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Head of Zeus
The Capsarius
The Capsarius by Simon Turney
 Legion XXII, 1

Warrior and combat medic, Titus Cervianus, must lead a legion and quell the uprisings in Egypt in a new Roman adventure from Simon Turney.

Titus Cervianus is no ordinary soldier. And the Twenty Second is no ordinary legion...

Egypt. 25 BC. A former surgeon from the city of Ancyra, Titus Cervianus is now a capsarius – a combat medic. He is a pragmatist, a scientist – and deeply unpopular with his legion, the Twenty Second Deiotariana.

The Twenty Second have been sent to deal with uprisings in Egypt. Founded as the private army of one of Rome's most devoted allies, their ways are not the same as the other legions', which sets them apart and causes friction with their fellow soldiers.

Marching into the unknown, Cervianus will find unexpected allies: a local cavalryman and a troublesome lunatic. Both will be of critical importance as the young medic marches through the searing sands of the south, finding forbidden temples, hidden assassins, and worst of all, the warrior queen of Kush...

Reviewers on The Capsarius:

'Brings a whole new dimension to the genre... Recommended' Historical Novel Society
'A blistering epic brimming with tension, mystery and adventure!' Gordon Doherty

Reviews for Simon Turney:

'A page turner from beginning to end... A damn fine read' Ben Kane
'First-rate Roman fiction' Matthew Harffy

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'Brings a whole new dimension to the genre... Recommended'
Historical Novel Society

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 Matthew Harffy, on Sons of Rome
Simon Turney
Simon Turney
Simon Turney is from Yorkshire and, having spent much of his childhood visiting historic sites, fell in love with the Roman heritage of the region. His fascination with the ancient world snowballed from there with great interest in Rome, Egypt, Greece and Byzantium. His works include the Marius' Mules and Praetorian series, the Tales of the Empire and The Damned Emperor series, and the Rise of Emperors books with Gordon Doherty. He lives in North Yorkshire with his family. Follow Simon at
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