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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Sidebottom Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Warrior of Rome Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455198764
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The Warrior of Rome is back.

In AD 256, the specter of treachery hangs ominously over the Roman Empire. The sparks of Christian fervor have spread through the empire like wildfire, and the imperium is alive with the machinations of dangerous and powerful men. All the while, Sassanid forces press forward relentlessly along the eastern frontier. The battle-bloodied General Ballista returns to the imperial court from the fallen city of Arete only to find that there are those who would rather see him dead than alive. Ballista is soon caught in a sinister web of intrigue and religious fanaticism, and his courage and loyalty will be put to the ultimate test in the service of Rome and the emperor.

Renowned for their skilled blending of action and historical accuracy, Harry Sidebottom’s Warrior of Rome novels take listeners from the shouts of the battlefield to the whispering of the emperor’s inner circle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “He has the touch of an exceptionally gifted storyteller, drawing on prodigious learning.”

    Timothy Severin, author of the Viking Trilogy

  • “The best sort of red-blooded historical fiction.”

    Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy

  • “At last a piece of Roman historical fiction for grown-ups.”

    Robert Low, author of The Oath Sworn Series

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yiyuk Alatorre | 11/14/2013

    " It was ok. The outcome was to clear. The term "Roman Catholic" was not used at that time period. This was way before that time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KC | 10/17/2013

    " Another good entry in the series. A little heavier on political intrigue rather than sheer military action. You can feel the decay of the Empire from within. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Hunter | 9/23/2013

    " It was alright, not as good as the first in the series. Story jumped around a bit too much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Webb | 8/26/2013

    " While the plot is good and the characters quite believable, there's obviously been an awful lot of research carried out into the officials and rankings, which makes it hard to get to the storyline as it's all included on every page. Only a short way into it, so it may improve yet "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 8/19/2013

    " This started off well. I like books about Romans so was looking forward to this. I found it, unfortunately, heavy going and gave up over half way through. May try again but I was very disappointed. Anyone else read his other books? Are they any good? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 8/18/2013

    " An excellent follow up on the adventures of Ballista on his twisted path through 'court' politics, with a splashing of blood and body parts to keep the senses alert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nuno | 2/9/2013

    " Not as good as the first volume,but still a story with epic porpotions towards the end.Really good.This volume is set more towards the treachery and stabs in the back,in the heart of the roman empire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ss | 7/23/2012

    " Good book spoiled by the 'scooby-doo' type baddie Quietus.Why not let the reader work it out for themselves, instead of having the 'baddie' explain his every action to his enemy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 7/8/2012

    " Where the first book dragged this book made up for it in spades. Now not only the tale of a Barbarian General and of war, but of the ancient politics and drama which coincide with it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gordon Chambers | 6/5/2012

    " I was sorry that I just couldn't get into this book. Perhaps it was just my mood at the time, and the fact that this is not the first of the series, but to my mind it lacks the depth of story and exicitement of Simon Scarrow's 'Eagle' series or Conn Iggleden's 'Emperor' series which were excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 12/25/2010

    " Where the first book dragged this book made up for it in spades. Now not only the tale of a Barbarian General and of war, but of the ancient politics and drama which coincide with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 9/14/2010

    " An excellent follow up on the adventures of Ballista on his twisted path through 'court' politics, with a splashing of blood and body parts to keep the senses alert. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 6/1/2010

    " This started off well. I like books about Romans so was looking forward to this. I found it, unfortunately, heavy going and gave up over half way through. May try again but I was very disappointed. Anyone else read his other books? Are they any good? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ss | 5/17/2010

    " Good book spoiled by the 'scooby-doo' type baddie Quietus.Why not let the reader work it out for themselves, instead of having the 'baddie' explain his every action to his enemy. "

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About the Author
Author Harry Sidebottom

Harry Sidebottom received his doctorate in ancient history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has taught at various universities, including his alma mater, where he is now a fellow and director of studies in ancient history at St. Benet's Hall and lecturer in ancient history at Lincoln College.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.