The Far Shore

Written by Nick Brown
Review by Mike Ashworth

AD 272. Cassius Corbulo, an agent of the Imperial Security Service, arrives in Rhodes on a routine mission to pick up some important papers from the deputy commander of the Security Service and then take them to Antioch. On his arrival he finds the deputy commander has been murdered. Accompanied by his ex-gladiator bodyguard Indavara and servant Simo, Corbulo begins an investigation. He follows the assassin’s trail to the farthest reaches of the empire to an area where Rome’s power is slender, and murder is the ultimate weapon of power.

This is the latest in the successful Agent of Rome series, a fast-paced, action- packed novel tinged with humour which brings alive the harsh reality of the period, the people and the culture. The battle sequences are vivid and expertly told without being graphically violent. This book can be read independently of the others in the series, as there is sufficient back story to fill in any gaps. This is a welcome addition to the genre. Recommended.