In this first work of fiction by Stephen Lorne Bennett, the reader is presented with an engaging and informative look into the cultures and environment of the central and eastern Mediterranean region in the second century AD. An intriguing story line is carried throughout by well-developed characters, and fleshed out with vivid descriptions of the landscape, weapons, combat, clothing, food, architecture and social customs. I was not previously familiar with details of this era, but Last of the Ninth is written with an authority that suggests painstaking research. Within this framework of historical facts, Bennett presents his hypothesis on the mysterious disappearance of Rome's 9th Hispanic Legion.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)