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A New History of the Roman Emperors Hardcover – July 16, 2009

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thalamus Publishing (July 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902886364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902886367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.8 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,273,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian Geeslin on January 28, 2015
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I just got it and spent a half hour perusing it as I broke in the binding. Maps are good. Text I haven't read but am almost afraid if it is anything like the "photos" in the book. I use the term photo extremely loosely as they are not such in most cases. If you are unfamiliar with history and art it is a good introduction but can be misleading if you get into the real thing. The coins and busts have been digitally altered to such and extent, obviously by some one not very familiar with numismatics, that you can't read the inscription though I possess a nearly identical version which is easier to read in the sunlight at real scale than these abominations that have been mutated to the point that those responsible should be dubbed Dr. Frankenstein--they took fresh, decent material and created a monster so they could stare at the creation and exhale, "It's alive, it's alive!" yet it does not live nearly as much as it did in death and like Victor in the classic Gothic novel, it gives one the notion to flee. Sorry for the negativity. For $60 I needed to like it but that is not the fault of the dealer but the publishing industry that takes the ignorance of the general public as a given; they will serve you perch and swear it is freshly caught trout
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More About the Author

Roger Kean (also Roger M. Kean) has been writing for many years, but only in the past four as an author of published fiction. He has written five action tales based on a core of late-Victorian adventures, available as eBooks and in print. He also writes gay fiction, the first, FELIXITATIONS was one of the Books of the Month at in July 2012. His second, a rip-roaring tale set during the Second Punic War and called "THUNDERBOLT - TORN ENEMY OF ROME" received some rave reviews, one of which ended: "Thunderbolt - Torn Enemy of Rome is the best historical romance I have ever read. It has the most real history and the most real love."

The third of his gay-themed novels, A LIFE APART, set during the religious war of the Mahdi in the Sudan during the late Victorian period, was a Book of the Month at in March 2013. Author Gerry Burnie called it, "Superb writing, refreshing break-through plot, and bang-on history."

Having spent a stint at Hornsey College of Art studying painting, Kean attended the London Film School, where he began writing film scripts and his first attempts at full-scale novels. For eight years he edited film documentaries for the BBC before moving into full-time journalism. In the 1980s, as co-founder of magazine publisher Newsfield, he created and edited the best-selling CRASH magazine for the Spectrum home computer and then ZZAP!64 for the Commodore 64. Since then, Kean has authored several history reference titles, including the well-reviewed THE COMPLETE CHRONICLE OF THE EMPERORS OF ROME. Now he spends his time inventing new scenarios to populate with characters from the imagination. Kean lives with his partner in the medieval town of Ludlow, Shropshire, England.