Eagles in the Wilderness SHORT story (Eagles of Rome series): A Tullus ‘long’ short story by Ben Kane

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ABOUT THE SHORT STORY’S PRICE: Hello, you lovely people. Odd to talk about money straight up, but I know that some of you might be thinking, £1.99 is a lot for a short story. Let me explain how it works. A rate of 20% VAT (Value Added Tax) applies to eBooks in the UK. This doesn’t apply to ‘real’ paper books. That means 33p of the £1.99 goes straight to the British government. Amazon takes around 2p to deliver the story to your Kindle, then takes another 48p as its cut. The remainder, £1.16, goes to me. That’s not a great deal, I hope you agree.

In these times of falling sales, and authors losing their contracts, and only one in seven traditionally published authors being able to write fulltime, stories like this are a vital way of YOU supporting the authors whose books you enjoy. So THANK YOU for your support!

Think of it in terms of a pint of beer or a cup of coffee: they cost £2-4, depending on where you live. This story will give you more enjoyment (I think!) than either of those things, and last for a longer time, and cost you less money.

This is only the second time I have self-published a short story. (Massive thanks here to Pete Simpson, who designed the cover for me!) It’s been an exciting project since the day I did the poll on Facebook, asking you lovely people which of my characters you wanted me to write about. Centurion Tullus won out, narrowly, and this is the result. The one hundred and something people who backed the Kickstarter campaign got to read this story almost 7 months ago, but now you can too.

Enjoy the story, and please email me if you have any questions about it or anything else – ben@benkane.net

REVIEW

Whatever you want to call it; short story, novella, or a grand extended snippet, the author has created an enjoyable tale. In a scenario where “you can take the man out of The Legion, but you can’t take The Legion out of the man”, a former centurion and his mates join together in a business venture that reacquaints them with the rigors and dangers of soldiering. An interesting mix of characters, action that pulls the reader in, and a story line of a time and place not usually written about makes Eagles in the Wilderness a solid 4 star page turner. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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