New Gladiator Novel & Series
- Salve!Irene has been kind enough to allow me to post this notice which many of you should find of interest. Sand of the Arena, Book One of the new Gladiators of the Empire series, has just been released by McBooks Press and is now available in bookstores and at Amazon.com (both US and UK).
Sand of the Arena is a realistic look at life and death in the ludi and arenas of the Empire in the 1st Century AD. The story follows the life of Quintus Honorius Romanus as he struggles to overcome the loss of his family and the loss of his identity to a scheming slave. The epic adventure that follows sends Quintus across the Empire in search of a new life and a new family. He finds both in the gladiatorial schools and arenas of Britannia, Pompeii, and Rome. Set during Nero's turbulent reign, Sand of the Arena is a tale of graphic arena battles, devotion, friendship, and vengeance.Reviews have been positive and the book has received a great deal of praise from other ancient world authors, such as John Maddox Roberts (" an exciting, thrilling novel an extraordinary knowledge of the world of the Roman arena ") and Nicolas Nicastro (" an action-packed, head spinning ride his affection for his gladiators shines through on every page..").Future books in the series will follow Quintus and his ludus comrades in adventures set against the historical events that helped shape the Roman Empire. Book Two finds them fighting as mercenaries during the civil war of AD 69, and Book Three finds them fighting for survival in Pompeii during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.For more information, and to view a :30-second video trailer on the book and listen to audio excerpts, visit: www.GladiatorsOfTheEmpire.com Thanks so much for your interest.James DuffyAuthorSand of the Arena: A Gladiators of the Empire Novel
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