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The Forgotten Legion

The Forgotten Legion

The Forgotten Legion Chronicles (Volume 1)

Ben Kane

St. Martin's Griffin

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Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery, and then later sold: Romulus to gladiator school, and Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome.
Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior, born enemy of Rome and trained by the last haruspex in the forgotten arts of divination. A runaway slave, then an AWOL Legionaire, he has a long foretold destiny that will take him to the ends of the known world.
Brennus is a Gaul who lost his entire clain in a battle against the Roman Army. After being sold as a slave he rises to bcome one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day.
The lives of these four are interwoven in story that ranges from a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities to ends of the empire, where Romulus, Brennus and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds - members of The Forgotten Legion.

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THE FORGOTTEN LEGION (Chapter 1)
Tarquinius

NORTHERN ITALY, 70 BC

The raven hopped onto the dead lamb's head and stared at Tarquinius. He was still more than fifty paces away. It croaked scornfully and pecked at the staring eyeball...

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“I thoroughly enjoyed The Forgotten Legion - so much so that I stayed up until 2 A.M. to finish it. Where others play in the rarefied world of senators, legates, and upper class merchants, Kane delves into the grim underbelly of slavery, prostitution and gladitorial carnage...His weaving of the many character strands is deftly done. I was very impressed.” —Manda Scott, author of The Crystal Skull and Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle

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Ben Kane

Ben Kane is a lifelong student of military history in general and Roman history in specific, The Forgotten Legion is his first novel and the sequel, The Silver Eagle, will be released in 2010. He lives in England.

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