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Soldier of Rome: The Centurion (The Artorian Chronicles Book 4) by [Mace, James]
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About the Author

Multi-time Ancient History best-seller James Mace developed hispassion for history at a young age, and has made Ancient Rome a life'sstudy. 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 from 2004 to 2005.

His well received series,"Soldier of Rome - The Artorian Chronicles", is a perennial ancienthistory best-seller, as is his series about The Great Jewish Revolt andthe Year of the Four Emperors. In recent years, he has branched out into other historical eras, having written three books set in the Napoleonic Era, with a series about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 planned for 2016.

He can be reached via his website: legionarybooks.net

Official Facebook page: facebook.com/legionarybooks

Twitter: @LegionaryBooks

Blog: legionarybooks.blogspot.com/

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  • File Size: 5323 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Legionary Books; 2nd edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J8HVZQ
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By J. Groen VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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Soldier of Rome: Centurion is the fourth novel in the author's Soldier of Rome series, and it is one of the strongest novels in the series. Here, our protagonist is now Centurion Artorius, stationed on the marches of Imperial Rome's frontiers in Germania. In this novel a tragic pattern emerges that was the bane of the Roman Empire in many places and times. A corrupt Roman imperial representative seeks to plunder and abuse the province to which he is assigned. He believes the people helpless to resist since the might and power of the Roman Legions are what really back his, and Rome's, power in the region. Rebellion is the eventual result. This makes for an excellent story, made tragic by the fact that justice is quite on the side of the rebels making it hard to root for the Romans, including Artorius and his soldiers.

This is an excellent novel which, like the others in the series, gives the reader a notion as to what life was like as a Roman Legionary. The main protagonist, Centurion Artorius, is a well-developed character whom the reader grows to like, and these novels hold the reader's interest throughout. The next novel in the series, Soldier of Rome: Judea, is expected soon and fans of this series, myself included, eagerly await its release. RJB.
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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. While the books characters are certainly fictional they draw you into the fact that being a Roman citizen had a definite advantage to the lifestyle then. They are interesting reading and truly makes you understand why Roman rule lasted as long as it did. You were either a friend or an enemy and the value of life was not high.
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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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Looks like Mace has finally worked his fourth story in the series into a top-notch piece of historical fiction. His story provides an account of Roman history untouched by earlier writers. His action scenes (as noted in other reviews) are most graphic and realistic sounding. The early pace of the novel seems somewhat slow but once things get moving Mr. Mace grabs your attention and drags you though all the blood and gore you can imagine. Don't know if the Roman soldiers of this time were as troubled as are his lead charcters with the brutality involved. As Mace would have it, they were as troubled as today's soldiers may be.

A very good read. The next book, in Judea, should be very, very interesting.

Kindle editing seems much improved with this book!!!!!
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