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The Siege: Agent of Rome 1 (Hardback)Nick Brown (author)
Rome has ruled Syria for over three centuries. But now the weakened empire faces a desperate threat: Queen Zenobia of Palmyra has turned her Roman-trained army against her former masters and the once invincible legions have been crushed. Arabia, Palestine and Egypt have fallen and now Antioch, Syria's capital, stands exposed.
Cassius Corbulo is a young intelligence agent fresh from officer training. He has been assigned the menial task of rounding up wounded legionaries but then urgent new orders arrive. He is the only ranking Roman officer left in the line of the Palmyran advance. He must take command of the fort of Alauran, the last stronghold still in Roman hands, and hold it against the enemy until reinforcements arrive.
What Cassius finds at Alauran would daunt the most seasoned veteran, let alone a nineteen year old with no experience of war. A mere scattering of divided and demoralised legionaries remain, backed up by some fractious Syrian auxiliaries and a drunken Praetorian Guardsman. With the Palmyrans just days away, Cassius must somehow find the discipline, resourcefulness and courage to organise the garrison, save Alauran and secure Rome's eastern frontier...
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 656 g
Dimensions: 239 x 159 x 34 mm
Once the action kicks off you won't be able to put it down. * Anthony Riches, author of the Empire series *
'Brown's intelligent and exhilarating story excels in its perfect pace, vivid combat sequences and superb characterisation. The Siege delivers a thrilling coming-of-age adventure with an unlikely but likeable hero whose exploits are set to win an army of fans' * Lancashire Evening Post *
'Brown promises to be one of the most exciting sword-wielding writers in an ever-popular arena. In this, his debut, his principal is a 19-year-old fresh-faced officer commanding 100 men in defence of a Syrian stronghold against a vastly superior force. There are echoes of Beau Geste in this death-or-glory stand.' * The Oxford Times *
'The Siege is an excellent debut novel and delivers a thrilling and fascinating coming-of-age adventure' * Book Gazette *
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An excellent first book! I very much enjoyed Cassius' experiences turning him from an unsure boy into the early stages of a plausable leader. My wife is not eagerly awaiting the next installment as for the... More
“The Siege ... a compelling read”
A brilliant debut novel from Author Nick Brown. I loved the build-up which was enhanced by the key protagonist (Cassius) supposed misgivings about task at hand. Cassius and all the other characters are very... More
“Rich in character growth and blood”
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