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Posted: Sun March 11th, 2012, 6:40 pm
by annis
Posted by Manda Scott
I'm not sure if I'm allowed to alert you to my own book - but it's not out yet, so few people have seen it...

Rome: The Eagle of the Twelfth starts in Parthia and moves throughout the region as we head towards the loss of the Eagle and the attempt to recover it.

Out in May in Hardback and on Kindle.
Sounds good, Manda - I'll keep an eye out for it. Is the title a nod to Rosemary Sutcliff's Eagle of the Ninth?

Palmyra was a significant link between Rome and the Parthians, and there are several novels set around rebellions in Palmyra- Simon Scarrow's Centurion and Nick Brown's Siege: Agent of Rome are a couple that come to mind.

Everyone probably already knows about Jona Lendering's Livius website, but if not, it's a wonderful ancient history resource and particularly useful on Persia/Parthia and anything to do with Alexander the Great.

Posted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 6:51 pm
by annis
Just remembered a couple of novels based on Xenophon's Anabasis, about the epic trek made by Xenophon and the Greek mercenaries from Persia to the sea.

Michael Curtis Ford The Ten Thousand

Valerio Manfredi Massimo The Lost Army
Have to admit I'm not a fan of Massimo's work, which imo is invariably clunky. I initially put it down to the "lost in translation" factor, but it's so consistent it must be Massimo's own style.

Paul Kearney also wrote a novel called The Ten Thousand, which is directly based on the Anabasis, but in a fictional fantasy setting.

Other novels which feature gruelling retreats while running the gauntlet of hostile forces include Wallace Breem's The Leopard and the Cliff and Rosemary Sutcliff's Frontier Wolf.