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Marius' Mules: Prelude to War

by Mr S.J.A. Turney

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It is the winter of 53/52BC and while Caesar struggles with the chaos of a failing republic and recruits troops in Aquileia, Gaul's freedom fighters emerge, with a desire for Roman blood.This collection of three tales presents a sequence of events that takes place in the winter between Marius' Mules books six and seven... events that, while peripheral to the saga itself, will shape events to come, shake the republic, and herald the one thing Caesar's army have feared most: a full-scale revolt.Cenabum: The fire arrow - Caesar's chief quartermaster, Cita, encounters trouble with supply lines.Bovillae: The fallen eagle - Former prefect Paetus leaves Rome with revenge on his mind.Gergovia: Rise of kings - Priscus and his companions witness tumultuous events firsthand.… (more)

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Three gripping tales bridging Books VI and VII in the Marius Mules series. I chose to read each tale separately at different times, not to mix them up in my mind. All three stories in one way or another unleash the final cataclysm. Subtitle sums it up.

The first: a Roman Alamo, in which Roman army supply-line is cut at a Roman supply depot, with an O. Henry twist.
The second: violent closure to the Paetus vengeance scenario against Clodius: years in the planning, quickly and savagely executed.
The third: Prefect Priscus, hidden away with a small band of soldiers, watch Vercingetorix take over the Arverni oppidum at Gergovia. The enemy talk of the massacre of the supply depot within their hearing.

I enjoyed all three, which gave me a taste for the next book. The legionary's masquerade in the third story was a note of black humor. ( )
  janerawoof | May 25, 2014 |
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