"A certain seer warned Caesar to be on his guard against a great peril on the day of the month of March which the Romans call the Ides; 6 and when the day had come and Caesar was on his way to the senate-house, he greeted the seer with a jest and said: 'Well, the Ides of March are come,' and the seer said to him softly: 'Ay, they are come, but they are not gone."
~Plutarch, Parallel Lives
What if Gaius Julus Caesar had heeded those fateful words and survived that day in March of 44 BC? That is the underlying premise behind Caesar Triumphant, a story of a Caesar and his army that conduct his planned campaign against the Parthians...then just continues on a march of conquest that takes him to the very edge of the known world. The story opens with the last target of conquest: an island nation known then as the Isles of Wa, and what we know today as the country of Japan. It will be the final challenge of a remarkable career, but facing him and his battle-hardened Legions are a race of people as fiercely dedicated to the profession of arms, and fanatically devoted to their emperor as any foe Caesar and his Romans have ever faced. The Wa have never tasted defeat, repelling every attempted invasion of their sacred islands. In these warriors, has Caesar and his unstoppable force of an army finally met their match in the immovable object, in the form of the men of Wa, or will Caesar once again be triumphant?
Caesar Triumphant is an alternative history, by the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Marching With Caesar series, R.W. Peake, featuring Titus Pullus, Legionary of Rome.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was not sure I was going to read this book as it was such an improbable scenario with Caesar surviving the Ides of March. The battles were riveting and the it was another of Peake's page turners. I loved it that he brought back Pullus and Scribonius from his previous books. This book was pure fantasy but an easier read as Peake's ability to spin a story is rivaled by the best. Because Caesar's idol was Alexander, it makes this story plausible that he would try to expand his empire beyond India. I love how the author spun the tale and how he neatly tied the strings at the ending. If you want an easy and pleasurable read that you cannot put down, this book and for that matter any of Peake's books are a must.