The Sign of the Eagle

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This breathtaking historical novel of action and suspense is set in the year 71 A.D. amid the exotic and vibrant streets of Ancient Rome. Macha, the strong-willed daughter of a legendary Celtic British king and wife of the Roman tribune, Titus, is the only one who can prove her husband innocent of treason, solve the murders of two slaves who possessed information that could have exonerated Titus, and ultimately save the life of the Roman ...
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This breathtaking historical novel of action and suspense is set in the year 71 A.D. amid the exotic and vibrant streets of Ancient Rome. Macha, the strong-willed daughter of a legendary Celtic British king and wife of the Roman tribune, Titus, is the only one who can prove her husband innocent of treason, solve the murders of two slaves who possessed information that could have exonerated Titus, and ultimately save the life of the Roman Emperor Vespasian.

Vivacious and iron-willed, Macha undertakes a dangerous journey and fight for her life to evade assassins through the city's treacherous back alleys, notorious bath houses, and the awe-inspiring palaces of the Roman elite. With time running out to save her husband and the emperor from certain death, Macha can count on only two allies, the esteemed Senator Bassus-a family friend-and her faithful slave, a resolute and clever Moorish woman, Shafer.

Arrayed against Macha and Titus are the wealthy and wicked Pollia, once scorned as a bride by Titus, and Falco, a military tribune and womanizer, who offers to be Macha's protector once Titus is condemned and executed.

Join Macha in her quest to exonerate her husband...and discover the real threat against the Emperor...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620060360
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 1,369,080
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jess Steven Hughes is a retired police detective sergeant with twenty-five years experience in criminal investigation and a former U.S. Marine. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a minor in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations from the University of Southern California. He has traveled and studied extensively in the areas forming the background of this novel, which brings vivid authenticity to the unique setting in The Sign of the Eagle. He currently lives with his wife, Liz, and their four horses in Eastern Washington. He is currently working on another historical novel from the First Century A.D.

Jess Steven Hughes is a retired police detective sergeant with twenty-five years experience in criminal investigation and a former U.S. Marine. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a minor in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations from the University of Southern California. He has traveled and studied extensively in the areas forming the background of this novel, which brings vivid authenticity to the unique setting in The Sign of the Eagle. He currently lives with his wife, Liz, and their four horses in Eastern Washington. He is currently working on another historical novel from the First Century A.D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    The book was well written for a first time author.  It was a fas

    The book was well written for a first time author.  It was a fast moving story with lots of twists and turns.  There is a significant amount of historical information regarding 2nd century Roman Empire. I would recommend this book of you like historical fiction.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE is a historical mystery set in the First C

    THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE is a historical mystery set in the First Century A.D.  in the Roman Empire is enriched by painstaking research into both the everyday lives of the characters and the details of operations of the Roman legions, folded in skillfully and naturally as the action moves forward.  British-born Macha, wife of the Centurion Titus, cannot sit idly by when Titus is accused of plotting against Emperor Vespasian, and arrested to be sent to Rome for trial.  When two of their household slaves are murdered within twenty-four hours of the arrest of Titus, Macha is certain a part of the plot is against Titus, a loyal supporter of the Emperor.  With the aid of their longtime friend, Senator Bassus, she undertakes the arduous journey to Rome to try to solve the mystery of who is behind the plot.  Attempts on Macha's life and more deaths follow as she pursues slender and frustrating leads, with the sympathy of a Vestal Virgin.  When their young son is kidnapped,  and a threat is made to kill him unless she drops her efforts on Titus's behalf, Macha is torn between her boy's safety and the risk of her husband's life.  The plot moves forward at a fast pace, and readers will not be bogged down by long asides lecturing on research that doesn't fit into the plot.   At times, careless copyreading mars the narrative with small grammatical errors in the use of verbs, and a failure to italicize first person statements intended for emphasis in the third-person narrative.  Overall the reader will quickly skim over these bumps in the quick pace of the narrative.    



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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Set in the 1st Century A.D., The Sign of the Eagle pits Celtic


    Set in the 1st Century A.D., The Sign of the Eagle pits Celtic princess, Macha, against treacherous men of the Roman elite who are out to kill Emperor Vespasian. To this end, Macha must first prove her husband, Titus, a Roman tribune, innocent of treason against the emperor. With only the aid of her slave and friend, the Moorish woman Shafer, and Senator Bassus, who knows Titus is innocent, Macha has a job on her hands. The enemy will do anything to stop her from foiling their evil plot. Macha must evade assassins, travel from one end of the kingdom to the other, and face the elements in order to free her husband and save the emperor.

    Filled with rich details and pulse-pounding action scenes, Macha and The Sign of the Eagle will keep you up at night reading. This is a riveting historical novel of action and suspense!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Hughes has well-developed, varied characters and has gotten into

    Hughes has well-developed, varied characters and has gotten into their heads so well that I experienced their emotions in each situation. His research is impeccable. I felt as though I were in ancient Rome with them. The Sign of the Eagle gets five stars.

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