476 A.D. The Roman Empire, staggered by centuries of barbarian onslaughts and riddled with corruption, now faces its greatest challenge—not only to its power and prestige, but to its very existence…
An epic struggle. A final blow. A future lost to fate…
He reduced Concordia, Altinum, and Patavium to ashes, captured Verona and Milan. He was the most dangerous enemy Rome had ever known. The legacy of Attila the Hun, once thought destroyed on the battlefield, has re-emerged to defy the power of the Western World. Now it’s the sons of Attila’s chief military commanders who are waging battle with one another as the dramatic confrontation between the Emperor and Rome’s barbarian conqueror leads to the thrilling conclusion that becomes the end of the greatest civilization on earth.
THE FALL OF ROME
“Fans [and] history buffs will admire the author’s research as he recounts the final bloody decades of the Roman Empire.” —Publishers Weekly
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
MICHAEL CURTIS FORD is forty-three years old and is a translator and novelist. He has bachelor's degrees from the University of Washington and a graduate degree from Princeton. He speaks several languages and is an avid reader of the classics. He and his wife educate their three children at home in Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In A.D. 453 the great Hun Attila dies drunk in his own blood on his latest wedding night. His death and Pope Leo¿s actions bring new hope for the Roman Empire as their vicious adversaries squabble amongst one another for control. Assassination of rivals becomes the norm giving Rome a chance to recover after the Hun brought the empire to its knees. Germanic mercenary General Orestes and his men leave camp just after Attila¿s death. The Hun¿s top advisor General Deco goes to the council, but is assassinated in front of his two adult sons, Odoacer and Onulf, who flee for their lives.---------- Forced to separate, Odoacer journeys to Noricum, the home of his deceased mother, where he expects sanctuary, but also learns he is the king¿s grandson. Odoacer takes charge of the military and defeats the Huns, but a few years later loses to the Romans. He survives by fleeing to Italy where Onulf is an officer in the Roman army. They unite preparing to avenge their father¿s death when they encounter his killer, a VIP in the still collapsing Roman Empire.--------------- Though it is worth first reading the prequel, THE SWORD OF ATTILA, THE FALL OF ROME stands on its own as the tale starts when the previous one ended with the death of Attila. The story line is action-packed as the two heroic siblings leap from one battle to another, which reflects closely the warring collapse of the Roman Empire. Although much of the key cast members outside the brothers seem one dimensional, fans of historical fiction will want to read Michael Curtis Ford's terrific thriller as Pax Roma has become bloody Roma.------- Harriet Klausner