Eagle and Empire

Eagle and Empire

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The award-winning author of Clash of Eagles and Eagle in Exile concludes his masterly alternate-history saga of the Roman invasion of North America in this stunning novel.

Roman Praetor Gaius Marcellinus came to North America as a conqueror, but after meeting with defeat at the hands of the city-state of Cahokia, he has had to forge a new destiny in this strange land. In the decade since his arrival, he has managed to broker an unstable peace between the invading Romans and a loose affiliation of Native American tribes known as the League.

But invaders from the west will shatter that peace and plunge the continent into war: The Mongol Horde has arrived and they are taking no prisoners.

As the Mongol cavalry advances across the Great Plains leaving destruction in its path, Marcellinus and his Cahokian friends must summon allies both great and small in preparation for a final showdown. Alliances will shift, foes will rise, and friends will fall as Alan Smale brings us ever closer to the dramatic final battle for the future of the North American continent.

Praise for Eagle and Empire

"Smale delivers in spades . . . the best of the trilogy. Highly recommended." -- Historical Novels Review

"The pace . . . is breathless and the action relentless. . . . A satisfying culmination to the adventures of a Roman warrior in the New World." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The final volume of Smale's Clash of Eagles trilogy is relentless, with characters and readers hardly getting a breath before the next threat comes crashing down. . . . Smale's hard-hitting and satisfying conclusion will be a must for his readers, as the trilogy will be for any fan of alternate history." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[ Eagle and Empire] had awesome worldbuilding, worthy and interesting characters, and a great plot. . . . Altogether, a very satisfying journey." --The Nameless Zine
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, 2017.
Edition: Del Rey mass market edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101885321
Characteristics: 593 pages :,map ;,19 cm.
Alternative Title: Eagle & empire


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Apr 16, 2019

Wow. Novel somewhat reminded me of Sharpe's Waterloo. Climatic battle in middle America???
It was weird to read Western & Northern Native American tribes as part Mongol Auxiliaries
On paper, Mongols had all the advantages: strategic mobility, larger army, gunpowder, guns & a still living Genghis Khan.
However, combined-arms Roman & Native American allies have their own surprises. Balloons, Y-shaped slingshots thanks to rubber & best defense is going old school Greek offense.
Classic Great man vs the system with protagonist as an important cog.
Loved the Appendix & further reading by author.

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