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Empire II: Arrows of Fury [Paperback]

Anthony Riches

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May 4 2011 Empire (Book 2)
The thrilling sequel to Wounds of Honour continues this action-packed series set in Roman Britain—fascinatingly authentic stories about the army from the point of view of the Roman soldier
The Battle of the Lost Eagle saved Hadrian's Wall, but the new Roman governor of Britannia must stamp out the rebellion of the northern tribes or risk losing the province. Rampaging south with sword and flame under the command of their murderous chieftain Calgus, they have stretched his forces to the limit. For Marcus—now simply Centurion Corvus of the 1st Tungrian cohort—the campaign has become doubly dangerous. As reinforcements flood into Britannia he is surrounded by new officers with no reason to protect him from the emperor's henchmen. Death could result from a careless word as easily as from an enemy spear. Worse, one of them is close on his heels—while Marcus is training two centuries of Syrian archers to survive a barbarian charge and then take the fight back to their enemy, the new prefect of the 2nd Tungrians has discovered his secret. Only a miracle can save Marcus and the men who protect him from disgrace and death.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder; Reprint edition (May 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340920351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340920350
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is fast-paced and gripping "read-through-the-night" fiction, with marvellous characters and occasional moments of dark humour. Some authors are better historians than they are storytellers. Anthony Riches is brilliant at both. Conn Iggulden Riches has captured how soldiers speak and act to a tee and he is very descriptive when it comes to the fighting. It is a novel full of power, lust, envy, violence and vanity. The very things that made Rome great and the very things that would lead to its downfall. If you like historical novels, read this book. NavyNet on ARROWS OF FURY Ancient adventure at its pulsating best! ... A military expert, Riches brings top-notch drama, vivid storytelling and historical realism to his tales set in a turbulent time. Lancashire Evening Post on Arrows of Fury Cornwell, Iggulden, Smith - Beware. There is a new power on the rise. www.bookgeeks.co.uk on Wounds of Honour 'With Wounds of Honour Anthony Riches has produced a terrific first novel that focuses on the soldiers of the Roman Empire in great detail. He vibrantly portrays the life in an auxiliary unit.' Canberra Times on Wound of Honour 'An unputdownable read.' Good Reading Magazine on Wounds of Honour

About the Author

Anthony Riches began his lifelong interest in war and soldiers when he first heard his father's stories about World War II. This led to a degree in Military Studies. He began writing the story that would become Wounds of Honour after a visit to Housesteads Roman fort.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nonstop Action June 23 2010
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This is the second in the series, and, as it picks up almost exactly where the first volume ends, you should read the previous volume,"Wounds of Honour," before you start this one. The blurb summarizes the setting quite accurately, so I won't add anything, but I will say that I devoured this offering in one sitting. By the time I finished, I felt that I had been fighting all those barbarians myself. Great for anyone who likes Roman military fiction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Wall, Hadrian's Wall, that is Jan. 30 2012
By Charles F. Kartman - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Riches continues the exploits of young centurion "Corvus", commander of a cohort of auxiliaries fighting against the tribes gathering to expel the Roman occupiers of Britain. I cannot offhand recall any other books that focus on the activities of conquered foreign auxiliaries, and that device instantly provides a sense of the sweep and success of Roman arms. Corvus himself is a true Roman, hiding under an assumed name in Britain from the Emperor's mortal ire. He is surrounded by a cosmopolitan mix of Syrian archers, a German "Chosen Man", some Britons, and a handful of fellow Roman officers. The campaign against the barbarian leader, Calgus, is exceptionally well told, with convincing details of Roman military conduct and equipment effectively contrasted with that of the barbarians north of the wall. There is gore, intrigue, and derring do enough to satisfy the most jaded reader of historical fiction; as a lifetime reader of such, I think Mr. Riches is already in the top ranks of the genre. I think I would have liked him to resolve Corvus' political dilemma in book one, rather than drag it along through three volumes (I haven't read the third, yet), but that is a minor quibble that does not prevent me from enthusiastically recommending this series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to great debut Jan. 7 2011
By Nick Brett - Published on Amazon.com
The follow up to the author's first novel and it's just as good. Comparison to the Scarrow novels is easy and slightly lazy, but I am going to do it anyway. I think these are better, with the perfect combination of banter, comradeship and professionalism in the Roman ranks along with the expected bad guys and treachery. But it is delivered well and this is entertaining, easy reading and the pages certainly whizzed by!

Here our lead character Marcus (still in hiding from the Emperor) is given a bunch of Syrian archers to turn into foot soldiers before their inexperience gets them (and their Roman colleagues) slaughtered. A lot of modern thrillers and action novels paint some from the Middle East as potential bad guys, here the author presents the Syrian as cultured, noble and skilled and that made a refreshing change I have to say. So we have Marcus, the Legions (along with their new archers) fighting the barbarians (mainly us - the British!) on and about Hadrian's Wall.

Great stuff and recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EMPIRE SERIES April 30 2013
By Anastacio - Published on Amazon.com
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besides being in love with the Roman Age. this particular series captures every bit of what i liek and what i expect. as far as the book itself great condition and i look forward to more purchases.
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Riches - A Delight to Read June 8 2014
By Bruce Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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This book captures the imagination from page one until the very last page, Mr Riches writes great work, thatb is easy to pass the hours with day by day.

Nice work, I have now bought the whole series post reading book 1 and 2

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