- Title: Game of Empires
- Author: Richard Blake
- ISBN: null
- Page: 442
- Format: Kindle Edition
Constantinople, 617 AD Chained up in a condemned cell, Rodi thinks it s the last day of his life.It becomes the first.Though only fourteen, his brains and skill at forgery make him too valuable for the Roman Empire to waste on a public execution.The Lord Treasurer Alaric recruits him into a top secret security agency his job, once trained, is to turn the tables in the Constantinople, 617 AD Chained up in a condemned cell, Rodi thinks it s the last day of his life.It becomes the first.Though only fourteen, his brains and skill at forgery make him too valuable for the Roman Empire to waste on a public execution.The Lord Treasurer Alaric recruits him into a top secret security agency his job, once trained, is to turn the tables in the Empire s war with the so far victorious Persians.This is a story that takes you from the glittering palaces and sordid streets and brothels of the Imperial City, to the barbarian ravaged provinces, to high mountain tops fringed with pine.Here, with no one to help but a na ve Christian missionary, Rodi must prove himself in a contest with the devotees of an obscene and bloody idol and a Persian spy.Can young Rodi survive and come out on top in this ruthless and secret Game of Empires Game of Empires is a thrilling historical novella, perfect for fans of Simon Scarrow, Bernard Cornwall and Conn Iggulden.Praise for Richard Blake Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot and I enjoyed it very much Derek Jacobi, star of I Claudius and Gladiator Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced by his unfamiliar choice of period Nasty, fun and educational The Daily Telegraph He knows how to deliver a fast paced story and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed The Mail on Sunday A rollicking and raunchy read Anyone who enjoys their history with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue and, above all, fun will absolutely love this novel Historical Novels It would be hard to over praise this extraordinary series, a near perfect blend of historical detail and atmosphere with the plot of a conspiracy thriller, vivid characters, high philosophy and vulgar comedy The Morning StarRichard Blake is a historian, broadcaster and university lecturer He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.Endeavour Press is the UK s leading independent digital publisher For information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at endeavourpress Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks Follow us on Twitter EndeavourPress and on Facebook via on.fb 1HweQV7 We are always interested in hearing from our readers Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.
Recent Comments "Game of Empires"
A rollicking Byzantine historical thriller with gore, death-defying thrills, plenty of intrigue and depravity in spades. Told in Blake's own inimical style the novel entails much history but this only serves to add rather than detract from the plot. The novel opens on a very poignant note for the hero Rodi. One quickly realises that Christian charity is obviously a stranger in Byzantine Rome. Cruelly betrayed Rodi finds himself in a difficult predicament forced to make a choice between the devil [...]
Mind you, I would say this, as I wrote it!
Well up to Mr Blake's usual standard.
Game of Empires was just too short, more of a short story at 103 pages, which is such a shame, characters and plot were developed well. I was just getting into the book when it ended!Despite the formerly comments I really enjoyed reading what bit there was
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