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, Stonecreek Editing Services
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!
"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
"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!" -Ed Ricart.
In this extraordinary work of historical fiction, Robert Bruton seamlessly fuses warfare, church politics, romance, and espionage. Thus, the story is certain to appeal to a wide genre of readers. Mr. Bruton’s use of twists and suspense in turn shifts the characters from victim to villain and vice versa. This book took my enjoyment of reading to a new level. —Ellen Sheets