The Martian General's Daughter
by Theodore Judson
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781591026433
Date: April 2008 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From back of book: Set two thousand years from now, in a world very much like Imperial Rome, this is the story of General Peter Black, the last decent man, as told through the eyes of his devoted (and illegitimate) daughter, Justa.
General Black served the noble emperor Mathias, and, out of loyalty to the father, continues to serve the son, even though the son has degerated into insane tyranny worthy of Nero or Caligula. When the empire has dissolved into rival factions, Black must become political for the first time in his life in order to save his family. Only then does he remember the love he bears for his last surviving child.
Justa, whom he once considered an embarrassment, a reminder of his one and only indiscretion, evolves to become his most trusted ally and adviser, his best friend and only real family. In the end, Black decides to turn his back on institutions and men who have never loved him nearly as much as he did them or as his daughter loves him.