Release Date: 23/04/15
Publisher: Arrow Books
This book is Based on Real Historical Events A Time For Vengence AD9, German frontier: Close to the Rhine, a Roman centurion, Lucius Tullus, prepares to take his soldiers on patrol. On the opposite side of the river, German tribes are resentful of the harsh taxes about to be imposed upon them. Suspicious that there might be unrest, Tullus knows that his men's survival will be determined not just by their training and discipline, but by his leadership. A Time For War What neither Tullus nor his commander, Governor Varus, realise is that ranged against them is the charismatic chieftain and trusted ally of Rome, Arminius, who has long been plotting to drive the Romans from the tribal lands east of the Rhine. A Time To Die As Varus' legions prepare to leave their summer encampment, thousands of warriors - directed by Arminius - are massing nearby. Eager to throw off the Roman yoke, the tribesmen prepare a deadly ambush. Only the gods can save the Romans now...
The latest release from Ben Kane that takes readers back to the mighty days of Rome as readers are treated to high octane action, top notch prose and of course heroes that they want to spend time around. However whilst I still love sitting down with Ben’s writing, I did feel that unfortunately this title was a tad predictable with the treachery of a certain character within. Don’t get me wrong, you still get what you expect from a book by Ben, but when you lose some of the mystery surrounding it, you do tend to feel a little cheated.
All round it is a good read and one that I had a lot of fun spending the time with especially when the author gets into the practical archaeology of a legion bogged down by mud (probably inspired from the charity walk he did with Anthony Riches.)