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 Books by Author Jess Steven Hughes:


 

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.

 

 

 

Review:


 

The Wolf of Brittania, Part I & II 

 

by Author Janet Morris

 The Wolf of Brittania, Part I

The Wolf of Britannia, Part I

 

 

"The author is a natural story teller. His domain is the Celts at the dusk of Roman rule. His stories are humanistic, full of mystery, suspense --yes, and violence where needed. There are so few good historical novels written today that are not bodice rippers meant only for women that this book is a breath of fresh air. I dare say women will like this story as much as men. And although it is a "Part I, " Wolf a complete, satisfying story -- another thing rare in a time of endless sagas with no beginnings or endings...

 

"Despite the demands of research, the difficulty of writing about the last days of Celtic Britain with a fresh eye, Hughes succeeds in bringing us something new in his story of these misty times: an understanding of the best and worst of humanity that feels as if it were gained firsthand.

 

 

"This story is a great adventure, and those are few and far between..."

 

Janet Morris

 

--I, The Sun; The Sacred Band

 

 

The Wolf of Brittania, Part II

 

The Wolf of Britannia, Part II

 

  

"His prose is always crisp, his scholarship fine-honed but never obtrusive. But these qualities alone don't make a book exceptional or unforgettable: a story must have the ability to grab you by the throat and not let you go until the last line on the very last page. Hughes has the gift of breathing life into his characters, which is a skill that a true historical writer must have, or fail in the task of transporting the reader into a vanished world.

 

"Read The Wolf of Britannia, part II and you will be transported into the mind of a great Celtic warrior, Caratacus, as he fights for freedom against the whole of Rome. Wolf of Britannia II has war and death, mystery and betrayal, love and glory, and an intrepid band of men and women fighting a battle that may be hopeless -- but then, perhaps not...

 

"Read this prequel to The Sign of the Eagle slowly if you can. Take your time. Savor it. Delight in Hughes' deft plotting, his ability to breathe life into his characters. If you love historical fiction, I can nearly guarantee you will devour this books and its sequels and hope for more."

 

Janet Morris

 

--I, The Sun; The Sacred Band

 

 The Sign of the Eagle

 

An historical novel of betrayal and suspense in ancient Rome that will leave you breathless.

 

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Spend some time in Ancient Rome, solving mystery upon mystery as a British Celtic woman raised a Roman tries to clear the name of Titus, the Roman tribune who is her husband. Got that? "Sign of the Eagle" is a crime thriller, a police procedural, and a correct historical with all the vocabulary and scholarship necessary, rolled into one delicious package. Threats and plots reach all the way up from the garden villa of our heroine, Macha, to the court of the Roman Emperor Vespasian.

 

Macha's husband Titus is a professional cavalry soldier. When Titus is accused of treason, Macha's adventure goes into high gear, with everything she loves at stake.

 

Rather than ruin the story for you, I'll not dwell on the plot beyond saying it has turns and twists enough for any modern reader. This book also has the feel of its period: every detail is correct, from swords and cavalry tack to combs and pins for our Celtic heroine's red hair.

 

Don't mistake me: this novel is neither bodice ripper nor dissertation, but a full blown novel of ancient Rome that at times reminded me of Ecco's "Name of the Rose." Want to let that sink in? Yes, this is a real historical novel, not a romance in ancient clothing nor a gamer's how-to book. Good novels are rare, good historical novels even rarer.

 

Buy this book and read it. Buy a couple to give your more literate friends for Christmas. I bought the trade paper and its production values are excellent; the print is easy to read, the prose crisp and as sharp and clear as you'd expect from an author such as Jess Hughes, who has been a police detective and Marine Corps veteran. Hughes knows war and intrigue and human failings firsthand. What Hughes has learned in life informs this novel with his expertise in treachery, in war, and in crime, lending this story great substance without ever being wordy or awkward. Men will be as diverted as women by this novel, part action-adventure, part suspenseful thriller, and part a ticket to another place and time.

 

"Sign of the Eagle" is satisfyingly complete in itself, yet also forms the first half of Hughes' duology set in the 1st century AD. The next book by Jess Steven Hughes, one hopes, is coming soon (The Wolf of Britannia, Part I & II).

 
 

Read the article on Jess Steven Hughes in Saturday's Spokesman Review:   Jess Steven Hughes Reading "The Sign of the Eagle" for the Spokesman-Review

 

 

 

Credits:


 

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.

 

Fall 2016 Book Signings are available on this link: Book Signings

 

Ancient World Notes:  Read the following trivia: Maintaining Public Safety in Ancient Rome-Part XXIV  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)

 

 

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.