ATHENIAN STEEL: ROMAN ANNIHILATION
An upstart city called Roma is fated one day to rule Greece... Not if he can help it.
Alone and consigned to slavery in barbarian Italy, the Athenian general Demosthenes lays eyes upon the city destined to subjugate the known world. Once free, he leads a Greek army up the Tiber in a brutal assault on the young Republic. His star-born ally Thalassia, meanwhile, infiltrates the heart and household of a noble Roman Senator, her motives, as ever, her own.
If you have not read the novel Athenian Steel, then ROMAN ANNIHILATION serves as an excellent introduction without spoiling the plot of the full-length. If you have read it, then here is an 'alternate vision' of what might have been. The series, The Hellennium, takes place in an ancient world depicted with brutal realism, weaving threads of cosmic SF into bloody and graphic historical fiction. At the heart of the series is the ever-evolving, dysfunctional relationship between Demosthenes and Thalassia, whose 'anti-romance' will leave a trail of slaughter and ruin down the centuries.
If you're a fan of David Drake's Northworld series, or Gene Wolfe's Soldier series, you'll want to join Demosthenes and Thalassia as they cut a bloody path of destruction through the ancient world. Frequent readers of David Weber, David Gemmell, Michael Moorcock, and even Bernard Cornwell have also found much to love.