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"Jackson triumphs . . . If I were Conn Iggulden or Simon Scarrow, I'd be rather worried by the new Scottish kid on the block."  —Scotsman


"What stands out are Jackson’s superb battle scenes. I lost myself in the riveting depictions of combat . . . I was gripped from start to finish."  —Ben Kane, author, The Forgotten Legion


"A master of his discipline rightly hailed as one of the best historical novelists writing today."  —Daily Express
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About the Author

Douglas Jackson is the author of Caligula: The Tyranny of Rome. He is an editor at the Scotsman.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (September 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593060628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593060629
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,142,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Jackson is the author of the successful historical novels Caligula and Claudius and my next book Hero of Rome, the first of a new trilogy, will be published in July 2010. I was born in Jedburgh on the border between England and Scotland in the summer of 1956. It's a place full of history and haunted by the ghosts of Border reivers and the victims of centuries of bloody border warfare. I left school three weeks before my 16th birthday with six O levels and no idea what I was going to do with the rest of my life. Luckily, a friend worked in the local employment office and got me a place on a youth work scheme. It turned out to be restoring a Roman marching camp in the Cheviot Hills and I had a wonderful summer turning turf and dreaming of Romans. Later I joined my local paper and for the next 36 years worked in local and national newspapers in Scotland, including the Daily Record and the Scotsman. I left the Scotsman after nine years as assistant editor in the summer of 2009 to become a full-time writer.

Get in touch or become a fan on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Doug-Jackson-author/245467143762?ref=nf

Visit my websites at www.douglas-jackson.net and http://authorsplace.co.uk/doug-jackson

Or read my blog about the highs and lows of becoming a published author on http://dougsbookblog.blogspot.com

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rob Suttles on February 27, 2011
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Claudius is an exciting page-turner. Rarely am I able to finish a book in less than three sittings, but I read this book in two sittings over a two day period. The story rotates between following the main character Rufus, Caratacus (Leader of the Southern British army), and Emperor Claudius.

I connected with this book in a very unique way that is hard to fake. The author does a great job of making the characters real. It was very easy for me to connect with Rufus and feel the fear that he felt going into battle as the trainer of the emperor's elephant. The story does an amazing job of building the pressure leading up to the main engagement between the Roman and British forces at a river crossing in lower Britain as well. As the story rotates between the viewpoints of the two armies, it is very hard to predict which army will be victorious (assuming you clear your knowledge of Roman history ahead of time). The story really stresses the intricate number of variables in battles plans that can change the tide of battle and the amount of stress that comes with the realities of the fog of war. It really helped me as a reader get into the mindset of how a Roman soldier would be feeling before the battles and the overactive imaginations of soldiers that take over when contemplating the unknown elements of battle to come.

I picked this book up as someone who was craving a story about Roman conquests and was not disappointed by what this book delivered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost VINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
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Oh yeah. THIS is the story I was waiting on! While I did enjoy book #1 (Caligula) I REALLY liked this one. Why? I think this one has more action and less "the elephant whispers". Not that I don't like Bersheba but I want the death, blood, torture, and gore! To be fair, both books have that but this one has more of it. `Claudius' picks up three/four years after `Caligula' and Rome is going back after Britain. Rufus has had the (mis)fortune of being too good at what he does and has been rewarded with an honorary Praetorian commission... with all the hardships and extra hardships that come with it.

`Claudius' is a true Roman novel in every way. From the battles with more blood than an exploding vampire, to the graphic descriptions of dismemberment, to the maze of Roman politics, Douglas continues one hell of a tale. Narcissus is the puppet master, Claudius is the lead actor, and Rufus is the bit player. Not because he's isn't important, but rather because he and his elephant are at the Emperor's bidding. And since being the Emperor of Rome means you have to have some sort of serious mental disorder, Claudius wants "his" elephant to fight against the Britain's.

Unfortunately the Britain's will not go quietly; Julius Caesar was witness to that. So Rome and her ego, I mean Emperor, plan another slaughter. I enjoy reading about the plights of the other side and Caratacus and his people provide the perfect fodder.

Rome wasn't the only nation that had honor and they weren't the only nation to bathe in blood. Both sides prepare... and the gods wait.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fynnol Gray on February 13, 2011
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I think this book is for everyone who likes history mixed with fiction. The author takes a reader on the journey with Roman legions during a second conquer of Britain under Claudius's reign. The book does not concentrate on Claudius life; it is only a small fragment from his time.
If you like Conn Iggulden's books, you will like this book as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Khastin on June 7, 2011
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Great novel - full of excitement and adventure. A real page turner and I'll definitely recommend any lovers of Roman history to pick up this novel. What I particularly liked was the way it instructs subtley about history without a 'teaching' feel. Well done, Mr Jackson!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stella F. Parker on April 25, 2011
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If you like roman fiction this is a pretty good book. I bought both of the novels and they did not disappoint me. Historically it stays very close to the truth. Very descriptive and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Junkie on February 3, 2013
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This is a wonderful immersion of historical fact & storytelling fiction. Also illuminated an area of Roman history of which I am unfamiliar. Check it out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Phillips on December 7, 2012
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A great read about that time. Every thing about the book caught the reader. I felt drawn into the story.
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I liked this book a lot! It is a book not so much about Caligula but rather a story told from the perspective of characters living within the gaze and influence of the frequent insanely vicious Caligula, his family and his many henchmen. I found it a first rate tale excellently told. It is full of well developed characters, intrigue, suspense and lots of ancient Roman stuff. I would say a fine work of Roman historical fiction replete with Praetorians, gladiators, a lion named Africanus and an elephant! I am excitedly on to read Mr. Jackson's sequel Claudius.
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