive to invade the lands of Gaul. Fronto is about to discover that politics can be as dangerous as battle, that old enemies can be trusted more than new friends, and that standing close to such a shining figure as Caesar, even the most ethical of men risk being burned.

©2010 S. J. A. Turney (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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At Last!! Something else worth listening to!

If like me you love Simon Scarrow, Bernard Cornwell, Matthew Harffy, Anthony Riches, Robert Fabbri and Ben Kane, buy this, you will not be dissapointed! A thoroughly enjoyable listen and a great take on Julius Caesar and the intrigues of Roman life. So far only up to book 4 is available on Audible, hopefully that will soon change because I have loved all 4 thus far!

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Wow Marius Mules

Finally, Marius Mules on Audio :) I have read all the series but to listen to them on audio is fabulous. Great great story, a must for Roman enthusiasts.

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Not bad of its kind

I tend to read books like this when there’s nothing else I want to read. That sounds harsh but they do tend to be a bit March-Fight-March-Lose a Minor Character -climactic battle. This fits that general mould but has decent characters not weighed down by traumatic back stories. It’s not brilliantly written (there’s a whole drinking game to be got from the use of the word gutteral) but it’s fine.

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bit naff but still fun

picked this as I had read vindolanda by Adrian goldsworthy- which was much better. this is pretty stereotypical stuff, but quite enjoyable despite this.

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Good Story

Excellent Roman history story with plenty of historical information. Easy to listen to and well pacesd

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maybe slightly critical?

I just thought this book was overly detailed and a bit boring. It gives lots of specific details which I felt never really added to anything and I'd switch off a bit due to boredom

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Great book, great performance

Malk Williams gives life and character to SJA Turney's Roman world. You can practically smell the blood and sweat, taste the dreadful wine, and hear the bellowing of the centurions.

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Solid Roman Military Fiction

Great characters and story line. Excellent narration. The author obviously has a sound grip on the histor

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Loving the series so far!

The more I listen to this series (just finished book 4) the more I am enjoying it. It just gets more interesting and better the further in you get. The series is a bit of a slow burner to start with when compared to Simon Scarrow's books but it is well worth sticking with as by the end of book 4 I am hooked! In my opinion they are just as good as Scarrow's books.

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Good yarn

I wish I'd read this when I was younger. It's A good story, well told and with interesting historical facts. But now I'm old and jaundiced, I detect thin character deveopment and unsophisticated prose. Still enjoyable, though.

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  • 04-04-20

The best Roman series I’ve listened to!

This is a well balanced, even stable book. God characters, realistic storyline, good pacing and excellent narration. This book is a pleasure to listen to. No character or two powerful or untouched. Great story and series I will consume.

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  • Todd
  • 16-01-20

Great First Book!!!!

S.J.A. Turney did an amazing job with this. the story is full and the character development is on point. more importantly he did his research before writing...which makes a huge difference. This is definitely a "page turner"

Also some of the best narration. He has a strong voice, energetic, and is not monotone. I look forward to more books in this series

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  • Lisa A Markell
  • 06-01-20

More Please

I have read all of the books in this series and the addition of the audio books is fantastic I look forward to adding all of the audio books to my collection.

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  • Michael mcbride
  • 09-10-21

History buffs

If your a student of history as I am you will enjoy this historical fiction

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  • dumpygramps
  • 16-10-20

A must read/listen to novel.

great novel. Can't wait to listen to next book. I would say it was as good a Colleen McCollaugh's series on ancient Rome

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  • razzie
  • 08-12-19

a bit repititive

to explain the rationale for an attack, and to give the feel of the comaraderie between the soldiers, the author used grins and growls repeatedly.

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  • Henriette
  • 10-11-21

Boring

I never managed to finish this book, one of the most boring books, i only managed two chapters.

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  • Terence Lowery
  • 12-08-21

The question is...Calvary or infantry ?

Binge watching has now turned into binge listening! I can't wait to start book 2!!

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  • Jocko Johnson
  • 23-03-21

Excellent!

JUST AS U WOULD EXPECT, ANOTHER GEM WELL DONE BY
S. J. A. TURNEY !!!!!

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  • Suzi Jones
  • 17-12-20

excellent series!

phenomenal writer, amazing narration. exceptional storyline. sad to have series ending in three books, want MORE.