PRAISE FOR EMPIRE RESURGENT
"Magical! Truly! As if I were transported to the 6th century. Just brilliant."
-THE HISTORY FOLD
" Exceptional writing with vivid imagery that is stunningly accurate to the times."
Written by American novelist Robert Bruton
Edited by Lyndsay Stanley
Flavius Belisariusis a man’s man, a young and brilliant general who stands out amongst the other tyrannical and conniving men in his class. Unlike the others, he seeks the glory and restoration of Rome and needs little for himself. Or so he thought.
All at once, he is enamored by a startlingly beautiful and famously promiscuous woman, Antonina. Despite his awkwardness around women, he wins her heart. But her heart does not stay in the same place for too long.
Belisarius is called upon to reconquer an ancient Roman colony. Fueled by the greatness of his mission, he completely loses sight of his wife, until he finds her in the enemy’s cellar tangled in the arms of another man. The scene is more wretched, gorier than any he had seen on the battlefield. And it is one that he cannot shake. Will the great man of Rome, Belisarius General of the East, buckle under a broken heart? Or will he have the courage to stand, even wounded?
Author: Robert J. Bruton
Editor: Lyndsay Stanley, Stonecreek Editing Services
Cover Design: Lyndsay Stanley & HISTRIA BOOKS
Publisher: HISTRIA BOOKS
Genre: Historical Fiction/ ADULT
Page Count: 568 pages
Who will enjoy it: #Historylovers, especially those with an interest in the Eastern Roman Empire after the collapse of the West. If you loved the 1990s film, Gladiator, then you will love this novel!
"Carefully researched and beautifully crafted, this is the stirring tale of battles won against overwhelming odds, a brilliant general’s undying commitment to duty, honor, and the Roman Empire, imperial court intrigues, unrequited love, the machinations of two former courtesans who maneuvered their way into the top echelons of the Empire, and the impact of a devastating climate catastrophe that derailed the chances of restoring the empire to its former glory. Amazingly, it is all based on actual events. This is a great read for both serious consumers of histories and biographies and for those who enjoy historical fiction!"
"I would not hesitate to recommend Empire Resurgent to historical fiction fans seeking a well-balanced blend of
personal drama and big-picture action."
-K.C FINN Reviewed for READER'S FAVORITE
This book is the first in a series of books that follow the exploits of Belisarius in this era. This book features very good maps, elaborate descriptions of battle tactics, and good character development, particularly in the wives, Theodora and Antonina. The language is livened up by modern terminology such as "hooking up," "He wouldn't notice if I shaved my head," and references to such characters as David and Goliath. The history is accurate, and the fictional interaction is entertaining. This is a great series.
-CHRIS MADDIX, GOODREADS
Robert Bruton has a wonderful ability to seamlessly combine the horrors and cruelty of war with the tenderness and joy of romance, love, and comradeship.
-GRANT LEISHMAN, READER'S FAVORITE
Empire Resurgent is an animated first offering in a series of historical fiction books tackling the efforts of Justinian and his people in preserving a bloodied empire. Bruton lays the foundation for further drama with the conflict between Flavius and Constantinus along with a growing rift in his marriage.
- PHILIP ZOZZAR , READER'S FAVORITE
"Why have you chosen me? You could have any woman in Constantinople?"
”Truthfully, Antonina, I have no time to notice women. I’m uncomfortable with most of them and prefer the company of men. But you are different from the women of the court who spend their days eating, bathing, sleeping, stroking their lapdogs, or spinning and weaving. You are more like one of my soldiers.”
“I’m not sure I expected that answer, General,” she said in a deeper voice and laughed. “Procopius says that you cast a spell on me.”
Antonina laughed, “Maybe I did.”
“A month ago.”
“Then it didn’t work. Every good witch knows you cannot cast an effective spell during a full moon,” Belisarius pointed to the moon. “You’ll have to try again."
“You can be sure that I will...”
-A SCENE FULL OF ROMANCE, VULNERABILITY, AND CHEMISTRY BETWEEN TWO LOVERS, BELISARIUS & ANTONINA, EMPIRE RESURGENT BY ROBERT J. BRUTON