Empire (Riches)

10 books in series
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Wounds of Honour 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.

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  • Book 1

    • Wounds of Honour

    • Empire I
    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic....

    • By richard on 09-04-15

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 2

    • Arrows of Fury: Empire ll

    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    The Battle of the Lost Eagle saved Hadrian's Wall, but the new Roman governor of Britannia must stamp out the rebellion of the northern tribes or risk losing the province. Rampaging south with sword and flame under the command of their murderous chieftain Calgus, they have stretched his forces to the limit. For Marcus - now simply Centurion Corvus of the 1st Tungrian cohort - the campaign has become doubly dangerous.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exciting

    • By Binkie on 07-08-18

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 3

    • Fortress of Spears: Empire III

    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    In the enthralling third volume of Empire, Anthony Riches takes the legions deep into north Britannia, where the survivors of the rebellion still hope for revenge.The Romans have vanquished the rebel alliance, leaving Calgus, Lord of the Northern Tribes, the prisoner of the chieftains he once led.But the new Roman leader will not let them rest. He forms an audacious plan to capture Dinpaladyr, the Selgovaes' fortress of spears, and return it to the hands of a trusted ally.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All action with a great historical bent.

    • By T on 28-04-15

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 4

    • Leopard Sword: Empire IV

    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    Britannia has been subdued - and an epic new chapter in Marcus Valerius Aquila's life begins. The murderous Roman agents who nearly captured Marcus have been defeated by his friends. But in order to protect those very friends from the wrath of the emperor, he must leave the province that has been giving him shelter. As Marcus Tribulus Corvus, centurion of the second Tungrian auxiliary cohort, he leads his men from Hadrian's Wall to the Tungrians' original home in Germania Inferior.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling read

    • By Mr T C on 25-06-15

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 5

    • The Wolf's Gold: Empire V

    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    Fresh from their victory in Germania, Marcus Aquila and the Tungrians have been sent to Dacia, on the northeastern edge of the Roman Empire, with the mission to safeguard a major source of imperial power. The mines of Alburnus Major contain enough gold to pave the road to Rome. They would make a mighty prize for the marauding Sarmatae tribesmen who threaten the province, and the outnumbered auxiliaries are entrusted with their safety in the face of a barbarian invasion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Read

    • By I WHITE on 03-08-16

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 6

    • The Eagle's Vengeance

    • Empire VI
    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    The Tungrian auxiliary cohorts return to Hadrian's Wall after their successful Dacian campaign, only to find Britannia in chaos. The legions are overstretched, struggling to man the forts of the northern frontier in the face of increasing barbarian resistance. The Tungrians are the only soldiers who can be sent into the northern wastes, far beyond the long-abandoned wall built by Antoninus, where a lost symbol of imperial power of the Sixth Victorious Legion is reputed to await them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • gripping stuff<br />

    • By MR MARK ORAM on 15-04-19

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 7

    • The Emperor's Knives: Empire VII

    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    The seventh novel in Anthony Riches' acclaimed Empire sequence brings Marcus Aquila back to Rome, hunting the men who destroyed his family. But the revenge he craves may cost him and those around him dearly. The young centurion's urge to exact his own brutal justice upon the shadowy cabal of assassins who butchered his family means that he must face them on their own ground, risking his own death at their hands. A senator, a gang boss, a praetorian officer and, deadliest of all, champion gladiator Mortiferum - the Death Bringer - lie in wait.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The roman sword is double edged and cuts both ways

    • By Allan Hugman on 05-02-15

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 8

    • Thunder of the Gods

    • Empire VIII
    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    The eighth book in the Empire sequence takes Centurion Marcus Aquila and his Tungrian legion on a dangerous mission to the heart of the Parthian empire. With Rome no longer safe, Marcus and the Tungrians are ordered east, to the desolate borderlands where Rome and Parthia have vied for supremacy for centuries. Ordered to relieve the siege of an isolated fortress, their task is doomed to bloody failure unless they can turn the disaffected Third Legion into a fighting force capable of resisting the terrifying Parthian cataphracts.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Difficult to follow. Poor narration

    • By Mr on 26-04-15

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 9

    • Altar of Blood

    • Empire IX
    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    The ninth novel in the thrilling Empire sequence leads Centurion Marcus Aquila and the Tungrians to the battlefield that was one of Rome's most disastrous defeats. The Tungrians have no sooner returned to Rome than they find themselves tasked with a very different mission from their desperate exploits in Parthia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • witch

    • By Mr. Anthony D. Bateman on 06-12-16

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 10

    • The Scorpion's Strike

    • Empire X
    • By: Anthony Riches
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    With his compelling Centurions trilogy complete, Anthony Riches returns to his best-selling Empire sequence of novels with his storytelling skills polished to perfection. Set in the second century AD, The Scorpion's Strike continues the story of Marcus Aquila's fight for justice for a family ripped asunder by imperial assassins. Still seeking revenge, Marcus finds himself thrown back into the heart of the chaos that is shaking the Roman Empire to its roots. 

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Worst Narration Heard on Audible

    • By will h on 07-05-19

    Regular price: £19.99