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When Centurion Macro arrives on British soil with Emperor Claudius’s invasion force in 43 AD, he realises that he is about to face one of the toughest campaigns of his battle-scarred career.

In a series of bloody skirmishes, Macro and his young subordinate, Cato, and the desperately outnumbered Roman army must find and defeat the enemy before he grows strong enough to overwhelm the legions.

But the Britons are not the only foe facing Macro and Cato. A sinister organisation opposed to the Emperor is secretly betraying the invaders. And when rumours of an assassination attempt coincide with the Emperor’s arrival on British soil, the soldiers realise they are up against a force more ruthless than their acknowledged enemy. They must act quickly - for time is running out.



'Has all the hallmarks of Bernard Cornwell at his best'

Oxford Times


'Good, clean, intelligent fun'

Kirkus Reviews


'History mixed with romance, blood mixed with honour, and grit with a large helping of escapism thrown in' South Wales Evening Post


'A rip-roaring page-turner'

Steven Saylor