The Black Stone (2020)

The Black Stone AD Obsessed by the solar religions of the east the emperor Aurelian sets out to obtain every sacred object within his realm But one a mysterious rock said to channel the power of the sun god lies
  • Title: The Black Stone
  • Author: NickBrown
  • ISBN: 9781444779097
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Black Stone
    273 AD Obsessed by the solar religions of the east, the emperor Aurelian sets out to obtain every sacred object within his realm But one a mysterious rock said to channel the power of the sun god lies beyond his reach Warrior priest Ilaha has captured the legendary stone and is using it to raise an army against Rome For imperial agent Cassius Corbulo and ex gladiat273 AD Obsessed by the solar religions of the east, the emperor Aurelian sets out to obtain every sacred object within his realm But one a mysterious rock said to channel the power of the sun god lies beyond his reach Warrior priest Ilaha has captured the legendary stone and is using it to raise an army against Rome For imperial agent Cassius Corbulo and ex gladiator bodyguard Indavara, stopping him constitutes their greatest challenge yet Assisted by a squad of undercover soldiers and a Saracen chieftain, they trek south across the deserts of Arabia, encountering sandstorms, murderous money lenders and a ruthless German mercenary And when they finally reach Ilaha s mountain fortress, they face thousands of warriors who will give their lives to protect him and the black stone.
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    1. The Black Stone has been stolen from a small priesthood the Roman century guarding it have been slaughtered and the men who took it have left very little evidence that they were even there The Black Stone is a religious idol for followers of Elagabal a Syro Roman sun god It is seen as a conduit for him on Earth a way for him to commune with his followers The Emperor wants it for his private collection, so the familiar trio have been assigned to its recovery A task easier said than accomplished T [...]

    2. I was in the right mood for an escapist action adventure, and this novel really delivered The Agent of Rome series just gets better and better I really liked this novel for its unusual setting 3rd century Arabia and non stop action which started from the very first page of the Prologue The eponymous black stone, a relic of the sun god, Elagabal, is stolen from its temple in Emesa by the German henchman and other followers of a cult leader, the priest Ilaha Ilaha wants to bring the Arabian Nabata [...]

    3. Full disclosure I won this in a GoodReads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.Well, well, well, Agent Corbulo, we meet again I ve got to stop winning your books like this I admit I had a chuckle when I won this, the fourth book in the series, after having won the second book in the same series in a giveaway back in March, but I m not complaining When I won the second book, I was a little dubious because I ve seen a lot of run of the mill Roman soldier novels, and I didn t know if this seri [...]

    4. A crack squad of undercover Intelligence officials, on a desperate, life or death, race against time mission deep in enemy territory in the southern Arabian peninsula, against a backdrop of rising insurgency The situation now, in Yemen The new Bourne The new James Bond A modern anti terrorist thriller Nope, nope and maybe, partly nope.For this is a thrilling novel set in AD273 and the undercover mission is being carried out by a specially selected squad of Roman soldiers, under the command of Ag [...]

    5. Another excellent book and fantastic series, each book continues to get better as this series goes on I can t come up with a single flaw this book had, the pace, action and overall story were perfect but most of all I loved how we really got out of Cassius this book You get to see his emotions towards the events around him and how it really has taken its toll on him This book was a pleasure to read, one of the very best I ve come across This book for me was one of those this is why I love readi [...]

    6. Agent of Rome is one of my favourite series of historical fiction and this latest addition doesn t disappoint quite the opposite Its ending is astonishing and wonderful, not necessarily in the ways you would expect So good to spend time with Cassius, Simo and Indavara.

    7. Another phenomenal book by Brown, and in this Agent of Rome series This book dives even deeper into the relationship of the trio Cassius especially is torn apart and put back together again in this book It comes full circle as well, from the splitting in the beginning of the story, where Indavara was going to leave, to the end of the story, where he wanted the trio to remain together Gutha was an AMAZING character, and I love how Nick doesn t just force Indavara down our throats as this all migh [...]

    8. The first four books in this marvellous series are not well served by their covers, and I think this, the fourth and final volume with a cover in this style, is the worst Looking at it, you d be justified in thinking the book it covers told the adventures of some muscle bound Roman lunk whose only recourse when faced with a problem is to get out his sword In fact, while tense and exciting, it s a long way from the hack n slash of the wish fulfilment school of historical fiction written for male [...]

    9. For Imperial agent, Cassius Corbulo the last three months have been something of a holiday, While Bostra was hardly a Rome or Antioch it was still a pleasant posting and his duties were hardly taxing The arrival of his boss, Abascantius to Bostra suggests his life of ease is coming to an end With rebellion breaking out in neighbouring Palmyra and the tribes of Arabia growing restless the Emperor himself is leading his armies to bring the area under Roman control once e black stone by nick brownF [...]

    10. ReviewSince book one of this series i have been a fan, I don t normally find myself gravitating towards mixed genres and this series with its Roman Spies, investigations all mixed in with classic blood and sandals Roman battles is as mixed as you can find.BUT it works and works well I think for me its because it doesn t really have the big muscle bound hero, on one person who is just amazingly good at fighting or intelligent beyond his peers etc Cassius Corbulo is young, too young, and scared, h [...]

    11. Over the course of the last few years I have delved into quite a few books that are parts of a series The Agent of Rome series by Nick Brown being one of the best of them The Black Stone, the fourth book in the series, continues the adventures of Cassius Corbulo, his slave attendant Simo and his bodyguard Indavara In this tale they are on the trail of the mysterious black stone, an ancient object of worship that has been stolen and one that the Emperor Aurelian really wants back The thief has it [...]

    12. The fourth in the Agent of Rome series And an excellent series it is too, with the author growing in confidence and ability.Cassius Corbulo is a grain man , in essence a Roman spy sent on a variety of undercover missions Smart, but no warrior, he needs the assistance of his bodyguard and his slave to get by The dynamics of the relationships between them are one of the highlights of the series, they don t always get on and there is a slave and master relationship that they struggle with but feels [...]

    13. The Black Stone is the fourth book in the series I was lucky to be a GoodReads winner and had already read the second book, The Imperial Banner.I really enjoyed the book The book is set in the Roman period so historical fiction lovers, like myself, would relish the background imagery and action packed storyline set up by the author The characters have great dynamic and we get to travel with them through the journey adventure they complete within the book.From reading this book, it does make me w [...]

    14. I am becoming very attached to Nick Brown s world I am intrigued by his three main characters.Cassius, the very young, clever but inexperienced Roman officer, Simo, the very efficient slave and Indavara, the ex gladiator, equally young, equally clever but much experienced They have incredible adventures, the books are well written and excitingI hope the next book in the series comes along soon.

    15. A very interesting and enjoyable book.I will certainly try and read the first three books of Agent of Rome Thank you Nick Brown for the giveaway.

    16. I received this book during a giveaway and wasn t sure what to expect, as I hadn t read any of the others in the series I actually quite enjoyed it and will likely pick up the first one soon.

    17. Excellent plot, the best in the Agent of Rome series thus far Mysterious atmosphere, exciting action, and further deveolopment of the main characters Cassius, Indavara and Simo.

    18. Originally posted at thebookplank 2014 About two weeks ago I read Nick Brown s short story, Death This Day, which takes place before the actual events of The Siege, the first book in his Agent of Rome series After just a few paragraphs into it, I really got the urge to read Roman stories and luckily I still had The Black Stone awaiting one The Black Stone is already the 4th book in the Agent of Rom series written by Nick Brown, with his first book he had already completely won me over and conti [...]

    19. When the sacred Black Stone of Emesa is stolen by a mysterious enemy of Rome, Cassius is set the task of recovering it for his Emperor The identity and location of the thieves are unknown Nevertheless, Cassius must create a small task force to gain information from an imperial spy in Petra and then use that information to track down the stone However, the Corn Man soon finds out that the theft of the sacred object could be linked with Rome s allies the Tanukh a confederation of Arabian tribes th [...]

    20. What can I say Nick Brown set himself a very high standard with his first novel, which was outstanding for a debut And despite that, he managed to top it with book 2 and again with book 3 Book 4, then Sometimes I am, at this point in a series, a little worried that the fire and ingenuity will have gone from the writing I have to say that I did not worry about that with Nick His writing is always top notch, his plots seamless and his narrative excellent I had no doubt that this would match up to [...]

    21. This is a book that I received through.The Black Stone is the fourth installment of a series of novels under the general banner of Agent of Rome It is however the first of the series that I have read.The main character of the book is Cassius Corbulo who is the Agent of Rome and who is called upon to undertake special missions for the Empire In this instance the mission involves a dangerous journey in an attempt to recover a seemingly sacred stone that was stolen from the Romans by a chieftain wh [...]

    22. I really like this one.Mainly because of the human side of Corbulo.He s not made for war yet finds himself in the army and everything that comes with it.His struggles with what he needs to do, the consequences of his actions.He s not some super hero, he s just a guy with a lot of luck in a world that s not really his and finds or at least tries to find a way to deal with it.

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