Grapes of Rome – Foundation

 

GORFweb-QualityFoundation โ€“ 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, Ettoreโ€™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 Danteโ€™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.

History of Foundation Grapes of Rome
I began writing the sequel to Legacy Grapes of Rome in Jan 2016.
The cover for the book was voted on by a panel of friends. It will not be changed.

8 Thoughts on “Grapes of Rome – Foundation

  1. pauly10 on March 6, 2016 at 6:20 am said:

    Glad I chose the correct one ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Mel Leach on March 6, 2016 at 6:52 am said:

    Excellent choice! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Steven Fritchie on March 6, 2016 at 11:36 am said:

    Yes! I knew it! ๐Ÿ™‚ The only comment I have, after seeing it larger, is the sand. Is one of the battles on a beach? I think some sort of greenery (vineyard?) would be a bit better. The text looks fine. That’s all that I can think of for now.

  4. Remmy2013 on May 16, 2016 at 1:25 am said:

    in Chapter 1 Dante convinces the Senate to let him ‘annex’ the Latin villages and cities. An atrocity happens that Dante can’t grasp and he puts Andio, Pao and Ettore in charge of his father’s legion.

  5. Remmy2013 on May 16, 2016 at 1:31 am said:

    In Chapter 2 Consul Cassius, and Dante show up while Ettore is in charge of the troops. Cassius wants the Latins to sue for peace, while Dante wants them dead, or at least have an allegiance to Rome.

    Cyrus runs away, after trying to commit suicide. Ettore wants the boy captured and flogged while Dante is stalling everything associated with it.

    Spio is given a task he does not want. No one else wants it either. He is to travel with half a cohort through enemy territory to deliver someone in Hispanola, almost 2000 miles away (East of Madrid in modern Spain). He has half the Black Guard, most barely fourteen years old, and six much older Legion soldiers. Although each is trustworthy and loyal, the package is not an easy task.

    • Remmy2013 on May 27, 2016 at 2:43 am said:

      Chapter 3 – With Ettore laying siege to a walled Latin city, Dante watches giving moral support. However twelve-hundred Latin Reinforcements attack Dante’s encampment on their way to give aid to the city. Dante turns his Black Guard and Red Leg centuries back to the encampment. Two centuries (80 men each) against Twelve-hundred,

      The outcome is devastating.

  6. pauly10 on May 16, 2016 at 3:01 pm said:

    Love the cover ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. StevenF on May 17, 2016 at 9:57 am said:

    The genesis for this follow up to “Grapes of Rome” is sure to be filled with as much adventure and tension as the first novel. Can Dante stay true to himself and his friends as they go through changes in their lives or will the reality of the world around him force Dante to conform?
    The cover of the book is sure to pique readers’ interest as much as the story of Dante and his friends will. I am sure, as in his other books, Remmy will succeed in capturing his audience’s interest and that they will cheer Dante on as he goes through his many adventures.
    I am positive that all of Remmy’s fans will be just as satisfied with “Foundation” as they were with “Grapes of Rome”.

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