Ship of Rome

Ship of Rome

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Against a backdrop of the clash of the Roman and Carthaginian empires, the battle for sovereignty takes place on the high seas

Atticus, captain of one of the ships of Rome's small, coastal fleet, is from a Greek fishing family. Septimus, legionary commander, reluctantly ordered aboard ship, is from Rome, born into a traditionally army family. It could never be an easy alliance. But the arrival of a hostile fleet, larger, far more skilful and more powerful than any Atticus has encountered before, forces them to act together.

So Atticus, one of Rome's few experienced sailors, finds himself propelled into the middle of a political struggle that is completely foreign to him. Rome need to build a navy fast but the obstacles are many; political animosities, legions adamant that they will only use their traditional methods; Roman prejudice even from friends, that all those not born in Rome are inferior citizens.

The enemy are first class, experienced and determined to control the seas. Can Atticus, and the fledgling Roman navy, staffed with inexperienced sailors and unwilling legionaries, outwit and outfight his opponents.

SHIP OF ROME, full of magnificent sea-battles, packed with strong characters, torn between two powerful empires, is the first book in a new series, MASTERS OF THE SEA, by a brilliant new author.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2009.
ISBN: 9780007285242
0007285248
Characteristics: 362 p. --

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ChristchurchLib Jan 20, 2015

Atticus Perennis and Septimus Capito have little in common: Atticus, captain of the trireme Aquila, comes from a Greek fishing family; Septimus, a Roman and a marine centurion, has spent most of his military career on land. Nevertheless, the two reluctant comrades-in-arms must work together when confronted by a vast enemy fleet that threatens the very existence of the Roman Republic and its fledgling navy. Set in 200 BCE, this 1st book in the Masters of the Sea series is followed by Captain of Rome and Master of Rome. Historical Fiction January 2015 newsletter.

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

Set during the First Punic War and with several sea battles between the Carthaginians and Romans it was a definite must read for me.

I thought the story was not quite as developed as it could have been but all in all it told a good tale and kept my interest. I will definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy.

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