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103 thoughts on “Feedback

  • By PERTER BOYD - Reply

    I have attempted to purchase the graphic novel The raid however on the details form there is not an
    area to put card details could you point me in the right direction please

  • By Peter Boyd - Reply

    Hi Anthony
    I have been trying to purchase copies of Centurion Betrayed, The raid . However after filling in the
    form I can’t seem to find an area in which to pay with my debit card so as to complete the transaction
    if you could point me in the right direction I would be grateful yours Peter

  • By Ray - Reply

    Hi Anthony,
    I have just finished The Emperors Knives another great read which follows in the footsteps of all the Empire series of which I am proud to own.

    What happens to our hero now that he has avenged his family? Is the to be a book 8?

    Kind regards
    Ray

  • By Tvrandy - Reply

    Well done Anthony.
    Another good story based on Marcus’s revenge in Rome. I enjoyed the supporting detail regarding the gladiators too. I now look forward to book eight. Keep them coming, I have them all.

  • By Alessandro - Reply

    Hi Anthony! i’m a your italian fan, so i don’t speak (and write) english very well.

    i love your books, i’ve just read the first two and i’m waiting for the others, because in Italy there aren’t.
    I think that you’re a fantastic writer, in fact when i read about Marco Valerio i think to be him, i fell the same emotions of him but most important i can’t stop reading! for this reason i hope that the others books are going to be published also in Italy, or i have to buy them write in english!
    i’m also very happy because i’ve just know that you’re going to write 25 books, so don’t stop you!

    hoping that i will able to read again about Marco,

    all the best,

    Alessandro (still sorry for my bad english and for syntax)

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hey Alessandro, my apologies for taking so long to reply. And thanks for the kind comments! At the moment I’ve only sold the first two books to Italy – fingers crossed that more books in the series will be picked up soon!

      And your English is pretty good!

      All the best to you,

      Tony.

  • By Maximus - Reply

    I have recently finished reading The Eagles Vengeance and have had an enormous amount of enjoyment reading your 6 books. All bought in hardcovr. Great characters and fantastic storys. I should comment that i was anxious as hell when Marcus and Rutilius Scaurus were sneaking in to see Commodus. Fantastic stuff!! I look forward to #7 and Two Knives continued quest.
    I am curious to know when would be your next walk along Hadrians Wall and if it is open for others to join?
    Maximus
    (Toronto Canada)

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Mario, and thanks for the kind comments. And hey, you were nervous? I had no idea what was going to happen!

      Next walk is the end of May and there’ll be a ‘public day’ open to all, which will encompass Housesteads (The Hill). Watch this space!

      Best regards,

      Tony.

  • By m l wright - Reply

    Anthony
    have all your brilliant books–not pdf et al either–
    however ..why are your published books not on Audio Cd ?

    question; any chance you writing about Cannae ? (Romes Greatest Defeat)

    mike

  • By Adam - Reply

    Hi Anthony,

    I know I post alot on your comments, but I am quite a fan of the Empire series and am looking forward to the seventh book. But this post is actually about a more serious note, I am wondering if I would be able to get a signed book from you saying Congrats Adam and Sarah on your recent engagement signed Anthony Riches. I know this may be a huge and possibly inappropriate post but I have recently gotten my girlfriend into your series and wish to surprise her with this. You may email me with a response at adamlyle52@gmail.com again this would be greatly appreciated, looking forward to your response

    Adam

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Adam,

      Email sent!

      Tony.

  • By Adam - Reply

    Hey Mr.Riches,

    I have just finished reading The Eagle’s Vengeance and all I have to say is wow. I have not been a big reader but ever since starting this series I can’t think of much else. I am very interested in the Roman ways and basically how the ancient world worked. I must say that you are my favorite author.
    I have also found a small grammar error in the book, I am not trying to be rude or anything just thought I would let you know. Its on page 333, 2nd paragraph. when Cleander says ” My only serious rival dying with a spear though( is missing the R) his guts…

    I also just want to say that I cannot wait for more books to follow this one, it has actually inspired me to build a Roman shield and Gladius.

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    Adam

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Adam,

      Thanks for the kind comments, and good spot with the error, I’ll point it out to Hodder! When you’re doing with the shield and gladius send me pics, and I’ll post them in my blog if you like?

      All the best,

      Tony.

  • By Tvrandy - Reply

    Hello Anthony. Well done on a great sixth book. I have bought and read them all. Can’t wait to see how the story in Rome develops. I had assumed that the Fang was the rock that Stirling Catle sits on. I have climbed Dumyat so I can see why that was chosen. Keep them coming. Andy

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Andy! The story in Rome is going to be a little different to the previous stories…hope you enjoy it. And the Fang would have worked just as well on Castle Hill, I guess, but I saw the Dumyat and knew I had to use it!

      All the best,

      Tony.

  • By Paul Curry - Reply

    Hi Anthony
    Another great book…..can’t wait to see where Marcus and Co. end up next…..I’ve been picking the book up any chance I get and don’t know what to do now I’ve finished both it and Simons’ new book “Arena”
    I’ve just moved to Stirling a few months ago and have passed “the fang” many times without realising what it is 🙂 will have to get my walking boots on the next dry day

    • By Paul Curry - Reply

      Just realised my bad grammar….apologies

      • By Anthony Riches - Reply

        Bad grammar? My speciality!

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Yes indeed, get yourself up the Dumyat before the snow comes!

  • By LisaLane - Reply

    Hi Anthony,
    Just want to say how much I love the Empire series, the banter between characters is great and the storylines fantastic too, I love reading about the romans and have read all the books by Simon Scarrow, MC Scott, Robert Fabbri, Harry Sidebottom and Douglas Jackson, I didn’t think I would like anyone more than Macro and Cato but Marcus and co are now my favourites, looking forward to book 7, does anyone know of other authors I acould try, Ive read Ben Kane and Conn Iggledon too

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Lisa, and thanks for the kind comments! Other authors…Have you tried Wallace Bream?

  • By archerce - Reply

    Just to give any Anthony Riches readers a heads up; last night I managed to get my hands on his latest book, The eagle’s Vengeance, from my local Waterstones, which is Cardiff. Only mentioning this because to “release date” was on the 22/8/13, which is on Thursday. SPOILERS FROM NOW ON: Can’t wait for him to take on his father’s assassins in Rome!

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hey Charles, I hope you enjoyed the read. And you’re right, book seven is a real cracker! Roll on March 2014…

      All the best,

      Tony.

  • By Alastair Scott - Reply

    Some more questions…

    What happened to the British after the Romans left? I was watching “The White Queen” on BBC and thought that the armies were rubbish – groups of peasants with farm implements. What happened that we forgot all about training, armour etc? Had we maintained the Roman tradition, we might not have suffered the Angles, Jutes, Saxons etc.

    And what happened to the buildings? Granted, not everyone in Roman Britain had a decent house, but a tour of any medieaval castle shows only basic conditions until 16th century onwards.

    How did we forget so much only to have to relearn it?

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Alastair,

      WHat happened when the Romans left? The reality of Roman military power was that it consumed money – a lot of money! When the empire collapsed under several pressures (barbarian incurions, enfeeblement of the army, and so on) the organisational structures to collect the money to maintain a standing army in the province went with the departing Romans. It’s probably worth reading about the age of chivalry with that in mid – a great book is Christian Cameron’s ‘Ill Made Knight’ which brought home to me the fact that the knights were funded by the backbreaking labour of the peasants in return for their somewhat dubious protection in time of war. Lacking that sort of social structure to fund an army of at least fifty thousand men under arms, Britannia was always going to be a soft target for armed peoples like the Saxons and Jutes. The province spent 400 years under the Roman umbrella, and when it was withdrawn getting wet was unavoidable!

      And relearning the lessons of history – its a painful reality, I suppose. Just look at Afghanistan…

      All the best,

      Tony.

  • By Alastair Scott - Reply

    Really enjoying re-reading the Empire series. I am a bit confused, though, about the lay of the land in the book. Why did the Romans keep forts north of the Wall after abandoning Antonine’s Wall? Also the Britons seem to be able to attack forts easily which are behind the Wall – I had thought that the wall was almost impenetrable and the ditches in front made it a forty feet high obstacle. What am I missing?

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Ah, good question. You have to look at the wall as a strategic feature, not a tactical defence. It was there to define the empire’s edge and prevent unauthorised movement of people and goods, and to impose control on the tribes to its north, not to act as a fighting platform. The forts up the north road were there to support patrol activity, and to keep Roman boots on the soil of potential enemies.

      The wall itself was a formidable obstacle, but as the French learned at Verdun, no wall is unbreakable. When enough barbarians came knocking the Romans would have pulled back, knowing that wars are won by the destruction of the enemy’s ability to fight, not by the holding of ground. There are several good books on the subject – try Breeze and Dobson’s excellent offering.

      All the best,

      Tony.

      • By Alastair Scott - Reply

        Thanks – it hasn’t stopped me enjoying the stories.

  • By AlexHunter - Reply

    Hi! I just finished Wolf’s Gold, and loved it. However, I’m a little stuck as to what to try whilst I’m waiting for the next one. Do you have anyone that you love reading?

    For those who are also looking for something here’s what I have enjoyed so far:

    Simon Scarrow – Macro & Cato + Arena
    Robert Fabbri – Vespasian
    Ben Kane – Spartacus

    • By AlexHunter - Reply

      Oh, of course also the Forgotten Legion series by Ben Kane, which was excellent. Just saw that you know him, which makes a lot of sense! Perhaps you could convince him to write another Forgotten Legion book!

      • By Anthony Riches - Reply

        Hi Alex,

        I don’t know if Ben’s got any more Forgotten Legion in him – I’ll ask him when I’m back in the UK. As to other Romans…how about Manda Scott, Douglas Jackson, Nick Brown, John Stack, SJA Turney, Gordon Doherty, Harry Sidebottom…just a few for you to go at!

        All the best,

        Tony.

  • By Colin Brame - Reply

    Anthony,

    Can you confirm the dates of the walk.You told me previously that we could join you on 1st of May.However I see on your website that it states that the walk starts on 30th May.I am confused.

    Could you confirm the dates as I have made a hotel reservation for 30th April and 1st May.

    Cheers

    Colin

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Colin,

      The walk itself starts on Sunday the 28th of April, and the ‘come and walk with the limping authors’ day is indeed the 1st of May. I’m struggling to find a reference to the end of May on the site, so I’d be grateful if you could comment again and tell me where that reference is so that I can remove it please! See you on the 1st!

      All the best

      Tony.

      • By Colin Brame - Reply

        Tony

        Sorry mate! I was looking at last years dates.

        I owe you an extra tenner in sponsorship money for being so thick.I will pay you personally on May 1st.

        Can you confirm the starting point and time on this date

        Cheers

        Colin

        • By Anthony Riches - Reply

          I know that feeling! At the moment the start time is around about 0830 (you’ll know because three limping Centurions will wander up the road) from the Once Brewed carpark, but we’ll circulate that widely via Facebook, twitter, blogs etc to confirm once we know for sure.

          All the best ,

          Tony.

  • By Lisa - Reply

    Hi Tony,

    Can you give all of us audio listeners a specific email address to bombard with our requests for book 1? I’ve emailed the generic one but not convinced anyone got it. I can’t see why they would think people wouldn’t buy it, I have been reading since the beginning but I know if I had started half way through I would DEFINITELY want to download the earlier books.

    Thanks and enjoy your walk along the wall!

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Lisa,

      I’ve the question of Hodder – again – and will post the reply as a blog as and when they work out the next steps. This isn’t a new question, so thank you for keeping the heat under it!

      All the best,

      Tony.

  • By Peter - Reply

    Hi Anthony,
    Your books are some of the best, if not the best, historical based fiction i have read. The thought in the plotlines, and the details, keep the pages flowing from first to last. pre-ordered the 6th book, and reading through the series for the severalth time! Keep it up!

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. I guess I’ll just have to keep writing!

      All the best,

      Tony.

  • By Jamie - Reply

    Hi Anthony
    I am absolutely enjoying reading the Empire series; I found your books on Amazon. While I was looking for some Roman history books, I have read books 1-3. Starting on the Leopard Sword now. This is the best Roman fiction I have ever read, never a dull moment. I cannot thank you enough; your writing is fantastic, keep up the good work.

    • By Anthony Riches - Reply

      Hi Jamie, and thanks for your kind comments. The Leopard Sword’s a bit different – we’re not in Britannia any more – but hopefully keeps the story moving. My favourite of the five books that are published so far is the next one. The Wolf’s Gold, so I hope you see fit to move on to book five! And don;t worry, there are about 25 books in the series…

      All the best,

      Tony.

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