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Praise for Fire in the East (Book 1 in the 'Warrior of Rome' series):

''Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship.'' --Times (London)

About the Author

HARRY SIDEBOTTOM received his doctorate in ancient history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has taught at various universities including his alma mater, where he is now a fellow and director of studies in ancient history at St. Benet's Hall and lecturer in ancient history at Lincoln College. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons in Woodstock.
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  • Series: Warrior of Rome (Book 3)
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; MP3CD Unabridged edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441758895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441758897
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,551,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Siefert on May 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Lion of the Sun is the third book in the Warrior of Rome series. I purchased the first two in the gift shop of the Capitoline Museum of Rome --the Italian curators of the museum have thought so highly of the author's historical fiction that it was one of only three novels in English sold there.

This third book of the series has not yet been published in the U.S. I purchased mine thru Amazon shipping from dealers in the U.K. where it is already on the shelves. Should be available in American bookstores by the fall.

It is outstanding historical fiction set in the period of the Crisis of the Third Century, when the Roman Empire almost fell apart. And unlike most Roman historical fiction, it set in the East where the enemy is the Sassanid (Iranian/Iraqi) empire, not the barbarians on the Rhine.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Groen VINE VOICE on November 1, 2011
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The author has done it again writing another excellent historical novel of the late Roman Empire. This one starts where the previous book left off (King of Kings) where Ballista is being led away to captivity by the Persians after the defeat and capture of Valerian in 260 AD.

What I like about this book and this author are the following.
1. This book is well researched. The author does an excellent job of analyzing all the writings and archeology of the period.
2. The book uses the research to paint a very believable picture of the period. I almost thought that I was there looking at the cities and the countryside.
3. The action is palpable. You can feel it. More than the other two books, Ballista is in the action, in one battle after another, and his family also dodges some challenges.
4. The storyline keeps you on the edge of your seat. You believe that everything will end well, but at times you wonder. At one point especially where his wife and sons were in trouble, I was challenged to jump ahead to try to find out.
5. The ending is satisfying. I won't tell you what it is, but you should enjoy it.
6. All in all, the book is very believable. In fact, of all the authors that I've read of Roman Historical Fiction, this author's stories are the most believable.

I can't wait for the next installment - mentioned in the Historical Afterward - The Caspian Gates.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Roman Empire. This is not dry historical analysis but an excellent story based upon the historical facts, as we know them today.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Doglet on November 1, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I became a fan of Ballista and company in the first Warrior of Rome and this book did not disappoint. Fans of the great man will enjoy Ballista's battle fury as he avenges past defeats. Character development and dialogue remain as strong as ever, with enough plot twists to maintain interest.

I wanted to like this book, and I did!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karolus Magnus on December 7, 2011
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Like the other previous novels, Book Three of the Warrior Of Rome series by Dr. Sidebottom doesn't dissapoint. What is unique about this wonderful series is that it is set during The Crisis of the Third Century, an underepresented era of the Roman Empire - both in novels and Hollywood. Even authoritative history books exploring this period are scarce. Another is the fact, that almost all of the characters - from Valerian and Macrianus to Shapur and Odenatus are real people. And, yes, even our hero Ballista is no made up Gladiator/Maximus-clone - he, too, is real. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anibal Madeira on November 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it is no spoiler that the Lion of the Sun is the mighty king of Palmira, Odenatus. Perhaps unfairly most readers will recognize him only as Zenobia's husband. He is always in the background of the plot, and his decisions might tip the scales...but the other giant that is in the background is the author. This is only his third novel, but I truly believe that he stands tall in the competitive market of historical novels.

The plot is filled with intrigue and dread. The emperor is prisoner to the Persians! Will Ballista follows the new emperor, and which one of them? Is former friend? Or the ones that "protects" Ballista family? Will he keep the terrible oath made to Shapur? Decisions has consequences and some are dire indeed.

The action is blood drenched, visceral and quite believable, there are no Conan's here. Madness and pain can affect even the toughest and calloused protagonist.

You will also get very good maps, glossary, historical notes and list of sources and characters.

I'm waiting for Caspian Gates to arrive. Keep them coming Professor Sidebottom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ward VINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
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This third volume in the Ballista series is the best so far. Sidebottom has established all his characters and we see the rise and fall of the Emperor(s) in the east and at home in Italy as they jockey for power with Ballista as a piece on the chessboard. He takes more time with characterization and incorporates his history lessons more artfully, and the narrative is the richer for it.

Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this story and look forward to the fourth (at least two more to come!) volume. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Army Phil on September 22, 2012
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Terrific series by an English professor of history. The primary characters are well developed, and the reader becomes invested in their well being. As near as we can tell the battle scenes are realistic; they are certainly engaging. If you like historical fiction (Bernard Cornwell), you will like Professor Sidebottom's work equally well.
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