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Clash of Eagles - Alan Smale

I love alternate histories and this was a fascinating one. In the thirteenth century, a Roman legion crosses the Atlantic to North America in search of gold. The portrayal of Roman expansionism is not unexpected, but the portrayal of native Americans is surprising and intriguing. The story is told from the point of view of Marcellinus, the Roman Praetor, who is an exceptionally resourceful and adaptable individual. He meets the challenge of a new continent with supreme confidence and minimal knowledge about the new continent and native people. His lack of knowledge often leads to unintended consequences. There are clashes of armies, cultures, egos, agendas and more. It is difficult to say more without spoilers, but I am looking forward to the next book.


I received a free advanced review copy of this book.