The Siege




      The Siege
270 AD Rome has ruled Syria for than three centuries but now the weakened empire faces a desperate threat Queen Zenobia of Palmyra has turned her Roman trained army against her former masters and the once invincible legions have been crushed Arabia, Palestine, and Egypt have fallen and now Antioch, Syria s capital, stands exposed A young intelligence agent fresh from officer training, Cassius Corbulo is the only ranking Roman officer left in the line of the Palmyran advance He must take command of the fort of Alauran, the last stronghold still in Roman hands, and hold it until reinforcements arrive What Cassius finds at Alauran would daunt the most seasoned veteran, let alone a 19 year old with no experience of war A mere scattering of divided and demoralized legionaries remain, backed up by some fractious Syrian auxiliaries and a drunken Praetorian Guardsman With the Palmyrans just days away, Cassius must somehow find the discipline, resourcefulness and courage to organize the garrison, save Alauran and secure Rome s eastern frontier. Read The Siege By Nick Brown – heartforum.co.uk

Nick was born in Norwich in 1974 A keen reader from a young age, he graduated from Enid Blyton to Douglas Hill and JRR Tolkien, and from there to Ian Fleming, Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton After three years studying in Brighton, he travelled to Nepal where he worked at an orphanage and trekked to Mount Everest After qualifying as a history teacher in 2000, he worked for five years in England before taking up a post at an international school in Warsaw.Nick had completed a few screenplays and a futuristic thriller before being inspired to try historical fiction after reading C.J Sansom s Dissolution Researching the Roman army and life in the third century was a fascinating but time consuming project and the book went through many drafts before arriving at its final form I had always intended Cassius to be a somewhat atypical protagonist and when I came across the research about the Roman secret service , I knew I d found an ideal vocation for my reluctant hero Nick has recently published his first venture into sci fi, the short story ebook Dead Eyes If he s not writing he might be found at the cinema, in a pub or playing football.Nick is represented by the David Grossman Literary Agency general dglal.co.uk Follow Nick on Twitter randomrome or Agent of Rome on Facebook.

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  • Hardcover
  • 390 pages
  • The Siege
  • Nick Brown
  • English
  • 26 May 2019
  • 1444714856

10 thoughts on “ The Siege

  1. Sean Barrs the Bookdragon says:

    Cassius Corbulo is a poor warrior he is young and inexperienced As an imperial security service agent, he expected to spend his service years behind a desk organising supplies To the surprise of him, and the reader, he is thrust into the prestigious role of Centurion His task is to organise the defence of Alauran, a stronghold in the Syrian dessert, and rein in its wayward defenders who have been leaderless for too long The problem is he s straight out of officer training and has never Cassius Corbulo is a poor warrior he is young and inexperienced As an imperial security service agent, he expected to spend his service years behind a desk organising supplies To the surprise of him, and the reader, he is thrust into the prestigious role of Centurion His task is to organise the defence of Alauran, a stronghold in the Syrian dessert, and rein in its wayward defenders who have been leaderless for too long The problem is he s straight out of officer training and has never fought in real combat, nor has he expected ever to do so Consequently, he has to act the part of an experienced warrior or the men would never follow him Suffice to say, by posing as a centurion, he has some big boots to fill Luckily for him he has one tool at his disposal his intelligence And he needs it too, for the soldiers of the stronghold resent orders from such a young officer To make things worse, a murder occurs in the heart of the stronghold casting s...

  2. Jane says:

    What stood out for me was the character growth of Cassius Corbulo, the young, sensitive, inexperienced Security man, leading the defense of a small garrison of Romans and Syrians pitted against an overwhelming force of Queen Zenobia s Palmyrans 270 A.D The siege and climactic battle were very exciting and ...

  3. Speesh says:

    I am going back in time by reading this one I was lucky enough to be sent the latest as it was at the time The Black Stone, which was actually number four in the series I d seen the name and some of the covers before that, but not got onto reading any But having been solidly impressed by TBS, I m making up for lost time by starting again at the beginning with The Siege And maybe time travel is perhaps not at all a bad metaphor for me to use for this review As Nick Brown certainly has I am going back in time by reading this one I was lucky enough to be sent the latest as it was at the time The Black Stone, which was actually number four in the series I d seen the name and some of the covers before that, but not got onto reading any But having been solidly impressed by TBS, I m making up for lost time by starting again at the beginning with The Siege And maybe time travel is perhaps not at all a bad metaphor for me to use for this review As Nick Brown certainly has a knack for bringing the period, the landscape and the characters to convincingly vivid life We re back in 270 AD, on the eastern edges of the Roman Empire and as with all the best books, the story is a deceptively simple one The main character and of the subsequent novels of course is Cassius Corbulo He is just 19 as the book begins, straight from officer training, he is sent to command the Roman forces who find themselves in the path of Queen Zenobia of Palmyra s rapidly advancing forces And they re not happy No...

  4. Laurentiu Lazar says:

    StoryThe Siegeis set against the backdrop of Emperor Aurelian s reign during the Palmeryan revolt led by Queen Zenobia The main character is a young security service officer named Cassius Corbulo, who by chance gets sent far off into the desert, south east of Antioch, to the fort of Alauran so as to coordinate the defense against a potential invasion force strategically important due to its water source Corbulo s mission seems impossible at first glance having to deal with inward doubts, StoryThe Siegeis set against the backdrop of Emperor Aurelian s reign during the Palmeryan revolt led by Queen Zenobia The main character is a young security service officer named Cassius Corbulo, who by chance gets sent far off into the desert, south east of Antioch, to the fort of Alauran so as to coordinate the defense against a potential invasion force strategically important due to its water...

  5. Justin says:

    This review was first published in the Historical Novel Review.270 AD Queen Zenobia of Palmyra has turned on her erstwhile master, Rome She has sent her armies across Arabia, Egypt, and Syria to sweep away the weakened Roman forces Antioch now stands exposed, with only the small garrison at the fort of Alauran standing in her armies path.Cassius Corbulo is new to the Roman ranks He s the privileged son of a noble family, untested, unbloodied, and ill prepared Nevertheless, his rank in the This review was first published in the Historical Novel Review.270 AD Queen Zenobia of Palmyra has turned on her erstwhile master, Rome She has sent her armies across Arabia, Egypt, and Syria to sweep away the weakened Roman forces Antioch now stands exposed, with only the small garrison at the fort of Alauran standing in her armies path.Cassius Corbulo is new to the Roman ranks He s the privileged son of a noble fami...

  6. Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews says:

    Cassias Corbulo is a fresh grain officer who has been dropped into the role of defending a key resource with a rag tag group of soldiers With a much larger contingent of the enemy on the way, he must pull this group together to defend Rome s interests and save his own life.With so many books set in Roman Britain that I have been reading lately , it was nice to get a different picture of the vast Roman Empire Syria is such a completely foreign place Nick Brown did an excellent job of bringing Cassias Corbulo is a fresh grain officer who has been dropped into the role of defending a key resource with a rag tag group of soldiers With a much larger contingent of the enemy on the way, he must pull this group together to defend Rome s interests and save his own life.With so many books set in Roman Britain that I have been reading lately , it was nice to get a different picture of the vast Roman Empire Syria is such a completely foreign place Nick Brown did an excellent job of bringing the country to life and the trials of fighting in such a harsh and unforgiving envir...

  7. Bart says:

    3,5 stars.I liked the refreshing original setting of the novel the Romans in Syria at the time of the revolt of Queen Zenobia s Palmyrans , the superb characterization especially Cassius Corbulo as a realistic and very human hero, with some very well done character development , and the great first half of the story from the introduction of Cassius till the organisation of the garrisoned troops In the second half of the book came the siege itself with a whole lot of battle scenes and my 3,5 stars.I liked the refreshing original setting of the novel the Romans in Syria at the time of the revolt of Queen Zenobia s Palmyrans , the superb characterization especially Cassius Corbulo as a realistic and very human hero, with some very well done char...

  8. Edoardo Albert says:

    Having started with number 6 in the Agent of Rome series I ve gone back to the beginning and the first posting for a young and callow Cassius Corbulo Two thirds of the elements that will make this a great series are already there Cassius himself and his slave Simo, ever punctilious for his master yet careful to conserve the small dignity afforded to him as a slave in Imperial Rome What s missing in this first book is the third member of the team, the bodyguard Indavara, who makes his debut in Having started with number 6 in the Agent of Rome series I ve gone back to the beginning and the first posting for a young and callow Cassius Corbulo Two thirds of the elements that will make this a great series are already there Cassius himself and his slave Simo, ever punctilious for his master yet careful to conserve the small dignity afforded to him as a slave in Imperial Rome What s missing in this first book is the third member of the team, the bodyguard Indavara, who makes his debut in the next novel However, even without him, this book serves to introduce an unusual, for historical fiction, hero and his evenunusual slave Cassius is not much good with a sword, relying on his brain rather than muscles, although he does match up with the male wish fulfillment element of historical fiction in that he is unfeasibly handsome and att...

  9. Robin Carter says:

    When ever you get a new debut author in a genre its potentially a mixed blessing, could this be a new giant of the genre could he she be a turkey There are the subtle parts of a new writer, like will they be a writer of explosive action, or slow burn deep facts, or a mix of them both With so many authors out there turning out great books it then means its down to the marketing and the cover artists to draw the eye and make you pick up the book and read the back cover.With Siege of Rome the When ever you get a new debut author in a genre its potentially a mixed blessing, could this be a new giant of the genre could he she be a turkey There are the subtle parts of a new writer, like will they be a writer of explosive action, or slow burn deep facts, or a mix of them both With so many authors out there turning out great books it then means its down to the marketing and the cover artists to draw the eye and make you pick up the book and read the back cover.With Siege of Rome the cover is fantastic, giving the reader the impression of action, pace, and history, Some excellent back cover blurb to really rope the reader in, so i was hooked and ready to part with my cashwas it a good idea Yes is the simple answer, the ...

  10. Beorn says:

    An easy, very accessible read remarkable only for how bland, pedestrian and unremarkable it is.The premise is relatively novel in that the main protagonist, Cassius, is a fish out of water having to pretend he is a Centurion in order to get a ragtag bunch of isolated legionaries to cooperate with him.Aside from that element, there s precious little to distinguish or make this book stand out from any of the other Roman fiction books out there There s less depth to the characters than you d find An easy, very accessible read remarkable only for how bland, pedestrian and unremarkable it is.The premise is relatively novel in that the main protagonist, Cassius, is a fish out of water having to pretend he is a Centurion in order to get a ragtag bunch of isolated legionaries to cooperate with him.Aside from that element, there s precious little to distinguish or make this book stand out from...

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