Mesopotamia, AD 260
Betrayed by his most trusted adviser, the Roman Emperor Valerian has been captured by the Sassanid barbarians. The shame of the vanquished beats down mercilessly like the white sun, as the frail old emperor prostrates himself before Sharpur, King of Kings.
Ballista looks on helplessly, but vows under his breath to avenge those who have brought the empire to the brink of destruction with their treachery. One day, maybe not soon, but one day, I will kill you . . . But first he must decide what price he will pay for his own freedom.
Only the fearless and only those whom the gods will spare from hell can now save the empire from a catastrophic ending.
Ballista, the Warrior of Rome, faces his greatest challenge yet.
The qualities a writer of such stories needs -- imagination stimulated through the soles of his feet as he walks the scenes of his tale, and a sound knowledge of the period -- are abundantly possessed by Sidebottom
I loved it ... Harry Sidebottom ... must be the envy of his peers ... he has achieved something real