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Defender of Rome by Douglas Jackson

Defender of Rome

by Douglas Jackson

Gaius Valerius Verrens is back in Rome after his successful campaign against Boudicca in Britain. Now hailed a 'Hero of Rome', Valerius is not the man he once was - scarred both physically and emotionally by the battles he has fought, his sister is mortally ill, his father in self-imposed exile. And neither is Rome the same city as the one he left.

The Emperor Nero grows increasingly paranoid. Those who seek power for themselves whisper darkly in the emperor's ears. They speak of a new threat, one found within the walls of Rome itself. A new religious sect, the followers of Christus, deny Nero's divinity and are rumoured to be spreading sedition.

Nero calls on his 'Hero of Rome' to become a 'Defender of Rome', to seek out this rebel sect, to capture their leader, a man known as Petrus. His quest takes him beyond the edge of the Empire and into a world where treachery and betrayal are political weapons. Failure would be to forfeit his life, and the lives of twenty thousands Judaeans living in Rome. But as Valerius begins his search, a quest which will take him to the edge of the empire, he will discover that success may cost him nearly as much as failure.

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Published: Saturday 13, August 2011
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Bantam Press
Pages: 336

Reviews (3)

  1. By Graham Macdonald:
    Jun 29, 2012 at 05:13 PM

    Just finished defender of rome and have to, grudgingly, say its one of the best books I have ever read. Finished them all now and cant wait for the next one. Well done!

  2. By Frank Keefe:
    Sep 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM

    Just finished your book Defender of Rome inflight back to US from Milan

    I could not put it down till I finished it

    Loved the mix of plot and history

    Looking forward to reading more of your work

  3. By Doug Harvey:
    Jan 09, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Really enjoyed this book, i spent a couple of days and two very late nights on my holiday gripped and finding it very difficult to put down. Looking forward to getting a copy of Avenger of Rome, but refuse to buy it untill i know i have nothing important planned !!

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