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Vettius and His Friends
by David Drake
For centuries Rome ruled the most diverse grouping of races and cultures ever under a single dominion. But sorcerous powers as black as Time itself gather barbarians to shatter Roman peace. Vettius, a soldier as ruthless as his age demands and Dama, a merchant of wit, wealth and courage meet the dangers of their world. They will each do whatever is necessary for friendship ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Baen Books
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Horror/fantasy tales in carefully researched (yet lively) historical settings, predominantly Europe and North Africa under Roman rule. I read these one at a time as they appeared in WHISPERS and other venues throughout the 70s and 80s, sometimes buying the anthology or magazine in question simply for the pleasure of reading another of these compelling, imaginative, and often brutal stories. Great to see them gathered in place, though it is a pity the book has not remained in print. Those who ...more
This is a collection of some of Drake's early fantasy stories that I believe are among the first that show his meticulous research into portraying historical Roman life with passionate accuracy. The historical realism serves to bring his fantasy and horror themes into sharp focus; it's a really good read for history buffs as well as for genre fans.
David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.More about David Drake...