The Eagle and the Setting Sun
455 A.D. The eternal city of Rome burns. In the chaos, one family of Romans flees the city and heads East to possible salvation. Further north, two soldiers named Titus and Cato, bound to the family by blood and vow, abandon their military oaths in pursuit.
Attila the Hun is dead yet his presence remains, evident in the fury of the Hunnic armies rampaging about. All around Europe the Western Roman Empire is falling as barbarian tribes run amok, slaughtering and raiding at will. Only one great city remains, only one seems safe behind its high walls: Constantinople.
The road there, however, is treacherous and soaked in blood. The odds are against them yet Romans are nothing if determined. They did not rule the world by being weak, after all.
One foot ahead, sword in hand, shield over arm, they go, they see, they conquer.
#360 in Historical Fiction (April 18, 2016)