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The Sign of the Eagle (Britannia Romanus Book 1) Kindle Edition
For love and for country, one woman must act and think swiftly. "The Sign of the Eagle" is a novel set in ancient Rome. Macha, daughter of a Celtic king, delves into the intrigue of Roman life as her husband is accused of murder and the very nature of the empire may be at stake. With many fascinating characters, "The Sign of the Eagle" is a strong addition to any collection looking for more historical fiction. -- Midwest Book Review--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B0086ROJ6K
- Publisher : Milford House Press (27 May 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 743 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 310 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 795,166 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story is based on a treasonous plot against the Emperor Vespasian, which leads to murders and kidnapping. The whole narrative is infused with mystery and suspense.
The novel centres on Macha Carataca, a red-haired British Celt, who was forcibly moved from her homeland to Italy as a child and raised as a Roman. It is not only her exotic appearance that makes her stand out among the locals, many of whom look down on her. She is an intelligent and cultivated woman, with moral courage that circumstances soon drive her to balance with physical bravery. The author draws Macha in a mixture of bold and subtle strokes, engaging the reader’s empathy.
I admire the way the author depicts the time and place by putting a carefully worded phrase or sentence here and there without detracting from the focus on the story. Small details of clothing, food, furniture, architectural features and other things all keep the reader immersed in the ancient Roman world. Authorial knowledge of the times and customs is surely felt, without any sense of authorial intrusion into the narration.
For anyone prone to confusion over the Latin names, the author has provided a handy list of the places mentioned with today’s equivalent word, and a list of Dramatis Personae to remind us who each character is.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I am eager to read more of Jess Steven Hughes’ work. He deserves a large readership.
Top reviews from other countries
Even the though the genre is not a particular favourite of mine I was won over. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Macha's husband Titus is a professional cavalry soldier. When Titus is accused of treason, Macha's adventure goes into high gear, with everything she loves at stake.
Rather than ruin the story for you, I'll not dwell on the plot beyond saying it has turns and twists enough for any modern reader. This book also has the feel of its period: every detail is correct, from swords and cavalry tack to combs and pins for our Celtic heroine's red hair.
Don't mistake me: this novel is neither bodice ripper nor dissertation, but a full blown novel of ancient Rome that at times reminded me of Ecco's "Name of the Rose." Want to let that sink in? Yes, this is a real historical novel, not a romance in ancient clothing nor a gamer's how-to book. Good novels are rare, good historical novels even rarer.
Buy this book and read it. Buy a couple to give your more literate friends for Christmas. I bought the trade paper and its production values are excellent; the print is easy to read, the prose crisp and as sharp and clear as you'd expect from an author such as Jess Hughes, who has been a police detective and Marine Corps veteran. Hughes knows war and intrigue and human failings firsthand. What Hughes has learned in life informs this novel with his expertise in treachery, in war, and in crime, lending this story great substance without ever being wordy or awkward. Men will be as diverted as women by this novel, part action-adventure, part suspenseful thriller, and part a ticket to another place and time.
"Sign of the Eagle" is satisfyingly complete in itself, yet also forms the first half of Hughes' duology set in the 1st century AD. The next book by Jess Steven Hughes, one hopes, is coming soon.
Macha cannot know who she can trust to aid her in winning her husband's freedom after a shocking arrest by top officials. Set in the first century Jess brings you right into the midst of the filth and despair of life at that time. Rome is filled with untrustworthy friends and foes who nearly take Macha's life in her search for clues to release Titus, her husband of seven years. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive setting which took me back in a time machine, more or less. Great job Jess! Looking forward to the follow up novel.
Jess Steven Hughes takes us on a journey full of intrigue, action, loyalty and love as Macha travels to find her husband, and have him freed. During the journey, we meet her loyal servant Shafer and Senator Bassius who assist Macha in her difficult and dangerous adventure. Very early in the story, we meet young Titus, Macha's son who is kidnapped adding torment and more determination for Macha to succeed in her quest for justice.
Readers will enjoy the descriptions of Roman times, the houses, the streets, the sounds and smells of Roman life. I also thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the dress of the characters, especially Macha's clothing, jewelry and the detailed descriptions of the military armor and uniforms.
I highly recommend this book, you'll be eager to read it from beginning to end.