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Product Details

  • Series: Empire (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444711911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444711912
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,956,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is fast-paced and gripping "read-through-the-night" fiction, with marvellous characters and occasional moments of dark humour. Some authors are better historians than they are storytellers. Anthony Riches is brilliant at both. Conn Iggulden A damn fine read ... fast-paced, action-packed. Ben Kane Stands head and shoulders above a crowded field ... real, live characters act out their battles on the northern borders with an accuracy of detail and depth of raw emotion that is a rare combination. Manda Scott 'Muscular in prose and approach, the novel is riveting and direct.' History Today on THE LEOPARD SWORD 'This is a fast-paced, action-packed read. Anthony Riches brings alive the harsh reality of the Roman world - the period, people, and culture - in a frenetic and exciting novel which is well researched and tinged with humour. The battle scenes are vivid and expertly told ... Difficult to put down, this is a welcome addition to the genre ... Recommended' Historical Novels Review on THE LEOPARD SWORD

About the Author

Anthony Riches has a military studies degree from Manchester University, and is the author of the Empire series, which includes Arrows of FuryThe Leopard Sword, and Wounds of Honour.

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Great book, can't wait for the new additions to the series to come out.
Richard Bridges
Great plotting, characters, research and story are combined to offer the reader a wonderful experience.
Robert Paterson
Just could not put the book down, ended up finishing the book faster than I had planned.
Ricardo de Faria

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is volume six of Anthony Riches' "Empire" series which take place at the end of the second century AD and will ultimately also cover the first decades of the third century as well. In this volume, the action takes place in AD 184.

The book has the same ingredients as the other previous episodes. It is essentially one of these "swords and sandals" (well, Roman boots anyway!) adventure stories books, but it is one of the better ones, or, perhaps more accurately, one of the ones that I prefer. The main reason for this is because Tony Riches is one of these authors who happens to be just as good as a story teller and as a historian. His historical note on the Antonin Wall (much less well-known than Hadrian's Wall) is rather excellent. His description of the Roman army, the relationships between legions and auxiliaries, between tribunes, centurions and troopers and between senators and equestrians are also well grounded and thoroughly researched.

Some readers might dislike the rather abundant "profanity" in the dialogues, with lots of swearing, slang and biological and sexual terms. One other reviewer took exception to what was seen as a transposition of the behaviour and vocabulary of modern British soldiers. The author certainly has made this assumption, and quite deliberately. However, it does "rings true" and seems rather plausible, to say the least. We do know that Roman soldiers were made to be though, rough and coarse. Assuming they weren't already so when they enlisted, they certainly became so, or else they did not last very long. In modern parlance, you could say that this was part of the "job requirements". Anyway, who expects Roman soldiers, whether legionaries or auxiliaries, to be gentile, nice and sweet, polite and well brought up?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Paterson on August 30, 2013
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Anthony Riches is one of a handful of writers in the Roman Military Genre that is at the top of the pyramid. Great plotting, characters, research and story are combined to offer the reader a wonderful experience. His latest book is of the highest quality.

Here we find the Tungrians back in Britannia where a few important loose ends are cleared up. Some old baddies get their deserts. We met some new ones and some new good people too. We also learn a lot about the Antonine Wall. Each book offers the reader a glimpse of part of Rome that was not well known. This part of Rome is almost never written about and we learn a lot as Riches uses it as a back drop.

But as always, it is the people that shine. One of the aspects of Riches books that I enjoy is the sense of "Mateship" between his characters. Many long for the kind of relationship that comes from spending you life and risking it over years in close contact with others. We live such shadowy lives by comparison today. The Tungrians are such a body of men. Being auxiliaries, their separateness bonds them even more strongly together. Fortunately in this volume, Riches does not kill off too many of our favourites but does end the life of one of the regulars with the kind of results that we can expect.

We find ourselves at the end of the book back in Rome for the first time. The next book is well set up by the end of this one.

Riches has chosen a very useful period in history with masses of choices for future books. I look forward to reading them all as fast as he can write them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Jackson on May 8, 2014
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Excellent episode in the Empire series. Sorry that I have come to the end of the series. Waiting to see if anything else is forthcoming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo de Faria on April 23, 2014
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Just could not put the book down, ended up finishing the book faster than I had planned. Would recommend to everyone.
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Well, I started reading this series in August 2014. In the interim I have managed to catch up to the latest book past this one, "The Emperor's Knives" (Number 8 in the series) and must say I have enjoyed every one of the series. These are better than Simon Scarrow's Eagle series by far. The characters are more realistic, even if they get up to some less than believable exploits, albeit in keeping with the actual historical events of the time. Cannot wait for number 8 when they leave Rome after The Knives. The Vengeance period in Britannia is well told and full of delightful Grunt wit and bonhomie, as well as some hard action. Well done - keep it up.
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By R on March 24, 2014
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I have enjoyed all of the Anthony Riches Roman series. I have enjoyed his characters and I wait to see what new adventures he can find for them.
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