There's an old adage in Hollywood circles to "give them something familiar, yet new." Greenwood succeeds in this regard with a story that crosses reader genres. Cinematic scenes and settings draw elements in part from films like Gladiator and Highlander, as well as book-to-film characters such as Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne and Dan Brown's Robert Langdon... yet the story is highly original and fresh in its own right.
An extraordinary idea extraordinarily well-told. Greenwood has a special talent for creating believable characters set in a believably realized historic setting.
The concept of immortals, although not new to fiction, is presented in a unique way, and the author does a spectacular job of setting up the storyline for the remaining books in the trilogy... The Last Roman by B. K. Greenwood is a perfect hybrid of historical fiction and thriller, with an engaging and ingeniously original storyline.
"Greenwood’s grasp of ancient history, coupled with a breakneck action writing style, barely gives the reader a moment’s pause. And the good news? “Exile” is the first part of a three-book series. Whether you enjoy history, action-adventure or even delving into more profound philosophies like the cost of faith, “The Last Roman” is a journey worth taking!"
"A thrilling, genre-busting, entirely unique novel which enthralls and enlightens at every twist and turn. I have never read anything quite like it!"
"With a strong grounding in the history of the past, this modern-day thriller will please fantasy fans of epics like Highlander along with those who love the high-octane action of the Bourne series as Marcus races across the globe trying to avert an oncoming disaster centuries in the making."
"Greenwood has created a fascinating read that seamlessly transitions from the battlefields of ancient Rome to the dangerous streets of the modern world. His detailed writing and memorable characters keep you turning the pages and promise more great adventures in his coming novels."
"The Last Roman was a perfect beach read for me! The author presented the historical fiction aspects of the novel in an interesting and approachable way while also weaving the story seamlessly into the present day. I'd love to see where this story goes next, and would definitely recommend for anyone looking for something fun and exciting!!!"
"The story was captivating, Marcus's story is woven seamlessly through time, detailing the story of his life and those he has loved, lost, fought with and against. The action picks up from the outset and does not stop until you've reached the last page, wondering where the time went. Hard to put down this book. The most fun I've ever had reading historical fiction."
Greenwood’s debut book grabbed me with his storytelling ability from page one and wouldn’t let go. His characters are badass with storylines that keep you guessing and entertained. Looking forward to reading more from this upcoming author.
I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would for a first book. The mix of history and fantasy was very well done. I liked the transitions form modern to prior and back as a way of developing the characters using historical events as a backdrop to develop the story. Cannot wait for ths sequel...
Throw Lucius Vorenus, Neo, Batman, and Jason Bourne in a blender and sprinkle some John McClane on top. Blend until smooth and you've got Marcus, our hero...
If you love action-packed stories with well researched locations and twists that'll make you gasp, I recommend The Last Roman...