The Last Roman, Book One: Exile

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Pub Date 01 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 04 Aug 2021

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Gaul, 37 AD Seasoned imperial officer Marcus Sempronius Gracchus leads the 9th Roman Legion into bloody battle against a fierce barbarian rival.

It’s a battle he won’t survive. When he awakens three days later, clawing his way from a hastily dug grave, Marcus realizes he cannot be killed—but that won’t stop him from dying time and again over the next 2,000 years.

Burdened with a debt he cannot pay, is he cursed to walk this world without end? But others like Marcus plan to bring the world crashing to its knees. Can he prevent the inevitable and find redemption?

The Last Roman lies somewhere between fantasy, historical drama, and a techno-thriller.

Don’t miss the debut novel from B.K. Greenwood, and part one of an exciting new trilogy that will have fans of Highlander and Jason Bourne on the edge of their seats. 

Gaul, 37 AD Seasoned imperial officer Marcus Sempronius Gracchus leads the 9th Roman Legion into bloody battle against a fierce barbarian rival.

It’s a battle he won’t survive. When he awakens three...


Advance Praise

"""Greenwood’s grasp of ancient history, coupled with a breakneck action writing style, barely gives the reader a moment’s pause. And the good news? “Exile” is the first part of a three-book series. Whether you enjoy history, action-adventure or even delving into more profound philosophies like the cost of faith, “The Last Roman” is a journey worth taking!"" Dan Szczesny, Author ""The White Mountain:. 

""With a strong grounding in the history of the past, this modern-day thriller will please fantasy fans of epics like Highlander along with those who love the high-octane action of the Bourne series as Marcus races across the globe trying to avert an oncoming disaster centuries in the making."" Gareth Clegg, Author ""Fogbound"" and ""The Chronicles of the Fallen""."

"""Greenwood’s grasp of ancient history, coupled with a breakneck action writing style, barely gives the reader a moment’s pause. And the good news? “Exile” is the first part of a three-book series...


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The synopsis of this novel intrigued me, so I downloaded it. I am very glad that I did. What a ride.

The story starts in Gaul in 37 AD. A Roman Centurion, named Marcus, is about to meet the Barbarians in battle, which he does not survive, well not initially, three days later he wakes up in a shallow grave, oh and he just happens to be one of the Romans who crucified Christ. Well one of the consequences of being the killer of Christ, immortality, not what one would have expected. The book takes you to modern day where Marcus is still a warrior, but now working to stop other immortals from causing chaos. One of the other immortals? Doubting Thomas, Through country after country, Marcus races against time to stop the other immortals from destroying the world. The book also gives glimpses of the past and the reasons why Marcus and Thomas make the choices they make.

This novel reminded me a bit of a Dan Brown or Steve Berry race agaisnt time edge of your seat thriller, but I also really liked the historical and supernatural aspects of the novel. What an original premise. The novel ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, so hopefully a sequel is in the works.

Thanks to Netgalley, Brendan Greenwood and BooksGoSocial for the chance to read and review this book.

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Greenwood has written an interesting book. It's a different take on some history and keeps the reader fully engaged. I enjoyed Greenwood's writing style and look forward to the sequel.

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I love reading about ancient Greece and Rome, so this book immediately caught my eye. It has a fast and strong begining that gripped me from the first page.
This book beggins in Gaul, 37 A.D, and following Marcus, the roman commander at Christ's crucifixion. The narration goes back and forth between the past and the present day. I personally enjoyed more the parts of the book that focused on the past, I would have appreciated an entire series that was just about the past, there was so many stuff happening that I would love to know more in depth...
Overall I enjoyed this action packed book and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

I want to thank Netgalley, Brendan Greenwood and BooksGoSocial for the chance to read and review an ARC of this book.

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The story was captivating, Marcus's story is woven seamlessly through time, detailing the story of his life and those he has loved, lost, fought with and against. The action picks up from the outset and does not stop until you've reached the last page, wondering where the time went. It was very hard to put down this book, it kept me up at night, I had to kept reading the story. I don't read much historical fiction but this book made me want to read more of them.

I read this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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As a fan of Indiana Jones and the TV Series Supernatural, I found this book to be just my kind of read. It was clever and fast moving. If you are like me and enjoy adventure and supernatural themes, then you need to put down whatever you are reading now, and get this book.

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Finished this book and at first was very caught off guard with the format. Was expecting historical fiction and got a blend of modern and history. Overall the plot was well put together and in the end the story actually did draw me in. I am intrigued to see what the next novels look like and where he takes the story next. Does a good job building enough story around characters without losing the momentum.

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Gaul, 37 A.D Seasoned imperial officer Marcus Sempronius Gracchus leads the 9th Roman Legion into a bloody battle against a fierce barbarian rival.
It’s a battle he won’t survive. When he awakens three days later, clawing his way from a hastily dug grave, Marcus realizes he cannot be killed. But that won’t stop him from dying time and again over the next 2,000 years.
Burdened with a debt he cannot pay, is he cursed to walk this world without end? But others like Marcus plan to bring the world crashing to its knees. Can he prevent the inevitable and find redemption?

The Last Roman is an inventive and intelligent idea. Not too dissimilar to Highlander movies, not the series.
The main protagonist, Marcus Sempronius Gracchus, is a likeable enough character, and you do tend to have empathy for the burden he has to carry. As with Connor MacLeod, in the previously mentioned Highlander, you really felt for Marcus as friend and foe come and go.
So as a character, Marcus develops all the human characteristics necessary for your usual hero-type.
As he works for the Church, there is obviously a religious element to the narrative. Other Immortals and the supernatural add to the story.
It is a well-researched and well-thought-out story. Packed with action and plenty of twists and turns throughout the narrative.
The author paints vivid pictures of the various settings as we pass from history to the present and back again.
This is a brilliant innovative book, full of imagination.
The Last Roman is a novel that will catch your attention and give you an excellent read.

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This was a fantastic read! The Last Roman, Book One: Exile, treat for fans of historical fiction, follows Marcus through 2000 years of immortality while he fights to prevent other immortals from their attempts at destruction. The storyline is inventive and bold. I would call it historical fiction with fantasy elements. The book is well-researched and very grounded in historical knowledge. The story is impeccably paced. The plot unfolds very naturally and in the meantime the action is propelling you forward, the character development is excellent. He’s a hero in every way but the chemistry Marcus has with others as well as the realistic dialogue make him a relatable character, too. The touches of humor feel genuine and add levity too a fairly serious plot and topic. I purchased this title for our library’s collection and will suggest it to our patrons. Looking forward to the sequel!

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Historical Fiction meets Science Fiction? Oh heck yes. A perfect title for those who enjoy Roman history, religious history, historical fiction, and even science fiction.

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In a book that reminds me of Barry Sadler's Casca series, B. K. Greenwood sends Marcus Sempronius Gracchus (an immortal Roman officer) out to catch an old friend and foe before he looses a terrible evil on the world. The tale is told in the present day and in historical vignettes that culminate in a final confrontation. It will be interesting to read the sequel and see if the story continues to captivate.

Thanks Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book!

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The Last Roman, Book 1 is a fast paced, entertaining and easy to read book. Looking forward to the next part of the story.

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I received a copy of Exile from NetGalley. This was my fourth overall and third novel read through the service. And this was definitely my favorite one to this point! I've been praising this book to friends and coworkers the last week or so now. I've been comparing it to a movie mashup of Gladiator with the action of Heat! There is some time jumping throughout this book but I feel it's done well. And by that I mean it's identified well. Just be prepared to be following the characters just before the crucifixion of Christ to modern times.


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This book opens up with two amazing scenes. This being the actual crucifixion of Christ and also a huge Roman vs. Gaul battle. Both are huge parts of this story. I felt the battle reminded me of the opening battle in the movie Gladiator which might be why that stuck with me throughout the book. But the following Marcus and the others through time was just great! As someone how loves history, especially military history (currently also reading a book on the Punic Wars) this was very entertaining for myself. There are certainly some twists along the way as the story continues and fills us in on the history of our special characters.

For such a short read, just under 300 pages, this was a great ride!

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Rating: 4/5
I was given e-book from NetGalley and Bat City Press for my honest review.

Some debts you cannot repay, even if you live forever...
Seasoned imperial officer Marcus Sempronius Gracchus leads the 9th Roman Legion into a bloody battle against a fierce barbarian rival. It's a battle he won't survive.
When he awakens three days later, clawing his way from a shallow grave, Marcus must face the reality of his new existence. He cannot be killed--but that won't stop him from dying time and again over the next 2,000 years.
Meanwhile, others like Marcus plan to bring the world crashing to its knees. Can he prevent the inevitable and find redemption?

Let me start off saying that I do not like this kind of Historical/Adventure Fiction, but after reading a few pages I was able to see the greatest of the book. The plot was very intriguing, it had me wondering what was going to happen next. The Action scenes with the details, made it possible that you could close your eyes and see it playing out after you read it. This is definitely a plot driven, I did enjoy the historical aspects, not only do you get the chance to go back in history at different times and places, but then you get to see what is unfolding in modern times as well.
I thought it was really well written and made it an easy pace to read. If you’re into historical fictions, with action and adventure you should check this book out because this is just the first book out of the series.

I want to thank NetGalley & Bat City Press for allowing me to read this e-book for my honest review. I also want to thank B.K. Greenwood for writing this wonderful book.

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Very good book with interesting artefacts depicted throughout. Very informative, I would recommend this author and his style of writing.

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The flow of the story is really nicely paced, the dialogue is wonderful and it’s action packed from start to finish. I loved the relationship between Marcus and Sam as it felt truly genuine, but for me it was Thomas that stole the show. The author really did their research when it comes to plotting out the historical storyline of this book, and the world building was very nicely done.

I’d describe this book as a historical fantasy with a shot of religion thrown in for good measure. It was a great book and I have high expectations for the rest of the series. What an amazing series debut from Greenwood.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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This book is fantastic! I highly enjoyed reading something that has a mix of historical, fantasy, and modern fiction. I have certainly not read anything along these lines; I feel like the concept of this novel is unique. The story alternates between the past and the present. I loved the flashbacks to the past when Marcus was a commanding officer and fighter. The alternating timelines may sound confusing but the writing flows and this novel is easy to read.
The end of the book was a bit chilling and creepy! This gets 5/5 stars! I already have the next book on my TBR! Looking forward to reading it!

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a good surprise. did not expect the mash between roman history and science fiction. world building was written okay. looking forward to read the rest of the series.

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This was a fantastic historical fiction/fantasy/sci fi romp. Centering on an immortal Roman Legionary leader. Great pacing, flashbacks are used in a way that is welcomed and not out of place or feel like filler, battle scense are well written believable and engrossing.

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