The Marc Antony that you never heard about...
Recently I had the joy of interviewing Margaret George about her fascinating book Nero: Splendor Before the Dark. The dramatic opening of that book -- the great fire of Rome -- has had me thinking a great deal about Rome. So I was thrilled when she recommended Brook Allen's new book about the early years of Marc Antony: Antonius, Son of Rome.
This first book of a trilogy covers the early years of the man who would become one of the most well-known heroes of the ancient world.
Life was not easy for the young boy who dreamed of greatness. I am eager to chat with Brook on Thursday, April 18th about what she discovered from her research and about the difficulties that faced young Antonius, including: a father who died a coward in battle; a step-father accused of being a traitor; and his own weaknesses.
Brook Allen is an excellent writer and her well-researched novel brings the story and times to life. This is a stunning beginning for a new author and one that you will enjoy.
"A SUSPENSEFUL, INSIGHTFUL, AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN STORY" Margaret George, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra
Brook Allen has a passion for ancient history—especially 1st century BC Rome.
Antonius: Son of Rome was released on the Ides of March, 2019. It follows Antony from the age of eleven at the death of his father to the age twenty-seven, when he meets the woman who would change his destiny: Cleopatra.
The second book in the trilogy will be released in the fall: Antonius: Second in Command. It covers the thrilling years during Antony’s rise to power alongside the ambitious statesman and general Julius Caesar, who expanded the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire through a series of battles across Europe.
Brook Allen is an intrepid researcher - she has walked in the footsteps of Antony from Italy to Egypt to Greece and even to Turkey. (Visit her Blog page for more details.) During her travels she consults with scholars and archaeologists, who are experts in the field of Hellenistic and Roman history.
As a member of the Historical Novel Society, she attends conferences to meet with fellow authors in the genre.
A graduate of Asbury University with a B.A. in Music Education, Brook completed a Masters program at Hollins University with an emphasis in Ancient Roman studies.
Brook Allen is a full time Music Educator in the heart of southwest Virginia within sight of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to being an avid traveler, Brook likes to cycle and spend time with her husband and two beloved Labrador Retrievers.
Listen to PatZi's interview with Brook...
Will be uploaded after the live program on 4/18.
Buy it now...
Visit Brook's Website
Check out her Blog Page to see lovely photos of the
many places she visited in researching Antonius.
A BookBuzz Review
Antonius, Son of Rome
Reviewed by Rita Moreau