The Earthly Gods

Written by Nick Brown
Review by Mike Ashworth

273 AD. Imperial Agent Cassius Corbulo is about to throw away a promising career. His bodyguard, Indavara, has been kidnapped, and after weeks of frantic searching Corbulo has no indication of where Indavara is being held, or why. His superiors are keen for him to return to duty. When an old ally’s daughter is taken by slavers, he feels obliged to repay a long-standing debt. He joins with the nomadic chieftain, Kabir, and a trio of warriors determined to rescue the missing girl. Operating outside the law, they travel across the plague-ridden hinterland of Asia Minor, until they find themselves facing a mysterious group of powerful men calling themselves “The Earthly Gods”.

This is the sixth volume of the Agent of Rome series, and it’s very enjoyable. The plot is strong and the main characters well defined. The story is fast-paced and gripping, while the action sequences are well-written and exciting. Will they succeed in their quest? Will Corbulo find his missing bodyguard? Read and find out! I was not familiar with Nick Brown’s work – but I am off to my local bookshop to rectify that! Recommended.