A source of fabulous power in the heart of an enemy's kingdom.
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.
His writing is always top-notch, his plots seamless and his narrative excellent... [The Black Stone has] well-written and plotted and thoroughly realistic character progression... Go get this series and read them through. You will not be disappointed. - SJA Tuney
Praise for AGENT OF ROME: THE SIEGE:
'A masterful debut from a new author completely at home in this era' - Manda Scott
'Once the action kicks off you won't be able to put it down.' - Anthony Riches, author of the Empire series
'Brown promises to be one of the most exciting sword-wielding writers in an ever-popular arena.' - The Oxford Times
'A thrilling and fascinating coming-of-age adventure' - Book Gazette
'Nick Brown has the craft of storytelling at his fingertips ... The Siege is a fast-paced and satisfying read' - Russell Whitfield, author of Gladiatrix
'Brown has given this Roman military/adventure story a great twist in having Cassius hail from the secret service ranks ...<i>The Siege</i> is also a character study and offers a rare glimpse into 3rd century Rome and her occupation of Syria.' - Historical Novels Review
Nick Brown grew up in Norfolk and later studied history at the University of Sussex. In 2000 he embarked on a PCGE course at the University of Exeter and began a career as a teacher of English and humanities. Having taught in England and Poland he now lives in his home town, Norwich. The Emperor's Silver is the fifth volume of the Agent of Rome series.