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The Sword of Damascus (Death of Rome Saga Book Four)

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848947030

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 9th June 2011

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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The fourth book of the DEATH OF ROME SAGA is a must-read for those who loved the heroism of Gladiator and Spartacus.

687 AD.
Expansive and triumphant, the Caliphate has stripped Egypt and Syria from the Byzantine Empire. Farther and farther back, the formerly hegemonic Empire has been pushed – once to the very walls of its capital, Constantinople.

But what is all this to old Aelric, now in his nineties, and a refugee from the Empire he’s spent his life holding together? No longer the Lord Senator Alaric, Brother Aelric is writing his memoirs in the remote wastes of northern England, and waiting patiently for death. Then a band of northern barbarians turn up outside the monastery – and then another.

Before he can draw another breath, Aelric is a prisoner of unknown forces, and headed straight back into the snake pit of Mediterranean hatreds. What awaits him at the end of his long and dangerous journey is a confrontation that decides the fate of all mankind.

Reviews

Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced by his unfamiliar choice of period. Nasty, fun and educational.
<i>Daily Telegraph</i> on THE TERROR OF CONSTANTINOPLE
He knows how to deliver a fast-paced story and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed
<i>Mail on Sunday</i> on THE TERROR OF CONSTANTINOPLE
A rollicking and raunchy read . . . Anyone who enjoys their history with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue and, above all, fun will absolutely love this novel.
<i>Historical Novels Review</i> on THE TERROR OF CONSTANTINOPLE
'Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot and I enjoyed it very much.'
Derek Jacobi on CONSPIRACIES OF ROME
'I can't resist recommending this first volume of a promised trilogy. Set during the last pangs of Imperial Rome, with a vivid account of the machinations of the early Church, it is well-informed, atmospheric and beautifully written.'
<i>Literary Review</i> on CONSPIRACIES OF ROME
It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series, a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, high philosophy and vulgar comedy.
Matt Coward, Morning Star on The Sword of Damascus
It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series, a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, high philosophy and vulgar comedy.
The Morning Star
If you like your Dark Age stories to be, well - particularly dark - then you'll love this.
Historical Novels Review
Blake's plotting is as brilliantly devious as the mind of his sardonic and very earthy hero.
Lancashire Evening Post
The Sword of Damascus is fast-paced and with as much gory action as you could shake a spear at.
Driffield Times