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Thrilling, authentic, and action-packed, this novel introduces soldier hero Marcus Valerius: a centurion stationed on Hadrian's Wall in the second century during a revolt against the Roman Empire. Marcus Valerius Aquila has scarcely landed in Britannia when he has to run for his life—condemned to dishonorable death by power-crazed emperor Commodus. The plan is to take a new name, serve in an obscure regiment on Hadrian's Wall, and lie low until he can hope for justice—but then a rebel army sweeps down from the wastes north of the Wall, and Marcus has to prove he's hard enough to lead a century in the front line of a brutal, violent war.

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Anthony Riches

Following a childhood which featured a deep interest in the military rooted in his father and grandfather’s service in the two world wars, Anthony Riches took a degree in Military Studies at Manchester University. Working for a succession of blue-chip companies over the next twenty-five years, he gravitated into business systems and change project management, and has worked as a freelance project manager in the UK and Europe, the USA, the Middle and Far East over the last two decade.

Over the same period, Riches gradually refined his ability to write fiction which led to the publication of his hugely popular Empire series, beginning with Wounds of Honour, the most recent being The Scorpions Strike. In addition, Anthony has also written the Centurions trilogy: The Betrayal, Onslaught and Retribution.

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