Rip-roaring action about slaves, gladiators and brothels. In the second part of the trilogy Fabiola plots and schemes in Rome, while Romulus and his friends battle for survival at the edge of the known world. I had spontaneously decided on the trip after reading The Lost Heart of Asia , an amazing travelogue by the acclaimed writer Colin Thubron.
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After ten days in Iran, I was in love with the country. I visited some of the most incredible places, such as the palaces and huge courtyard in Esfahan, the teeming Tehran markets and best of all, Persepolis, former capital of the Persian empire until Alexander the Great sacked it in the 32os BC.
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What better way to give a sense of atmosphere?! But it was in Turmenistan, former Soviet Socialist Republic and newly independent state, that I stumbled upon the place that would feature in The Forgotten Legion trilogy nearly a decade later. In the Turkmen desert lie the ruins of a city called Merv, which was sacked by the Mongols in the s AD.
When the Mongols took it, they killed every man, woman and child they could find. Then they rode away for 3 days, and came back, slaughtering all those who had come out of hiding. It was the largest number of people killed in one place until the atrocities committed in the 20th century. That horrifying statistic hammering into my brain like the burning sun, I wandered around the site in temperatures exceeding 45 C. Furthermore, the city had seen the arrival in 53 BC of thousands of Roman soldiers.
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So far from the Mediterranean, so far from Syria and Judaea? I thought. No way. Yet when I did a little research upon my return, I discovered this to be true: that after the battle of Carrhae, in which Marcus Licinius Crassus had lost his life, 10, legionaries were marched east to Margiana Turkmenistan by the Parthians, there to serve as border guards.
Of course I forgot all about this gem of an idea for many years. It was only when I had been signed by a literary agent in , and had been told in no uncertain terms that my first novel, set in 2nd C. I am very glad that I did, because the rest, as they say, is history! Ben Kane. Skip to content.
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Buy As Gift. Overview The opening day of the Games in Rome is a time for celebration in honour of the new Emperor. But for Marcus Valerius Pavo, a young military tribune fallen from grace, only despair awaits. Along with former mentor, Optio Macro, Pavo must fight for his life in a ferocious beast hunt.
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Battling against lions and bears, he'll have to use all his wits to survive, as well as the help of a hated former rival. But when Pavo achieves a stunning victory, his reward is to be condemned to death in a chaotic free-for-all. Now the young gladiator faces a race against time to triumph over the odds, save his son - and exact the ultimate revenge over the Emperor Product Details About the Author.
About the Author Simon Scarrow's passion for writing began at an early age. After a childhood spent travelling the world he pursued his great love of history as a teacher, before becoming a full-time writer. He lives outside Norwich with his family. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell. View Product. The Fields of Death Wellington and Napoleon 4 :.
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