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Fortress of spears / Anthony Riches.

By: Riches, Anthony.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Riches, Anthony. Empire: bk.3.; Gallo, Max, Empire: 3.; Riches, Anthony. Empire: 03.Publisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2012Edition: Large print edition.Description: 504 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444812343 (hbk); 1444812343.Subject(s): Aquila, Marcus Valerius (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- Roman period, 55 B.C.-449 A.D. -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction) | Large type books.Online resources: Click here to access online Summary: The Romans have vanquished the rebel alliance, leaving Calgus, Lord of the Northern Tribes, a prisoner of the chieftains he once led. But there's no rest. The new Roman leader's plan is to capture Dinpaladyr, the Selgovae fortress of spears, and return it to a trusted ally. In a select group of the infantry going north with the Petriana cavalry, Marcus Aquila burns for revenge on an enemy army that killed his best friend. They take the fort before the rebel army arrives. However, whilst disguised as Centurion Corvus of the 2nd Tungrians, he's only days ahead of two of the emperor's agents sent from Rome to kill him. And they are pitiless assassins. They know his real name, and too much about his friends.
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The Romans have vanquished the rebel alliance, leaving Calgus, Lord of the Northern Tribes, the prisoner of the chieftains he once led. But the new Roman leader will not let them rest. He forms an audacious plan to capture Dinpaladyr, the Selgovaes' fortress of spears, and return it to the hands of a trusted ally.

The Romans have vanquished the rebel alliance, leaving Calgus, Lord of the Northern Tribes, a prisoner of the chieftains he once led. But there's no rest. The new Roman leader's plan is to capture Dinpaladyr, the Selgovae fortress of spears, and return it to a trusted ally. In a select group of the infantry going north with the Petriana cavalry, Marcus Aquila burns for revenge on an enemy army that killed his best friend. They take the fort before the rebel army arrives. However, whilst disguised as Centurion Corvus of the 2nd Tungrians, he's only days ahead of two of the emperor's agents sent from Rome to kill him. And they are pitiless assassins. They know his real name, and too much about his friends.

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Riches (Arrows of Fury) wastes no time in plunging the reader into second-century Roman politics and explicit warfare. The third in his Empire series opens with political assassins on the trail of Marcus Aquila, who's fighting as a centurion under the name of Corvus with an auxiliary legion stationed in northern Britannia during a rebellion by barbarian tribes that are hampered by internecine quarrels. Constantly alternating viewpoints almost overwhelm as Riches wrestles with the large cast established for the series and the multipronged offensive of the legionaries, hopping between a cavalry unit chasing barbarians, soldiers marching to retake a captured fortress, Aquila's ruthless pursuers, and sparring tribal leaders. But ultimately, all threads are neatly tied together in the climactic confrontation of tribesmen and legions. As a craftsman, Riches mostly sticks to the familiar: prose is either brutal, purple, or hyperbolic. But laden with raucous profanity and voluminous gore (severed heads, spilled intestines, and methodical torture), this action-packed military adventure combined with a well-researched depiction of the organizational details of the Roman legions will fascinate fans of the era. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.