Glory of Rome: (Gaius Valerius Verrens 8)

Written by Douglas Jackson

AD 77. Gaius Valerius Verrens is an honoured member of Emperor Vespasian’s inner circle, but this is no bar to danger caused by the enmity of Domitian, the Emperor’s son. In Britannia, Agricola, the governor, is preparing to march his legions against rebellious natives, and Verrens is summoned to be his chief legal advisor and deputy governor. Verrens uses the opportunity to move his wife and family away from the potential danger of Rome. The massacre of a Roman garrison, and the suspicious death of the Legate of the Ninth Legion, thrust Gaius Verrens into a deadly maelstrom of rebellion, druids, Roman politics, murder, kidnapping, and the assault on the island of Mona.

This is the latest in the very successful series featuring Gaius Valerius Verrens. The plot is taut and gallops along at a pace. The characters are all well-drawn and convincing, while the action sequences are exciting, bloody, and dramatic, without being overly graphic. The novel can be read as a standalone without any loss of enjoyment. A gripping tale from start to finish, and you will find it difficult to put down. Recommended.