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The Fall of the Roman Empire is at hand.
It is the tumultuous years of the fifth century and life is cheap. The dying Roman Empire is trying to deal with wave after wave of barbarian hordes swarming across its borders.
Lucius Bernius, a young Tribune believes in the beauty and civilization of Rome. He eagerly joins the Legions to help preserve it. He became a soldier prepared to face the savagery of his nation’s enemies, but his vision of the world is crushed when he encounters the depraved reality of Rome’s own rulers.
On the war ravaged fields of Gaul, Lucius encounters Dervla. She is a slave who has been brutalized by the worst side of the Empire’s aristocracy, but desperately holds to her own dreams with a fiery determination. Thrown together by chance, they forge an improbable relationship that grows into love.
As the Legions struggle against an invading juggernaut, Lucius and a group of patriots attempt to rescue the Empire itself. His indomitable nobility draws an unlikely coalition of others yearning for a better world. This leads them to face the wrath of a power hungry despot who ruthlessly crushes the visionaries and forces them into hiding.
The Vandal hordes descend on the gates of Rome and the eternal city is in peril of being ransacked. The coalition must find a way to come together, overthrow the emperor and rally the citizens.
Whether or not Rome can be saved lies in the hands of those who were named as traitors.
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John Caligiuri writes primarily Alternate History/Fantasy and has a lifelong passion for history and literature. His stories emerged from his keen interest in and study of ancient and medieval Europe and curiosity in asking “what if” at watershed events in history. His writings are in the style of Michael Shaara (Killer Angels) and Tom Clancy (Red Storm Rising). The research for his books took him deep into the studies of the Roman and Byzantine Empires. John has walked the roads and visited many of the sites referenced in his novels.
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Book Description caligiuri, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # INGM9780991558209
Book Description caligiuri, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0991558200