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.
- 390 pages
- The Siege
- Nick Brown
- 26 May 2019 Nick Brown