Even if you are not the kind of person that loves history, there is a pretty good chance that you will have heard of Julius Caesar, even though he walked on the Earth over 2,000 years ago. Quite simply, he is the most well-known Roman citizen who ever lived and is the one emperor that has stuck in the minds of people for thousands of years due to his actions throughout his reign. Such was his power, and the desire of others to emulate him, that even his name spawned terms such as czar and kaiser, which have been used by other emperors centuries later to announce that they had absolute power. In other words, Julius Caesar has been held in high regard by almost anybody that wished to follow in his footsteps in some way and the fact that his name has entered into common language is testimony to the skill of the man himself. Throughout this amazing book, we will explore his early life and show how that shaped his character and then, eventually, his entire career. We will explore the highs and severe lows of his life from being forced into the army to effectively save his life, to being captured by pirates, conquests, revolts, civil war, supreme power, and of course his brutal assassination. This book does not go on hearsay, but instead it focuses on details from sources of the time. It charts his rise to power, how brutal he could be at times with people that crossed him or stood up against him. It looks at the very reasons that could have ultimately led to his assassination. Was it because he was getting too much power? Was it due to him making constitutional reforms that led to the rich getting poorer? Was it for the greater good of the empire or was it all about personal gain? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Howe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/043849/bk_acx0_043849_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After a long siege, the empire of Asmidan has conquered Cardis and the Conclave of Law has been sent by the Emperor to establish the new rule. The city is in disarray and several factions struggle for power behind the scenes. The former Queen is using her influence to gather allies in an effort to help her son claim the throne. The Order of the Coin, a group of wealthy individuals, wants to rise to power ensuring the gold keeps flowing. The Asmidans Church desires to seize control of the newly conquered city by using the feared Inquisition to sway whoever opposes it.In Shadows over the Empire players take the role of leaders of four factions in a struggle for control of Cardis. They must influence various personalities and have them do their bidding. Loyalties are constantly changing and great allies become mortal enemies in a city filled with desire for dominion.Who will prevail?
HAS ROME FINALLY MET ITS MATCH? Harry Sidebottom ´ Exceptional´ Anthony Riches ´Fans of battle-heavy historical fiction will, justly, adore Clash of Empires ´ The Times **************** THE MIGHT OF ROME The great general Hannibal Barca is on the verge of defeat. Victory will crown Rome the most powerful empire in the world. While the ambitious senator Flamininus plots his path to power... THE GLORY OF GREECE Only unconquered Greece stands in the way of glory. King Philip V of Macedon´s mighty phalanx is an enemy Rome has long feared, and one that has never known defeat. THE HEROES OF HISTORY Demetrios has dreamed of fighting with the phalanx his whole life, but the young villager will soon learn that, in a clash of empires, you´re only ever one swing of the sword away from death - or entering legend. CLASH OF EMPIRES is the gripping first novel in a new series from the master of historical fiction - for fans of Simon Scarrow, Harry Sidebottom, Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell. *** PRE-ORDER BEN KANE´S NEW NOVEL, THE FALLING SWORD , TODAY *** What readers are saying about Ben Kane´s masterful new historical novel: ´ I have not read much about the Roman Invasion of Greece 200-197BC, so with a breath of fresh air up pops Ben Kane with a very masterful tale´ Amazon review ´ Grabs you from the start and never lets go´ - Harry Sidebottom, author of the THE LAST HOUR ´ Ben does a great job telling the story from both Greek and Roman perspective´ Amazon review ´ I haven´t enjoyed a book this much for ages´ - Giles Kristian, author of LANCELOT
Mehr is a girl trapped between two cultures. Her father comes from the ruling classes of the empire but her mother´s people were outcasts, Amrithi nomads who worshipped the spirits of the sands. Caught one night performing these forbidden rites, Mehr is brought to the attention of the Emperor´s most feared mystics, who force her into their service by way of an arranged marriage. She discovers that her new husband is a mysterious, enslaved Amrithi with abilities like her own: together they must use every ounce of cunning, power and will they possess to resist the order´s cruel agenda - and should they fail, the spirits themselves may awaken seeking vengeance.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Soneela Nankani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/002190/bk_twuk_002190_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dan Randolph never plays by the rules. A hell-raising maverick with no patience for fools, he is admired by his friends, feared by his enemies, and desired by the world´s loveliest women. Acting as a 21st privateer, Randolph broke the political strangle-hold on space exploration, and became one of the world´s richest men in the bargain. Now an ecological crisis threatens Earth—and the same politicians that Randolph outwitted the first time want to impose a world dictatorship to deal with it. Dan Randolph knows that the answer lies in more human freedom, not less—and in the boundless resources of space. But can he stay free long enough to give the world that chance? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003696/bk_blak_003696_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Explore the intense history of the Assyrians.The ancient masters of war and conquest became the most powerful force in the Near East, thousands of years ago. One of the first empires in world history, the Assyrians rose to power through the strength of their sophisticated military. The creation of professional soldiers, advanced iron weapons technology, and siege warfare tactics made the Assyrians the strongest fighting force in the ancient world. Babylonians, Israelites, Egyptians, and many others fell in battle to the might of the powerful Assyrians.It took more than the strongest military in the world to become the most dominant nation humanity had ever seen. The rise of Assyrian power was, in large part, due to the vision and ambition of several vicious warrior kings. Names like Tiglath-Pileser I, Sennacherib, Sargon II, and Ashurbanipal made the inhabitants of the region shudder in fear. The great Assyrian kings of the ancient world were worshiped by loyal subjects and feared by enemies. You will learn about all the Assyrian kings who left an incredible mark behind and have been remembered for centuries. Take a journey back in time to ancient Mesopotamia to find out how the Assyrian civilization grew from a wealthy city-state to the largest empire known to humankind in the ancient world. Cities such as Ashur, Nineveh, and Nimrud were some of the most spectacular to behold, with ziggurats soaring to the heavens. The architectural, literary, and scientific contributions by this breathtaking civilization rival other famous groups from this time period in history. Ever since the discovery of Ashurbanipal’s mystical library in the 19th century, scholars have been fascinated by ancient Mesopotamian culture. Buy the audiobook now! Find out what artifacts were unearthed and other information and incredible insights into the rise and fall of this massive empire. 1. Language: English. Narrator: KC Wayman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/158229/bk_acx0_158229_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Over the course of just 200 years, the Ottoman Empire grew from a small, obscure Anatolian state into the most powerful Muslim nation in the world, controlling vast swathes of the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North Africa. Within the empire, science, medicine, technology, and art flourished, and the Ottoman army became one of the most feared and efficient fighting forces in existence. Then came a period of gradual decline. Beset by external enemies and torn apart by conflicting elements inside, over the next 350 years, the Ottoman Empire lost power, territory, and prestige until it became ´´the sick man of Europe”.Inside, you will hear about:Emergence of the Ottoman DynastyThe Fall of ConstantinopleSelim the Grim and Suleiman the MagnificentSultanate of WomenThe Crimean WarDecline until World War IAnd much more!This is the dramatic story of the rise, fall, and eventual disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, of its conquests and defeats, and of its sultans who ranged from the grandeur of Suleiman the Magnificent to the obsession and confusion of Mustafa the Mad. The story begins with the dream of the first Ottoman sultan, Osman I, in 1300, and ended with the nightmare of the last sultan, Abdulmejid II, in 1922. This is the story of the Ottoman Empire from beginning to end. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/144512/bk_acx0_144512_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Xenophobia, the fear of that which is alien, different, or strange; it is xenophobia that drove the reptilian natives of Sua’kul into the arms of an alien force even more terrible than that which they feared. Driven by a radicalized ideology and malevolent intervention, the new order on Sua’kul has become a threat to the Empire. In response the half human and half Illani noble family of Valor has been dispatched to subdue the planet before it can become another front in an ever expanding war of alien aggression against the last vestige of human civilization.Occurring one year after the events of Empire Ascensions, Blood Nobles follows a new cast of characters in their quest for glory and the safety of their civilization. But while new heroes will rise, an old enemy will rise as well, one that almost exterminated the human species once before. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Day. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/145767/bk_acx0_145767_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The ingenious alternate history of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire trilogy presented in a single volume, to delight the mind and the heart. Containing The Bullet-Catcher´s Daughter, Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels, complete with appendices. Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better… Witnessing the brutal hanging of someone very close to her, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher´s Handbook into the fire, and forget her past. If only it were that easy! There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn´t feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case? Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body-snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal. Never was it harder for a woman in a man´s world… You´d have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that´s what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick. Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire. All that stands in Elizabeth´s way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke´s private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels. Collects The Bullet-Catcher´s Daughter, Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels, complete with appendices. File Under: Fantasy