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AD 260 - Betrayed by his most trusted adviser, the Roman Emperor Valerian has been captured by the Sassanid barbarians. Ballista looks on helplessly, but vows to avenge those who have brought the empire to the brink of destruction with their treachery. First he must decide what price he will pay for his own freedom. Only the fearless and those whom the gods will spare from hell can now save the empire from a catastrophic ending. Ballista, the Warrior of Rome, faces his greatest challenge yet.

©2010 Dr Harry Sidebottom (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Kenny Ross
  • 23-12-12

Sidebottom excels once again

This is the third book in the Warrior of Rome series and once again Sidebottom has written a rip roaring epic that matches the standards set in the first two novels. Nick Boulton's narration and characterisation sets him apart as a leader in this field. I cannot wait to download the next instalment to find out what Balista and his band of brothers have been up to.

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  • Andy Figg
  • 30-01-15

Sucker for ancient history!

I'll be a little biased here, anything with Romans, gladius or testudos in I love! This is the third in the series and I have just fallen in love with the main characters, and honestly this is my second time of listening to this series!

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  • William
  • 21-09-15

A not very captivating stoy

If you could sum up Lion of the Sun in three words, what would they be?

It was ok

Who was your favorite character and why?

balista the main guy. it was a so so book with many parts i had to grind through.

What three words best describe Nick Boulton’s performance?

interesting and veried

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

some frustration. the author tries to step away form his normal one man verses the world approach and throw some variation into it but fails. i wasnt much imressed.

Any additional comments?

this ladies and gentle men is another case where u think an auther is finding his feet. i hope he got better later but this was it for me.

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  • wootton
  • 11-10-11

Who is the author trying to impress?

I thought it would be interesting to hear a novel about an unfashionable period of Roman history - and it was. However, the narration is constantly interspersed with words and phrases in the original Latin, with few translations! After stopping the story to carry out my own translations I got very frustrated. I wanted a novel not a reference book. So I will not be joining Ballista in any further adventures.