Rome AD 9
Augustus Caesar rules Imperial Rome at the height of its power, as the Roman Empire stretches across the known world. Cassius, son of one of her most powerful families, is the personification of Rome's imperial strength: wealthy, popular, a war hero with a decorated military career - none of Rome's fashionable parties are complete without him - except, he hides a secret.
After his nerve is broken in Germany, the thought of genuine armed combat is enough to send him into a cold sweat of fear and shame. But this doesn't dissuade him from living off a false reputation so he can continue a life of casual affairs, wine, and parties, as he is seduced by the many vices of Rome.
However his scandalous life is soon upset by a summons from the Emperor's wife. It ends his happy decadent life and returns him to Germany to assist the Roman legions in their greatest ever trial, and the events that will resound down in history, in the dark forests of the Teutoburg...
This is an excellent debut novel for this author about the battle in Teutoburg Forest between the Germanic tribes and the Roman army during the reign of Emperor Augustus. Full of revenge, blood, and betrayal, many of the scenes were taken from the historical details of the time, including some of the characters. The pacing was quick and I was drawn to the story to its end. What a nasty and terrible battle!
Highly recommended! 5 stars.