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Captain of Rome

  • Author John Stack
  • Narrator Eamonn Riley
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
  • Run Time 11 hours and 38 minutes
  • Format x-book®
  • Genre Historical adventure fiction.

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What to expect

The second installment of the thrilling maritime adventure; two mighty empires battle each other for control of the high seas.

Atticus is the young captain of the Aquila, the flagship of the attack fleet of the Roman navy. But his commander is a young upstart whose position has been purchased rather than earned. Bound to obey his inexperienced commander’s rash orders, Atticus sails straight into a carefully-laid trap. In the battle that follows, it is only by defying his commander that he can pull his men back from the brink of defeat.

But Atticus will pay a high price for his defiance, and, as he is summoned to Rome, he realises he has created a powerful enemy. And, despite his friendship with Septimus, a Roman centurion, Atticus is dangerously unversed in the politics of the Roman senate.

So, Atticus finds himself facing battles both at sea against an ever-more ferocious enemy and on his own ship by those close to home who want their revenge.

Culminating in one of the greatest sea battles of classical times, Captain of Rome is a stirring and powerful novel and John Stack is a born storyteller.

Critics Review

  • Praise for Ship of Rome

    ‘Strong characters, excellent action, SHIP OF ROME builds to a suberb climax’

    ‘Peopled with characters both fictional and historical, this debut novel – the first in the Masters Of The Sea series – gives a fascinating and evocative insight into the high politics and military life of the times’
    Daily Mail

    ‘This is a seriously entertaining book for anyone who enjoys stirring descriptions of ancient warfare. You can almost taste the salt, see the blood and hear the shouts and screams…John Stack is to be welcomed into the ranks of first-rate historical writers’
    Tuam Herald

    ‘Crank up the testosterone, this one’s a fighter!’
    U Magazine Ireland

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