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Summary

AD 98. The bustling army base at Vindolanda lies on the northern frontier of Britannia and the entire Roman world. In just over 20 years' time, the Emperor Hadrian will build his famous wall. But for now, defences are weak as tribes rebel against Rome.

It falls to Flavius Ferox, Briton and Roman centurion, to keep the peace. But it will take more than just a soldier's courage to survive life in Roman Britain.

©2017 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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At last a proper roman novel

Adrian Goldsworthy is not someone who would write drivel about roman Britain so I thought I’d be in safe hands. To find the spark for the novel was the party invite from the Vindolanda tablets made me way more excited than it probably should but it worked so well. Peter Noble is to be praised for not mangling the Latin terms as so many narrators do. All those blokes churning out Roman military boys own stories should be force fed this book to see how it’s done.

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First class novel...

Excellent characters and story line.. would recommend this book to anyone who loves history and the Roman period...

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Fantastic!

Absolutely gripping throughout, and narrated well. Very historically accurate and informative, tells the story with great attention to detail.

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Excellent Story

An excellent "tale" well told. Will look forward to the next nivel in the series

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great dramatisation and attention to detail

fast paced and intricate in detail. the author has seriously done his homework, great read.

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Vindolanda

Loved this book from start to finish. It is obvious that the author has a wide knowledge of the Roman army and it’s activities in northern Britain at this time. I must also give high praise to the reader who brought the times and the characters to life.

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impeccable research

loving historical fiction as I do, the best books are by academics giving the reader an insight into the era, and Adrian Goldsworthy is premiere of these. there is of course a great story evolved around this research with characters good and bad on both sides with plenty of intrigue and descriptive battles, all of which I thourghly enjoyed. I can only hope audible release more of his work.

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must read

this book!

captured my attention from page 1 and never stopped. historical correctness makes this book come alive giving you the ideal platform next to the charactors, making you live ever heart stopping moment. cant wait to start book 2 in this Ferox series! Thank you!

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Couldn't hold my attention

Right from the start this book failed to grab my attention, I found myself constantly repeating passages as I realised I had lost the thread of the book, eventually after 3 hours I gave up all hope. I usually like historical themes but this storyline seemed weak and hard to follow, the long drawn out conversational passages became boring to the extreme.

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  • KC
  • 07-02-18

Action, Adventure, Mystery

Enjoyed the story, which is complete with action, adventure, and mystery. Very compelling plot and I did not want to stop listening. The historical context was vivid and I felt like I was there. Recommended!

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  • Dennis Jameson
  • 02-06-18

Historical Fiction written by an Historian!

What a concept. Fiction written by an actual scholar of the times. Probably as plausible a narrative of the times as any. It's worth a second read.

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  • Daniel P. Fradl
  • 28-06-18

Much like Bernard Cornwell in style

I really enjoyed this and already bought the 2nd in the series (only two so far) on kindle -- 2nd not out in audio at the time of this writing. It's very much like Cornwell's books (The Last Kingdom series, Sharpe's Rifles, etc). The author has written many histories of the Roman era and so his fiction is very authentic. Five stars for those who like rugged historical fiction.
Note I gave only 3 stars for performance. The narrator would not maintain volume when he was in the various characters, and sometimes basically whispered when a character whispered. Sometimes he would trail off the end of sentences, for effect. The problem is that I had to turn up the volume, then BAM he's at full volume again, I turn down, he goes soft, I turn up, then BAM. I am not sure if this is narrator or the sound engineer not compensating but I don't normally have to do continually adjust my volume like this.

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  • Zecheriah
  • 11-11-18

Entertaining and Informative

Goldsworthy has been a go to author when it comes to Ancient Rome in his non-fiction writings, and now his historical fiction too. This fast past novel drips with pathos, and you feel like you are getting enlightened on how Romano-Britain functioned.

#AncientRome #historicalfiction #AncientBritain #Tagsgiving

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  • Alvin
  • 18-09-18

Really, really good

As far as historical fiction goes this has to be one of the best works I’ve read (or listened to) apart from Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow. As someone who loves history the level of detail described in the historical notes at the end add a lot to the story. Look forward to seeing more fictional work from this author!