Fortress of Spears (Empire)

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9780340920367: Fortress of Spears (Empire)

The battle for Hadrian's Wall has been won but the enemy is not destroyed.  Calgus, the rebel war leader, has retreated deep into his people's northern territory. The new Roman leader makes an audacious plan to take the legions—and more important, the cavalry—north to their strongholds. Marcus Aquila, disguised as Centurion Corvus, is caught up in the campaign even though it will mean constant danger of being discovered by his family's enemies. His protectors, though, are powerful.

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Anthony Riches began his lifelong interest in war and soldiers when he first heard his father's stories about World War II. This led to a degree in Military Studies at Manchester University. He began writing the story that would become Wounds of Honour after a visit to Housesteads Roman fort.

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This is fast-paced and gripping "read-through-the-night" fiction, with marvellous characters and occasional moments of dark humour. Some authors are better historians than they are storytellers. Anthony Riches is brilliant at both. Conn Iggulden A damn fine read ... fast-paced, action-packed. Ben Kane Stands head and shoulders above a crowded field ... real, live characters act out their battles on the northern borders with an accuracy of detail and depth of raw emotion that is a rare combination. Manda Scott Riches has captured how soldiers speak and act to a tee and he is very descriptive when it comes to the fighting. It is a novel full of power, lust, envy, violence and vanity. The very things that made Rome great and the very things that would lead to its downfall. If you like historical novels, read this book. NavyNet on ARROWS OF FURY Ancient adventure at its pulsating best! ... A military expert, Riches brings top-notch drama, vivid storytelling and historical realism to his tales set in a turbulent time. Lancashire Evening Post on Arrows of Fury Cornwell, Iggulden, Smith - Beware. There is a new power on the rise. www.bookgeeks.co.uk on Wounds of Honour 'With Wounds of Honour Anthony Riches has produced a terrific first novel that focuses on the soldiers of the Roman Empire in great detail. He vibrantly portrays the life in an auxiliary unit.' Canberra Times on Wound of Honour 'An unputdownable read.' Good Reading Magazine on Wounds of Honour

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