Fire in the East

Fire in the East

Book - 2009
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Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East is Harry Sidebottom's historical debut.

The year is AD 255 - the Roman Imperium is stretched to breaking point, its authority and might challenged along every border. The greatest threat lies in Persia to the east, where the massing forces of the Sassanid Empire loom with fiery menace. There the isolated Roman citadel of Arete awaits inevitable invasion.

One man is sent to marshal the defences and shore up crumbling walls. A man whose name itself means war: a man called Ballista. Alone, Ballista is called to muster the forces and the courage to stand first and to stand hard against the greatest enemy ever to confront the Imperium.

This is part one of Warrior of Rome: an epic of empire, of heroes, of treachery, of courage, and most of all, a story of brutal bloody warfare.

Dr Harry Sidebottom is a leading authority on ancient warfare - he applies his knowledge with a spectacular flair for sheer explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama. Fans of Bernard Cornwell will love Sidebottom's recreation of the ancient world.

Praise for Harry Sidebottom:
'Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship' The Times
'The best sort of red-blooded historical fiction' Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy

Dr. Harry Sidebottom is Fellow of St Benets Hall, and Lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art.

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780141032290
Branch Call Number: SIDEB
Characteristics: 433 p. : maps.

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Eosos
Aug 17, 2014

I am left with a distinct feeling of ambivalence about this book. I have neither praise nor censure to bestow upon it. Which could be it's main issue in my eyes, it did not induce any emotion from me. Not to love or hate, not to recommend or malign it.

librarymovieguy Aug 14, 2013

Harry Sidebottom shows off his research a little too much, but he definitely keeps you reading.

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nerowolfgal
May 20, 2013

A tremendous read, fast moving and totally additive! Wonderfully realized characters and a action-filled tight plot. A sit-up-late read!

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