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Emperor : The Blood of Gods : The Emperor Series : Book 5 - Conn Iggulden

Emperor : The Blood of Gods

The Emperor Series : Book 5

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Published: 1st June 2013
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Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody.

Rome's great hero Julius Caesar has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar's adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar.

Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution from the traitors and avenge his father's death. His greatest hatred is reserved for Brutus, Caesar's childhood friend and greatest ally, now leader of the conspirators.

As the people take to the streets of Rome, the Liberatores must face their fate. Some flee the city; others will not escape mob justice. Not a single one will die a natural death. And the reckoning will come for Brutus on the sweeping battlefield at Philippi.

About the Author

Conn Iggulden secured his place as a master storyteller of historical fiction with the success of his Emperor series; each book, based on the life of Julius Caesar, was a top ten bestseller. Then followed the hit of 2006, The Dangerous Book for Boys, which he co-authored with his brother, Hal. Conn has now written the first instalment of his latest series, Wolf of the Plains, an extraordinary evocation of the life and legacy of Genghis Khan. During the writing process Iggulden travelled to Mongolia and followed in the footsteps of the great conqueror. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.

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      Good historical based on facts and generally sticks to them

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      'A clever and convincing narrative ... the best book in the series' SUNDAY TIMES 'Iggulden brings his five volume series about Julius Caesar to a close with this clever and convincing narrative... with a compelling grasp of Roman realpolitik' SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE Praise for the EMPEROR series: 'If you liked Gladiator, you'll love Emperor' THE TIMES 'A brilliant story - I wish I'd written it. A novel of vivid characters, stunning action and unrelenting pace. It really is a terrific read' Bernard Cornwell 'The great events and breathtaking brutality of the times are brought lavishly to life' GUARDIAN Praise for the CONQUEROR series: 'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' DAILY MIRROR 'This is energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience' INDEPENDENT 'Iggulden...tells an absolutely cracking story...the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent' THE TIMES 'I felt as if a blockbuster movie was unfolding before me...read the book before Hollywood takes it over' DAILY EXPRESS

      ISBN: 9780007271191
      ISBN-10: 0007271190
      Series: Emperor Series
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 432
      Published: 1st June 2013
      Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.1
      Weight (kg): 0.57

      Conn Iggulden

      I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High school in London by the end of that period. I have enormous respect for those who still labour at the chalk-face. In truth, I can’t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives. I do miss the camaraderie of the smokers’ room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on about.

      My mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories - with dates. My great-grandfather was a Seannachie , so I suppose story-telling is in the genes somewhere. My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science. Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales. Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement. My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited ‘Vitai Lampada’ with a gleam in his eye and that matters, frankly.

      I’ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai-Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey. I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick O’Brian book and discovering there were nineteen more in the series. I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F. Hamilton or Wilbur Smith. I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale.

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