A desperate rescue attempt deep behind enemy lines . . . this nail-biting adventure has all the hard-edged appeal of the Bravo Two Zero mission.
When Valens, a junior officer in the Roman Army, joins a crack squad of soldiers on a dangerous mission, little does he know what's in store for him. Tasked with rescuing the young Prince Sasan, who has been imprisoned in the impenetrable Castle of Silence, the troops set out across Mesopotamia and into the mountains south of the Caspian Sea.
Deep in hostile territory, inexperienced Valens finds himself in charge. And as one by one his soldiers die or disappear, he begins to suspect that there is a traitor in their midst, and that the rescue is fast becoming a suicide mission.
Valens must marshal this disparate group of men and earn their respect, before it's too late . . .
Thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers and Zaffre books for my copy of this standalone thriller based in the Roman Era, The Lost Ten by Harry Sidebottom
Having never read this author before i was taken in by the blurb and of mentions of a 'Roman Jack Reacher', Who wouldn't want to read that!
A group of 10 roman soldiers, the SAS of their time, are sent across the earth to find the unescapable 'Castle of Silence' prison and free a young Prince.
Cast into extreme hostile territory, this book is an absolute rip-roaring tale.
Full of action and adventure and the required violence, it's a great roller coaster of a ride with Hollywood movie written all over it.
Danger at every turn, bandits and traitors, a will to survive, this ragtag bunch of men, have to over come religion, personal issues and more to triumph against all adversity.
Harry Sidebottom is an author who really knows his stuff, this is a historical thriller with a difference, I have read a few that are maybe a bit plodding but this one never lets up, it's a fully charged cracker.
If you like you a fast paced, powder keg adventure, I whole heartedly recommend, The Lost Ten