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Captain of Rome
Captain of Rome

Captain of Rome

Trade Paperback Series : Masters of the Sea

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Review by Brett on 29th June, 2010
5 stars ""Captain" is Even Better than "Ship of Rome!""

I bought the first book in this series and read it in about 36 hours after purchase. The First book in the series (Ship of Rome) deals with the (true) story of how Rome built a Navy in six months and then proceeded to use it to defeat the Most powerful (Carthaginian) Navy of the time with it.
The second book, “Captain of Rome” is about the consequences of that first victory, and the upheavals in Rome. All at a largely unknown time of Roman History.. The Old Republic.
The First Punic (Carthaginian) War is a period of history largely overshadowed by the later events of the Second Punic war (ie: Hannibal etc) and its a time when Rome was not an Empire, just a fairly powerful Italian City State.
John Stack has the gift of a True Storyteller. His prose is clear and concise and his characters carefully drawn to involve the reader totally from Page One. But the biggest threat to our main characters is not always the Carthaginians&he­llip; Often it's their own political Masters, back in Rome. On top of that, almost unbelievably, it's the story of the Largest Naval Battle of ALL TIME – Best estimate is that over 750 ships were engaged, from both sides. (By Comparison the next largest Naval battle has about 300 ships from both sides engaged.)
And somehow he has made “Captain of Rome” an even better read than “Ship of Rome” was, so getting the third novel in this series in a No Brainer- I'm there, waiting NOW!



Release date NZ
January 7th, 2010
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United Kingdom
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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The second installment of the thrilling maritime adventure; two mighty empires battle each other for control of the high seas. Atticus is the young captain of the Aquila, the flagship of the attack fleet of the Roman navy. But his commander is a young upstart whose position has been purchased rather than earned. Bound to obey his inexperienced commander's rash orders, Atticus sails straight into a carefully-laid trap. In the battle that follows, it is only by defying his commander that he can pull his men back from the brink of defeat. But Atticus will pay a high price for his defiance, and, as he is summoned to Rome, he realises he has created a powerful enemy. And, despite his friendship with Septimus, a Roman centurion, Atticus is dangerously unversed in the politics of the Roman senate. So, Atticus finds himself facing battles both at sea against an ever-more ferocious enemy and on his own ship by those close to home who want their revenge. Culminating in one of the greatest sea battles of classical times, Captain of Rome is a stirring and powerful novel and John Stack is a born storyteller.

Author Biography

John Stack's first novel, Ship of Rome, went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller charts. Captain of Rome is the follow-up to that novel and the second book in the Masters of the Sea series. John Stack lives in County Cork in Ireland and is married with three children.

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