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  • 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

  • By Richard K - Reply

    Bring Marco and his pals back from their holidays please.

    Over the heather the wet wind blows,
    I’ve lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose.

    The rain comes pattering out of the sky,
    I’m a Wall soldier, I don’t know why.

    The mist creeps over the hard grey stone,
    My girl’s in Tungria; I sleep alone.

    Aulus goes hanging around her place,
    I don’t like his manners, I don’t like his face.

    Piso’s a Christian, he worships a fish;
    There’d be no kissing if he had his wish.

    She gave me a ring but I diced it away;
    I want my girl and I want my pay.

    When I’m a veteran with only one eye
    I shall do nothing but look at the sky.
    WH Auden

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Richard!

      Thanks for the poem – I’ve always enjoyed that one. Marcus and the guys will be back early next year.

      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By Seb Marr - Reply

    Have loved both series and looking forward to the further exploits of Two Knives and the Tungrians. I was wondering when the competition page would be updated to allow answers to the third question.

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Yes, you’re right, it’s time to let the entrants have at it (I’ve been a bit busy and totally forgot to give the command to unleash questions!). Should be open to entries today, as soon as my webmaster sees the email I just sent him, and I’ll mount the customary social media blitz too…

      Thanks!

  • By Donald Mitchell - Reply

    Hi Anthony

    I cannot see any advanced information on Empire X in hardcopy, is that being delayed in favour of Kindle publication, I’m not really too keen on Kindle books and would prefer to have a printed version. Love both series.

    Donald

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Donald, and thanks for your kindness. Be assured, the hardback and the kindle editions will ship at exactly the same time from what I know.
      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By Karen Mcneil - Reply

    Good afternoon Anthony,
    I love reading your novels -your characters are so alive that I feel like I know them. I have always been interested in military history and prob having a father in the coldstream guards, an ex-husband in the royal engineers and my partner who served in royal signals . All makes sense where my interest comes from!
    My question is – who illustrates your books? Do they sell prints of them?
    Karen

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Karen – thanks for the kind comments. And yes, you’ll know the military mindset better than most! As to the illustration, do you mean:

      – the jacket designs?
      – the graphic novels of the Centurions series?
      – or the character art for the Centurions series?
      – or the maps?

      Depending on your answer I might be able to help. Please email me at tony.riches@btinternet.com for more information.

      Cheers,

      Tony.

  • By David - Reply

    Hi Anthony,
    I’m addicted to ALL your books – love ’em !!
    It’s just like I’m back in the Mob again,with all the Army banter and BS going on.
    There are times when some of your words make me burst out laffin mate…all so real.
    As an ex – Infantryman, I appreciate the words used on those 20 – 30 milers,that the legionaries marched – carrying all that kit…not forgetting that damn pole HAHAHA
    Were your two Family members in the Army ? Is that where you got your Army wit and BS from – if so it’s still valid these days – I think ?
    Keep on writing mate – and I’ll keep on buying the books.
    Centurions IS different,but glad your taking up your pen for ‘Empire’ again – can you give Scaurus and,
    Aquila back their ranks as Tribune and Legatus – please ? They bloody earned them !!
    Cheers,
    Dave.
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    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi David,

      I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed the books so far. My family have been Army since about 1895 – GGF was a Colour Serjeant in the Grenadier Guards and fought in the Boer War (I have his Queen’s South Africa medal with a healthy six battle clasps). Grandad was a squaddie in WW1 (1st Leicesters) and fought at Ypres in 1917 – one of only two men to survive his first afternoon mainly because he was carrying the drums for the Lewis gun and therefore not running at the enemy. And my dad was a radio operator/loader in Normandy, Sherwood Rangers. Ironically, he was the least warlike of the three by a long way (GGF was a right nasty bastard, I still have the sword stick he used to carry round London in retirement) and yet I suspect he saw the most peril. He got brewed twice, and both times two of his mates were killed pretty thoroughly. But I don’t think it came from the family connection, more from reading a lot and working in a lot of mainly male project teams over the years. Seems to work though…

      And Empire 10 will see the boys back in the saddle, but alongside the Praetorians, so there won’t be any legion commands coming their way any time soon. I hope you enjoy the conclusion of the Centurions series in Retribution – I think it’s a cracker. And there’s a gold aureus to be won – so don’t forget to enter on my website’s competition page!

      Cheers,
      Tony.

  • By Peter Holmes - Reply

    Ref Onslaught The Centurions.
    I have read, with much pleasure, all our current books. However, after 168 pages of the above book I am close to abandoning it. The problem is is one of confusion in differentiating Batavi from Roman characters. This confusion is caused by using the same titles for both sides of the war i.e. Chosen, cohort,Prefect, century etc.
    Disappointed and would welcome your comments.

    Peter Holmes

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Peter, I’m sorry, I’ve just noticed this. You make a fair point – and I could have invented some ‘Batavi’ terms for the unit groupings. However, it was my judgement that auxiliary troops with a century of indoctrination into the Roman military way of doing things would have kept on using the same unit names. WHo knows? I hope you kept reading – Retribution is a corker, and there’s a gold aureus worth £2500 to be won. Fingers crossed…

      Cheers,

      Tony.