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The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane.
Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman on his way home from a good night out. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines. Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion. Brennus is a Gaul; the Romans killed his entire family. He rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day - and mentor to the boy slave, Romulus, who dreams night and day of escape and of revenge.
The lives of these four characters are bound and interwoven in a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds at the battle of Carrhae. Roman history fans will know that this was one of the greatest defeats suffered by the Republic, but 10,000 legionaries survived as prisoners of the Parthians. These men - 'The Forgotten Legion' were marched more than fifteen hundred miles east to Margiana, where they served as border guards for their captors.
The Forgotten Legion is published by Preface, and is available in paperback now from all good bookshops and Amazon, Play.com etc.
The riveting story continues with The Silver Eagle, which was released in hardback in June 2009.
A New Arthurian Trilogy
Shadow Lands is set in a new Dark Age, thousands of years after a catastrophic
event, where the world no longer revolves on its axis
and where summer is six months of daylight,
and winter six months of darkness.
Everything that we are familiar with in the modern world was lost
in the disaster and those few who survived grew to live much as
people did in 5th Century Britain with the ruins of ancient cities
being no more to them than the evidence of ancient myths.
The catastrophe that unleashed such chaos, and brought Mankind to
the brink of extinction, also released Merdynn from his long
spellbound imprisonment and for millennia he struggled to help
keep the flame of Man alive while he searched for the ancient
bloodline of legend.
As the increasing threat to Britain grew he despaired of ever
finding the link to the past until the day he came across the remains
of a raided village.
There were only two survivors, a boy and a girl.
Forty years later Britain stands against the darkness and that boy
leads the strongest war band in Britain.
His name is Arthur.
And war is sweeping out of the East.
The legend of Arthur continues
Read the first chapter and order your copies at
· Author has interviewed more Battle of Britain pilots than any other historian.
· ‘Dilip knows more about me and the pilots with whom I flew during the Battle of Britain than we do! If anyone ever needs to know anything about the RAF during the summer of 1940, don’t ask the Few, ask him!’ GEORGE ‘GRUMPY’ UNWIN, Battle of Britain fighter ace.
· ‘Dilip Sarkar understands perfectly the mysteries of air tactics and strategy, enabling him write authoritatively, lively and deeply touching stories of those days when friend and foe met in the air’ PETER TOWNSEND, Battle of Britain fighter ace.
· Over 100 historic photographs, most originate from the personal albums of Battle of Britain veterans and have never been reproduced before.
In 1940, the world was shaken when Hitler conquered France and the Low Countries in just six weeks. As Hitler prepared a seaborne invasion of England, only RAF Fighter Command stood against the Nazi dictator, and the world literally held its breath.
The Battle of Britain started on 10th July 1940, ending 16 weeks later on 31st October 1940. The Luftwaffe’s intention was to destroy Fighter Command, domination of the skies being crucial to Hitler’s invasion plan. During that fateful summer, young RAF fighter pilots, flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, were scrambled time and time again to face insuperable odds - and the Luftwaffe was, until that point, unbeaten. The enemy fighter pilots, in their brightly painted Messerschmitt 109s, were the most experienced in the world. But somehow the RAF pilots, fighting desperately in a spider’s web of intricate vapour trails, and with sudden and violent death an ever present companion, prevailed. Afterwards, Churchill paid homage to them all: ‘Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few’. A legend had been born.
Dilip Sarkar has been fascinated by the Battle of Britain since childhood and began seriously researching the subject in the 1970s. He wrote thousands of letters and travelled extensively over the UK interviewing the fabled ‘Few’. Over the last 30 years he has interviewed more Battle of Britain survivors than any other author and his archive is a unique collection of veterans ‘voices’. In this new book Dilip Sarkar chronicles the Battle of Britain from start to finish, drawing extensively from his interviews with pilots and support staff.