Aelric series (#1-6) by Richard Blake (.ePUB)(.MOBI)
Aelric series (#1-6) by Richard Blake (.ePUB)(.MOBI)
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Overview: Richard Blake is a writer, broadcaster and teacher. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.
For Hodder & Stoughton, he has written the following six historical novels: “Conspiracies of Rome” (2008), “Terror of Constantinople” (2009), “Blood of Alexandria” (2010), “Sword of Damascus” (2011), “Ghosts of Athens” (2012), “Curse of Babylon” (2013). These have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Indonesian, and Chinese.
In 2015, Hodder & Stoughton republished all six novels in two omnibus volumes: “Death of Rome Saga 1” and “Death of Rome Saga 2.”
As Sean Gabb, he has written these novels: “The Column of Phocas” (2006 – historical), “The Churchill Memorandum” (2011 – alternate history thriller), and “The Break” (post-apocalyptic science fiction). This novel was published in 2014, and nominated for the Prometheus Award, but has now been acquired by Caffeine Nights and withdrawn for republication in 2016. A further novel, “The York Deviation” (alternate history fantasy), is awaiting publication.
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Conspiracies of Rome (Aelric #1):
609 AD. Rome is torn apart by war, plague and internal power struggles between the Emperor, the aristocracy and the Church. Into this morass stumbles the young and handsome Aelric. His father was murdered, his inheritance stolen. Forcibly separated from the woman he loves, he is determined to win back all that he has lost. Through his naivety and ambition, he unwittingly becomes involved in a heretical plot that will lead to fraud, murder and high treason. Introducing the most compelling anti-hero since Flashman, Conspiracies of Rome is the first in a searingly sharp trilogy that takes you to one of the darkest and most dramatic periods of history.
The Terror of Constantinople (Aelric #2):
610AD The bloodthirsty Emperor Phocas is preparing for the greatest battle of his life. Enemy armies are racing closer to attack his fortress, the golden city of Constantinople, and traitors within plot his downfall. Clinging to power by masterminding a campaign of terror, he is running out of funds, allies and time …but he has one card left to play. Aelric, a naive and ambitious young clerk from Britain, is sent to Constantinople ostensibly on a mission to copy old texts for the Church of Rome. On his arrival he discovers the terrible dangers lurking behind the shining streets and glittering facades. A pawn in a secret conspiracy that will change the course of history, he can only rely on his wits, charm and fighting skills to stay alive.
The Blood of Alexandria (Aelric #3):
The tears of Alexander shall flow, giving bread and freedom …612 AD. Egypt, the jewel of the Roman Empire, seethes with unrest, as bread runs short and the Persians plot an invasion. In Alexandria, a city divided between Greeks and Egyptians by language, religion and far too few soldiers, the mummy of the Great Alexander, dead for six hundred years, still has the power to calm the mob — or inflame it …Aelric, the young British clerk who has become a senator and the trusted henchman of Emperor Heraclius, has come to Alexandria to send Egypt’s harvest to Constantinople and to force the unwilling viceroy to give its land to the peasants. But the city — with its factions and conspirators — thwarts him at every turn. And when an old enemy from Constantinople arrives, supposedly on a quest for a religious relic that could turn the course of the Persian war, he will have to use all his cunning, his charm and his talent for violence to survive.
The Sword of Damascus (Aelric #4):
Murderous intrigue brings Aelric – Blake’s engaging, murderous antihero – to Damascus as the triumphant Muslim caliphate sweeps up from Arabia to threaten Constantinople itself. Aelric knows the secrets behind Greek Fire – the flame-throwers that have kept what is left of the once-mighty Roman empire safe until now. And he has very little choice about sharing them with the new rulers. Or so they think …for Aelric has not lost any of the cunning and courage that so far, have kept him alive.
The Ghosts of Athens (Aelric #5):
The Roman Empire faces the barbarian horde.
Decadent, desperate Athens is the Roman Empire’s most vulnerable city.
Aelric – senator of the Roman Empire, fresh from a bloodbath in Egypt that may or may not be regarded in Constantinople as his fault – is forced to divert the Imperial galley to Athens for reasons the Emperor has neglected to share with him.
He finds a demoralized and corrupt provincial city threatened by an army rumoured to contain twenty million starving barbarians.
Not to mention an explosive religious dispute, an unexplained corpse, and hints of something worse than murder. Is he on a high level mission to save the Empire? Or has he been set up to fail? Or is the truth even worse than he can at first imagine?
He will have to call upon all his formidable intellect and lethal ingenuity to survive his enemies inside and outside the city walls . . .
The Curse of Babylon (Aelric #6):
615 AD. A vengeful Persian tyrant prepares the final blow that will annihilate the Empire. Aelric – the young adventurer from England – is now almost as powerful as the Emperor. Seemingly without opposition, he dominates the vast and morally bankrupt city of Constantinople. One step at a time, in his fortified palace, he is pushing forward reforms that are the Roman Empire’s only hope of survival, and perhaps restoration to wealth and greatness. But his domestic enemies are only waiting for their moment to strike back. And the world’s most terrifying military machine is assembling in secret beyond the mountains of the eastern frontier. The plot to destroy the English upstart begins with an ancient and apparently accursed Babylonian treasure – and continues with kidnap, revolution and a brutal invasion. Can Aelric overcome his greatest challenge yet? Can he call on new and unexpected forces to save