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Sword of Rome: Alesia [Kindle Edition]

Richard Foreman
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Alesia, 52BC.

The besiegers have become the besieged. Caesar's army stands upon the brink of annihilation, caught between two enemy armies. Ramparts have been constructed, but they must also be defended.

The centurion Lucius Oppius believes he will be part of the defence, but Caesar has other plans for the former standard bearer.

Oppius is ordered to venture north of Alesia to capture Vercingetorix's war chest of gold. He will be accompanied in his mission by one of Caesar's agents, the beguiling Livia - the centurion's former lover.

As Caesar and Mark Antony face a battle for their lives outside the walls of Alesia, Oppius will have to fight against the odds to find and secure the gold. Yet will completing the mission this time exact too high a price?

The Sword of Rome series brings together history and adventure in stories which will appeal to fans of both Simon Scarrow and Bernard Cornwell.

The bonus story of Raffles: The Gentleman Thief by Richard Foreman can also be found at the end of Sword of Rome: Alesia.

Richard Foreman's books have been widely praised.

Praise for Augustus: Son of Rome.

'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'. (Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series)

Praise for Raffles: The Complete Innings.

“Classy, humorous and surprisingly touching tales of cricket, friendship and crime.”

(David Blackburn, The Spectator).

Praise for A Hero of Our Time.

'An elegant novel which is awash with both hope and tragedy. A Hero of Our Time is a must read for anyone interested in WWII or 19th Century Russian Literature.' (Nigel Jones, author of Countdown To Valkyrie)

Praise for Warsaw.

"Warsaw is a work of power. It has the authentic feeling that pulses from an important book. The meticulous research and psychological insights light up one of the most ghastly episodes in the history of man's inhumanity to man."
Patrick Bishop, author of Fighter Boys and A Good War.

About The Author.

Richard Foreman is the author of numerous best-selling Kindle books, including Augustus: Son of Rome and the Raffles series of historical crime novellas. He is also the author of Warsaw, a literary novel set during the end of the Second World War. He lives in London.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AB69VA8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Battles, Love and Ancient Rome December 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Having not read the previous titles in this series I still thoroughly enjoyed Alesia. I would recommend this to anyone who has ever been fascinated by the enigmatic world of Ancient Rome. The book revolves around the battle of Alesia, one of Ceaser's greatest military achievements. Thrilling battle scenes, a quest for gold and a love-interest are all tangled up into this novella. The story is a mixture of war and death and love and humour. The banter between the soldiers makes for an amusing read; Sword of Rome: Alesia is a great slice of Roman life and an interesting re-telling of one of its greatest battles. My only complaint is it could have gone on for longer - I would like to know how things turn out for Oppius and Livia! I will be purchasing the other books in the series as, if they are anything like this one, they will be well worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucius oppius: A lover and a fighter November 25, 2012
By Sabina
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read the excellent Augustus: Son of Rome before I was looking forward to another novella if this series. This time Lucius Oppius doesn't fight at the battlefield but is on a separate mission to locate a strong box of gold, whilst Caesar fights on in Alesia. On the one hand it's Oppius, the stoical centurion, who stands out in this novella again as a convincing and likeable hero. We see a new side to him in as a lover, but also the familiar side to him as a fighter. On the other hand Foreman also tries to paint a picture of the famous battle of Alesia. The two storylines combine well, although I would have liked more material and drama in regards to the events at Alesia.

Foreman sets his novel around a few real historical but never loses the plot so to speak in terms of entertaining his reader. The characters, well known from the other books in this series, remain lively and there's an unexpected twist half way through. A fast-moving enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first book, if not better... December 5, 2012
By Rachel
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked up this book as soon as it came out after thoroughly enjoying the author's pther Roman books. Some people might find the colourful banter between the soldiers in the book shocking - but it makes me laugh out loud. If anyone knows any soldiers they'll recognise and appreciate some of the black humour. There is a core of historical accuracy and realism to this book in regards to Caesar and the battle for Alesia but also it reads like a Bernard Cornwell pot boiler. There is a butcher's bill by the end and the hero Oppius is even given a love interest in this second outing. The series is building nicely and I'll be interested to see how far the author takes things - and in which direction. Hail Caesar!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and action packed January 21, 2014
By AlexO'B
Format:Kindle Edition
There are plenty of brash jokes in here which had me chuckling - the author has a really distinctive style. The battle of Alesia is really well set up and played out. There is plenty of action involved in here, but there is also some good character development. They have certainly been fleshed out more in the next instalment. Overall, an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great series April 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Foreman gives us an excellent re-telling of some of the great battles of Ancient Rome in this series. It is clear from the outset that the author has a real passion for the period which shines through in the smaller details, but he is also a great writer of action here with plenty of blood and gore, which I enjoyed tremendously. He even throws in a bit of a love story. This series is really building nicely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed historical collection April 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded the first Sword of Rome after reading Augustus and really enjoyed it. Augustus places greater emphasis on historical accuracy, which you can afford to do in a longer novel but these shorter novellas simply give you a great flavour for the period and are jam packed full of action and wit. I prefer having them in one long collection as each one picks up where the other left off. It's also a great save.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Way to short March 31, 2013
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Interesting but more like a short story. It takes no time at all to finish. You have to give me more than this of you expect me to ever come back.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why does Amazon find it so hard to tell the difference between Fiction...
Do to the lack of real "History" books in the "free" Kindle book section, Amazon loads up that section with Mysteries, Romances, Science Fiction, and assorted Novels. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Astor56
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I really enjoyed the story but was disappointed by it's abrupt and sudden ending, I thought it was too short, then a new story starts, about Sherlock Holmes? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gordon McSeveney
1.0 out of 5 stars What a rip off
Fully half the book was another (unwanted) book completely far from topic or intentwhen I purchased this book. Buncha B S
Published 17 months ago by Thomas P Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Good lines and length
Most people's critical comments about this book and others in series seem to come from fact that books are short novellas as opposed to full length novels. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Clarissa Kent
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a mini-book...way too short!
This is the first Foreman book i've really enjoyed. I read the sample on Kindle then downloaded the whole book only to find there wasn't much more to read!!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by js
5.0 out of 5 stars Sterling sequel
Alesia continues on from Standard Bearer and develops the central character of Lucius Oppius, giving him a love interest and deepening his relationship with Julius Caesar. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to series.
The author of this book is not afraid to offend, as well as entertain, as exhibited by the bout of soldierly humour which opens this novella. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Margaret C
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More About the Author

Richard Foreman is the author of the Raffles series of books and the historical novels Augustus: Son of Rome and A Hero of Our Time. He has worked as a literary consultant and publicist to a number of bestselling authors, including Tom Holland, Conn Iggulden and Simon Scarrow. He lives in London.

Richard Foreman's work has been widely praised:

The Raffles: The Gentleman Thief series:

'A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!' (David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries)

'This story is not only a joy because of the wonderful characterizations of Raffles and Bunny, but the rest of the ensemble is both amusing and full of personality. I found myself often laughing with Raffles and cringing with Bunny at the various people they encounter. The casual mention of real people like H.G.Wells, Winston Churchill and the famous sportsman C.B.Fry - here a friend of Raffles - naturally brings authenticity to the story, and you really do feel like you're witnessing history first hand.' (Dawn, The Baker Street Babes)

'The exploitative rich are robbed, habitual criminals are caught, and men of true nobility triumph... Raffles... is a debonair rogue - a sparkling bon vivant with penchants for cricket and larceny ... [but] Foreman gives himself more latitude with Bunny... who grows in stature (and cunning) over the books.' (David Blackburn, The Spectator)

A Hero of Our Time:

'An elegant novel which is awash with both hope and tragedy. A Hero of Our Time is a must read for anyone interested in WWII or 19th Century Russian Literature.'
(Nigel Jones, author of Countdown To Valkyrie)

Augustus Son of Rome:

'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'.
(Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series)

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