Vespasian's fourth adventure—can he escape his own Emperor's wrath?
Caligula has been assassinated and the Praetorian Guard have proclaimed Claudius Emperor—but his position is precarious. His three freedmen, Narcissus, Pallas, and Callistus, must find a way to manufacture a quick victory for Claudius—but how? Pallas has the answer: retrieve the Eagle of the Seventeenth, lost in Germania nearly 40 years before. Who but Vespasian could lead a dangerous mission into the gloomy forests of Germania? Accompanied by a small band of cavalry, Vespasian and his brother try to pick up the trail of the Eagle, but they are tailed by hunters who pick off men each night and leave the corpses in their path. Someone is determined to sabotage Vespasian's mission. In search of the Eagle and the truth, pursued by barbarians, Vespasian will battle his way to the shores of Britannia.
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Caligula lies dead by the hands of assassins. Claudius, the drooling fool is proclaimed Emperor but his rule will be a short one unless he wins over the legions. To do that his three conniving freedmen, Narcissus, Pallas and Callistus, concoct a scheme of breath taking magnitude. Thus we find Vespasian and his brother Sabinus on a seemingly impossible mission to find and return the lost Eagle of the 17th Legion; lost 30 years prior in the Teutoburg Forest massacre. What follows is a masterful story of danger, excitement and unrelenting action coupled with the snake-oil, behind the scenes plotting of the powers behind Claudius; not only of his freedmen but of his devious wife Messalina. Mr. Fabbri has created a compelling tale of Vespasian and his ever increasing belief in himself and his destiny. His leadership qualities and his abilities as a warrior come to the fore in this volume of what is a great series of books. From the vast and dark forests of Germania to the savage...
The Vespasian saga continues with the death of Caligula and the dispatch of Vespasian and his brother Sabinus on a mission to Germany to buttress the credentials of the new emperor, Claudius. The heart of the book, however, is in what follows, when the Roman army invades Britain with a flurry of political maneuvering and a lot of well-executed warfare. Vespasian and his brother have become senior army officers and key political players in this version of events.
Author Robert Fabbri has really hit his stride with this fourth book in the series. The characters of Vespasian and Sabinus have matured and fleshed out and the supporting cast is credible and interesting. Fabbri's descriptions of military strategies and tactics, battles, battlefields and the political aftermaths are second to none. His research of the times and the key historic figures is finely done and the fictional elements that he adds to known historic fact ring true and produce some very readable...
An amazing read. Full of action with real life characters. A great story line that keeps your attention and makes you not want to put the book down, and look forward to picking it up again, and not wanting it to end. He has a grasp for historical facts and translates them into a suspenseful, action packed work.
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