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When Clovis moves to conquer Gaul in 486 A.D., only Syagrius, King of the Romans, has the courage to stand in his way and pays a fearful price for his defiance. Shattered by a defeat that costs him his wife, his son, his city and his army, Syagrius wanders through the collapsing world of a dying empire to find refuge with a procurator broken by his past, a centurion haunted by betrayal and a priestess desperate for love, all too proud and too honorable to compromise with the corruption that threatens to destroy them.
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Journalist JOHN GORMAN has been fascinated with Late Antiquity and with Syagrius since he first encountered both of them in college history class forty years ago. He has traveled extensively in Europe researching background and sources for this mysterious Roman ruler and his time, a time when an empire fell, and the Dark Ages threatened to drown the West in an ocean of bigotry and blood, a time of testing for trust and integrity in a collapsing world of corrupt institutions and failing leadership. For the past two decades, he has worked as a freelance journalist in Florida, contributing to publications ranging from Modern Maturity to National Fisherman. His essays have appeared in New York Newsday, the Tampa Tribune, Atlanta Constitution and many other important newspapers in the United States and abroad. John has published many short stories, but King of the Romans is his first foray into book-length fiction.From AudioFile:
Stuart Langston spiffs up this trite ("she felt him inside her") war story about Syagrius, a Roman, who was not a king, but a procurator, in a Gallic province two thousand years ago. The story, although intended to be historical literature, lacks convincing and fascinating details about how the Roman armies fought. By means of sadistic torture scenes and decapitations in battle, the author gives Stuart Langston a mountain of fodder for the unique voices and inflections he creates as he brings the novel's characters to life. Langston punctuates sentences by extending the last word of each, and portrays women with an oxymoronic "bass falsetto" voice. J. A. H. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2002. Compact Disc. Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 6.50x6.00x1.25 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 0786194340