Q. V. Hunter is the author of twelve novels, including six Embers of Empire stories of espionage in the Roman Empire of the mid-fourth century. "The Burning Stakes," the latest exciting tale in The Embers of Empire series will be released in early 2016.
Hunter lives in a Jurassien village which was once a lookout point for Roman soldiers posted to Julius Caesar's colony Noviodunum. They were assigned the resettlement and administration of Celtic Helvetic 'barbarians' defeated in the Battle of Bibracte in 58 BC.
Hunter is married to a descendant of Alemannic refugees of the Roman Empire. They have three adult children, all of whom managed to study Latin and Greek in high school before the Cantonal authorities slashed their Classics budget. Contact the author c/o Eyes and Ears Editorial, firstname.lastname@example.org
A unique action adventure espionage series set in the post-Constantine Late Roman Empire. Recruitment into the agentes-in-rebus service takes freedman Marcus Gregorianus Numidianus from his birthplace in Roman North Africa to the wilds of the disputed Northern Rhine border and the eunuch-ridden court of Antiochia in the East. A rare and exciting fictional look at the mid-4th century for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Steven Saylor and Robert Harris. Includes maps, Latin glossaries and rich historical notes on Rome's final decades before irrevocable barbarian incursions marked the embers of a dying Western Empire.
Emperor Julian offers his military enemies a free hand over a show trial purging the late Constantius II's court. Agent Numidianus finds his headquarters under a new chief and his ailing intelligence chief Apodemius gone missing. With a trusted few, he protects the Magister’s most vulnerable secret ever— while defending himself against charges that will tie him to the executioner's stake.
Imperial agent Numidianus gets more trouble than he expects when recruiting barbarian informers. The fiery Alemanna Gunda agrees to testify before an imperial hearing pitting the bookish Caesar Julian against his resentful general. But is Gunda’s evidence backing Julian only a self-serving lie? With action and intrigue, the Embers of Empire series is delighting Cornwell, Saylor and Harris fans.
Agent Numidianus must spy on a rising Franco-Roman hero rescuing Roman Gaul from Alemannic raiders. General Silvanus once betrayed Marcus’ father but later saved Marcus himself from execution. Is Silvanus now the man to save the Roman Empire of the West—or destroy it? Should Marcus warn him of treachery in Emperor Constantius II’s court or let the Fates exact revenge on his behalf?
A thrilling spy adventure in 347 AD Numidia, "A Veiled Assassin" takes the 'Roman fiction' fan to a broiling desert beset by suicidal extremists fighting the Roman army and the Christian church it now defends. Marcus wagers that surviving a deadly mission will earn him freedom from slavery, but has he bargained on betrayal by the man he respects most in the world? Fast-paced and well-researched.
Roman agent Numidianus' mission to spy on Caesar Gallus and his vicious consort Constantia tosses him into Antioch's cesspool of corruption. This third adventure in the Embers of Empire pits Marcus against the warring heirs to the Constantine dynasty and the eunuchs who rule them. Can Marcus save the Empire? More important, can he save his son Leo from mutilation by the Chief Eunuch, Eusebius?
Intelligence agent Marcus must escape the court of Emperor Constans after he uncovers the humiliating secret of the young ruler's vice-ridden entourage. But his flight lands him in greater danger—a delicate assignment to investigate a military conspiracy to usurp Constans’ throne. Worse, this mission means spying on the very man whose trust Marcus craves more than anything.