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Read from February 01 to 02, 2014
Description: The year is AD 255 - the Roman Imperium is stretched to breaking point, its authority and might challenged along every border. The greatest threat lies in Persia to the east, where the massing forces of the Sassanid Empire loom with fiery menace. There the isolated Roman citadel of Arete awaits inevitable invasion.
One man is sent to marshal the defences and shore up crumbling walls. A man whose name itself means war: a man called Ballista. Alone, Ballista is called to muster the forces, and the courage to stand first and to stand hard, against the greatest enemy ever to confront the Imperium.
This is part one of WARRIOR OF ROME: an epic of empire, of heroes, of treachery, of courage, and most of all, a story of brutal, bloody warfare.
There be a map spread over two sides: The Voyage of the Concordia and the itinerary of the Dux Ripae
Followed by another two sided map of the city of Arete, on the Euphrates, and a fragment from the Sassanid Book of Ayin
Prologue (Summer AD238) War is hell. Civil war is worse.
The first line of Chapter I: By the time the warship had cleared the harbour breakwater of Brundisium, the spies had found each other.
Book is discarded from Bristol Public Libraries.
It is all 'Nasty Work In The Dark With A Short Sword'....Continua