Marching with Caesar: Anthony & Cleopatra Vol. 1
Peake continues his “Marching with Caesar” series in this third instalment starring Titus Pullus of Rome’s legendary and celebrated 10th Legion. Like the previous two volumes, this one can be read with ease as a stand-alone novel by fans of Roman historical fiction and military fiction alike. Titus Pullus has been a first-hand witness to much of Rome’s history in the making in the course of these books, moving from one battle to another and from one famous commander to another.
In the latest volume, Anthony and Cleopatra Vol. 1, Julius Caesar is dead, his assassination is avenged at the Battle of Philippi, after which Pullus finds himself under the command of the charismatic Antony as he leads legions in a daring campaign against Rome’s nemesis in the East, Parthia.
Peake has become a master of depicting Roman military life and action, and in this latest novel he proves adept at evoking the subtleties of his characters, often with an understated humour and surprising pathos. Very highly recommended.