The Last Caesar Mobi ¼ 317 pages Î Henry venmore-rowland

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The Last Caesar Mobi ¼ 317 pages Î Henry venmore-rowland Î AD 68 The tyrant emperor Nero has no son and no heir     Suddenly there's the very real possibility that Rome might become a republic once But the ambitions of a few are about to bring corruption chaos and untold bloodshed to the many     Among Sen reuires all Severus' skills as a cunning soldier and increasingly deft politician      And so Severus looks back on the dark and dangerous time history knows as the Year of the Four Emperors and the part he played for good or ill in plunging the mighty Roman empire into anarchy and civil war Political intrigues and multiple personalities shape the destiny of RomeA directory of people positions and backgrounds would have helped the reader to appreciate the multiple concerns addressed in the complex plot Fast moving with broad sweeping decisions seem to lack adeuate character development

Reader Ø The Last Caesar ☆ Henry Venmore-Rowland

AD 68 The tyrant emperor Nero has no son and no heir     Suddenly there's the very real possibility that Rome might become a republic once But the ambitions of a few are about to bring corruption chaos and untold bloodshed to the many     Among them is a hero of the campaign against Boudicc Review of the bookThis is a book I had been eagerly awaiting for for a few months The story is set in AD68 leading into AD69 the year of 4 Emperors an era the you look at it the amazed I am that it has not been written about The Year of the Four Emperors was a year in the history of the Roman Empire AD 69 in which four emperors ruled in a remarkable succession These four emperors were Galba Otho Vitellius and VespasianWhen ever you get a debut author there is always some trepidation in the purchase Is this person good enough for my money how does he stack up against the giants of the genre is he the next Christian Cameron Conn Iggulden Ben Kane Anthony Riches Simon Scarrow Douglas Jackson etc All authors at the top of their game but with uniue differing stylesSo how did Henry doI will admit that at first I was worried the style is very modern there are no pretences to Latin vernacular in the book this is very much told for a modern audience by a modern writer and I know this is going to jar with a section of the historical fiction buyers market BUT The book uickly picks up its pace and the characters hit their stride very very fast Its clear that the author knows his Romans and knows his locations What you have to apply to the book is who wrote it The author is 21 and wrote the majority at the age of 19 the list of established authors above are cough a little older cough The age difference is apparent in the writing because this book is chock full of enthusiasm a sort of breathless excitement at the subject and the era and it soon comes across to the reader and sweeps you along with the plot I found Caecina not only a likeable main character but someone who I could personally relate too Totavalas the slave a character that I think will really come to the fore in the next book I just wish he had been a little in the slave mold I don't think he would have lasted long with many masters with his sardonic cocky attitude but you have to accept these character types as part of the enthusiastic pace of the book and the writing slant of Henry Ven RowlandIs there some innocent naivety to the writing Yes for me there was but a naivety of the market its being sold to This genre is littered with people who will crucify an author for the cover art usually they have little input into the cover this article from Gollancz gives some very interesting insight into the cover process they will also simply throw their arms in the air in mock feigned and sometimes real disgust at the wrong buttons on a jacket or a pilum being called a spear etc Its a shame that so many readers cannot see the joy in a story well told with enthusiasm Henry's writing will age and change and improve how could it not this is a person aged 21 at the start of a great and I hope long writing journey Think on this how many of the great authors named earlier were published at such a young age None and their books get better and better as they spend time in the writing world learning from the editor and the fans and their peers and become widely traveled and life experienced I'm a big believer in the A man is literally what he thinks his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts King James bible the we age the deeper and rounded the thoughts This book and the writing style is fresh it felt like a blending of Historical Fiction and Action Thriller both genres I love to readSo the big uestion Do I recommend this book should you part with your hard earned cashYes very much recommended We need to support new talent and as readers review and feedback and help this great talent grow do our part as the reader and I'm sure the author and the publisher will do theirs and give us many fantastic reads especially from Henry Parm

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The Last CaesarA Aulus Caecina Severus Caught up in a conspiracy to overthrow Caesar's dynasty he commits treason raises a rebellion faces torture and intrigue all supposedly for the good of Rome The boundary between the good of Rome and self preservation is far from clear and keeping to the dangerous path he's cho I really enjoyed that part about Mogontiacum beginning with chapter XVI A dismal place indeed I assure you that it still is Fortunately that someone who decided it was big enough to become the provincial capital according to your story can be named It was emperor Domitian about 20 years after the story of this book is set For alas in the time of your narrative our land was not a province yet And I have marvelled at the fortress gate at times in the same way as Severus does here That this gate did not exist in his time any than the province did is but a minor detraction Never mind Back in 69 AD there was at least a wall of wood and earthwork around the Castrum Mogontiacum as it ought to be called It ought to be called Castra Mogontiacense but actually the locals referred to it as the Hiberna or Winter Camp But how would you know since the relevant source text is available only in specialised literature and not in Wikipedia which you honour as your main reference But it is true that Severus had even then a villa at his disposal as he deserved by rank they used to call it a praetorium and he definitely had walls to climb on and look far at the great German forest beyond the Rhine which he does in chapter XVIIII believe I am supposed to take offence here You see Henry I am living in that German forest of yours And I am afraid your poor Salonina will never forgive you that you deprived her of a visit to our thermal baths which had been very popular with the governors and generals of Mogontiacum and their wifes She might even have bought a set of Pilae Mattiacae in our township which had been our most reuested commodity known to everyone in Rome for its uniue hair colouring power True our region was not exactly pacified a few months after the events in your book our townspeople laid siege to Mogontiacum But we were far from growing a great German forest in the Roman age Our noble Auae Mattiacorum was in a couple of respects a civilised place than the dismal city of MogontiacumIn short investing a minimum of research might have done this book better