The Tribune 


A young Roman officer with a strong sense of justice and duty thwarts corrupt officials plundering the province of Syria and is marked for death. To save his life, he is sent to command a cavalry regiment stationed in ever-restless Judea. He expects only the thankless task of maintaining the Roman peace in a land where he and his soldiers are despised and feared. But this peace is shattered when he and his men discover the massacre of a detachment of Praetorian Guards and the man they were protecting—a member of the Roman Senate and an ally of the emperor Tiberius himself. Plunged straight into a deadly web of murder and intrigue, Valens soon realizes far more is at stake than just his own life and honor.

"I can only tell you what I saw and heard and felt and learned."

Valens must find those truly responsible. If he fails, he will be forced to destroy the nearest village in savage reprisal. But time is running out fast and there are many—including some under his own command—who are sure that the Roman peace can only be maintained by terror and the use of overwhelming force. To save innocent lives, he must first pierce the veil of secrecy surrounding the senator's strange journey through one of the empire's most dreary backwaters. What was Decimus Junius Silanus seeking? And why was he killed?

"You must judge for yourselves whether I speak the truth—or whether I have simply lost all sense and reason...."

Surrounded by strange prophecies, eerie omens, and hidden agendas, Valens races to uncover the truth, to confront a ruthless, powerful enemy, and to meet a destiny that he could never have imagined.

Read the prologue and first two chapters of The Tribune.

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Praise for The Tribune:

"The Tribune does for ancient Rome what The Name of the Rose did for medieval Europe and Gorky Park did for the corrupt Soviet Union." — Kevin J. Anderson, bestselling author of Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

"The Tribune offers a captivating look into the life of an honorable Roman soldier...While the mystery surrounding the murder of the Roman senator provides a compelling story, the finale of the novel packs an even greater punch." — Sheri Melnick, Romantic Times

"Being a whistleblower is risky business, especially in ancient Rome... Larkin's story is ambitious and well plotted...fascinating premise." — Publisher's Weekly

"[The Tribune] is historical fiction for everyone. The way the author introduces characters, presents background, and explains the machinations of Roman politics makes this book easily accessible to anyone with even a passing interest in the period. The mystery is only one layer of this complex story. Revelations continue to the final page. I’m looking forward to more...[4 Daggers]" — Deborah Hern, coordinator of The Mysterious Corner at the Romance Reader's Connection

"Patrick Larkin, co-author of five other thriller and espionage novels, writes directly, with a compelling narrative and descriptive detail...Larkin has a talent for evoking atmosphere and creating characters.  Rather than parade his research, he skillfully and naturally weaves relevant facts into scenes and dialogue, which, in a historical novel, is no small accomplishment." — Adelaida Lower, the Historical Novels Review, Issue 25, August 2003

"How refreshing to read a book that loves its subject and gracefully incorporates color and detail into a rip-snorting adventure story. Very satisfying, a happy addition to the grand tradition. An high-minded young action hero surrounded by neatly drawn secondary characters, lots of intrigue and plot twists, and really excellent action scenes that draw you into the time and place..." — A reader from Santa Rosa, CA

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Interested in Roman military history?  Or in Judea and Galilee around the time of Christ?  Here are a few of the best sites on the web:

* Gary Brueggman's The Roman Army contains a remarkable amount of deftly organized information—including stunning animations of legionaries in combat.

* If you're looking for insights on the equipment and daily life of a legionary soldier, check out Legio XX, the site for a dedicated group of Roman era reenactors.

* Sander van Dorst's The Roman Army Page is yet another well-organized site brimming with useful material on the armies of the Roman Republic and the empire.

* Weapons and Warfare in the Ancient World is a great collection of links to articles, essays, and other information on the weapons, soldiers, armies, campaigns, and wars of the period.

* Want to see an interactive model of Jerusalem around A.D. 66?  Complete with close-up views of the Temple, the palace of Caiaphas, and other places around the city?

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