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The Pillars of Rome: Republic I (Republic) (original 2010; edition 2008)
by Jack Ludlow
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0749080191, Paperback)With barbarians at the gate and enemies within, two men must fight for the soul of the Republic and the greatest empire in the world. A cave hacked out of the rock, lit by flickering torches...two young boys appeal to the famed Roman oracle for a glimpse into their future. The Sybil draws a blood-red shape of an eagle with wings outstretched. An omen of death. As they flee from the cave in fear, Aulus and Lucius make an oath of loyalty until death. An oath that will be tested in the years to come. Thirty years on and Aulus, now Rome's most successful general, faces his toughest battle. Barbarian rebels have captured his wife, and are demanding the withdrawal of Roman legions from their land in return for her life. It is unthinkable for Aulus to agree, and he fears her life must be forfeit to Rome. Meanwhile, Lucius has risen to high rank in the Senate; a position he uses and abuses. But when Lucius is suspected of arranging a murder, the very foundations of the Republic are threatened. Lucius and Aulus soon find themselves on very different sides of the conflict perhaps the prophecy of the eagle will come true after all. History and adventure, brutality and courage combine to powerful effect, making The Pillars of Rome an outstanding opening to the Republic series.
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"Two patrician youths, Aulus Cornelius, and Lucius Falerius, appeal to the Alban Sybil, a Roman oracle, for a glimpse into the future, but all she offers are ominous words and the drawn outline of an eagle, which portends death. That night, to ward off evil, they make a blood oath to remain true to each other throughout life." "Twenty years later Aulus, now a successful general, must face his toughest battle yet when his young wife Claudia is captured by Celtic-Iberian rebels. Although reunited, ignoble shame threatens to fall upon the Cornelius family ... unless the clandestine birth of a child can be concealed." "Lucius has chosen a career in politics; he is the leading patrician in the Senate, wielding power and willingly abusing it to maintain his aristocratic supremacy. All Lucius lacks is an heir, a problem to which he is determined to find a solution, whatever the cost." "Both men's destinies are intertwined with an abandoned baby found with a gold eagle charm wound around his foot. Could the old Sybil's prophecy prove to be more powerful than Aulus and Lucius ever imagined?"--BOOK JACKET.
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