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Anthony Riches Following a childhood which featured a deep interest in the military rooted in my father and grandfather’s service in the two world wars, I took a degree in Military Studies at Manchester University. Working for a succession of blue chip companies over the next twenty five years, I gravitated into business systems and change project management, and I’ve worked as a freelance project manager in the UK and Europe, the USA, the Middle and Far East over the last decade.
Over the same period I’ve gradually refined my ability to write fiction, initially for my own entertainment but more recently with the serious aim of achieving my debut publication. The manuscript of Wounds of Honour eked out a precarious ten year existence on a succession of computer hard drives and memory sticks until a life changing encounter in Belfast energised me to rewrite the manuscript and seek publication. Thanks Gerry!
I’ve been married to Helen, our family’s only true adult for 25 years now, and we live in Hertfordshire with our three children. I’m a confirmed petrol head, and I spend my spare time listening to music, reading (mainly on planes going to and coming back from work) and surfing internet car reviews with a purposeful glint in my eye.
1. Wounds of Honour (2009)
2. Arrows of Fury (2010)
3. Fortress of Spears (2011)
4. The Leopard Sword (2012)
5. The Wolf’s Gold (2012)
Wounds of Honour
The first book in the Empire series (2009)
Marcus Valerius Aquila has scarcely landed in Britannia when he has to run for his life – condemned to dishonorable death by power-crazed Emperor Commodus. The plan is to take a new name, serve in an obscure regiment on Hadrian’s Wall and lie low until he can hope for justice. Then a rebel army sweeps down from the wastes north of the Wall, and Marcus has to prove he’s hard enough to lead a century in the front line of a brutal, violent war.
Arrows of Fury
The second book in the Empire series (2010)
The Battle of the Lost Eagle saved Hadrian’s Wall, but the new Roman governor of Britannia must stamp out the rebellion of the northern tribes or risk losing the province. Rampaging south with sword and flame under the command of their murderous chieftain Calgus, they have stretched his forces to the limit. For Marcus – now simply Centurion Corvus of the 1st Tungrian cohort – the campaign has become doubly dangerous. As reinforcements flood into Britannia he is surrounded by new officers with no reason to protect him from the emperor’s henchmen. Death could result from a careless word as easily as from an enemy spear Worse, one of them is close on his heels. While Marcus is training two centuries of Syrian archers to survive a barbarian charge and then take the fight back to their enemy, the new prefect of the 2nd Tungrians has discovered his secret. Only a miracle can save Marcus and the men who protect him from disgrace and death …Anthony Riches once again brings meticulous research together with brilliant storytelling to capture the authentic feel of what life was like for the Roman Army in a brutal war with a remorseless enemy.
Review I stumbled across Anthony’s first book last year and being a fan of various series like Simon Scarrows eagle’s books, Christian Cameron Tyrant series and Conn Igguldens Genghis Series, my first thought was “excellent, another series to read” . Im a fast reader and always after something new.
BUT…would it be any good?
I didn’t need to worry book one Wounds of Honour and this sequel Arrows of Fury are excellent, a true example of how this genre should be written, full of action, pace, drama and twists. Couple that with brilliant characters that literally leap off the page, and you have books that you cannot put down.
I devoured book two in a single sitting and then went back and re-read it and enjoyed it more the second time, the true mark of a great book and writer is the ability to re-read their work and still enjoy it to find new parts to appreciate with every read.
I would recommend this book to anyone, you don’t have to be a fan of historical fiction, you could be a fan of any Genre and still enjoy this book, its that good.
Book three cannot come soon enough for me…..So crack on Anthony!!
Fortress of Spears
The battle for Hadrian’s Wall has been won but the enemy is not destroyed. Calgus, the rebel war leader, has retreated deep into his people’s northern territory. The new Roman leader makes an audacious plan to take the legions – and more important, the cavalry – north to their strongholds. Marcus Aquila, disguised as Centurion Corvus, is caught up in the campaign even though it will mean constant danger of being discovered by his family’s enemies. His protectors, though, are powerful . . .
This is a bitter sweet book for me, the third and last in the current crop of books about our hero Marcus Aquila. Anthony for me has a way of looking at the Roman world that very few other historical authors manage, its a real soldiers view point using language that feels authentic / real and when you combine that with the setting along Hadrian’s wall and beyond, a location that Anthony walked recently for charity the book just drips with authenticity and originality, when he talks about a soldiers blisters they could be his own he is describing, they are that real, and the whole book has that sense of realism.
As usual the plot of the story races along, the plot is plit between the rebel alliance story, The Roman Troops chasing them down and the agents from Rome hell bent on capturping Marcus all of which adds a tense dramatic edge to the plot over and above the previous two. I think its the introduction of some truly nasty bad guys in the form of Rapax and Tiberius Varius Excingus who really add some spice to the story and that extra tense gritty edge. Anthony Riches has truly cemented his place amongst the elite of the historical fiction authors writing today, and i wait with bated breath to see what he will write next.
The Empire series begins a new era–Marcus has fled from Britannia, but the emperor’s henchmen are still on his trail
Britannia has been subdued–and the murderous Roman agents who nearly captured Marcus Valerius Aquila, alias Corvus, have been defeated by his friends. But in order to protect those very friends from the wrath of the emperor, Marcus must leave the province which has been giving him shelter. He travels to the Tungrian auxiliary legion’s headquarters in northern Gaul where a different kind of war and very different dangers await him.
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1 In 2010 Tony did a charity walk: Where? and for what charity?
2 What is the name of his publisher?
3 Tony has an author quote on his web site, from which author?
4 What is the name of Tonys Agent?
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