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A Fragile Peace [Kindle Edition]

Paul Bannister
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Book Description

After forming a truce with Constantine, the Emperor of Rome, King Arthur of Britain feels confident in his newly established rule.

His people are united under his banner, the pagan and the Christian living together as one in his lands, and there seems to be nothing left to do but celebrate his triumph.

But a storm is brewing, both within the kingdom and outside it.

A terrible plague spreads through the land, killing thousands and weakening Arthur’s army.

And a rival warlord is gaining power, inciting those on Britain’s borders to mount an attack.

Can Arthur rally enough men to his side to stop the threat of war?

Or will his fragile peace be shattered?

‘A Fragile Peace’ is the fifth book in Paul Bannister’s best-selling ‘Arthur Britannicus’ series, chronicling the life of King Arthur in ancient Britain. It is perfect for fans of Conn Iggulden, Ben Kane and Simon Scarrow.

‘I enjoyed A Fragile Peace for several reasons: its ability to bring this historical period alive in all its splendour and brutality, its pace and its successful handling of the first person narrative.’ - Helen McCabe, author of ‘The Price of Beauty’.

'A thrilling story which weaves together both history and legend.' - Richard Foreman, best-selling author of the Swords of Rome series.

'A fantastic insight into Roman life.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of 'The Dante Conspiracy'.

Paul Bannister is a journalist and author. His other books in the series are 'Arthur Britannicus', 'Arthur Imperator', ‘Arthur Invictus’ and ‘The King’s Cavalry’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1461 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (June 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LFW9UF8
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Bannister draws you right into the age and scene and keeps you there. And, quite possibly, one may learn something of interest. I find myself going to google (keeper of all knowledge and non-knowledge) quite a bit as I read this series.

A Fragile Peace is the fifth of this series. This series is based upon the real historical, and until recently forgotten, “Emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius, Dutiful, Fortunate, the Unconquered,” also known historically as Arth, the Bear, and Caros. The real Carausius did not have the opportunity to enjoy life as long as depicted in this series into the 4th c (died around 293 BC), but such is quite fine when very well written as is this historical fiction.

As I’ve noted previously, this series is not a love story, nor is it romantic. The author depicts reality. No music plays in the background. Bannister has done epic historical research into the age as it relates to Roman military and all relating to Britannia of the age of this very real Arthur.

The main emphasis is upon action and considerations, both strategic and tactical, as must burden the mind of an Emperor (as he indeed was the 1st Emperor of Britain) who is faced with both external threats of invasions as well as serious domestic tribal uprisings.

In the case of this book Arthur is also faced with the terrible and historical plague which wiped out much of his forces as well as the population.

There are very personal tragedies as well as some detailed, well described combat scenes. One can even learn the construction of a light chariot. You never know ...

This 5th book has a bit more subtle humor within once and awhile - not a lot mind you. Just a smidgeon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made for the movies! July 5, 2014
Just one request ... a loan of Mr. Bannister's time machine! The man evokes a long-gone and bloody era as if he visited just last week - and took notes. After too long a wait, we're back in familiar and finely scripted territory. The details are exquisite and the action furious - the one-on-one battle with Boartooth will have you wincing. Arthur's sidekicks are back and as interesting as always - Grabelius, warrior-bishop Candless, Scandinavian sea raider Iacco Grimr et al ... the usual suspects. Memo to Hollywood: Would someone PLEASE option this series for a movie? And ask Ed Harris if he can do a kingly, Brit accent. Grabelius - Jason Statham; Candless - Arnold Schwarzennegger; Grimr - Viggo Mortensen. Just sayin ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! One for the ages! July 8, 2014
I stumbled across these books about the legendary Arthur after Googling “British knights and legends” some time ago. (Like most Americans with European roots, I’ve thought often – and, after a couple of cold ales, fantasized! – about being a warrior back when horses, swords and “might is right” were the order of the day. Not to mention the added attraction of damsels in distress.)

Paul Bannister’s fourth novel in the series, “The King’s Cavalry,” had just been published and I devoured it, as I did his three earlier ones.

I’m delighted to say “A Fragile Peace” stacks up right alongside its predecessors. And I’ll go along with the earlier reviewer that there’s a great movie here just waiting to be made. Teach Vin Diesel to speak English, instead of whatever it is he mumbles, and he’d make an awesome Scots renegade in a kilt!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is the fifth novel in the sequence, but ... July 25, 2014
This is the fifth novel in the sequence, but the first I have read. It stands up well on its own, although I shall be looking for the others. The story of Arthur trying to hold his kingdom together is cleverly told both in the first person from Arthur's viewpoint, and in the third from the viewpoint of Merlin and others. It is very readable and enjoyable throughout and leaves one wanting more. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's In The Detail... July 29, 2014
The blood and thunder that is the hallmark of Mr Bannister's "Lord of the Narrow Sea" trilogy is still there by the bucket load, but the most impressive thing about "A Fragile Peace" is the level of detail it contains. As befits a journalist of his standing, Bannister has obviously spent a considerable amount of time on his research and it pays dividends in spades, successfully recreating what life must have been like in Ancient Britain. Highly recommended.
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