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I live with my wife, little boy, baby girl and two (theoretically) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where I sit in an office and attempt to spin engrossing tales out of strands of imagination while my children drive toys across my desk between me and my work.
A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of country, history and architecture, I spend most of my (rapdily diminishing) free time travelling around ancient sites, writing, researching the ancient world and playing with my children.
Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a fan of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of the classical world. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum - my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome.
These have been followed by numerous sequels, with three books in the fantasy 'Tales of the Empire' series and five in the bestselling 'Marius' Mules' one. 2013 has seen the first book in a 15th century trilogy - 'The Thief's Tale' - and will also witness several side projects seeing the light of day.
on Dec. 26, 2014 :
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
on Nov. 07, 2014 :
It's 52 BC, and this annual campaigning season starts months early. The Roman spies are correct, the Gauls are on the move, and they've proved their intention to remove Roman influence from their land forcefully, by destroying the Roman supply depot at Cenebum, and slaughtering all Romans. (See Marius' Mules Prelude to War)
Book 7 in the Marius' Mules series of books from Simon James Atkinson Turney doesn't disappoint. The story and action are non-stop; at no point does do they lag, or make me feel that I want to take a breather, which REALLY made it difficult when Morpheus beckoned! There's even a proper baddy just ripe for disliking, and a new character to like. For once we get to see Caesar less than sure of the outcome of a particular battle, and I have to wonder what would have happened if things had fallen out the other way.
I like the addition of the pictures of the Dramatis Personae at the beginning of the book, though I really would have liked diagrams of the pertinent battlefields, and perhaps a map of the travels of the respective armies, but then, I'm in the habit of googling durn near everything anyway, so in the end it really didn't matter.
If you haven't started the series, I envy you, because you have days of enjoyable reading ahead of you. I can't imagine that anyone who has read this far in the series would be hesitating about buying and reading this book. Do it, you know you want to!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)