I have just about finished a new historical novel on ancient Rome. The Legionary is the first book in the Soldier of Rome series by James Mace.
Overall I liked it well enough to try another. There is much detail about the training and fighting of the legions and the story and dialogue is not too bad. The battle scenes are a bit sterile and anticlimactic in comparison to the two other great Roman military novelists I have read, Scarrow and Sidebottom. For example, the legions come off more as efficient killing machines who virtually can't lose than valiant warriors. Thus while I would prefer reading another Cato and Marco adventure, it was a pretty good read for anyone who likes the period. This was his first book and the various reviews all suggest his writing improves as the series progresses. I will definitely continue the series and perhaps try one of his Napoleonic novels.