Foundation – Grapes of Rome finds Dante and Ettore in their first battles with the Latins, themselves and others as they grow into men. Dante, trying to keep to his code of never lying while surrounded by those who do not care for his pristine vision of Rome as a major concern for the boy. So far in his life he has denied this atrocious act of lying, but has he gets older and things do not go his way, can he continue?
Ettore is beside himself, although he is being given leadership training, he always relied on Dante to do the hard work, now it is placed on his shoulders. It is not a fun time for him, and his best friend in the world is looking at girls. Will he stay loyal or will a girl mess up their lives? Not only that, Ettore’s slave stabbed a free-born, the results are supposed to be instant death. Ettore is willing to follow the law, but Dante says the boy is not guilty and the stabbing was an accident. In Rome, slaves stabbing anyone is not an accident.
Then you have the historically correct Cassius who is now one of two Consuls. Dante himself does not trust the man, although he can find no fault with the tried and true Roman leader. The stage is set for the unfathomable. The love, treachery, and war continue as the young men in Dante’s legion try to create a Foundation for Rome. Action Adventure, YA through adult, no foul language or blatant sex, however there is correct violence for a war novel.
From the back cover –
Since the battle of the Lake, (Legacy, Grapes of Rome) Roman Consul Camillus had the Etruscan city of Veii under siege. It had been almost three years, and there was no end in sight. Camillus, who was basically out of his mind, did not want the help of some of the smartest generals in the Roman army. He preferred to have all the glory to himself. He especially did not want General Praetorio or his meddling son Tribune Dante on the front lines. They already had taken so much glory from him.
The General and his son still did well, their land holdings had tripled since the horrifying battle at the Lake. The family had sent their best people to several countries and started businesses, making them wealthier than Camillus had ever expected. Yet, the Roman Senate backed Camillus, because the Etruscans had not set foot on Roman soil since the Lake.
Yet things were heating up in Rome. Enemies they had never met before closed in on a sleeping Roman State. With mostly little children at the front lines, Rome had to learn a few things.