Legions of the Forest

Legions of the Forest

by Mark L. Richards


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The year is 9 AD, and Publius Quinctilius Varus has just been appointed by Emperor Caesar Augustus to oversee the subjugation of the Germanic people and annexation of the German lands. Varus, a lawyer and former governor of Syria, has frighteningly little experience as a military leader. He is resolved to prove himself as one, nevertheless. He believes the Germanic people to be conquered. He is wrong.

His ranks are filled with seasoned veterans and novices alike, the latter of which includes Lucius, a young man whose conscription into the Roman imperial legions represents only the first step in his epic, and terrifying, destiny.

Valerius Maximus, a young Roman tribune, enters the legions of the Rhine as well-only to find that the danger he anticipated from abroad actually lies within his own ranks. The vicious politics of the officer corps prove to be more treacherous.

Meanwhile, German nobleman Arminius lies in wait, preparing for the inevitable appearance of the Roman legions and growing in his determination to liberate his people from Rome's rule at any cost.

The fates of these men soon converge in a bloody battle that will decide the course of their countries...and their lives. The Germanic foes spring a monstrous ambush in a driving rain storm. The future of Western civilization turns in the blink of an eye.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692289198
Publisher: Mark L. Richards
Publication date: 11/24/2014
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Mark L. Richards, a graduate of Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University), served in the US Army as an infantry officer before entering the health care field, where he worked as the chief financial officer at a large academic health center. Now retired, Richards resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is married with two daughters and four grandchildren.

A lifelong historian of Roman antiquity, Richards was inspired by his favorite subject to write his debut novel, Legions of the Forest, set during the golden age of Rome. He may be reached at legions9ad@aol.com.

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