After many years of commanding the cavalry of the Army of the Rhine, Tribune Aulus Nautius Cursor at last returns to Rome, amidst the turmoil. Two years later he is elected as a Tribune of the Plebs; the representatives of the people who hold the power of veto over the Senate. It is Cursor who discovers Sejanus' sinister plans; that he seeks to overthrow Tiberius and name himself Emperor.
Duty bound to save the Empire from falling further under a tyrannical usurper, Cursor resolves to unravel the conspiracy and bring the perpetrators to justice. Aiding him is an old friend; a retired Master Centurion named Gaius Calvinus. Regrettably, they know that if successful, Tiberius' retribution will be swift and brutal, sparing neither the innocent nor the guilty. This leaves only two dark paths for Cursor and Calvinus; either allow the pending reign of terror under a ruthless usurper, or unleash the unholy vengeance of an Emperor betrayed.
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About the Author
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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“[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.
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.