Empire Betrayed: The Fall of Sejanus

Empire Betrayed: The Fall of Sejanus

by James Mace


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484162699
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Born in Edmonds, Washington, author James Mace is currently a resident of Meridian, Idaho. He enlisted in the United States Air Force out of high school; three years later transferring over to the U.S. Army. After a career as a Soldier that included deploying to Iraq, in 2011 he left his full-time position with the Army National Guard to devote himself to writing.
His well received series, "Soldier of Rome - The Artorian Chronicles," is a perennial best-seller in ancient history on Amazon. In his latest endeavor, he branched into writing about the Napoleonic Wars, with first a short novella, "Forlorn Hope: The Storming of Badajoz," published earlier this year. His latest release is a full-length novel about the Battle of Waterloo entitled, "I Stood With Wellington."

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Empire Betrayed: The Fall of Sejanus 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
“[C]haracters are a refraction of the people we base them on, rather than a direct reflection,” writes author James Mace in the introduction to his well-researched and well-charactered historical novella, Empire Betrayed. Historical fiction might also be viewed as a refraction of the past, but the image created in this novella is thoroughly convincing both in research and execution. As Prefect Sejanus plots to overthrow Tiberius Caesar, Tribune Aulus Nautius Cursor returns from war and finds himself thrust into the grimier battles of politics. Character descriptions are filled with detail and background, giving a strong visual feel to the writing. Obscure aspects of Roman culture—for example “wheeled traffic was only permitted on the streets of Rome at night”—combine with accurate history, and amply complete geography, to make this a compelling read. Meanwhile interesting quotes remind readers that the dark world of the past is not so far away. “Rome is no longer a state of free speech and thought,” says one character. And deeds done for good reason have dark consequences when law trumps morality. Complex details may make this a fairly slow read, but they add a depth and conviction that offers a truly compelling and haunting insight into the politics of Caesar’s Rome. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone curious to learn more of the Caesars and their world. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novella during the author’s tour and I apologize for being late posting my honest review.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
While the writing was good, I found the constant and expansive descriptions to be distracting. In addition, I find that if you have to have a cast of characters at the beginning of a book, then you probably have too many characters in your book. In the end, I couldn't get into the story. It wasn't really my type of book.