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153 thoughts on “Feedback

  • By Michael Masters - Reply

    I have very much enjoyed reading the Empire series and also the Centurions Series. Having just read Retribution I had previously finished reading Robert Fabbri’s Vespasian series. I realise that these books are all novels but I was struck by two differences regarding the Batavian revolt. Your books tell that all the Batavian Imperial Guard were sent home before the revolt but in Fabbri’s book there are still some in Rome at the time Vespasian comes to power. You also have Kivilaz dying at the end whereas Fabbri has him surviving. Which is correct or is there doubt?

    • By Tony Riches - Reply

      Hi Michael, the answers to your questions are…

      – were the German imperial guard still in Rome when Vespasian came to power? Not according to the contemporary sources. They were sent home by Galba, at the behest of the praetorians, so Suetonius tells us, and Vespasian didn’t reach Rome for the best part of a year thereafter.

      – and did Julius Civilis live or die at the end of the Batavian revolt? Nobody knows… The relevant passage in Dio Cassis ends with him facing off with Vespasian’s son in law Agricola, and just starting his rebuttal of Rome’s charges, but after that it’s all lost to history, I’m afraid.

    • By Tony Riches - Reply

      The answers are well documented:

      – The German guard were dismissed in AD68 by Galba, well before Vespasianus took the throne. Suetonius tells us this.

      – and Julius Civilis’s fate is unknown. The relevant text in Dio Cassius’s account comes to an end on the bridge (Robert mentioned the bridge, right?) with Civilis declaiming his innocence. So, quite literally, nobody knows whether he lived or died.

      Cheers!

  • By Bernd Klüsener - Reply

    Dear Anthony,

    I like historical novels from the roman times with the consequence, that I have a bookshelf full of novels from different authors, including 3 books of A.Riches. On the other hand I am fascinated of scotland/history.
    Therefore I always look for new historical sites to discover on my next travel. So every time I saw a new name of a roman site, I start searching for this on any map I could find (google maps, OS-Maps Roman Britain etc.).
    In the german version of your book “Wounds of Honour/Die Ehre der Legion”, there is a map printed on the inside of the cover.
    For my point of view there seems to be two little mistakes. Between the roman forts Trimontium/Newstaed and Bremenium/Rochester the are two forts located with the names Blatobulgium and Brocavum. As far as I now Blatobulgium is located 15 miles north-west of Carlisle and Brocavum is located 20 miles south of Carlisle. 🙂
    Was this done for dramaturgical reasons?

    Happy Christmas and a
    Happy new Year

    Bernd

    • By Tony Riches - Reply

      Hi Bernd, and Happy New Year to you too. The map in ‘Die Ehre Der Legion’ isn’t my work, I’m afraid, and I was not asked to approve it, which is often the case with publishers in other countries. The fort names in the UK edition are Red River and Yew Tree Fort, which are ‘my’ derivations of the Latin names and based on what the etymologists think these forts were called (I always try to do this, so Brocolitia is, for example, Badger Holes in my map (which is that the Romans saw when they arrived and the reason for the name. So I’m afraid I have no answer for you…:-(

      Cheers,
      Tony.

  • By Ron Kill - Reply

    I am recently in possession of all the Empire series, which I am enjoying. I have just finished Arrows of Fury. I was shocked when I got to page 216 to be told that Equitius, a Roman legate, said “You killed and wounded twelve hundred barbarians for the loss of less than fifty men? I would have expected a nought on the end of our side of that tally.” But the concept of zero was not invented for centuries later by the Hindus. Suddenly my belief in the veracity of the conversation was shattered. Besides how to you add a nought to L (Roman fifty)?
    It is likely that you have been informed of this before, if so I am sorry to bring it up again.

    • By Tony Riches - Reply

      Yes, good point Ron – just goes to show you can never know everything!

      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By Peter McGunigle - Reply

    Hi Tony, I looked forward to meeting you at the Eboracum Roman Festival this summer but you must have been busy elsewhere. I do like to meet and thank my favourite authors in person were possible. Actually the numbers in York were not great and your fellow authors must have felt a little miffed. Ben, Harry and Ruth gave good accounts of themselves and their novel’s heroes and I took to Simon Turney and his Praetorian Books. I’ll definitely attend 2019 in York and maybe meet you there. I have read all your books to date and obviously love the Empire Series, who wouldn’t and I can’t wait for Marcus’s return next year. I did struggle though with the Centurions Series, having read only two of the trilogy. All the jumping between the Roman Forts had me constantly looking up the names at the front of the book. I’m sure its an aging memory thing and not in any way your fault. The action is amazing and you colour the scene to the point you can feel the barbarians Baritus or worse still, hear the Batavi cavalry’s approach. Fantastic skills to capture and reproduce the sets for us to read through. Hopefully I’ll have the final book this week and will see how these four centurions hold up. I know that there has to be a winner but I want Achilles to join Marius and Aquillius together in a Legion in future stories. Keep up the excellent work and hope to see you one day. Cheers Pete McG.

    • By Tony Riches - Reply

      Hi Peter, sorry to have missed you in York (we were on holiday unfortunately). I hope you enjoy Retribution and approve of the ending that the characters devised for themselves…:-). Empire 10 is now completed, and I think you’re going to enjoy it…

      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By RENATO - Reply

    Hi, I read his novel “The Empire, the Sword and the Honor” and I was fascinated … really nice .. exciting … and full of very accurate details.
    I live in Pompeii and here we still breathe the air of ancient Roman life and she with her novel transported me to that historical period.
    Congratulations indeed..I hope to be able to read as soon as possible all the books.
    Greetings to a master of the pen.

    • By Tony Riches - Reply

      Thank you Renato, that’s really kind of you! Enjoy the series, and don’t forget ‘The Centurions’ (a trilogy)!

  • By SEAN HEAD - Reply

    Hi Anthony.
    I know this is a bit late but I like to thank you for the signed,
    Limited edition graphic novels.
    I am now looking for a signed hardback 1st ed copy of your book, Retribution.
    Can you help with any ideas.
    Best regards.
    Sean.

    • By Tony Riches - Reply

      Hi Sean, thank you!

      I suggest Goldsboro Books?

      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By david stewart - Reply

    Hi Anthony
    I was going through a hard time ( violins playing lol) joking aside it was some very low months in my life I wouldn’t leave the house and something that I believe kept me sane and took me out a lonely house that used to have my daughters laughter was finding your books,
    Every time I picked one up and read it I was transported to the legion I smelt the air smelt the blood and grime every time I finished one book it was back to an empty quiet depressing house, then back onto amazon and when your next book arrived I was again transported, now when I read the centurion books I feel that dejavu moment of that time, whilst I had help in other ways and am back to myself and happy I can honestly say your books helped enormously you can know that your writing had at least a profound effect on one person being part of his recovery, I can’t wait for the next empire book I recently went over to audiobooks and own every one of yours as well as the paperback and some hardbacks.
    Thank you Anthony
    Regards
    David stewart

  • By Roy Dobbs - Reply

    I just completed the last of your books and I just have to say, what a thrilling adventure it was. Twelve books in such rich detail. You write in graphic detail Roman History. Full of all the elements of a fantastic writer, LOVE IT! I am looking forward to your next book. I do have to admit because your stories are so rich in details it takes longer to read than other Roman novels. Keep up your great writing.

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Thanks Ray! I hope that was Retribution, the stand alone trilogy that I wrote as a change of scene from the Empire series. I loved writing it, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed it!

      Cheers,
      Tony.

  • By Grant Nakashima - Reply

    Hi Anthony,
    Big fan of both your series. Having recently read the Centurions series, now waiting on the next Empire book. When will it be out? I can’t wait, so I started reading the series again from the start. Btw, it’s the 3rd time doing so. Keep up the great writings… Looking forward for your new release. Hopefully soon.

    Thanks!
    Grant

    • By Tony Riches - Reply

      Hi Grant, thanks for the kind comments. Empire 10 – The Scorpion`s Strike will be published some time around next April, all being well. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • By Philip Purves - Reply

    Hi Anthony,
    Not commented since I drew your attention to David Divine’s book but I have followed (and own) all your Empire series. My congratulatons on a superbly atmospheric effort! May I suggest that, in the later books, some of the new characters which have replaced the original ones who passed on to Mithras seem to have become a little impersonal – those little descriptive passages fleshing them out are missing and make a surprising difference1 Keep up the excellent work.
    Philip

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Philip, that’s great feedback and I thank you for it. I’ll see if I can build some more character descriptions back in.

      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By Mike A - Reply

    Dear Anthony,

    From a very loyal Australian fan – a word of appreciation for the amazing Centurions trilogy. As much as I’ve enjoyed the Empire series, I got so much from the Centurions. I find with the Empire series that I’m unequivocally going for the lads, but with Centurions, I found my loyalties wavering. It was amazing to get an insight into not only the Romans, but those impacted by them.

    The various parts of the story gelled perfectly, and there were some amazing characters. I also enjoyed the fact that you went into a bit more detail into the battle and siege details.

    As with all of your books, I’m torn between wanting to race through the story, but not wanting it to end.

    Love your work, and can’t wait for the next release.

    Cheers, Mike.

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Cheers Mike, both for the kind words and the feeling (which I shared) of being a bit torn between Romans and Batavi.

      The next release will be arriving sometime early next year – The Scorpion’s Strike.

      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By John Sully - Reply

    Hi Anthony

    I have just finished reading Retribution. The Centurions series has been great, though I still prefer the Empire stories and am looking forward to the next one. Thank you for all the work that goes into these novels. Please keep them coming.

    One comment, I hope constructive. I noticed in this last book, and perhaps it’s general, how little weather there is affecting the soldiers. Cold gets the occasional mention, but it never seems to rain. Surely weather was a major factor for ancient armies. A winter siege on the Rhine must have been a hell of rain, mud, and snow, especially for the besiegers. And are no plans ever disrupted by storms etc? Perhaps too much realism would break the flow of the action!

    Whatever, thanks again, and best wishes.

    John

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi John,

      Thanks for the kind comments and I do take your point regarding the weather. I’ll give that some thought! Interestingly the boys will be crossing the Alps in ‘The Scorpion’s Strike’, so it’s a timely question!
      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By Darren Henry - Reply

    Hello,

    Can you please advise if there will be any future installments on the Empire series

    Regards

    Darren

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Darren,

      Yes, Marcus and the Tungrians will return in early 2018, I promise, in ‘The Scorpion’s Strike’.

      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By Scott - Reply

    I thought you would like to know you misspelled the word “alot”. Silly mistakes are a pet peeve of mine and they can ruin your website’s credibility. In the past I’ve used a tool like SpellingScan.com to keep mistakes off my website.

    -Scott Matthews Sr

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Thanks Scott, very helpful!

      Cheers,

      Tony.

    • By david stewart - Reply

      Scott,
      I can tell you mate I think spelling mistakes actually make a website like this more personal.
      We are all human and when we see spelling mistakes we know it’s real, not spellchecked,
      I personally think that for you to take the time out and instead of saying how good or bad you think the books are, you instead decide to point out the spelling which I think is very arrogant,
      I know from Anthony’s comment he doesn’t see it that way but still you could maybe have put that at the end of a comment on what you think of his books,
      David

      • By Tony Riches - Reply

        Thanks Dave, I am pretty relaxed though…a dozen books will do that…

        Cheers,

        Tony

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