By Douglas Jackson
Gaius Valerius Verrens returns to Rome from the winning crusade opposed to Boudicca in Britain. Now hailed a 'Hero of Rome', Valerius isn't the guy he as soon as used to be - scarred either bodily and emotionally by way of the battles he has fought, his sister is mortally sick, his father in self-imposed exile. And nor is Rome an identical urban because the one he left. The Emperor Nero grows more and more paranoid. those that search strength for themselves whisper darkly within the emperor's ears. They converse of a brand new possibility, one discovered in the partitions of Rome itself. a brand new spiritual sect, the fans of Christus, deny Nero's divinity and are rumoured to be spreading sedition. Nero calls on his 'Hero of Rome' to develop into a 'Defender of Rome', to find this insurgent sect, to catch their chief, a guy often called Petrus. Failure will be to forfeit his lifestyles, and the lives of twenty millions Judaeans residing in Rome. yet as Valerius starts off his seek, a quest with a view to take him to the sting of the empire, he'll become aware of that good fortune might cost him approximately up to failure.
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