The Last of the Romans
'The Story of Dux and his men pulled me in at once.' Peter Tonkin, author of The Ides
Dux Ambrosius Aurelianus has served the Roman Empire with distinction.
His bucellarii, a small band of irregular soldiers, have helped to bring a fragile peace to the beleaguered empire in the west. But, with the empire now at peace, his master, Flavius Aetius,...more
Ambrosius, his lieutenant, Marcellus, and freed slave ...more
The early career of Ambrosius Aurelianus (described by Sixth Century scribe, Gildas, as ' the last of the Romans'), is imagined here by Derek Birks in this thrilling and well-researched novel. Ambrosius and his band of soldiers find themselves on the wrong side of a power struggle between Emperor and their commander, General Aetius. Following Aetius's murder, they embark on a perilous journey that finally reunites the heroic Ambrosius with his family - not all of ...more
Dux or Ambrosius is not quite the 'typical' warrior, and Inga is an intriguing counterpart to him, and all of the bucellarii are given their own storylines which adds to the story building rather than just focusing on Ambrosius.
The author has a great 'light' touch and I'm really pleased that I came across the novel (on Twitter), as it kept me ...more
This was a real page turner of a book. Enemies all around, who can you trust? Allies, not at all, family, even less. Just rely on your own, murderous experience and place your trust in whatever fate has in store. This book clearly describes the horrors experienced by the citizens of a dying empire, as they face a future of only death and destruction. Roman civilisation on its knees! What a story, highly recommended.
Good: Author clearly knows his stuff re the period and it all feels right
Iffy: Main characters able to single-handedly defeat loads of enemies, a bit like one of those films where the hero beats up hordes of baddies who queue up and take it in turns to be defeated
Overall a pretty good read though
After about 30 pages I had to give up.
An action packed story hard to follow once the final geographic spot is reached but the characters are interesting and the plausible vague historical situation is also of interest I would recommend this novel
My debut book, Feud, is set in the Wars of the Roses and is fast paced ...more