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Meet Marcus Valerius Aquila, brave centurion and condemned hero, in Book One Wounds of Honour, written by Anthony Riches and read by professional narrator Saul Reichlin. Marcus is in hiding from the Imperial Army who executed his father. He takes on an alias and lives in secret among the outcasts of Hadrian’s Wall. Then fate catches up with him and he must soon come out of the shadows to lead an entire army into war against the rebels. His path is wrought with danger but he fights for victory, justice and honour. Available now from Audible.

Summary

Thrilling, authentic, and action packed, this novel introduces soldier hero Marcus Valerius: a centurion stationed on Hadrian's Wall in the second century during a revolt against the Roman Empire.

Marcus Valerius Aquila has scarcely landed in Britannia when he has to run for his life - condemned to dishonorable death by power-crazed emperor Commodus. The plan is to take a new name, serve in an obscure regiment on Hadrian's Wall, and lie low until he can hope for justice. Then a rebel army sweeps down from the wastes north of the wall, and Marcus has to prove he's hard enough to lead a century in the front line of a brutal, violent war.

©2009 Anthony Riches (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • richard
  • BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
  • 09-04-15

Fantastic....

Excellent story line, brilliant narration and damn realistic!!! Truly worth listening to as it brings the last years of the second century Roman world to life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Roman adventure comes alive

An excellent yarn. The battle scenes had realism and authenticity. Performance well done. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more.

Brooke Lane




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Superb listening.

Loved it enjoyed every minute wishing it not to end. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Good story

Where does Wounds of Honour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best but I have listened to a lot worse. Nice to be in the roman legions era, made a good change from the detective stories I often listen toot

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wounds of Honour?

The battle scenes one was there in the midst of the blood and glory, per haps not for the very screemish

Have you listened to any of Saul Reichlin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

don't know as the first book I have listened too

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

neither

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  • L
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 09-05-15

Great start

Really pleased this has finally been put on audible. Fantastic series and brilliant to be able to listen to it from the beginning at last!

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Formulaic.

Formulaic. Lacking in legionary life details. Lacking in Roman cultural details. Personalities all standard tropes. Superboy wronged, Tonto sidekick, overcomes resistance of the old guard to become the most popular boy on the beach. Must avenge wrongs by the baddies, who are equally stereotypical. Considered asking for a return.

The reader is skilled, but almost cartoonish in his voices. I felt like I was reading a Hardy boys book and was 12 again.

There is far better Roman Military genre available. I bought this based on a reader review. I will not continue the series.

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struggl ed to finish voice and story not exciting very boring didnt get to the end

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New hero

I first read this book only a year ago and it was my first insight into anthony riches work. I have since read a dozen of his books and he has become one of my favourites alongside cornwell and scarrow. This series in particular I find both exciting and heartwarming. Plenty of indepth characters ,intrigue, battles, comradeship, and personal affairs.

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Well written book.

The author and reader is great at keeping the the suspense cooking just long enough.

There were a few times I was think, ‘come in man read faster, I want to know what happens!’

Looking forward to next book.

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A Stonking Good Read

I was recommended this as a great Roman Army story, with accurate Roman Army details and it was. The reader Saul Reichlin did good voices and kept them to the characters. Exciting to the end and there others in the series!

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  • maureen
  • 28-05-17

Great story but ...

Here's the thing. I love books about the Roman empire and this is a pretty good one. I just wish I had read it in book form. The narrator sounds like an older man and the hero is only 19 years old. The voice of the main character was just wrong to my ear and it ruined the story for me. If, like me the narrator is important to you I suggest listening to the sample clip before you spend your credit.

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  • Tony G
  • 17-08-16

NOT BAD FOR SOMETHING I STUMBLED UPON

If he had Pebbles narrate this I think we would have a real winning series. Plenty of fast passed action with a good storyline. Worth a listen.

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  • Bob2343
  • 29-08-18

Great story

Great story, with a great performance. Can’t wait for book 2.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy it if you like historical novels.

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  • Robert
  • 22-09-17

great historical fiction read!

this audiobook have strong character development as well as a good story. The performance was well done and entertaining.

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  • Jnilvr
  • 04-08-17

I enjoyed it. I'll read the next one.

Fans of Roman Legions in Britannia will like this story. Nicely detailed descriptions of battles and the carnage they inflict. It's a well researched and written book. I was warned about the voice of Marcus...eh...top notch voice work though.

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  • Paul Harris
  • 14-06-17

Well researched and a treat for the Roman History fan

If you like swords and sandals and well thought out historical fiction...this is a great series

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  • jxk
  • 09-06-17

exceptional narrator...

also required to write a 15 word review however I think I stated already exceptional narrator

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  • John Thurston
  • 08-02-18

Very reall

I swokr to find myself. Searching wiitu the lsds., as though I had been searg with them all night?.
Johannes

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