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For fans of Simon Scarrow and Ben Kane, the spectacular new novel in Douglas Jackson's epic series sees Gaius Valerius Verrens summoned by the emperor Vespasian to undertake a mission that is tainted by treachery and seems like a death sentence...

AD 72. Titus Flavius Vespasianus, known as Vespasian, is Emperor of Rome – but his grip on power is weakening. Economic disaster threatens the city – and when Rome is threatened, so too is the Empire.

Recently married and building a new home, Gaius Valerius Verrens thought he’d at last found a life away from the battlefield. But he is summoned by the Emperor to do one last favour for Rome: he must journey to the remote, mountainous region of Asturica Augusta and investigate claims that a bandit called ‘The Ghost’ is raiding the Empire’s gold convoys.

When Valerius arrives, he finds a tortured, gods-forsaken land whose native tribes, exploited for so long, are a growing threat. But treachery lurks in the shadows, and it seems the real danger comes from those closer to him.

Valerius must put an end to a conspiracy that would plunge the Empire into a devastating new conflict – but first he must establish who is a friend, and who a foe . . .

Reviews

A thrilling adventure . . . the tale is, as ever, impeccably researched . . . as exciting as an action movie.

PARMENION BOOKS

Such a fine addition to the series . . . Douglas Jackson writes beautifully . . . one of my very favourite series of novels, regardless of genre.

FOR WINTER NIGHTS

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  • Paperback

    9780552172288

    August 15, 2017

    Corgi

    448 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781473526587

    August 25, 2016

    Transworld Digital

    384 pages

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Also by Douglas Jackson

Hammer of Rome
Glory of Rome
Scourge of Rome
Enemy of Rome
Sword of Rome
Avenger of Rome
Defender of Rome
Hero of Rome
Claudius
Caligula

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