Thank You…

 

ElectrifyingIt’s been heart-warming to see your reactions to my latest release, Last Prophecy of Rome, and for all your thoughts on Placidia, Rome, and current events.

A particular ‘thank you’ to the bloggers and other reviewers, who have written so many kind things about the book – from ‘ChickLibraryCat,’ who wrote: “I was completely hooked from the very first page;” to ‘Splashes into Books’, who declared “(Last Prophecy of Rome is) an amazing, up to date, enthralling read that had me riveted from start to finish,”; Donna’s Book Blog who said it was a “cracking thriller… better than Dan Brown,” and ‘Chelle’s Book Reviews’, who blogged: “What an ending – I was totally blown away and found myself on the edge of my seat hyperventilating.”  Thank you all.

Author feedAnd thanks, also, for all the customer reviews – especially the majority of reviews so far which have awarded Last Prophecy of Rome five stars out of five.  If you liked the book too, then please recommend it to others by leaving a review on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, or on your facebook page.  You don’t need to write much – a few words is plenty.  Reviews make a big impact on what other people decide to read.  The Myles Munro books have become popular through word of mouth, so please keep saying and writing such nice things about them!

Secrets-of-the-Last-Nazi-Facebook-graphics-3A number of readers have queried whether Myles Munro is genuinely odd.  For example, one blogger mused that although “Myles Munro is on my list of favourite characters…. I can’t work out why he’s called a misfit.”  It’s reassuring to see so many people prefer their heroes to be unusual – there are already too many shallow James Bonds in fiction.  In my writing, I tried hard to prevent Myles from being typical, which is why he’s not even a typical misfit (whatever that might be).  Myles Munro doesn’t belong in any pigeonhole, even one labelled ‘odd’ – and if you tried to put him in any category, he’d escape in a way you wouldn’t expect.  I promise I’ll reveal more about Myles’ character in the next book.

Best seller 1Meanwhile, ‘Secrets of the Last Nazi’ continues to intrigue.  Eight months since it was published, it has become the 35th best-selling book in the overall Amazon.com sales chart, and in its best weekend so far, which was recently, it sold a massive 3,000 copies.  The book has now topped several Amazon charts in both the US and the UK, including categories for the best-selling international mystery and crime story, the top spy fiction book, and the best-selling tale of intrigue.  ‘Secrets of the Last Nazi’ is also being translated around the world – and this website is getting ‘hits’ from more and more countries.  I will keep trying to answer every comment and question about the books; sorry if I’m slow sometimes.Czech SOTLN cover

As for me, I’m going to take a short break from writing – both fiction and non-fiction.  Myles Munro will return, but not just yet.

So thank you – your support has been wonderful. Please keep writing reviews, recommending Myles Munro books to your friends, and thank you again.

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Review: Last Prophecy of Rome by Iain King

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Title: Last Prophecy of Rome, Myles Munro #2Last Prophecy

Author: Iain King

Publisher: Bookouture

Pages: 344

Date of Publication: January 28th, 2016

Rating: 5/5

My Review:

This is one of those books where I seriously suggest you just go get yourself a copy instead of reading my review – the book is an amazing, up to date, enthralling read that had me riveted from start to finish.

Myles Munro is a brilliant character, a highly intelligent misfit, expert analyst of military history and something of a maverick. He’s absolutely awesomely different! The knowledge and expertise of the author shines through in this superbly written, highly topical, action packed thriller. I’m putting down the modern day port in Rome to artistic licence….It is a roller coaster, highly emotive and fast paced thriller. Journeying through the historic demise of the Roman Empire to ascertain threats to modern day America with migrants, terrorists, threats to…

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‘Last Prophecy of Rome’ – It’s Here!

ElectrifyingLast Prophecy of Rome – the gripping, addictive, action-packed thriller – is now available to download onto your Kindle or other e-reading device!  The first pre-orders downloaded at 00:11 GMT today.  Now you can get your own copy in less than a minute.

Click here to download from Amazon (UK)

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Advanced copies were given out to independent reviewers.  Here’s what they wrote:

“…incredibly entertaining and keeping you turning the pages. I loved getting to know Myles Munro even more in this book, and admire the way the author skillfully works the plot …. All the characters are so real and believable and I was reading each page with a real sense of terror and tension.  An amazing read from an incredibly talented author.” (From Renita, on Goodreads)

“The main theme contained within the book is pretty pertinent and quite controversial but Mr King has tackled it very sensitively indeed, giving me as a reader quite a bit to think about.” (from Kath, on Goodreads)

“Iain King has done it again. The Last Prophecy of Rome was amazingly insightful dealing with history and current day events…. a thoroughly enjoyable book.” (from Sean, on Goodreads)

Last-Prophecy-of-Rome-A-gripping-action-packed-conspiracy-thriller-Kindle“I was completely hooked on this book within the first few pages and found myself reading oblivious. The plot is ingenious and contemporary, but weaving in some fascinating ideas about the reasons for the decline and fall of Rome. That’s the reason I thoroughly enjoyed this book – it is one of those rare things: a compelling thriller that also makes you think.” (from David, on Goodreads)

So far, every single review has awarded the book five stars out of five.  These reviews and more are available on the Goodreads website.

So – find out why everybody’s so excited – get the book now!

 

‘Last Prophecy of Rome’ – First Review

Here’s the very first review of ‘Last Prophecy of Rome’:

RenitaI absolutely adored Iain King’s debut and was waiting to get my hands on this prequel to The Secrets of The Last Nazi and wow! It is even better than the first!

With nail-biting suspense, thrilling plot twists, this amazing book is incredibly well researched and extremely topical, bringing to the fore the plight of refugees and the fragile state of the Middle East and Africa. This book raises questions and delivers warning, while at the same time being incredibly entertaining and keeping you turning the pages.  I loved getting to know Myles Munro even more in this book, and admire the way the author skilfully works the plot so we don’t quite know who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong. All the characters are so real and believable and I was reading each page with a real sense of terror and tension.

An amazing read from an incredibly talented author. I cannot wait for his next offering.

The review was published on ‘Goodreads’, here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1509047350

How Marcus Aurelius Almost Saved Rome

One of Rome’s most remarkable rulers, Marcus Aurelius (121-180AD) is commonly described as ‘The last of the five good emperors’.  Along with his predecessors – Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and Antonius Pius – Marcus Aurelius brought stability to an unstable Empire; between them, the five provided almost a century of competent government, now regarded as Rome’s heyday.  But it was Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher emperor, who inadvertently brought this golden age to an end.

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Aurelius: Last Great Emperor

Marcus Aurelius was singled out for an imperial life when he was still a teenager: the dying Hadrian instructed his successor, Antonius Pius, to adopt the young philosopher.   Antonius Pius, one of longest serving emperors, became infirm in his last years, so Marcus Aurelius gradually assumed the imperial duties. By the time he came to power, in 161, Marcus Aurelius, was already well practiced in public administration.

Aurelius immediately became the first emperor to appoint a co-ruler. It was a clever arrangement: it made it much harder for usurpers to snatch power, since they had to assassinate two rulers, not one.  It also recognised that the empire had become too huge to administer from a single capital.  Aurelius’ cousin, Lucius, was given responsibility for the eastern half of the Roman domain, and made responsible for confronting Persia, which had just moved into the buffer state of Armenia. Recognising flaws in Lucius’ character, Marcus Aurelius made sure his co-emperor was accompanied by trustworthy generals.  Even so, Lucius’ victorious five-year campaign was marred when his army shamelessly plundered a city after it had surrendered.

Although he was far from the action, the campaign in the East shaped Marcus’ reign in three ways.  First, it meant the emperor was left to concentrate on administration and public affairs.  Contemporary accounts describe his as very judicious and deeply interested in the processes of government.  Even stripping away a propaganda quotient, it is reasonable to assume Marcus had an affinity for the decisions demanded by high office.  He would certainly need it, because of the two further implications of the Parthian campaign.

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Antonine Plague Victims, unearthed

Lucius’ soldiers didn’t just come home with wars trophies; they also brought back a plague. Possibly a strain of smallpox, it killed some five million Roman citizens – up to 10% of the Empire’s population – including the co-emperor, Lucius, in 169.  As well as the naturally destabilising Rome, the plague made the Empire vulnerable for invasion.

To garner forces for the Middle-East campaign, Marcus Aurelius had strategically slimmed down his troops on the long European frontier – roughly demarcated by the Rhine and the Danube rivers.  Aware he was weakening his defences, he warned his local governors against provoking the borderland tribes.  It didn’t work.  Germanic tribes and nomads raided west into Gaul, and in 166, a much more serious invasion was launched by the Marcomanni of Bohemia, breaching their alliance with Rome.

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Aurelius defends the Empire – just…

Marcus Aurelius was forced to act.  Unlike previous emperors, who had spent many years campaigning in the Provinces, Aurelius was a relative novice at expeditionary warfare.  But he duly left for the front, stationing himself in modern-day Serbia and Austria, in an effort to repulse the invasion.

Aurelius suffered two significant early defeats, and the barbarians crossed the Alps and led the first successful invasion of Italy for two-and-a-half centuries, attacking the Roman cities of Aquileia and Oderzo.

It was during these campaigning years that Aurelius wrote his famous meditations. Removed from the cultural and intellectual life of Rome, he may have turned to philosophy for mental stimulation.  But the books also reveal a moral exploration – as if the Emperor were searching for guidance as he made testing and important decisions without any source of reflection other than himself.  He concludes on advice which is at odds with the brutality of his situation.  Whereas many in the Roman world had no qualms about being cruel, and some even revelled in it, Marcus Aurelius reveals himself to be a considerate, even sensitive man.

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Aurelius’ sickly successor, as depicted in the film ‘Gladiator’: Emperor Commodus.

Marcus Aurelius’ remained on the front until the climax of his wars against the Germanic tribes. He won perhaps his most important battle at the end of 173, fought over a frozen part of the river Danube. The Quadi and Iazyges tribes had formed an alliance; the Emperor was significantly outnumbered and became surrounded. But Aurelius ordered his men to form square, with shields passed to the front rank, and cavalrymen (including himself) protected in the centre.  Even though the tribesmen had trained their horses to ride over ice, they were unable to break the Roman formations and, in close-quarter fighting, superior Roman discipline won out.  The Quadi and Iazyges were routed and, by 175, Marcus Aurelius was able to insist both tribes accept punitive peace terms.

Marcus Aurelius almost crushed the whole Germanic threat, but died in 180 before what was to be the final confrontation. Commodus, his son, successor and by all accounts a megalomaniac, wasted their advantage so he could return to the pleasures of Rome.  For all his wisdom, Marcus Aurelius had entrusted a vain teenager with imperial office (Commodus is depicted with some accuracy in the film ‘Gladiator’).  The move established the principle of genetic rather than meritocratic inheritance within Rome, one of the principle reasons for Rome’s long, drawn out decline.

Last-Prophecy-of-Rome-A-gripping-action-packed-conspiracy-thriller-KindleMarcus Aurelius was undoubtedly a great man: an intellectual who navigated Rome masterfully through severe difficulties.  The tragedy is that his philosophy – which is about self-restraint, duty, and respect for others – was so abjectly abandoned by the imperial line he anointed on his death.

How much will history repeat itself?  Read the action-packed thriller, ‘Last Prophecy of Rome’ to find out. 

Available NOW to pre-order: from Amazon (UK) and Amazon (US).

 

 

Coming Soon…

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An ancient empire. A terrifying threat to the World’s Superpower. Only one man can stop it.

ROME: Maverick military historian Myles Munro is on holiday with girlfriend and journalist Helen Bridle. Hes convinced a bomb is about to be detonated at the American Embassy…

NEW YORK: A delivery van hurtling through Wall Street – it blows up, showering the sky with a chilling message: America is about to be brought down like the Roman Empire.

Juma, an African warlord, plans to make it happen.

When a US Senator is taken hostage, a chilling chain of events begins, and Myles finds himself caught in a race against time to stop Juma. But, he’s not prepared for the shocking truth that the woman he once loved, Juma’s wife, Placidia, has become a terrorist.

An electrifying edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have you coming back for more.

Read what everyone is saying about Secrets of the Last Nazi:

SOTLN coverThis is one hell of an action packed thriller, if you enjoy Dan Brown then there is no way you won’t enjoy this…one hell of an unputdownable read!’ Crime Book Club

‘It had me turning the pages with an ever increasing speed so desperate was I to find the ‘secret’…a must read for any thriller fans.A Book Lover’s Blog

‘A BRILLIANT but unconventional academic races shadowy agents, a deranged killer and power-mad priests to expose a vast conspiracy…romps along at a ferocious pace.The Sun

‘I was drawn into Secrets of the Last Nazi and will highly recommend it. It was refreshing to read a book which was much grander in scale than my normal choice of story and Iain King weaves the threads of a fantastic narrative into a slick adventure.Grab This Book

“What the secret is and where and when it originated comprise one of the most original and carefully thought out stories that have yet to appear in print.” Stacy Alesi’s ‘Book Bitch’ Review Site

A great conspiracy thriller, just the sort of book I like. The whole story is based on a fascinating premise and backed up convincingly throughout. A good pace all the way through, building up and racing to an exciting finish. Would recommend to anyone who likes Scott Mariani, Dan Brown type thrillers. I will definitely look out for more books by this author.’ Sue Fortin

I loved this book…for me it was a real page turner. The blurb claims the book to be a heart-stopping, action-packed and scarily plausible adventure and I whole heartily agree.’ Donna’s Book Blog

‘Iain King has come up with a thrilling plot and an ingenious idea that has the possibility to turn everyone’s ideas upside down and back to front.’ David Boyle

‘It is at once a thriller, a mystery, a treasure hunt, and an incredible revelationary work that may just change the way you look at the world. I found the book enjoyable, enticing, and informative…I would recommend this book to history lovers and mystery/thriller lovers alike. Accio Adventure

An enjoyable, fast paced political thriller full of action that will definitely appeal to fans of Dan Brown. Amazing, ballsy and unique characters you’ll root for while on the quest to reveal the big secret. I definitely recommend it and sincerely hope you’ll enjoy it. I was over the moon to hear there will be a sequel, The Last Prophecy of Rome.’ This Chick Reads