Book Review: “Hero of Rome” by Douglas Jackson (3 Stars)

HeroBook Review: Hero of Rome by Douglas Jackson

(three stars out of five)

Excellent historical fiction. Well told tale of impossible love and conflicting intentions amid almost irreconcilable cultural differences.

Amazing how many Roman tribunes wandered first century Britain, falling in love with native girls. This is the second similarly themed book I’ve read this year. What makes this trend even more interesting is that it ignores a real tribune, who Continue reading

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Imperial Legions by Andrew M. Seddon (4 of 5 stars)

legionsImperial Legions by Andrew M. Seddon
(Four of five stars)
Excellent historical fiction. Well-researched and imaginatively told.

By making one of the Roman officers and one of the Briton elite followers of “the Way” (as an early name for Christianity) Seddon introduces a new dynamic to this retelling of the Boudiccan Rebellion of AD 60. It works, mostly. As with most you-are-there historical fiction, principal characters pop up in illogical places and slip through the fingers of fate with amazing ease, but that’s mostly to keep the plot coherent. The combat is as gruesome as expected for that time without dwelling on the gore. Motives are fairly and honestly explored on all sides. Many historical figures have cameos. Good pace.
Quibble: Yes, many authors are willing to place the apostle Paul in Briton at about that time, but his life could just as well have ended with his first visit to Rome.

Neat opening: Luke starting the third volume of his works of early Christian history, of which only the first two are known (the Biblical books of The Gospel According to Luke and The Acts of the Apostles).

A very good read.