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From the author of The Last Hour comes another fast-paced thriller, which follows Valens, an inexperienced officer in the Roman Army who finds himself in charge of a desperate rescue attempt deep behind enemy lines.   

When Valens, a junior officer in the Roman Army, joins a crack squad of soldiers on a dangerous mission, little does he know what's in store for him. Tasked with rescuing the young Prince Sasan, who has been imprisoned in the impenetrable Castle of Silence, the troops set out across Mesopotamia and into the mountains south of the Caspian Sea. Deep in hostile territory, inexperienced Valens finds himself in charge. And as one by one his soldiers die or disappear, he begins to suspect that there is a traitor in their midst and that the rescue is fast becoming a suicide mission. Valens must marshal this disparate group of men and earn their respect before it's too late....

©2019 Harry Sidebottom (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Praise for the author: "'Relentless, brutal, brilliant, this is Jack Reacher in ancient Rome." (Ben Kane)

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  • will h
  • 30-06-19

Not Harry’s Best

I’m a fan of Harry Sidebottoms Balista series superb characters, excellent battle sequences and breathtaking historical detail. You always learn something with Harry’s books. Sadly this isn’t in the same league. It’s all a bit unconvincing and contrived. It’s a sort of dirty dozen story but Romans. The mystery of which of the group is the traitor actually becomes a little tedious and the ending somewhat surprising. Sometimes a narrator can make a weak novel so much better. Not this guy. He makes little attempt to distinguish the characters other than an all purpose “northern “ accent for the soldiers and some first year drama school voices for the others. I wanted this book to be better than it was!

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  • Mr. R. P. Gill
  • 06-05-19

A ripping yarn plus so much more.

I have read all of Harry's books and have loved them for the fast paced action and historical texture. Interwoven with this particular adventure are an exploration of Herodotus and of the religious and philosophical stew which people of every rank chose from.
The clever thing with Harry's stuff is that it works as pure entertainment with the added benefit of classical depth for those who are interested.
Buy it, enjoy it and spread the W O R D.

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  • Michael
  • 04-07-19

Easy Imaginitive listening.

I loved listening to the new book. easy to listen to and a great story.

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  • Marc
  • 04-11-20

The SAS of Ancient Rome

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It felt like an SAS story set in Roman times. The narrator did a great job of making each character sound different which brought the book to life.

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  • Clive
  • 01-01-20

Rubbish narration spoiled a good story

I’m think the story is a pretty good one but struggling to concentrate and follow the story due to the terrible speech patterns of the narrator.

I’m going to persevere and finish the book but I won’t be getting any more books read by him.