Pirata: The Black Flag
Part one of the Roman Pirata series
By Simon Scarrow
The first in the brand new Roman pirate series of ebook novellas from the Sunday Times bestselling authors of ARENA and INVADER, Simon Scarrow and T. J. Andrews.
The first ebook novella in the brand new Roman pirate series by Sunday Times bestselling authors Simon Scarrow and T. J. Andrews.
It is AD 25. The Roman Empire stretches from Hispania in the west to Armenia in the east, Merchantmen roam the seas, transporting people, livestock and all manner of goods. And where there are merchant ships, there will be pirates ...
On a blustery night in the rough port of Piraeus, Captain Clemestes staggers drunkenly through the dark streets as he heads for his ship, Selene. When he becomes aware of the sinister figures following him, he fears the worst, for life is cheap in this den of thieves and cutthroats. Then a man bursts from the shadows and by brute force drives the attackers away. Clemestes is astounded to find that he has been saved not by a powerful soldier, or a fellow sailor, but by a half-starved youth, compelled to come to the aid of a stranger, in the face of impossible odds.
The youth is Telemachus, an orphan with a story that is both commonplace and tragic. When the kind-hearted Clemestes suggests he joins Selene's crew, Telemachus sees no reason to refuse. But little does he know of the dangers of his new world. There's no running away once a ship is at sea - and when a pirate fleet appears on the horizon, Telemachus's troubles have just begun ...
Episode one in the PIRATA ebook novella series.
Simon Scarrow is a Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author. His bestsellers include: ARENA and INVADER, also co-written with T. J. Andrews; his novels featuring Roman soldiers Macro and Cato, including THE BLOOD OF ROME and DAY OF THE CAESARS; SWORD AND SCIMITAR, about the 1565 Siege of Malta; HEARTS OF STONE, set in Greece during the Second World War; four novels about the lives of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte; and PLAYING WITH DEATH, a contemporary thriller written with Lee Francis.
T. J. Andrews was born near Barking Abbey and grew up in Essex, not far from the Ancient Roman garrison at Colchester. After several years in publishing he became a full-time writer. He lives in St Albans.
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24 Jan 2019
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