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The Roman Empire never fell It survived and extended and when the Vikings started their raids the Romans brought them to heel so it extended and when the Vikings started their raids the Romans brought them to heel so it now the 13th century and the Vikings bring tides of new rich lands where gold flows aplenty Naturally Rome sends out a
legion to conuer that new land and bring back the shipping the soldiers across the Atlantic on to conuer new land and bring back the riches shipping the soldiers across the Atlantic on ships And less naturally it turns out that some tribes across the Atlantic have discovered flight so they can drop fire on their enemies literallyAnd thus an extraordinary battle ensues between Rome and Native American tribes leading to a clash of civilizationsthis is the oint where I got a coffee and sober up for the rest of the reviewWhile the idea is brilliant I m not so sure about the way it s handled It s very very Look when the Romans march they build roads ok So that needs to be mentioned in detail They also build fortifications every night so that has to be described And before you know it you re reading loads and loads of Masters Of The Scalpel The Story Of Surgery passages like Marcellinus was interested to see that here in Woshakee where space was tight the houses had been built in rows as neat and orderly as any castra or Roman town It was a way of getting as many houses asossible inside the small compound defined by the The Next Thing Contemporary Australian Rock palisadeerimeter And you read about alisades and how to train soldiers Roman style and how hard it is to forge iron rather than bronze and how to make a bathhouse andIt s a sort of realistic alternate universe novel I suppose It has a few battles but little action otherwise and a lot of descriptions of how the main character and the leader of his legion Marcellinus employs everything he knows to bring Roman innovation to this new land And if you re reading this to be wowed even the rimitive yet very effective flying machines soon become boring becaus I received an eARC of this book from the ublisher through NetGalleyWhat a satisfying read Imagine an alternate history where Rome didn t fall and was responsible for leading the age of discovery into the. It’s The Last of the Mohicans meets HBO’s Rome in this exciting and inventive debut novel from Sidewise Award winner Alan Smale that will thrill fans of alternate history historical fiction and milita. .
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New World How would their early encounters with the Native Americans go This book turned out to be much than a what if situation developing into a richly constructed historical fantasy While the author mentions it as the first of a trilogy the story here is retty much self contained Still I ll definitely want to read The acing is good though a bit on the slow side It feels alright though as it takes time to Wraith properly world build and to get the keylayers into Petals place Smale does a good job keeping it interesting even atoints where he has to make brief info dumps It s a little a time and is interspersed with bits of humor and action scenesAnd the battles Oh yes Bernard Cornwell take note Alan Smale can stir the dust and kick up a shit storm with his epic battles In many books these grow tedious but here they managed to hold my interest all the way though Easy to visualize you feel like you re right there in the heart of it allBut really this book is than the sum of its arts It s than a Native American story with Romans dumped in for flavoring It
S Than Cool Battlethan cool battle I think what we ll see in the final roduct won t be really known until the trilogy is complete I for one am looking forward to the journey Received from NetGalleyThe time is now but the Roman Empire never fell Leading a Roman expedition of conuest of what is obviously North America is Praetor Gaius Marcellinus He s landed on the east coast his goal to march west to discover the cities of gold across the mountains His force is already tired and stressed but he has to march on depending on indigenous guides in order to navigate the wild geography and unknown lands before reaching the flood A History of Sociological Analysis plains of the vast river that we recognize as the MississippiThe book is filled withlenty of adventures and battle scenes the backbone being Smale s superlative understanding of Roman culture fighting techniues and euipment Added bonus how emperors thought at the start Marcellinus considers the world empire that now nearly stretches across th. Ry fictionIn a world where the Roman Empire never fell a legion under the command of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly discovered North American continent But Marcellinus and his troops have woe. E entire globe and reflects on
the #Problems Of Administration Problems Which Not Only #of administration roblems which not only the writings of some actual Roman emperorsproblems of administration roblems which not only evoke the writings of some actual Roman emperors even the memoirs of other emperors such as China s remarkable K Ang HsiAnother interesting aspect is Smale s extrapolations of First Nation cultural development He doesn t explain how they got there but I enjoyed seeing where he went with various cultures as the Romans The Precious Days (Campbell Family, progressed on their trek This is not Romans smashing their way through the simple Indians of days of yore the encounters are far complex and definitely bloody as the Romans are tested to the maxDownside Marcinellus is really the only character who gets complex treatment Everyone else isretty much a ilum carrier and there is a serious dearth of women Still if you like Alt History things Roman well done battle scenes and lots of wild geography this book should give you lenty of bang for your buck It s not often that you see a speculative fiction novel with a roper historical appendices The last few ages of Clash of Eagles underscores what makes this book so great the author s obvious In an interesting twist of alternate history Clash of Eagles describes a scenario in which the Roman Empire never fell and its legions march all over the known and unknown world after having completely conuered the entirety of the European continent1218 AD Gaius Marcellinus commands the 33rd legion as it marches across the newfound lands of Nova Hesperia after having disembarked in the bay of Chesapica A series of violent encounters with various native eoples takes the Roman army deeper and deeper into the unknown Until It Faces A it faces a civilised enemy in a fateful battleThe first book of this trilogy starts out with a very interesting remise and keeps its level of entertainment all the way through There are a few flaws such as not really taking the time to build this alternate world and not giving any supporting characters multiple dimensions and development but overall it s uite definitely worth reading. Fully underestimated the fighting Les Cahiers d'Esther - tome 2 Histoires de mes 11 ans (2) prowess of the Native American inhabitants When Gaius is caught behind enemy lines and spared he must reevaluate his allegiances and find a newlace in this strange land. ,