The Last Roman (The Praetorian Series - Book I)

The Last Roman (The Praetorian Series - Book I)

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by Edward Crichton
     
 

As war consumes the nations of our world in the year 2021, Navy SEAL Jacob Hunter is sent on a mission to Syria to apprehend a crazed terrorist leader armed with dangerous biological weapons. It’s a routine mission for a man who has spent the entirety of his military career fighting in what many have dubbed World War III, but his life is about to become

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As war consumes the nations of our world in the year 2021, Navy SEAL Jacob Hunter is sent on a mission to Syria to apprehend a crazed terrorist leader armed with dangerous biological weapons. It’s a routine mission for a man who has spent the entirety of his military career fighting in what many have dubbed World War III, but his life is about to become everything but predictable.

As their mission unravels around them, Hunter discovers a curious trinket that belies all rationality and our understanding of the universe, but he is drawn to it nonetheless, bewildered by its uniqueness. Unable to control his urges, Hunter touches it, and in a flash of brilliant light and intense pain, the team is no longer in contemporary Syria – but in Ancient Rome during the reign of the emperor Caligula.

They stand dumbfounded, unable to comprehend the paradox they’ve created, but the bleak truth of reality soon overtakes their disbelief. The fact that they should not be there becomes obvious almost immediately, as does the thought that with every breath they take, everything history has worked so hard to achieve is at risk of unraveling. Staying alive suddenly becomes a secondary objective, superseded by the theory that their mere presence in Ancient Rome has caused irreparable damage to the timeline.

This won't be an easy task for Hunter and his friends as they will quickly encounter numerous Roman figures straight from his old history books, each with their own agendas, schemes and machinations, including the Caesar himself, who history remembers as little more than an insane tyrant who once tried to appoint his horse as the head of state…

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044699212
Publisher:
Edward Crichton
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Series:
Praetorian , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
205,191
File size:
469 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Edward Crichton, a native Clevelander, lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife, where he spends his time coming to grips with his newfound sports allegiances. A long time enthusiast of Science Fiction, Fantasy, History and everything in between, he spends his time reading, writing, and overusing his Xbox (he wishes). Until recently, Crichton had often hoped for a cat, but his wife decided to let him have a baby boy instead. Born in November of 2013, the child has turned into a little hellion but he and his wife couldn't be happier Nearly two years old at the time of this Bio update, said little hellion has grown into a wonderful little boy who keeps his daddy busy and occupied doing anything and everything but writing. Now a work-from-home-dad, Crichton squeezes in bouts of writing when he can. Due to his changed lifestyle, he has decided to shift his focus to shorter stories to improve productivity. His first novella, Along the Path of Darkness, will be released October 1, 2015. Following its release, Crichton will return to work on his long dormant Starfarer Series, again focusing on tighter stories to keep the words flowing...

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The Last Roman 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books that I have read. There are a few minor typos but they do not subtract from the plot. I highly recomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and very enjoyable. An interesting historical romp that provides a well thought out interpretation to the question: "What would happen if you take modern day soldiers and put them in ancient Rome?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the series. A good what if for an alernate universe type story of going back in time with modern weapons and training. Would highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story. Read it! First of all, that guy nitpicking every detail is ridiculous. I didn't even catch most of them and had them in the back of my mind after reading the review. Ridiculous. And the typos were there but there were so few and hardly break the immersion.  I loved this story so much I had to point out his flawed review. The Last Roman wove a fun tale that gave the time travel shtick new . The characters are great, the pacing is fast, the dialogue is fun... I was totally immersed. Can't wait for the sequel. If you're a fan of military adventure and/or Ancient Rome, this is the book for you.
dusti2000 More than 1 year ago
An absolutely engrossing read, well thought out and researched, almost impossible to put down. If there is a criticism, it would have to be that it has to end, the characters are easy to identify with (being a retired military officer) and the situations they find themselves in are believable. If you are looking for a good book, pick this one up and prepare yourself for a trip into the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally felt involved with all the characters. I like the chemistry with the 2 main characters: Hunter and Helena. I liked the military detail. I felt like I was battling with them. Cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Despite some distracting editing errors, this was a fun, fast paced read.
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Yes some typos. Yes lots of detail . None of that made the telling less enjoyable, the best free read yet . And only the second where I will read the next.
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lots of history and lots of sifi, sometimes strange, but still, a very good book.
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An interesting sci-fi premise. Starts out in the near future & then goes back in time. Would have liked to know more about what the pontiff knew & why he would chance changing history, but maybe that will be covered in future books. Niggling details aside, I enjoyed this book and will read the next one. Very happy this was a full story but there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end. If you like this one you will want to read the next one, but if you don't this is good on its own & ends fairly well.
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This is a good read. Think "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" with a squad of SEALs as the Yankees and Imperial Rome as the court. Unfortunately, the author is neither Mark Twain nor Tom Clancy, even though he tries to write this as part Clancy-esque military techno-thriller and part history of Rome. Are all action heroes as stupid as this protagonist? The problem is two-fold. First, the story has all sorts of improbably, if not outright wrong, details. For example, 30,000 feet is not "high enough to see the curve of the earth" nor falling from which "Italy quickly losing its boot like appearance". And if I were trying to sneak into modern Italy near Rome, the last thing I'd do would be a HALO insertion. The Pope sets up his own special forces teams to conduct hard contact (as in shoot to kill) anti-terror missions? A submarine traveling from Rome to Syria--about 1200 nautical miles--in six hours? Or a team traveling from Rome to the vicinity of the English channel and back--using first century means--in less than two weeks? If C-4 can blow down a wall from the inside, can't it also do so from the outside? A king-sized bed size container of weapons, amoo and food which can be easily lifted and carried? Second, this book needed to be proofread before publishing. There were many illogical sentences. Many homophones. (You can't count on Spell Check to flag those.) Word choice: "guard unit to Thespian kings", "the ominous read glare", "last rights" (rites), "walking tediously on her own", "overly stubborn", "down into", "back into" and "horizontally plumed helmets" (no, centurion's helmets are transversely plumed). Lots of data dumps.
Lorec More than 1 year ago
I found this to be way to detailed and easy to lose interest. I would think that someone liking war and battle themes or history of a small period of the Roman Empire, early first century could find interest. This was a poor substitute for a Conneticutt Yankee in King Arthur's court. There could have been a better ending to tie into world history. I would not desire to read follow on books.