By Colleen McCullough
Rome fifty four BC:
Caesar's legions are sweeping throughout Gaul, brutally subduing the tribes who defy him. yet, in Rome, his enemies are plotting his downfall and shame. Vindictive schemers like Cato and Bibulus, the spineless Cicero, the avaricious Brutus. Even Pompey, Caesar's former ally.
But all have underestimated Caesar.
When the Senate refuse to provide him his due he marches upon Rome, a military ready to die for him at his again. Rome is his future - a future that might impel him to the banks of the Rubicon, and past, into legend.
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Rawan fired two crackling lasshots that ionized the air with yellow beams. The first shot bounced off a beast's exoskeleton armour, but the second shot caught it in the mouth. The dagger of light punched through the back of its skull. A large tyranid landed atop the Sentinel, rocking it with its weight. Its scythe arm stabbed through the canopy frame, and through the meat and muscle of Rawan's thigh. He tried to scream, tried to draw his pistol up to his temple, but the monster vomited on his arms.
The glass fields were still hot, despite the jets of gas belched out by the ship. On Odessa's order, Cartouk and Iban Dubar followed the Dust Marauders around the dune and out into the open. The ship loomed into view, suddenly larger and more sinister against the setting sun. The glass field, cracked and broken by the weight of the tyranid swarms, reflected the dusk light like a thousand lakes. The pilots fumbled for the diffusion oculars and swung a wide are around the ship, making it look as though they were going to strafe and run.
Commissar Rezail asked, his voice questioning, but with an element of an accusation lingering. 'I admire their capacity to die,' Dashour said. 'Any man can oath-swear his fealty to the Emperor, but whether he lives or dies by that oath is what makes him true. I have faced down death before and never once hesitated in my allegiance to the Golden Throne and the High Lords of Terra. I see the same in the tyranids, as perverted as their cause may be. I cannot help but admire them, for if I can weather my faith against theirs and stand unbowed, then I have proven my loyalty to the Emperor.
Caesar by Colleen McCullough