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15 June 2022
Set on and around the UK's best-known and internationally renowned Roman monument - Hadrian's Wall - here is the action-packed and resoundingly authentic new historical novel from a writer consistently acclaimed as one of the genre's very best.

AD 400. Rome and its Empire are failing . . .

Veteran cavalry commander Marcus Flavius Victor sets out with his regiment to make what may be his final tour of the forts along Hadrian's Wall.

Through a combination of military prowess, brutality and bribery, Marcus has spent twenty years keeping the savage Picts at bay. Feared by his enemies and hated by his superiors, his strength of will is the only thing that has held the disgruntled, poorly paid garrisons of the Wall in place as the failing Roman Empire's grip on Britannia weakened.

Yet as this tour of the wall progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that this is much more than a routine inspection. Why is Marcus stripping the defences of cavalry to strengthen his own force? Is he negotiating with the Picts or conspiring with them? And who is the mysterious 'blood-father' who lurks in the shadows?

Segeduno, Cilurno, Brocolitia, Vindolanda- each fort holds a memory, an old friend, hides a rival, or an outright enemy, and it now seems Marcus will betray or cheat any of them to achieve his goal. But what is Marcus Flavius Victor's ultimate objective?

Is he building an army to save Britannia. Or is he willing to risk a bloody civil war to seize the province for himself?
Imprint:   Bantam
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   519g
ISBN:   9781787634855
ISBN 10:   178763485X
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

A journalist by profession, Douglas Jackson transformed a lifelong fascination for Rome and the Romans in to his first two highly-praised novels, Caligula and Claudius. His third, Hero of Rome, introduced readers to a new series hero, Gaius Valerius Verrens. Seven further novels featuring Valerius have followed - the most recent being Glory of Rome - and have won critical acclaim and confirm their author as one of the UK's foremost historical novelists. An active member of the Historical Writers Association and the Historical Novel Society, Douglas Jackson lives near Stirling in Scotland.

Reviews for The Wall

Roman historical fiction at its very best. * SUNDAY EXPRESS * Douglas Jackson is one of the finest writers about today, irrespective of genre. * FOR WINTER NIGHTS *

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