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The Ghosts of Athens [Paperback]

Richard Blake

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Sept. 25 2012 Aelric
The Roman Empire faces the barbarian horde.

612 AD.
Decadent, desperate Athens is the Roman Empire's most vulnerable city.

Aelric - senator of the Roman Empire, fresh from a bloodbath in Egypt that may or may not be regarded in Constantinople as his fault - is forced to divert the Imperial galley to Athens for reasons the Emperor has neglected to share with him.

He finds a demoralized and corrupt provincial city threatened by an army rumoured to contain twenty million starving barbarians.

Not to mention an explosive religious dispute, an unexplained corpse, and hints of something worse than murder. Is he on a high level mission to save the Empire? Or has he been set up to fail? Or is the truth even worse than he can at first imagine?

He will have to call upon all his formidable intellect and lethal ingenuity to survive his enemies inside and outside the city walls . . .

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444709704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444709704
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #595,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It would be hard to over-praise this extraordinary series, a near-perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, high philosophy and vulgar comedy.—The Morning Star on THE SWORD OF DAMASCUS

Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced by his unfamiliar choice of period. Nasty, fun and educational.—Daily Telegraph on THE TERROR OF CONSTANTINOPLE

'Blake's plotting is as brilliantly devious as the mind of his sardonic and very earthy hero. This is a story of villainy that reels you in from its prosaic opening through a series of death-defying thrills and spills.'—Lancashire Evening Post on THE SWORD OF DAMASCUS

He knows how to deliver a fast-paced story and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed—Mail on Sunday on THE TERROR OF CONSTANTINOPLE

A rollicking and raunchy read . . . Anyone who enjoys their history with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue and, above all, fun will absolutely love this novel.—Historical Novels Review on THE TERROR OF CONSTANTINOPLE

'Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot and I enjoyed it very much.'—Derek Jacobi on CONSPIRACIES OF ROME

About the Author

Richard Blake is a historian, broadcaster and university lecturer. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Feb. 23 2013
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Richard Blake continues his high standard of detail and storyline with his latest book. I recommend it to anyone interested in the period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Incredible Work By Blake Feb. 5 2013
By Don Sproat - Published on Amazon.com
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The author's fifth book in the series continued to amaze and delight this reader and I cannot wait for the next installment! His main and supporting characters are wonderful and so well developed over this long a series that they are like old friends. Of course the same action, intrigue, and naughtiness permeate this book as in the first four. I encourage all persons interested in Roman Empire Era fiction to read the entire series. Kindle readers will be happy that the "Aleric" books are available in that format.

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