The Sword of Attila
A Novel of the Last Years of Rome
By Michael Curtis Ford
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312939151, 432pp.)
Publication Date: April 4, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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For centuries, Rome had ruled from Africa to the wilds of Britain. Now, from across a broad plain of waving grass, a new enemy had poured out of the East--to be led by a man whose goal was not just victory in battle, but the end of an empire...
In his novels of ancient warfare, Michael Curtis Ford captures the roar, clamor and horror of battle as well as the intimate moments of human choice upon which history turns. In his extraordinary new work, he brings to life the buckling Roman empire in 400 A.D., a jagged, sprawling realm of foreign fighters, unstable rulers, and battle lines stretched too far. At this pivotal moment, General Flavius Aetius is forced into a battle he does not want but cannot afford to lose. Once Flavius lived among the wild Huns, rode their stout warhorses and became like a son to their king. Now, he faces a man who once saved his life, a man he fears, loves and admires... a man named Attila--the most dangerous enemy Rome has ever known....
MICHAEL CURTIS FORD has worked variously as a laborer, a ski patrolman, a musician, a consultant, a banker, a Latin teacher, and a translator. He holds degrees in economics and linguistics and lives in Oregon, where he and his wife educate their three children at home. The Sword of Attila is his fourth novel.
"A massively long, brutal spectacle, supremely well-executed...again, Ford offers solidly researched and lustily violent military historical fiction."--Kirkus Reviews
"An exhilarating journey into madness and destiny...this is first-class writing...impeccably researched, a surge of bloody excitement."--Salem Statesman Journal
"Michael Curtis Ford strips away the civilities of modern life. When you pull yourself out of the last page, you know you've been told one of our Story's huge moments, by a master storyteller, whose stunning sweep & involvement is only matched by his expertise in breathing alive again, our heroic & gory past.--rebeccasreads.com