Give Me Back My Legions!
by Harry Turtledove
Review by Bill Lawhorn
St. Martin's Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312371067
Date: 14 April 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
A plaintive cry heard through the halls of the palace. The agony and pain felt by Augustus Caesar put into words. Publius Quinctilius Varus was entrusted with the power and glory of Rome, and lost the heart of its legions in the north. Author Turtledove provides an account of the loss of three Roman Legions in Teutoberg Forest. From official release/information:
From publicity material: Publius Quinctilius Varus, a Roman politician, is summoned by the Emperor, Augustus Caesar. Given three legions and sent to the Roman frontier east of the Rhine, his mission is to subdue the barbarous German tribes where others have failed, and bring their land fully under Rome's control.
Arminius, a prince of the Cherusci, is playing a deadly game. He serves in the Roman army, gaining Roman citizenship and officer's rank, and learning the arts of war and policy as practiced by the Romans. What he learns is essential for the survival of Germany, for he must unite his people against Rome before they become enslaved by the Empire and lose their way of life forever.
An epic battle is brewing, and these two men stand on opposite sides of what will forever be known as The Battle of the Teutoberg Forest—a ferocious, bloody clash that will change the course of history.
(Source: St. Martin's Press)