Overlook announced today the official launch of www.ReadSwordsAndSandals.com, a new online destination for our growing list of historical fiction set during the Ancient Roman era. Created in collaboration with Sonnet Media, the website will showcase our signature collection of epic Roman fiction from authors including Harry Sidebottom, Simon Scarrow, and Paul Waters.
Scheduled to coincide with this week’s release of Harry Sidebottom’s forthcoming Wolves of the North (available April 4th), the fifth title in Sidebottom’s internationally bestselling Warrior of Rome series, we’re celebrating the launch through giveaways of select new titles from the Swords and Sandals list, including advance readers copies of Simon Scarrow’s The Gladiator (available May 30th).
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Swords and Sandals books from The Overlook Press uncover the past to reveal epic tales of empire, heroes, treachery, courage, and brutal bloody warfare set in the years of the remarkable Roman Imperium. Trained classicists and expert historians, Swords and Sandals authors combine ancient stories of gladiatorial warfare with authenticity, accuracy, and rigorous scholarship to tell tales of explosive action and searing historical drama.
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Warrior of Rome, Book V
AD263—Violent uprisings threaten to shatter the fragile balance of power in the Roman Empire. In the north, tribes are increasingly bold in their raids on the imperium. To restore order, Ballista, the Warrior of Rome, must undertake his most treacherous journey yet. He must face the Heruli—the Eaters of the Flesh, the Wolves of the North—the most brutal tribe of them all, and try to turn them against one another. As Ballista and his retinue make their journey, someone—or something—is hunting them, picking them off one by one. In a strange land, among strange people, is it possible that the greatest threat may come from within Ballista’s own circle?
A Novel of the Roman Legion
In The Gladiator, Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians when their transport ship is almost capsized by a freak tidal wave. They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devastated town. An earthquake has struck the island, destroying its cities and killing thousands. In the chaotic aftermath, large bands of the island’s slaves begin to revolt and local bandits, taking advantage of the slave rebellion, urge the Cretans to overthrow the Roman administration. With many of the island’s troops either killed or wounded during the earthquake, the governor of the province calls on Macro and Cato for help. Can they move swiftly enough to counter the rebellion before it sweeps the Romans from the island?