Book Review: Soldier of Rome: The Legionary

I am pleased to be part of the virtual book tour for Soldier of Rome: The Legionary through Pump Up Your Book!

About the book:

Rome’s Vengeance
In the year A.D. 9, three Roman Legions under Quintilius Varus were betrayed by the Germanic war chief, Arminius, and then destroyed in the forest known as Teutoburger Wald. Six years later, Rome is finally ready to unleash Her vengeance on the barbarians. The Emperor Tiberius has sent Germanicus Caesar, his adopted son, into Germania with an army of 40,000 legionaries. They come not on a mission of conquest, but one of annihilation. With them is a young Legionary named Artorius. For him, the war is a personal vendetta-a chance to avenge his brother, who was killed in Teutoburger Wald.
In Germania, Arminius knows the Romans are coming. He realizes that the only way to fight the Romans is through deceit, cunning, and plenty of well-placed brute force. In truth, he is leery of Germanicus, knowing that he was trained to be a master of war by the Emperor himself.
The entire Roman Empire held its breath as Germanicus and Arminius faced each other in what would become the most brutal and savage campaign the world had seen in a generation; a campaign that could only end in a holocaust of fire and blood.
My Review:
I usually leave stories of Roman battles and the like to Wayne who is an avid reader of fiction about the Legions, but for some reason I was drawn to Soldier of Rome: The Legionary: A Novel of the Twentieth Legion during the campaigns of Germanicus Caesar.  I think one of the things that intrigued me the most is that this book isn't about the major players and about the major battles.
You can tell that the author has done his homework on the details of the legion, the battles, the weaponry etc... but more importantly, I found myself getting into the story behind the struggle and waiting to see what would happen to the individuals, not just the Legions.
This author definitely comes from a military background, but is able to infuse the characters with personalities, making this book worth reading if you are into historical fiction, particularly Ancient Rome!
About the Author:
JamesSince I can remember I have always had a passion for history. My love of Roman history started when I first watched the series “I, Claudius”. I then proceeded to read every Roman book I could get my hands on.
I got my start writing bodybuilding and physical fitness articles for, as well as a lesser-know magazine, HardCore Muscle. I turned to writing historical novels when I was in Iraq. My intent was to write the stories that I wanted to read, but could not find. While we may hear stories about the Emperors and Generals of antiquity, we almost never hear the stories of the men who did the actual fighting under them. Sadly, most historical data is lost, the individual soldiers being long since forgotten by history. My attempt with The Artorian Chronicles is to tell the story of a common legionary and what could have happened throughout his career.
More recently I have turned to other periods in history and have started work on a pair of historical novels about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. The working title for the first book is “Brutal Valour”. I’m tentatively planning for it to be released sometime in 2012, along with the fifth book in The Artorian Chronicles, “Soldier of Rome: Judea”.
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Disclaimer: I recieved a copy of this book at no cost for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.