A Review of Tribune of Rome (Vespasian #1) by Robert Fabbri


Tribune of Rome (Vespasian #1), Robert Fabbri

My rating: 5 of 5stars

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

ONE MAN: ONE DESTINY 26 AD: Sixteen-year-old Vespasian leaves his family farm for Rome, his sights set on finding a patron and following his brother into the army. But he discovers a city in turmoil and an Empire on the brink. The aging emperor Tiberius is in seclusion on Capri, leaving Rome in the iron grip of Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus is ruler of the Empire in all but name, but many fear that isn’t enough for him. Sejanus’ spies are everywhere – careless words at a dinner party can be as dangerous as a barbarian arrow. Vespasian is totally out of his depth, making dangerous enemies (and even more dangerous friends – like the young Caligula) and soon finds himself ensnared in a conspiracy against Tiberius. With the situation in Rome deteriorating, Vespasian flees the city to take up his position as tribune in an unfashionable legion on the Balkan frontier. Un-blooded and inexperienced, he must lead his men in savage battle with hostile mountain tribes – dangerous enough without renegade Praetorians and Imperial agents trying to kill him too. Somehow, he must survive long enough to uncover the identity of the traitors behind the growing revolt

Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and has worked in film and TV for 25 years. He is an assistant director and has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. Now, his life-long passion for ancient history, especially for that of the Roman Empire, has drawn him to write his first novel. He lives in London and Berlin.

What Do I Think?

A very good read this the author without a doubt has a sincere love of the historical genre and this stood out all through.
The characters were agreeable and I found the relationship between Vespasian and Magnus entertaining and unforgettable.
Clearly this story weaver knows his facts and wove them into a believable story, with a whole horde of books out there with the Roman army in action, a story weaver has to do something distinct to get their stories noticed, what Robert Fabbri has done in this story is placing one of the most fascinating of the Roman Emperors who emerged to this lofty rank about AD 68.
Robert Fabbri has written a story of style, well plotted with superb characters, with fiction and non-fiction brought together well.
So now we have probably a fresh challenger to Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane, Conn Iggulden, Douglas Jackson and the like competing for the prime position of this genre.
In conclusion I can truly say if you’re a enthusiast of Roman historical novels then this is an unquestionable must read.
Buy it, you won’t be disappointed!

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A Review of Angels of Apocalypse, Part I: Alignment by J. J Harkin


Format:    Kindle

ASIN:        B005ZXRO10

My rating:     4 stars

Angels of Apocalypse - Part 1 Alignment, J.J. HarkinAngels of Apocalypse, Alignment

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

Apocalypse visits most dimensions at some point or other; it can rarely be avoided. In one particular universe – parallel to ours and not too far away – the last apocalypse has only just concluded. It is a similar enough world, though perhaps a more blessed place. Their dark time lasted only a year – a “light apocalypse,” as some are now calling it. Herein all is recounted: the last records of the parallel world that was, and the tale of its development into the ever-changing permutation of today. Readers can look forward to watching the gaps between universes evaporate in surprising ways, as the once-secret lives of angels effortlessly connect the dots between dimensions. In Angels of Apocalypse, Part I: Alignment, we learn how and why the first battle lines were drawn in the age-ending conflict of Parallel Earth, and witness the forces, which drew the members of two distinct groups toward opposite ends of the globe, hastily preparing for war.
It all began when Den Ulrik came into possession of a mysterious island in the South Pacific. Never could he have guessed that his curiosities concerning alternative energies might somehow be connected with the dawning of a new age, or that a lost friend would soon be visiting from beyond the grave in any capacity. But when an offended girlfriend eventually learns of his exploits, the resultant contest of wills goes sideways fast, and Den is unexpectedly forced to make hard choices. Meanwhile, as far stranger – and initially seemingly unrelated – mysteries unfold concurrently in the Middle East, reports of unexplained deaths, kidnappings, and disappearances increase there by the day. War was imminent; it was all anyone could agree on. Amid the tumult of those days arises the Mahdi, bearing an unexpected message of peace, and the revelation of a devilish mastermind. Lines are drawn as the powers of darkness spread, only to be crossed with indecent quickness. This, the first volume of the Angels of Apocalypse trilogy, begins the tale of that last, dark year of fabled difficulties, setting the scene for a most eventful and profitable catastrophe.

What Do I Think?

I like the genres of Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal, this new weaver of tales is at ease in all of them and the first of what will be a trilogy of well-woven tales is intricate and fascinating.
The commencement of this story has a hook that grabs you straight away just like a good story should, but you don’t really understand that you are about to take a journey into the great unknown and then before you know it the sci-fi fundamentals kick in and I was hooked again this time by the mystical actions.
I liked the hypothesis of someone making use of technology to utilize the religious beliefs of diverse peoples to cause the end of the world. J. J. Harkin is an original story-weaver and weaves a story in his own imitable style.
With this first of the “Angels of Apocalypse” he skilfully weaves, an intricate story with a cast of characters that are so well developed you, feel that this whole story has been in his thoughts for a long time.
I found that the most interesting things about “Angels of Apocalypse” are just how he reveals in minute side tales who, what and how his characters are involved; he gives you little insights into just how this tale would be seen as a film, in my mind anyway.
In conclusion, J. J. Harkin has created something unique with “Angels of Apocalypse” and I can’t wait to read the second tale in this trilogy.
Buy it for 77p on Amazon it’s just too good a bargain and a brilliant read to pass up the chance.

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Review: Tempt


Tempt
Tempt by Claire Farrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

There’s a monster running around Dublin, and it’s up to Ava to catch it. The pressure’s on, and she’s becoming as cynical as Peter. But when a demon marks her friend, and a possible threat from England spells war, Ava’s left with a huge choice to make. The lives of one or many.
With a little help, Ava has the chance to win all of her battles… if the darkness doesn’t take her over first.

What Do I Think?

I enjoyed this book just as much as I liked the other 2 books in the series, the action packed plot and the revelations and twists and turns all through the story made for an exciting read, I imagine that the next instalment will be just as good if not better as Claire Farrell develops her main cast of characters more.

Ava is a forceful heroine while she isn’t perfect; she does hold a darkness inside one that desires to break free.

For those who liked the first two books, this book follows on perfectly where the second finished, Eddie uncovers a bit more about himself and we start to see a more of the other characters develop; Esther, Gabe, and of course Peter.

These stories are building into what could become a long and interesting series from a very accomplished weaver of stories.
Get the books and have an enjoyable weekend transported to world and place far away from everyday troubles and woes.

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A Review of Taunt (Ava Delaney #2) by John Hugh Glen


Taunt
Taunt by Claire Farrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

All Ava wants to do is forget about the vampires, but they won’t leave her alone. Between her failing business, angry landlord, disloyal friends, and vampire stalkers, life is starting to feel pretty stressful. When Ava finally deals with her biggest problem, she is caught up in the chain of events it triggers and taken along a path she can’t escape from.
Ava has to figure out what exactly is her biggest threat: the humans, the vampires, the Council—or her true heritage.

What Do I Think?
This is the sequel to “Thirst (Ava Delaney #1)” Ava is struggling to come to terms with her new life, she has gone from being a near loner to someone who is surrounded by people.
Aware she is becoming more than a vampire or day walker she is unwilling to let her friends know exactly what powers she is developing.

I must say I enjoyed this high-speed story, it is woven by this story-weaver in such a way that you follow its plots, twists and turns effortlessly, and Claire’s creative talent is manifestly magic itself.
This story carries on from where “Thirst (Ava Delaney #1)” left us with all the characters where they should be.

Another winning story from one of my favourite story-weavers, I am already reading book 3 and look forward to more stories from Claire Farrell.

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Review: King’s Man


King's Man
King’s Man by Angus Donald
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

The third crusade is over Richard the Lionheart is bound for England. But with all the princes of Europe united against him . . . can the greatest warrior in Christendom make it safely home?
The lion is chained Captured. Bound. Imprisoned. King Richard’s slim hope of salvation rests on one man – a former outlaw, a vengeful earl, a man who scoffs at holy mother church:
Robin Hood For king and country robin and his loyal lieutenant Alan Dale will risk all – from blood-soaked battlefields to deadly assassins – to see the Lionheart restored to his rightful throne.

What Do I Think?

All I need to do now is read the first book in the series and I will know everything?
This story-weaver is fast becoming one of my all time favourites, what is more important I think I have found the successor to Bernard Cornwell’s crown as master story-weaver.

With this the third book in the Outlaw Chronicles, Angus Donald throws you headlong into his medieval world using the formidable account of Alan Dale to escort you through a kingdom of injustice, ardent sex, bloodthirsty battles fought by factual heroes legends and, murderous outlaws.

A true adventure story from a master story-weaver, it took me a couple of days to read this book its a real page turner and the way in which Angus Donald portrays Robin Hood is nothing short of genius he has made him what I always believed a real Robin Hood would have been; a merciless, hard-hearted SOB who will do almost anything for his King. We in reality shouldn’t like him; however his steadfastness and love for each one inside his gang leaves you feeling nothing but admiration for him and his followers from start to end.
I am looking forward to the next book hopefully one in which we see and hear more from Alan Dale’s memories.

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