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The Broken Lance

The Broken Lance




In Rome, when shaking hands with a stranger, you'd best count your fingers to see if they are still attached.


44 A.D. Ancient Britannia is wild, unpredictable, and merciless. The dusty streets of Rome are chaotic and dangerous, home to incredible opulence, deplorable poverty, and a political web that catches anyone who dares to question the empire.


Both places call to young Roman cavalry sergeant Marcellus Reburrus, who must survive a world of political treachery in which one’s life can be taken in an instant—by friend or enemy.


After enduring a ravaging storm, Marcellus’s boots hit the shore of Britannia under the orders of Roman Emperor Claudius only to face deplorable conditions and a commander who would rather see Marcellus dead than reporting for duty. Despite the circumstances, Marcellus quickly makes a name for himself, earning awards for bravery, promotion to centurion, and further alienating himself from the evil commander.


Marcellus’s return to Rome brings a whole new set of problems, the least of which is dodging assassination attempts, unraveling conspiracies, and falling in love.


From the underground caves of beggars beneath the city to the magnificent homes of the Roman elite, Marcellus uncovers an elaborate plot of betrayal, one that can bring down the entire city. Can he find the conspirators before they find him . . . and destroy everything he holds dear?


This beautifully descriptive novel brings to life the remarkable worlds of ancient Britannia and Rome—while following the brilliant Marcellus, whose entire life is turned upside down as he must solve a complex mystery . . . and stay alive amongst backstabbing senators, murderous traitors, and an extraordinary city whose legacy is both inspiring and duplicitous.



Wolf of Brittania, Part I    Wolf of Brittania, Part II

The Wolf of Britannia, Vol. I and Vol. II.


When a young Celtic prince, desperate to prove himself to his father, is forced to gather every ounce of strength and courage to fight an enemy more cunning and powerful than either he or Britain has ever faced, will he be able to save his family, his sacred homeland, and his imperial legacyor will his own head be among the next spoils of war?


The Wolf of Britannia, is a breathtaking historical novel of action and suspense set in the years between 27 and 60 A.D., in the mysterious land of ancient Britain and the majestic palaces of Rome. In the first millennium's early days, the Romans held power over most of the world's people through disciplined savagery, yet many citizens fought to break from tyranny. This painstaking researched tale is one such fight for freedom.


In the wilds of Britain, the soon-to-be legendary Prince Caratacus and his tribe of warriors are facing down the seemingly unbeatable Roman army.


After winning the southern British throne, Caratacus leads his people as they strive for freedom from the iron-fisted Roman rule that has nearly obliterated their culture and lifestyle. As the prince fights alongside his wife, a warrior princess who takes no prisoners, Caratacus must also outsmart a duplicitous brother determined to take the throne, battle his beautiful, conniving, and lascivious cousina queen who wants Caratacus for herselfand keep his people free. Action-paced and steeped in ancient historical characters, The Wolf of Britannia is the story of one courageous man who must conquer the entire Roman army or die trying.


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The Sign of the Eagle


The Sign of the Eagle is a breathtaking historical novel of action and suspense set in the year 71 A.D. amid the exotic and vibrant streets of ancient Rome. Macha, the strong-willed daughter of a legendary Celtic British king and wife of the Roman tribune, Titus, is the only one who can prove her husband innocent of treason, solve the murders of two slaves who possessed information that could have exonerated Titus, and ultimately save the life of the Roman Emperor Vespasian.




Jess Steven Hughes Books are available in paperback through Sunbury Press and Amazon and can be ordered at any brick and mortar book store. E-Reader version is available on Amazon kindle.


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Ancient World Notes:  Read the following trivia: (Update--for the Holiday) The Roman Holiday of Saturnalia Ancient World Notes


Artist and Advertising Credits:

Thank you,  Katrina Brennen for creating the portrait of Macha, heroine of the novel "The Sign of the Eagle". 


Thank you, Tal Dibner ( Cover of "The Wolf of Britannia, Part I &  Part II" and "The Broken Lance")



Special Thank you to Chris Hughes for advertising The Sign of the Eagle on his online store at toadmanstankpictures.com.

Chris is a master military modeler and photographer and had his first book on the Walker Bulldog tank published late last year and his next book on the General Sheridan tank will be published in a couple of months.