The second volume in the acclaimed Emperor series, in which Conn Iggulden brilliantly interweaves history and adventure to recreate the astonishing life of Julius Caesar an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal, from an outstanding new voice in historical fiction.
The young Caesar must overcome enemies on land and at sea to become a battle-hardened leader in the spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of The Gates of Rome.
Forced to flee Rome, Julius Caesar is serving on board a war galley in the dangerous waters of the Mediterranean and rapidly gaining a fearsome reputation. But no sooner has he had a memorable victory than his ship is captured by pirates and he is held to ransom. Abandoned on the north African coast after hard months of captivity, he begins to gather a group of recruits that he will eventually forge into a unit powerful enough to gain vengeance on his captors and to suppress a new uprising in Greece.
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Conn Iggulden is a British author, who mainly writes historical fiction. In 2005, he released the fourth book in the best-selling Emperor series.
Iggulden was born in 1971. He attended St.Martins School in Northwood before moving on to Merchant Taylors' School. He studied English at the University of London, and went on to teach the subject for seven years - becoming head of the English department at St Gregory's Roman Catholic School in London. He eventually left teaching to write his first novel, The Gates of Rome. He is married with three children and lives in Hertfordshire, England.
His writing influences include universally acclaimed historical novelists like Patrick O'Brian, David Gemmell, Bernard Cornwell, George MacDonald Fraser, Wilbur Smith and C. S. Forester. Iggulden is also a lover of poetry, and his favourites include If by Rudyard Kipling.
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