The triumphant Muslim capital is the setting for the fourth in the brilliant series set in the dying days of the Roman Empire, featuring the most compelling anti-hero since Flashman.
686 AD. The Byzantine Empire is a shattered rump. The armies of Arabia have overrun its African and Syrian provinces. Meekal the Magnificent, the Greek turncoat who rules Damascus, dreams of conquering Constantinople itself.
Far off in the wastes of Jarrow, old Aelric writes his memoirs and waits for death. Little does he expect a double siege, a kidnapping, a near-fatal chase through the ravaged Mediterranean and a confrontation at the end of this that will settle the future of mankind.
Will age have robbed Aelric of his charm, his intelligence, his resourcefulness,or of his talent for cold and homicidal duplicity?
Fascinating to read, very well written, an intriguing plot and I enjoyed it very much. - Derek Jacobi on CONSPIRACIES OF ROME
Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced by his unfamiliar choice of period. Nasty, fun and educational. - Daily Telegraph on THE TERROR OF CONSTANTINOPLE
A rollicking and raunchy read . . . Anyone who enjoys their history with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue and, above all, fun will absolutely love this novel. - Historical Novels Review on THE TERROR OF CONSTANTINOPLE