Forbidden from returning to Aquila, Marcus Venandus responds to a plea from a half-brother he has never met to aid him in the far away land called the Jeweled Hills. When pirates shut down the sea routes the legion officer and his two trusted companions are forced to join a caravan to make the slower journey north across the treacherous Sea of Grass. Yet this may not prove to be the safer choice. A mysterious shaman has sworn to drench the plains in the blood of foreigners and his mastery over storms gives him the teeth to fulfill his oath. As chaos envelopes the trail, it will fall to Marcus to organize the defense and try to shepherd the frightened civilians of the caravan to safety again.
About the Author
Gilbert M. Stack has been creating stories almost since he began speaking and publishing fiction and non-fiction since 2006. A professional historian, Gilbert delights in bringing the past to life in his fiction, depicting characters who are both true to their time and empathetic with modern sensibilities. His work has appeared in more than a dozen issues of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Michelle, and their son, Michael.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Sea of Grass was great fun to read. Like the first book this alternate history-ish story mixes Romans (Aquilans) with a very different culture (Polynesians in the Emerald Isles). This time they are protecting a wagon train (caravan) of Spanish (Gente)merchants and families on the prairie (The Sea of Grass) against attacking Indians (the savages) with some cavalry (Gota) to back them up. There's even a fort Defiance! Great action sequences and the Aquilans continue to show how they conquered so much of the world!
Gil Stack impressed with The Fire Islands -- Volume I in his Legionnaire Series. This seems to be a trend for the chronicled adventures of Marcus Venandus - Tribune. The Sea of Grass is a rousing tale of adventure where we are again immersed in Stack's imaginary empire which only gains more and more depth with each volume. I found this novel quicker to absorb than The Fire Islands, having a background this go-round with the terminology. As with any fantasy based on the Roman era, battles and intrigues are rife. These intrigues Marcus is quickly learning to thread, coming off exactly as one would wish of a hero - he doesn't care for the politics of being a soldier. It is in the heat of confrontation where Marcus' true brilliance is realized as he is able to scrounge from what little he has on-hand to come up with stratagem after stratagem to fight his enemies -- in this instance a horde of barbaric savages against whom Marcus must martial his defenses in the form of a rag tag band of legionnaires and a bunch of civilians among whom he is traveling. It doesn't help matters that the mysterious shaman rebel rouser is a magician who is able to call down the lightnings! Beware, Marcus!