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"A splendid piece of storytelling and a vivid recreation of a long-dead-world."
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About the Author

Douglas Jackson turned a lifelong fascination for Rome and the Romans into his first two novels, Caligula and Claudius. He was born in Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders and now lives in Bridge of Allan. Hero of Rome is the first in a major new Roman trilogy, featuring Valerius Verrens.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (July 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593065123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065129
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,892 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

Customer Reviews

A very well written story.
William Marks
The downside to this book is I am now going to have to buy the next one in the series.
N.M. Cox
If you are interested in Roman history, this book is worth the read and the purchase.
J. Groen

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Groen VINE VOICE on November 22, 2010
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This historical novel is based upon the Boudicca rebellion in Roman Britain in 60AD. The focus of the novel is on Valerius, a Roman Tribune who has been given orders right before he is to leave for Rome (after his commitment to serve was supposed to be over) to defend a Roman colony (called Colonia but probably Roman Colchester) from the attack of Boudicca's rebellious horde of Celts.

What happens next is the stuff of legends: the stand of a group of Roman militia (ex legionnaires who are in the late forties and fifties and have businesses and families in town), the stand in a Roman temple (made mostly of marble), etc.

The brutality of warfare of the Roman period is highlighted almost to a fault espcially on the depredations that occurred to the Romans who were captured (won't go through that but want to alert the reader) providing gruesome details.

If you are interested in Roman history, this book is worth the read and the purchase. It provides details based upon the historical writings of Tacitus of this rebellion. It also provides a good reason for why the rebellion occurred (brutal Roman soldiers and administrators overreacting to their responsibilities).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2011
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I'm an avid reader of all books Roman, action, mysteries, etc and I have to say this grabbed my attention from the start. The author managed to skillfully build characters and insert them into the beginnings of the Iceni rebellion. His take on this bit of history revolves around Tribune Valerius, whom finds himself wintering with a cohort from the XXth Legion at Camulodunum, known as The Colony due to the large number of retired legionaries who participated in the original invasion 16 years earlier. His involvement with the local populace and the consequences set the tone for the entire story. In some cases I found I could anticipate the direction the plot would take, especially with specific characters; however, this did not detract from the story. Having some background of the history of Roman Britain did have me wondering how the author would end the story and I have to say I was caught off guard. Admittedly the last crushing battle against the Iceni did seem rushed; but, if you consider Valerius's role in this compared to his other direct "in the front line" view, it makes sense it would come across this way. The price Valerius paid in the end for the title Hero of Rome, puts an interesting twist for the rest of the forthcoming trilogy and I'm VERY eager to see how the author pulls it off. A final comment about the characters, although exposure to some of the supporting characters were brief I have to admit I enjoyed the authors depiction of the veterans miltia of The Colony, especially Flavo and Corvinus. The ability to bring out what are ordinarily single dimensional types in an action novel speaks well for any author. Thanks and Have A Great Day!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rob Suttles on April 23, 2011
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Have been plowing through a lot of Roman historical fiction lately and loved Hero of Rome. While the battles were not as engaging and real for me as Jackson's "Claudius" was, the overall storyline was much more engaging. The way the author balanced the veteran legionnaires duties to their unity and to their families at Colonia felt very sincere to me causing them to be one of my favorite groups of characters. I can't say enough about this book and am looking forward to seeing how the author transforms what felt like a stand-alone novel into a series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 17, 2012
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"Soldier of Rome" is good historical fiction dealing with the British uprising against the Roman Empire of the Emperor Nero's time. Led by a charismatic British Queen Boudicca, this was the biggest uprising by the Britons against Roman domination. There is an interesting sub-plot involving a romance between the main protagonist, Valerius, and a young British-Celtic maiden, Maeve that is quite well done.

My main criticism of this novel is its dark and depressing nature. Roman rule of Britain is shown to be starkly unjust due to the avarice of the Emperor Nero and his agents. The British subjects evidently have no rights whatever, and the Romans delight in rubbing their noses in this. The result is the uprising. Without giving much away, the author discards important characters in this story with abandon, which makes it hard to stay interested in the story or, of course, interested in the characters. Read the novel and you will likely see what I mean. Nonetheless this is an interesting and readable novel that retained my interest throughout. RJB.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on November 21, 2011
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A slightly familiar path here, but I suppose it is hard to find freshness in the well-trod area of a Roman actioner.

This one is set in Britain AD60/61 where the resentful locals have been subdued and Nero is the Emperor. Young Valerius is a Tribune in the legions and is sent with a small force to protect the town of Colonia where the locals are causing some unrest. In reality this is the Boudicca uprising and Valerius, his troops and the local auxiliaries are vastly outnumbered......

It's not bad. I mention a well-trod path, and what can lift a story above the norm is the depth and interest in the characters and sadly Valerius is a little bland. But the story has pace and is set in an interesting period of Roman/British history and is certainly engaging enough if not spectacular. Author Douglas Jackson certainly knows his history and places his story and characters within a pivotal timeframe and, to his credit, avoids "and with one bound they were free" resolutions, there are consequences here and not everyone makes it.

So not bad and I will pick up the next one in the series.
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