• The Last Dying Light

  • The Last of the Romans, Book 1
  • By: William Havelock
  • Narrated by: Zach Hoffman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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By: William Havelock
Narrated by: Zach Hoffman
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Publisher's Summary

Rome has fallen into darkness. 

Its legacy remains alive in Constantinople, whose leaders struggle to retain control. Yet famine, war, and an encroaching night leave the Eastern Empire towards ruin. 

Faint hope arises as a new dynasty ascends the throne of Caesar. Bearing witness to such events is Varus, a young Herulian slave to the aging yet powerful Justin, who unveils a bold plan held by two generations of Romans - to retake the West and reclaim their homeland. 

Following Justin’s dream, Varus enlists with the Roman Army and discovers the carnage of 6th Century warfare. As a mysterious horde of black-shielded invaders devastates the Empire’s northern provinces, Varus’ unit is called upon to defend under the leadership of Belisarius, one of Justin’s most promising commanders. 

As Varus prepares for the sacrifices to come, however, he begins to question Justin’s secrets, seeking answers regarding his true identity and place as a pivotal figure in the Empire’s survival. 

©2020 William Havelock (P)2021 William Havelock

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Couldn't Stop Listening

This book is an absolute must read must listen! From the gripping battle scenes and remarkable attention to detail on the life of Varus, I was hooked from the very start. The narration gives it another element as well, with a storytelling feel that sweeps you into the world you are listening to. This is a masterpiece of dark age fiction! This is definitely worth your time! You won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't!

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Simply Amazing

When you combine Havelock’s superb story telling with fantastic narration, you get an audio book you simply cannot stop listening to. This had me hooked from beginning to end and I cant wait for the next!

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Solid historical fiction

Well written, well narrated, and well worth the read. Looking forward to book #2.

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Amazing

Hands down in the top 5 best books I have read/listened to. The reader was on point and the book itself was very well written and researched. You will not regret reading this book.

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Great story ! Can't wait for more!

I love historical novels, from Cromwell to Cameron. I think this story is a masterpiece. Excellent characters that are easy to like. The narrator is an artist at this. Can't overstate how good the narration was.

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boring

I honestly do not know why everyone is giving this book great reviews. It does not hold your attention, it does not grip you, and it does not keep you wanting more. I have listened to over 200 books on audible, and found this one very unremarkable. maybe the reviews were friends of the author..


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Incredible!!

Absolutely incredible!! You will not be disappointed!! I can't wait until the 2nd book comes to Audible.

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Outstanding

Vastly interesting, well written, holds yourself interest from start to finish. Historically, well placed a great read.

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Incredible story and Audible experience

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a "can't-put-down"-er. This story appeals to everyone, encompassing tinges of horror through ancient Roman history to scenes of heartstrings being tugged on from camaraderie and warmth. Havelock is brilliant in this novel and Hoffman's narration is mesmerizing. You have to read and listen to this, it's simply a must-have.

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Compelling and brave, andI’m sad it’s over.

So, here’s the thing: I’m generally not one for audiobooks, having only listened to maybe a dozen in half as many years. So when a friend of mine texted me a and said, “Dude, you’re gonna love this! You have to download it!” I was a bit hesitant. That being said, I’ve listened to The Last Dying Light every morning and afternoon of my commute for the past ten days, and now I see why my friend said he couldn’t stop. It’s been the most amazing break from the daily grind. The novel starts out slow, but it’s because William Havelock is so careful in building the world inside and Zach Hoffman is a master voice actor. Violent. Gruesome. Pure politics. You have to be patient, but in the end the author delivers on his promises. In the writing itself, there’s plenty of heart, and it’s rare that something this well-done comes along (and I read plenty of fiction, believe me.). This book is good. Mostly, I find myself surprised at how sad I am that I’m done with this book. My friend wasn’t wrong. Out of curiosity, I found myself digging into Roman history, and I couldn’t believe that this was based on a real story - much less one I’d never heard before. More than anything, I really The Last Dying Light isn’t a one-off event, and I hope another installment is coming soon...






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  • Tony G
  • 05-01-22

Great Book, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Fantastic book and great story telling! I look forward to the next instalment in the series.

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  • Mortox
  • 07-22-22

Truly excellent!

I simply could not believe this is the first novel by this author, William Havelock. From the first line to the end, this book takes hold. A great, often neglected timeframe of Roman history done with a professional and well paced method. Brutal as Simon Turney or Anthony Riches, as complex as Simon Scarrow or Ben Kane. The brutality and feel of the battle scenes are simply second to none. I cannot wait until the next part to be released! 10/10 narration as well. Would comfortably pre order anything by William without pause. Well done!!