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!
Posted in Action, Books, Historical Fiction, Robert Fabbri, Romans
Tagged Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Historical, Historical Novel, Roman Empire, Sejanus, Thriller, Vespasian
My rating: 4 stars
Angels 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.
Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Fantasy, J. J. Harkin, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Tagged Angels, Apocalypse, Books, Fiction, Paranormal, Sci-Fi