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The Coming of the King

Written by: Manda Scott
Narrated by: Philip Stevens
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From the Sunday Times best-selling author Manda Scott, a high-octane, stirring and exciting historical adventure full of intrigue and action. Perfect for fans of Simon Scarrow, Robert Harris and Conn Iggulden.

To save Rome he must place his trust in another. 

Sebastos Pantera, known to his many enemies as the Leopard and something of a lone wolf, is the spy the Emperor Nero uses only for the most challenging and important of missions. His next mission: to find the most dangerous man in Rome's empire and bring him to bloody justice.

His prey is cunning, subtle and ruthless. Saulos has pledged to bring about the destruction of Rome and her provinces, and now fate, good luck and planning have given him the means to do so.

The brilliance of Saulos' plan will be difficult to combat, but Pantera has a new ally: a king in the making who could change the future of his people - a man he can finally trust. If they work together, they could bring a province back from the edge of ruin. 

But first, they must attempt the impossible: an assault on an invulnerable fortress, where failure means death to them both.

©2011 Manda Scott (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Intricately woven, cleverly plotted. Miss this at your peril!" (Ben Kane)

"Intelligent, historical...I was bereft when I turned the final page." (Robert Low)

"A dazzling, wonderfully crafted tale. Spellbinding." (Giles Kristian)

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  • 09-11-22


This is a complex story and not historically accurate but it is still engaging for those who can suspend disbelief

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  • 05-02-22

Disappointing omission

Listening to Manda Scott’s Boudicca series on Audible I always enjoyed the author’s not at the end, which gave to historical context and evidence for her fictionalised story. It is this extremely disappointing that in her Rome series of novels, this feature is omitted. I initially thought that this was because Scott hadn’t written one, but having now seen the printed book I realise this is not the case. This diminished my enjoyment and understanding: I had no idea when listening the one of the characters was based on Saul of Tarsus (St Paul). I have no idea why Audible have done this.