Avenger of Rome by Douglas Jackson

Avenger of Rome

By Douglas Jackson

  • Release Date: 2012-08-16
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 5
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Douglas Jackson confirms his reputation as 'one of the best historical novelists writing today' (Daily Express) with the third action-packed adventure featuring his on-time gladiator hero, Gaius Valerius Verrens...

Emperor Nero’s grip on power is weakening. In every shadow he sees an enemy and like a cornered animal he lashes out at every perceived threat. His paranoia settles on the figure of Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo, Rome’s greatest General who leads the imperial legions in the East.

So popular is Corbulo with his men that he effective presides over an Empire within an Empire. Is Corbulo preparing to march against Rome and take the purple?

Gaius Valerius Verrens, Hero of Rome, is ordered to Antioch with the power of life and death over Corbulo, a soldier he worships. There he finds word of his mission has preceded him and every man’s hand is turned against him. But Corbulo’s eyes are not on Rome, but on a new threat to the Empire’s border. The Parthian King of Kings, Vologases, is marching to war and with such an army that if not stopped he might overwhelm the entire Roman east.

Valerius marches at Corbulo’s side. Outnumbered they make a stand in the barren wastes beyond the Tigris to meet Vologases in an epic contest of military might and ingenuity that will decide the fate of the Empire. And while he fights for the Empire, and for his own survival on the battlefield, Valerius must decide whether to complete his mission, or risk incurring his Emperor’s dangerous wrath.

A newspaper journalist by profession, Douglas Jackson's lifelong fascination for Rome and the Romans inspired him to pick up the pen and write his first novel, Caligula, and a sequel Claudius. He has gone on to become one of the best writers of Roman historical fiction at work today. Avenger of Rome is the third title in his series featuring Gaius Valerius Verrens; the first two, Hero of Rome and Defender of Rome, are available in paperback and ebook editions.


  • Avenger of Rome

    By Itsaneasygame
    Another terrific read by Douglas Jackson. It keeps your attention until the last page.I would highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the rest of his novels.
  • Avenger of Rome

    By obtemper
    This is a fantastic novel and easily, so far, the best in the series. Gaius Valerius Verrens is fast becoming a great action hero and certainly does not have his troubles to seek with Nero on the throne of the Empire The description of the battle at the pass of Cepha is a marvellous piece of writing and on a par with Bernard Cornwell. I am looking forward to the next in the series Well done Mr. Jackson
  • Best of the three

    By CatVomit
    Rapidly becoming my favourite author this to me is the best book in the trilogy great reading all the way through I didn't want to finish it.