Defender of Rome

The new book in the Roman trilogy, from the highly acclaimed historical novelist, Douglas Jackson Gaius Valerius Verrens returns to Rome from the 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 inThe new book in the Roman trilogy, from the highly acclaimed historical novelist, Douglas Jackson Gaius Valerius Verrens returns to Rome from the 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 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.
Defender of Rome The new book in the Roman trilogy from the highly acclaimed historical novelist Douglas Jackson Gaius Valerius Verrens returns to Rome from the successful campaign against Boudicca in Britain Now ha

  • Title: Defender of Rome
  • Author: Douglas Jackson
  • ISBN: 9780593065143
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Defender of Rome”

    1. 63 A.D. Valerius has returned from Brittania to Rome, broken in mind and body, to his father and dying sister, Olivia. The author has maintained his quality writing, plus plumbing Valerius's character more deeply. Name change of one villain from the historical name is perfectly logical to me, after reading the 'Historical Notes'. Torquatus, a name close to that of the Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition, Torquemada, made me smile, as did the other villain's name, Rodan, which made me thi [...]

    2. ‘Defender of Rome', the second in Douglas Jackson’s ‘…of Rome’ series, was an absolute pleasure to read, from start to finish.The calm, assured, precise and evocative prose is dotted with little hints of Rome’s history - and continuing relevance. In fact, there is clearly such a deep knowledge of the Rome of AD63, the period in which the book is set, that it sometimes seems like it could only come, as the book says about Valerius himself on more than one occasion, from someone from b [...]

    3. Two years after Valerius' defence of Colonia against Boudicca in "Hero of Rome", the eponymous characters is in Rome. Changed by the events he lived through he is a darker, slightly hollow man. Struggling to find a path, he finds himself landed with a new task by the unstable emperor Nero: to root out and bring to 'justice' a rabble rouser, a leader of the sect of Christians in Rome.Plagued by a frail and ill sister, a splintered family relationship, the uncertain moods of the emperor and the ma [...]

    4. Gaius Valerius Verrens has returned to Rome and is made a Hero Of Rome by the Emperor, Nero for his actions and bravery in Britain. Of course being in Nero's spotlight isn't always a good thing as Verrens finds out after having been solicited by Nero and then given an almost impossible task, apprehending Petrus, the leader of a new religious sect that threatens to undermine Roman society and politics.The author has given us a story of much intrigue and has populated the main story line with many [...]

    5. I enjoyed this less than the first book. Emperor Nero continues to enjoy very bad press and the tale follows the reports of Suetonius, Tacitus and Cassius Dio, all of whom had a negative view of him. Are we to ignore the writings of Seneca just because he was his tutor? I would have thought that made him the best source rather than the worst, despite the probability of bias. Lucanus also wrote favourably of Nero. He (Nero) could not have 'fiddled while Rome burned' because the fiddle didn't exis [...]

    6. I was honored when the author responded to my review of the first book in the series and was just finishing this sequel. I felt some pressure in being eloquent and four drafts later this is the result. The fault is entirely yours Mr Jackson! Interesting, educational and thoroughly enjoyable. On to the third

    7. I enjoyed this, however, it's part of a trilogy I think and I didn't notice till I was sucked in! I'll need to start at the beginning. a stand alone book though, it's really good if, like me, you're a bit of a Roman Empire fan. I'm not a history buff so I couldn't say how accurate it was but from what I do know, the names and dates all sounded familiarl in all, a good read, thumbs up!

    8. While well written, it was a bit too overly dramatic. I'm also completely uninterested in reading, yet again, about how the poor, selfless Christians were so badly mistreated. I'll give the next in the series a go, but that's where it will end if we continue down the path of glorifying Abrahamic religions.

    9. Gaius Valerius Verrens has returned to Rome after surviving the brutal Boudiccan Revolt in Britain. Although his emperor, Nero, has bestowed upon him the corona aurea, pronouncing him a hero of Rome, Valerius finds Nero's court filled with treacherous, ambitious men who consider him a threat to their dreams of power. He also finds his sister on the brink of death from a lingering illness and his father strangely distant. All he wants is to return to the legions now that he has been fitted with a [...]

    10. ReviewI was totally blown away by this book, the last Verrens title "Hero of Rome" was in my opinion a step up in writing from Douglas Jacksons previous books, books that i totally enjoyed, but were not in the same league as "Hero of Rome". Defender of Rome takes yet another leap forward.This book keeps the brilliantly written characters the flowing gripping action and pace and story arc that the last book had, but then adds in the new angle of political intrigue in the frightening world of Empe [...]

    11. Having read all of Douglas Jacksons previous books and thoroughly enjoyed them, I was really looking forward to Defender of Rome but to be honest I didn't know if this story would live up to his last, Hero of Rome which for me was an absolutely brilliant story set in Britannia at the time of the Iceni revolt in AD 61. The main character Gaius Valerius Verrens returns from Britannia slightly battered and bruised after his escapades in Hero and finds himself a civilian (partly) and working in very [...]

    12. The sequel to "Hero of Rome", this novel takes its protagonist Gaius Valerius Verrens down a different path than one might expect. It is worth noting that if the first book was an action novel, this book is much more of a drama. The battles within it are often sparse, or at least it felt that way, but I have to commend Douglas Jackson for transforming Valerius so deftly from one book to the next.The story revolves around the followers of "Christus" growing in numbers, and causing much consternat [...]

    13. I enjoyed the previous book, “Hero of Rome”, but it had no massive differentiator, and I found the hero, Valerius , ever so slightly bland, but the book ended with him slightly damaged. So I picked up “Defender of Rome” with interest to see where the author was going with the character.Valerius is back in Rome, mentally and physically damaged but recognition of his actions in Britain has brought him to Nero’s unwanted attention. Nero is mad, bad and dangerous and sets Valerius an impos [...]

    14. Really loved this Author's first book in the series with the setting of Boudicca's rebellion in Celtic Britain. The main character, Valerius, is now back in Rome with the plot line related to the increasing presence of Christianity during the reign of Nero. Valerius is still a great character, and the setting and dialogue is often quite good. The problem is how the author has decided to treat the character of Paul/Saul of Tarsus, as a conspiring Jewish Christian, who is trying actively to underm [...]

    15. A good read, but I do prefer my historical intrigue on the Machiavellian level of mischief, not so much a soldier running around hunting xians and trying to protect his sister. I would like to read an account of how Seneca schemed and plotted to gain and retain power in ancient Rome. That would be cool. And poor Nero. No one ever has a good word to say about this man. So he had a few problems, a few issues, but the guy could throw a great party. As for killing off the aristocracy. Great, thin th [...]

    16. Really good book, and I have to say that it reminds me of Tribune of Rome even more than the first one. I reduced one star in my rating because I rarely enjoy stories about early Christians, and this book covered some of the aspects that I do not enjoy. It is hard for me to identify with religious fanatics, especially of this movement, and this book did not bring me any closer.

    17. Well, I raved about the first book and this was as good. Well written by an author that has a good feel for the period. The book is set in Rome and Gaius Valerius Verrens builds a small team around him. Again, Jackson has woven very real characters from history into the story and Valerius is involved in major historical events, if nat partially responsibler for them! A ripping read and i have gone straight to number three in the series having completed this one.

    18. Well researched, good characterisation. Details about life in Rome at the time of Nero vivid and descriptions good. I found the book easy to read, well paced and easy to visualise the settings. My only slight gripe is the appeareance of a man with pierced hand towards the end of the book. It didn't seem in keeping with the rest of the hero's belief's.

    19. A page turner! He took a few liberties with the history of the Christian church, pitting Saul against Peter, and his explanation of the resurrection being conveniently witnessed by just Peter who was a superb leader just doesn't fit the historical evidence that we do have. Nevertheless if you put this to one side, it was a gripping novel with plenty of mystery and intrigue.

    20. A good book with lots of intrigue. It's set in Rome and the author skilfully handles Nero as a character and how it is not always wise to be in the Emperor's eye. This theme develops nicely in the next book in the series.Early Christianity features in the tale and is handled well and is nicely woven into the plot. A very good read.

    21. Very enjoyable story sey in nero's time. The roman military hero from the british uprising Gaius Velerius Verrens is tasked with crushing the christian uprising in rome and delivefing its leader petrus to nero for execution. There is a scene where christians are fed to the lions for enjoyment of the rich. Exciting read and well written.

    22. Unusual for the genre IMO but Mr. Jackson deals with early Christianity. I would not agree with the artistic license he takes with Peter and Paul but did find the book a good yarn with good character development progressing for the hero from the first in the series.

    23. It was an enjoyable novel with good characters and dialogue. I was not that taken by the plot which seemed to be stretched to its limit but yet the politics and the way of life for the Romans presented was quite interesting.

    24. One of the better Roman stories I have read. Very interesting mystery involving the early Christian church. Loved the way the author talked about Peter and the earlier followers. Made me look a few things up.

    25. Después de lchar en Britannia, el Tribuno Valerius vuelve a Roma como héroe. Pero Nerón le pedirá que luche contra otro enemigo aún más peligroso: el cristianismo que se expande como una plaga entre todos los estratos sociales. Ahora la lucha será de inteligencia más que de fuerza.

    26. A good read. Well-written novel about Nero and early Christians. But takes a few liberties with history.

    27. Fast-paced, well-written . but I would have preferred a toning down of some of the outrageous good fortune in the fight scenes

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