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Sons of Rome

By: Gordon Doherty,Simon Turney
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Publisher's Summary

Four emperors. Two friends. One destiny. 

As twilight descends on the third century AD, the Roman Empire is but a shadow of its former self. Decades of usurping emperors, splinter kingdoms and savage wars have left the people beleaguered, the armies weary and the future uncertain. And into this chaos Emperor Diocletian steps, reforming the succession to allow for not one emperor to rule the world, but four. 

Meanwhile, two boys share a chance meeting in the great city of Treverorum as Diocletian's dream is announced to the imperial court. Throughout the years that follow, they share heartbreak and glory as that dream sours and the empire endures an era of tyranny and dread. Their lives are inextricably linked, their destinies ever-converging as they rise through Rome's savage stations, to the zenith of empire. For Constantine and Maxentius, the purple robes beckon.... 

©2020 Gordon Doherty (P)2020 W F Howes

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"A page turner from beginning to end.... A damn fine read." (Ben Kane)

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  • Dean
  • 03-09-21

DOHERTY AND TURNEY ARE FORMIDABLE.

I have to admit that as soon as I heard that Jonathan Keble would be narrating this book, I purchased it.
I am a massive fan of both Gordon Doherty and Simon Turney/SJA Turney’s works.
I knew it would be good, but didn’t count on it been brilliant.
From the very first to the very last chapter, we become part of two ambitious boys, both caught up in the terrors of Rome, both wanting to see change, but who sadly drift apart from each other.
An utterly gripping story, brilliantly narrated by the Grand master of narrators, Jonathan Keble.
I eagerly await the second book in the series, Masters of Rome, though Audible seem to have no idea as to when it will be released.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-21

great story but.....

I couldn't get this book to play correctly but I did enjoy what I heard of it

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  • john
  • 02-26-21

engaging read

as an avid reader of roman historical fiction I was totally captivated by this collaboration of authors. I have read books by both authors so I looked forward to reading this. I like the fact it was a period I know little about so each chapter was something new. I look forward to the next book

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  • Birdman
  • 08-26-21

Sensational

Loved every minute, can't wait for the next one. Great to find out more about an era that if often passed over.

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  • Tony T
  • 06-27-22

Brilliant

Looking forward to the next book in the series starring very soon highly recommend

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  • Colin Almond
  • 04-12-22

tired unoriginal

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started regretted and not wanted on the list of books that I have read.

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  • Mortox
  • 10-13-21

Not surprisingly - truly excellent!

I have found over the past couple of years that anything written by Simon Turney is of the very finest quality. In this book, co-written with Gordon Dougherty, I find yet another gripping, fast paced story again at this high standard.

Both main characters of antiquity are both likeable and human, but possess very human vices like very real people. The time was somewhat overlooked by me and it is a refreshingly educational journey into this part of Roman history but remains entertaining and action packed.

While Turney's Marius' Mules remains untouchable in my estimation as the best series I have read, this series is shaping up to be another great which will be etched in my mind. Definitely worth your time!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

Brilliant

I loved it, I've always been fascinated by Roman history and this book breathes life into the powerful characters of the time and how they might have lived on the daily. I can't wait for book two, in the meantime I will listen to this again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-21

Fantastic

I have listened to many historical novels and this has got to be one of the best, helped no doubt by the excellent narration . Cant wait for the second installment