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Ironroot Paperback – July 22, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: YouWriteOn; 1st edition (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849234582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849234580
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,785,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julie I. Richards on September 16, 2010
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Ironroot is Mr. Turney's third book, and the second in a series. It follows Interregnum in sequence, however, Ironroot stands alone. I gave it 5 stars - it is that good. Ironroot is an exciting tale of Captain Varro in a Roman-like army, as this is Historical fiction. The first chapter begins smack in the middle of a battle with barbarians. The author knows the mindset of a Roman soldier on the frontline. One experiences the excitement, the sounds, and the fight. Fate (or the gods?) pair up an unsuspecting young soldier with Varro on his personal mission. I don't want to give too much away, but I will tell that you Ironroot has plenty of "Turney Twists" to keep this story moving at a quick pace from start to finish. The ending, though not at all what I had expected, was quite emotional. I never re-read a book, but I have this one: There are so many neat details that it's worth opening a second time.

Mr. Turney obviously has knowledge of Roman engineering, and has put it to use here. I enjoyed his many descriptions of construction, terrain, characters,... as his writing style lends well to the imagination. This book feels more personal than the other two, although they are terrific in their own right. If you've read Interregnum, you will recognize the Reign of Darius, and some of the characters, but as I said, Ironroot stands alone. A very good book. - Jules
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Short and sweet, this is a good book. The author knows how to keep your interest, and weave a pretty darn good story. I took a chance on his series previous series of Ancient Rome, and found it to be awesome. As a fan on Roman history, military history, etc., I found it to be every bit as good as the Gordanus series, and the Falco series (by other authors), only focused on the military of Rome. This series is an alternate history of Rome, but, every bit as good. Buy it, read it, enjoy it. Go ahead and buy the entire series, you'll only be saving yourself time because you'll be logging back on to Amazon to buy them anyway.
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'Ironroot' takes place 20 years after 'Interregnum-Tales of the Empire' (the author's first novel) and it was not written as a sequel therefore, it stands alone as a story and can be read as such. If this is your first novel with this author then you will be so impressed that you will also want to read 'Interregnum'.

I have read all of S. J. A. Turney's novels with great enjoyment but, I must admit I do have a preference for those that he has written based on actual Roman historical events and characters. Ironroot has a semblance to the Roman Empire period through similar names, military tactics and engineering skills but the entire story, characters and setting are purely fictional.

However, Turney writes so well that all his novels are worth reading. Ironroot has the usual ingredients that make a novel successful; great characters, solid storyline, lots of action and a good measure of intrigue, betrayal and revenge.
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By Sailor on September 25, 2013
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Ironroot is the second of three, but any of these books would stand alone. The story is well written and characters are believable, though the author does have a tendency to get a little improbably heroic at times. Still, he writes enough detail into those actions to make the reader comfortable with the stretch. This particular book has an excellent plot twist that one may suspect, but the way Turney crafts it makes it worth reading all the way through. While it does help to have read Interregnum, that is not required to appreciate this effort.
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Like all of Turney's books a wonderful adventure to ancient Rome with well developed characters, intelligent plot, fun to read action scenes, all wrapped in a taunt well written story. I find myself compelled to purchase any and all Turney books as soon as they make it to Kindle. KEEP 'EM COMING!!!!
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You will be up so late reading this you will have to call into work the next day so you can finish the book. Yeah your going to want to KNOW what happens after they get to that forest. When you could no longer keep your eyes open as they were dry and scratchy as well. This Authors ability to get you to care not only about the characters but about where the journey takes you is remarkable. That's what a good story teller does. Sucks you in and keeps you there. Then you want to go research the information- that's in his other series. This series is that lolly pop sweet read that you just do not want to stop sucking on.
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Given the fact that I have read many of Simon Turney's books I would have thought by now that it would be nigh unto impossible for him to surprise me. I am used to the plot twists that he infuses into his novels, indeed I sort of expect them. However, in Ironroot, the second of three books set in a pseudo Roman world, he managed to do just that.

The protagonist Varro, a Captain in the Imperial Army, is wounded during a skirmish and is subsequently told that he is dying because the weapon used on him was laced with Ironroot, a poison with no antidote. When it becomes apparent that he was specifically targeted, a conspiracy to cover up a senior officer's treasonous activities unfolds. Thus begins a race against time as he and an enterprising member of an engineers cohort seek out the truth and possible revenge. What follows is an exciting tale of action, loyalty and a steadfast belief that they were chosen for this mission by a local tribal deity.

Now the author could have gone in many different ways with this including a formulaic one but this is where all the surprises in the plot come to the fore. The climatic scenes are wonderfully portrayed demonstrating Mr. Turney's vivid imagination and abundant sense of irony. I would love to be more specific but that would be unfair to the author and to prospective readers...after all, they deserve to be as surprised in their reading of this novel as I was.
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