In Mesopotamia, AD 260, Ballista faces yet another enemy, the man the Syrians call The Lion of the Sun.
Betrayed by his most trusted adviser, Roman Emperor Valerian has been captured by the Sassanid barbarians. The shame of the vanquished beats down mercilessly like the desert sun as the frail old emperor prostrates himself before Shapur, king of kings. Ballista looks on helplessly but vows under his breath to avenge those who have brought the empire to the brink of destruction with their treachery. But first he must decide what price he will pay for his own freedom. Only the fearless and only those whom the gods will spare from hell can now save the empire from a catastrophic ending. Ballista, the warrior of Rome, faces his greatest challenge yet.
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War is UGLY
Never read the print version and most likely wouldn't
Ballista, he is the main character and his character grows with each action he takes.
All the characters Stefan Fudnicki does are great, he's a fantastic narrator. He brings each character to life with just the right accents, and emotion
When Balista learns his wife and sons killed (or believed so)
War in ancient times be it in Rome or any other time when inhumanity shows its ugly face can be only expressed as in a book like this one. The descriptive horror of every action, and consequence of the actions, especially by anyone who has the ability to see right from wrong. is really shattering, when choices are taken away from people. That is what war does, and turns ordinary individuals to do things they would never do under other circumstances. Great story, full of action and can truly turn you off from war.
Action, Action, Action
It's one of the all time favorites for me, but I'm in a bit of a zombie phase right now
The Genghis Khan series, equal in action
don't recall, I liked it all though