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Bravery and brutality at the heart of a Roman Empire in the throes of bloody civil warGaius Valerius Verrens returns in his fifth adventure
Summer, AD 69. Rome and its empire are in turmoil, caught in the coils of a desperate and destructive civil war. The emperor Otho is dead by his own hand and his rival, Aulus Vitellius, occupies the imperial throne. However, a new challenge has arisen in the Eastthe legions of Titus Flavius Vespasian have declared him their Emperor. In the dry heat of an August morning, Gaius Valerius Verrens prepares for his last day on earth. Wrongly accused of deserting his legion on the field of Bedriacum, it seems he is destined to die a cowards death. Then the executioners hand is stayed. Vitellius' enemies will spare the life of the man who was once Hero of Rome if he pledges allegiance to Vespasian and his cause. Valeriustired of the endless slaughter and hoping that he might be reunited with his lost loveagrees. And so he must battle his way south to Rome in order to persuade his friend Vitellius to stand down for the greater good of the city, its people, and the Empire. But this is civil war and this is Rome, and Valeriushis loyalties divided and branded an enemy of the peopleis trapped in a maze of distrust, corruption, betrayal, and blood-letting.