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Soldier of Rome: The Centurion (The Artorian Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

James Mace
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Book Description

**Revised 2012 Edition**

Betrayal and Devastation

In the year 28 A.D. the people of Frisia, a previously loyal province, were suffering under the oppression of the Roman magistrate, a former Centurion named Olennius. So blinded by greed had he become, that he taxed the populous well beyond their means to produce. Now impoverished and risking starvation, the Frisians did the unspeakable and sought open rebellion as their only means of survival.

The Emperor Tiberius, now living in self-imposed isolation on the isle of Capri, is deeply troubled upon hearing that such a staunchly loyal province would seek to throw off the rule of Rome. Nevertheless, he orders the mobilization of the Army of the Rhine to suppress the Frisians back into docile submission, never knowing the real reason as to the origin of the rebellion.

As the Twentieth Legion marches north into Frisia on its first major campaign in eight years, Centurion Artorius finds himself facing his first major battle since taking over his Century. Years of relative peace, combined with the mass discharges of many of his veteran soldiers, have left the ranks filled with a number of young and inexperienced legionaries. For over a third of his men this will be their first action. The Frisians, in their desperation, know that they face death either by starvation in peace or slaughter on the battlefield. For Artorius and his legionaries the crucible of war will end in heartbreak; for only after the devastation of battle does the truth arise.

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About the Author

James Mace is a historical novelist and screenplay writer. He has written four books so far in the series "Soldier of Rome - The Artorian Chronicles". In addition, he has written short novella based around the series, "Centurion Valens and the Empress of Death". He also co-wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay, "The Evil That Men Do".

James is expecting the fifth Artorian book, "Soldier of Rome: Judea", to be out in the spring of 2012. At the same time he will be publishing his first non-Roman work, a novella entitled "Forlorn Hope: The Storming of Badajoz".

Product Details

  • File Size: 5420 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Legionary Books; 2nd edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J8HVZQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Series of Historical Fiction March 21, 2011
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James Mace has once again combined history with fiction to create an outstanding work. Military history can be for some a "dry" and not so interesting topic. By folding in "living and breathing" characters and their story lines into his work, James has brought Roman history to life - military, policial, family, friends and enemies. For me, these books have reinforced my studies of, and interest in the Roman Empire. The many details regarding Roman military life from day to day living to the "big picture" have been very useful in my studies. I look forward to future Artorian Chronicles.

If you want to learn what life was like as a Roman Legionary, this will be the series for you!

Burnis G. Allardyce
LTC, Armor
US Army Retired
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of the Soldier of Rome series July 20, 2011
James Mace's books keep getting better and better.

The dialogue, characterization, and battle scenes are excellent. They are worthy of the same level of praise I hold for Simmon Scarrow's Roman eagle series. The difference from these books and those comparable is James Mace really is a professional soldier and that translates very well into these books. These are a must read for anyone who likes Roman historical fiction. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent battle scenes January 29, 2011
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This book has an excellent battle scene that covers 60-70 pages length, in fact, of all the books that I've read on Rome, this has the descriptions of a Roman battle that I've ever read. In fact, this book would make an excellent movie focused on the Frisia rebellion and the battle fought - just a suggestion to any movie maker who made be reading.

The book starts off slow. Since this is the forth installment of an ongoing series, the author lays out what happened between the last book and this one and also goes into character development. He covers: (1) how Artorius became a centurion, (2) his wedding to Lady Diana, (3) Pilate's wedding and (4) the events leading up to and the reason for the Frisian rebellion. This occurs in the first half of the book.

Half way through the book, the legions start their march to relieve the Roman fort and put down the rebellion. Then, comes the action part - the battle scenes take up the next 60-70 pages as the XX legion fights the Frisians while other units come to their aide. Most readers read these books for the battle scenes, and for this section alone, I highly recommend this book. It is obvious that the author has studied Roman battles with experts and also understands fighting at the "grunt" level. As I mentioned, this is the best Roman battle depiction that I have ever read.

I highly recommend this book to not only individuals interested in Roman history and events but to anyone interested in action. Obviously, this is not a book for children though, as it can get very graphic and the language used can get very salty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does it again! August 17, 2011
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James Mace has done it again! He keeps getting better and better and making harder for me to put these books down! I love the way he makes you feel like you are right there, be it during a hard fought battle for survival or dealing with the pain and suffering of losing close and loved friends! I definitely encourage anyone who enjoys reading about this time period to pick this series up. All I can say is hurry up and get the 5th book out so we can continue on this journey!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I am never disappointed when I purchase a book in this series. I have been a big fan from the first book and look forward to the next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historic Book April 3, 2011
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I have read as many books by James mace that I can find. All of them have been fairly true to historic events and ahve always left me wanting more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read! March 4, 2011
If you haven't started reading this series, you need to. Each book is great in it's own way. Every book in the series has 2 things that few authors can create: The need to keep reading after every section and chaapter, and the desire for the next book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series February 9, 2011
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A great series. Chronicling the career of a 1st century roman soldier.

Be sure to start with book 1 Soldier of Rome: The Legionary
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fast and another great story, I cannot wait for the next follow on novel by James Mace.
Published 20 days ago by normsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Another well written chapter in the life of Artorius. ...
Another well written chapter in the life of Artorius. Mr. Mace has a talent for bringing all the action and drama of the Roman era to thre forefront. Read more
Published 1 month ago by COLLEGE DAD
5.0 out of 5 stars A great 6 book series.
I enjoyed all six books in this series very much. The characters were very real. The battle scenes were very graphic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William O. Barsch
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artorian Chronicles
I have read this entire series and was spellbound by James Mace. He has held my interest throughout the entire series of books.
Thank you Amazon
Published 3 months ago by L.J. Cardin
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love ancient history these books are really good.
The series gives you a different perspective about Roman government control over Gual and their unique relationships with the Germanic tribes east of the Rhine. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey L. Bohr
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All six book of this set were very god reading.And enjoyable.recomend to any One. Without any hesitation.Avery good set of books.
Published 5 months ago by James Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Roman Soap Opera
Unfortunately this volume is long on inventive story and short on history. Perhaps Mr. Mace is trying to appeal to a female audience? Also for some reason Mr. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ArizonaLarry
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book what more can I say except I can't understand why they...
Good book what more can I say except I can't understand why they require a written explanation, I mean the stars should say enough..
Published 6 months ago by Carmine Doddato
5.0 out of 5 stars Transported to Another Era
Loved this book and others in series. You feel ad if you were on the campaigns with the legions. Great read.
Published 7 months ago by Gary W. Sackett Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read
It is fascinating how the Romans did things. I love historical fiction and reading of the English of the 800"s it fascinated me how they used Roman roads and bridges and but could... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard Fernandez
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More About the Author

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. 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 best-seller in ancient history on Amazon. With his other favourite period in history being the British Empire, his writing has branched into the Napoleonic Wars. He is currently working on a new trilogy about the Roman-Jewish War of 66 to 73 A.D., along with a side project about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

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