This is a first novel by an Irish Author from County Cork, set against the background of the First Punic War between Carthage and Rome. The book is also the first in a proposed series, and is already into multiple printings of the hardcover, with a paperback available in addition. First editions are staill available from some dealers, although sold out from others. Definitely one to watch!
Atticus‚ captain of one of the ships of Rome′s small‚ coastal fleet‚ is from a Greek fishing family. Septimus‚ legionary commander‚ reluctantly ordered aboard ship‚ is from Rome‚ born into a traditionally army family. It could never be an easy alliance. But the arrival of a hostile fleet‚ larger‚ far more skilful and more powerful than any Atticus has encountered before‚ forces them to act together. So Atticus‚ one of Rome′s few experienced sailors‚ finds himself propelled into the middle of a political struggle that is completely foreign to him. Rome need to build a navy fast but the obstacles are many; political animosities‚ legions adamant that they will only use their traditional methods; Roman prejudice even from friends‚ that all those not born in Rome are inferior citizens. The enemy are first class‚ experienced and determined to control the seas. Can Atticus‚ and the fledgling Roman navy‚ staffed with inexperienced sailors and unwilling legionaries‚ out−wit and out−fight his opponents.
Ship of Rome - Harper Collins, 2009