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Product Details

  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475049307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475049305
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Mace is a historical novelist and screenwriter. He is author of the series, Soldier of Rome - The Artorian Chronicles, as well as the novellas, Centurion Valens and the Empress of Death, and Forlorn Hope: The Storming of Badajoz. He lives in Meridian, Idaho.

Customer Reviews

It crude, not that interesting or believable.
Jim Wedlake
This was a fast paced and well written novel and I will buy more books from James Mace.
gpat65
Be mindful that the story has a couple of very raunchy scenes.
Aristotle S. Spencer

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Aristotle S. Spencer on October 25, 2011
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This is the author's first foray into short stories and after reading this one perhaps the start of many more. Centurion Valens, the main character of this story, was first introduced to the reading public in the novel `Soldier of Rome: The Legionary' and subsequently in the following three novels that made up James Mace's Artorian Chronicles.

For first time readers of this author this novella is a good introduction to some of the characters in those four novels and also into the authors writing style. To those familiar with his work it's a refresher of past events and some insights into forthcoming events in novels yet to be published.

This novella is relaxed reading and could easily be read in a few hours. It is set in 44 AD, following the conquest of Britannia, when Centurion Valens returns to Rome in Triumph. He and chosen members of the army are personally received and rewarded by the emperor Claudius Drusus Caesar. The story certainly captures the main character's deviant sexual preferences and naivety.

Be mindful that the story has a couple of very raunchy scenes. These instances allow the reader to gain an insight into certain sexual inclinations of Centurion Valens that lead him into a dangerous liaison with the conniving and rather debauched practices of Empress Valeria Messalina; Claudius' third wife.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gpat65 VINE VOICE on January 27, 2012
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OK this kindle book is one of the reasons I bought my Kindle Fire. I love any novel about ancient Rome. I wanted to see a book written by James Mace and I was not disappointed. Fascinating reading about Messalina and her evil ways. Rome was decadent but never boring. This was a fast paced and well written novel and I will buy more books from James Mace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2011
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James Mace has scored a home run with this novella. Put it on your "must read" list. Not only is it a good story, but we get a glimpse of what's in store for our friends 20 years into the future. I hope that James has time for a couple more of these fabulous short runs, plus more full novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tony on October 7, 2012
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The men in the legions fought hard to protect Rome and her conquered territories. In doing so, the average citizen felt safe and their efforts built up the treasury coffers. The nobility led a pampered life where intrigue and dishonesty were common. Messalina, was but one example of the depravity of some in power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil on September 28, 2012
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I've enjoyed Mace's previous novels about life in the legions. This novella is an excursion about intrigue in the emperor's court and is thus to me less interesting. Given the genre shift, it's not a bad piece of work tho "I Claudius" it's not. Had I the choice to make again, I would pass on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob on February 18, 2012
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I enjoyed this story primarily because it gave good insight to the Valens and Svetlana characters from the Artorious series. Even Erin makes an appearance. Again the author does a good job of presenting main characters as very human foibles and all. This short story could stand on its own but works best as a companion piece to the Artorious series.
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By Jim Wedlake on May 6, 2014
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This is probably the fifth story I have read by Mace and it was a disappointment. It crude, not that interesting or believable.
I will try another one of his stories again though.
JMAT
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More About the Author

Five-time Ancient History best-seller James Mace developed his passion for history at a young age, and has made Ancient Rome a life's study. He penned the initial draft of his first novel, "Soldier of Rome: The Legionary", as a cathartic means of escapism while serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. He spent a career as a Soldier, and in 2011 left his full-time position with the Army National Guard to devote himself to writing.

His well received series, "Soldier of Rome - The Artorian Chronicles", is a perennial ancient history best-seller, as is his newest series, "Soldier of Rome - The Great Jewish Revolt". In recent years, he has branched out into other historical eras, having written three books set in the Napoleonic Era, with a series about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 planned for 2015.

He can be reached via his website: www.legionarybooks.net

Official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/legionarybooks

Blog: http://legionarybooks.blogspot.com/