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AD 114: NICOPOLIS

In the depths of the desert on the empire's Eastern Frontier, the Roman army lays siege to the city of Nicopolis.

Estranged from his beloved Enica to keep her safe, centurion Flavius Ferox has secured his freedom after being framed once again. His next quest: to uncover traitors within the Roman ranks.

As the siege builds, widespread corruption seethes and soldiers are murdered in cold blood. Meanwhile, Ferox's investigation brings him closer and closer to the imperial court, and uncovers connections to Hadrian himself...

Gritty, gripping and profoundly authentic, The City is the second book in a brand-new trilogy set in the Roman Empire from bestselling historian Adrian Goldsworthy.

©2022 Adrian Goldsworthy (P)2022 W F Howes

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Epic

The battles seep you away in to the past and the minds of the Roman army ,their allies and those on the frontier of the Empire . Gripping and authentic ,can’t wait for the next book to reveal more of Ferox story . The development of the caricatures immerses you right into the story .

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A flat entry into the Vindolanda series

Narrator was great as usual and is the voice of Ferox! However Adrian G has written a tepid story here, very un-engaging and just a formulaic roll out of a siege. Adrian spends too much time here describing what’s going, like a placid observer of history playing out; What I wanted was an adventure, a story to hook me in etc, like the previous books! Seems Adrian has dialled this one in or lost his way regarding character story lines. It’s a shame.

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  • James E. Carr
  • 10-07-22

Bit of a disappointment

I have enjoyed to this point all of the Ferox novels which I thought reached a high point with Brigantia. This new episode was a bit of a let down. Ferox and his faithful band of Brigantes are being used and abused by the omnipresent bad guy Hadrian. Shipped off to Syria they become pawns in the little Napoleon”s efforts to make a name for himself. There is an lot of focus on Hadrian’s too clever by half attempts at political manipulation, the ego tripping and screwups of a besieging army’s leadership, and a big cataclysmic sword and sandal battle scene at the end wherein Ferox is instrumental in saving the day. But unlike the prior books in the series, the plot line does not engage any interesting sub plots and the limited number of new characters are not particularly sympathetic. Hopefully, Ferox and his remaining men are getting back home in the next installment and resume the romantic and other collateral interests that balanced out prior plot lines. Narration was top shelf.