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Sea of Flames

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‘Murder, blood and political intrigue that will have you reaching for your gladius.’ Alistair Tosh, author of Siege.


Rome is at war, with itself.

The fragile peace between Octavius Caesar and Mark Antony has ended.

But Romans are not the only victims in the conflict. A Greek merchant, Lachares, is cruelly beheaded by a drunken Mark Antony in Ephesus, where his Eastern legions and Queen Cleopatra’s Egyptian forces are preparing for war.

Word reaches Lachares’ son, Eurycles, who governs a peaceful Greek trading post. He swears vengeance and pledges his loyalty to Caesar.

Tasked with extracting two defectors from Mark Antony’s camp, Eurycles and the crew of his ship
Hera find themselves face-to-face with their enemy. But despite a burning desire to cut the famous general’s throat, the odds are against them so Eurycles must bide his time.

The conflict rages on. The armies assemble at Actium.

It’s the moment that Eurycles has been waiting for...

Recommended for fans of Ben Kane, Simon Scarrow and Simon Turney.

Alistair Forrest is a journalist and editor. He is the author of Libertas, Line in the Sand and the Agents of Rome series.

Praise for Alistair Forrest:
Libertas is a fast-moving tale of fortitude, survival and eventual retribution told against the background of Rome's bloody civil war.' Douglas Jackson, author of Glory of Rome.

Libertas is a good read: pacy, exciting and often funny. Forrest makes us care about Munda. He captures the tragedy of a people dragged into the horror of a vicious war brought about by circumstances over which they had no control and could hardly understand.' Lynn Guest, Historical Novel Society.

'A gripping and exciting read, well-researched and convincing.'
Peter Tonkin, author of The Ides.

'Action-packed historical fiction. From the first few savage pages, the reader is right there beside Titus. The action keeps on coming until the tense and brutal conclusion.'
Derek Birks, author of The Last of the Romans.

Genre: Thriller

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"Murder, blood and political intrigue that will have you reaching for your gladius." - Alistair Tosh

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