A source of fabulous power in the heart of an enemy's kingdom.
Obsessed by the solar religions of the east, the emperor Aurelian sets out to obtain every sacred object within his realm. But one - a mysterious rock said to channel the power of the sun god - lies beyond his reach. Warrior-priest Ilaha has captured the legendary stone and is using it to raise an army against Rome.
For Imperial agent Cassius Corbulo and ex-gladiator bodyguard Indavara, stopping him constitutes their greatest challenge yet. Assisted by a squad of undercover soldiers and a Saracen chieftain, they trek south across the deserts of Arabia, encountering sandstorms, murderous money-lenders and a ruthless German mercenary.
And when they finally reach Ilaha's mountain fortress, they face thousands of warriors who will give their lives to protect him ... and the black stone.
About the Author
Nick Brown grew up in Norfolk and later studied history at the University of Sussex. In 2000 he embarked on a PGCE course at the University of Exeter and began a career as a teacher of humanities and English. Having taught in England and Poland, he has recently returned to his home town, Norwich.
His writing is always top-notch, his plots seamless and his narrative excellent... [The Black Stone has] well-written and plotted and thoroughly realistic character progression... Go get this series and read them through. You will not be disappointed. - SJA TuneyScriptwriter turned author Brown has joined the elite legion of top-notch Roman history-mystery authors, dishing up feasts of blood-soaked soldiering, thrilling political intrigue and an addictive and compelling brand of military cynicism and comradeship... superb... - Lancashire Evening Post'If you love Scarrow, adore Iggulden and of course admire Scott, then make sure you add Brown to your list. Great stuff.' - Falcata TimesPraise for AGENT OF ROME: THE SIEGE:'A masterful debut from a new author completely at home in this era' - Manda Scott'Once the action kicks off you won't be able to put it down.' - Anthony Riches, author of the Empire series'Perfect pace, vivid combat sequences and superb characterisation' - Lancashire Evening Post'Brown promises to be one of the most exciting sword-wielding writers in an ever-popular arena.' - The Oxford Times'A thrilling and fascinating coming-of-age adventure' - Book Gazette
Series: Agent of Rome
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 8th July 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1