But can they match the discipline and courage of the legionaries? Wounded during a skirmish, Centurion Macro remains behind in charge of the fort as Centurion Cato leads an invasion deep into the hills. But with winter drawing in, the terrain is barely passable through icy rain and snowstorms. Has the acting Governor, Legate Quintatus, underestimated the enemy, his military judgement undermined by ambition? A perfect summer on the Greek island of Lefkas for three young people untroubled by the simmering politics of Europe.
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I loved this book. I was not disappointed. I found myself whispering warnings and encouragement to the characters as though they were my friends. There are rumours of a conspiracy to unseat the king and Horatius Figulus, the junior officer charged with protecting him, knows the situation is dangerously unstable.
But, when the king announces a plan to tax the natives to fund a lavish palace, Figulus is powerless to prevent a violent rebellion. As protests against Roman rule spread, a secretive Druid sect forces out the legion and the king is taken hostage. Now Figulus must infiltrate the enemy ranks, release the king and kill the elusive leader of the Druids before the entire region descends into bloody chaos….
Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro must uncover a traitor to prevent unthinkable defeat. Unwarned, Cato and Macro are with the Roman army pursuing Caratacus and his men through the mountains of Britannia. Defeating Caratacus finally seems within their grasp. But the plot against the two heroes threatens not only their military goals but also their lives. All attempts to impose Roman rule have failed. Now a new king has been installed among the Durotriges to bring them into line — and Optio Horatius Figulus of the Second Legion is charged with protecting him. But a Druid assassin is rumoured to be plotting to kill the king before he can establish his rule.
Then the king begins a devastating campaign of reprisals against his political rivals. Whole families are murdered, weapons are confiscated and the old gods are denounced. As native discontent threatens to spill over into open rebellion, Figulus finds his unswerving allegiance to Rome faltering. Then the king decides to confront his opponents…just as the assassin is poised to strike.
He and his most trusted comrades are to help install a new king in a hostile area. Fail, and the whole invasion will be jeopardised.
Under constant attack from raiders, plagued by ruthless Druids and up against hostile natives, Figulus and his men will need all their courage and ingenuity to succeed. The invasion of Britannia has been bloody and relentless, and still the barbaric islanders have not been fully conquered. The men of the Second Legion have suffered grievous losses in driving back their bitterest enemy, but worse is yet to come for the beleaguered soldiers. With winter fast approaching, they face a new threat: ferocious native warriors launching coordinated attacks from their secret base on the Isle of Vectis.
In response, the new legate announces a plan to invade Vectis and rout the enemy in what he expects to be a speedy and successful mission.
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But Horatius Figulus, a junior officer with local knowledge of the enemy, doubts the invasion will be so straightforward. And when the Second Legion encounters fierce resistance on the beach, Figulus and his fellow soldiers suddenly find themselves fighting a desperate battle for their lives…. But opposition from native tribes led by the ruthless warrior Caratacus threatens to destroy everything.
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As Sir Thomas confronts the past that cost him his honour and a secret that has long lain buried, a vast enemy army arrives to lay siege to the island…. The city of Rome in AD 50 is a dangerous place. It is feared that the heart of the latest plot lies in the ranks of the Praetorian Guard. Uncertain of whom he can trust, the Imperial Secretary Narcissus summons to Rome two courageous men guaranteed to be loyal to the grave: army veterans Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro. Tasked with infiltrating the Guard, Cato and Macro face a daunting test to win the trust of their fellow soldiers.
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The world around him is spiraling towards oblivion, mutually assured destruction all but an inevitable reality. His participation in this conflict consumes him, threatening to destroy him before his fate is truly met by the errant path of a stray bullet. When the Praetorian Guard backed Otho against Vitellius in 69 CE and lost, the latter widened up recruitment to allow the best veterans from any legion to join.
Vespasian attempted to ensure their greater loyalty by a different means, making his son, the future emperor Titus , a Praetorian Prefect. By the time of Commodus in the late 2nd century CE the Guard had become an ill-disciplined liability. In CE they murdered Pertinax - he had, after all, only offered them a paltry 12, sestertii each on his accession - and then gave their allegiance to anyone who could pay them enough, the winner being Didius Julianus.
Didius offered to pay the enormous sum of 25, sestertii to every Guard member, the equivalent of 5-year's pay, and when he was made emperor actually upped the reward to 30, per man. This dwarfed the 20, sestertii that Marcus Aurelius had given to each member when he had become emperor, although this was a genuine gift and not a bribe.
The power of the Praetorian Guard led to emperor Septimius Severus replacing the most notorious members with loyal legionaries from his Danube armies. Still, the Praetorian Guard would not go away as a powerful instrument of power, and in CE, Macrinus, a praefectus praetorio , arranged the assassination of Caracalla and was declared emperor by his own men.
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