Set between the events of The Siege and The Imperial Banner , this compelling short story follows imperial agent Cassius Corbulo as he investigates a mysterious series of fires PRAISE FOR NICK BROWN S Agent of Rome novels Brown has become a master of his trade, serving up thrilling Roman history and mystery courtesy of a band of now hard bitten combatants and comrades whose adventures in imperial wastelands and far flung hotspots are becoming the stuff of legend Lancashire Evening Post A fast paced, action packed novel tinged with humour which brings alive the harsh reality of the period, the people and the culture Historical Novels Review A Roman James Bond an abundance of intrigue and clever counter moves de Telegraaf, Holland A race against the hourglass an exciting, engaging mix between Indiana Jones, Hercule Poirot and James Bond SJA Turney, author of the Marius Mules series If you love Scarrow, adore Iggulden and of course admire Scott, then make sure you add Brown to your list Great Stuff Falcata Times


10 thoughts on “The Flames of Cyzicus

  1. Dan Fulghum Dan Fulghum says:

    Flames of VulcanI gave this a five star rating due to my being a fan of Nick Brown s Agent of Rome series This short story took place after the first book of the series It was a short investigation into a series of fires endangering a grain supply earmarked for the army The story reflects the investigative techniques of grain man Corbulo.


  2. Jasper Jasper says:

    originally posted at since having had the pleasure of reading The Siege, the first book in Nick s Brown Historical Fantasy series Agent of Rome, I have been hooked Over the time with The Black Stone and The Far Shore I have only come to like this seriesWhen it comes to Historical Roman Fiction Nick Brown is definitely the author to follow The two short stories so far that featured in this universe all focused on different characters, with Th originally posted at since having had the pleasure of reading The Siege, the first book in Nick s Brown Historical Fantasy series Agent of Rome, I have been hooked Over the time with The Black Stone and The Far Shore I have only come to like this seriesWhen it comes to Historical Roman Fiction Nick Brown is definitely the author to follow The two short stories so far that featured in this universe all focused on different characters, with The Flames of Cyzicus, Nick Brown puts the focus on Cassius Corbulo and how he became the man that we see in his books Which is a big plus for me as the protagonist Cassius Corbulo is just spot and definitely one of my favorites.The story of The Flames of Cyzicus picks up in between the events of The Siege and The Imperial Banner In The Siege Cassius got a promotion, he has gained a lot of responsibilities One day Cassius finds himself in the city of Cyzicus located in Anatolia currently better known as Turkey Here Cassius is charged with making sure everything is in tip top shape for when a Legion of Rome comes for a visit Well just as when Cassius thought this would be an easy task, trouble comes knocking on his door In the middle of the night several granaries go up in smoke, the losses though minor at the start become muchsignificant at the long run If Cassius wants to have anything left he has to get into action as soon as possible Luckily Cassius has been trained to be a frumentarii, Rome s secret service so he knows his way around such things Cassius starts to ask the locals questions and with their cooperation he is able to get a lead, a lead linking to Vulcan the Roman god of fire Now here the story takes a turn, up until now it was a lot of investigation and talk, but when Cassius meet the person who is responsible WOW I think this is how an such a person think about fires like They think the water will save them, hissed Lykourgos But the flames will always return, they will cover everything, they will It s only great to see Cassius response, ending with mad bastard Once again Nick Brown has delivered a great story, he clearly proves that you dont need 300 pages to write a story but that he can deliver one with the same impact with only 30ish pages Just in the first few paragraphs of the story I felt at home the city of Cyzicus, it felt authentic I know the fifth book in the Agent of Rome series is published this summer but how I wished I had it waiting to be read at this moment Nick Brown is definitely one of my favorite historical authors out there If you haven t read one of his stories so far, be ashamed


  3. S.J.A. Turney S.J.A. Turney says:

    How long has it been since I last read of Cassius Corbulo in The Black Stone Well I m not sure, but it feels like half a decade And I don t know how long we have to wait for the next instalment It gets like that with a really good series, doesn t it Like a drug You re waiting, twitching, for your next fix Luckily, Nick Brown has given me enough of a fix to keep me going until his next novel is released.Flames of Cyzicus is a short story of around 10,000 words, which is long enough to tel How long has it been since I last read of Cassius Corbulo in The Black Stone Well I m not sure, but it feels like half a decade And I don t know how long we have to wait for the next instalment It gets like that with a really good series, doesn t it Like a drug You re waiting, twitching, for your next fix Luckily, Nick Brown has given me enough of a fix to keep me going until his next novel is released.Flames of Cyzicus is a short story of around 10,000 words, which is long enough to tell a good story, but short enough to make a quick and easy read in one session It is a self contained tale and once again represents Nick Brown at his best.Corbulo, an agent of Imperial Security a frumentarius or grain man is currently in the Anatolian city of Cyzicus, working on the staff there with the responsibility for arranging the grain supply for a visiting legion, when in the dark of night one of the city s four main granaries is incinerated Faced with the loss of a quarter of the grain for which is is responsible, and fearing that other such disaster is still to come, Corbulo sets out on an investigation to discover the cause of the trouble.If you have read Nick s series so far you will find this tale to be every bit as action packed, humourous, intriguing, intelligently plotted, character and plot driven and exotic as the novels The plot works in a surprisingly tight arc.If you ve not read any of Nick s work, this might very well be your perfect entry point to the series, to dip your toe in the water, so to speak There are no major spoilers for the other books and just hints as to what Corbulo has gone through, so at 99p you can afford to try it and see whether you fancy the series My hunch is that you will.Just go buy it, eh It s the price of a packet of biscuits but muchnourishing


  4. David Baird David Baird says:

    So we are back with Corbulo and Simo for a nice short tale set between books 1 2 of the Agent of Rome series It s a nice little tale with a decent plot. the only thing it lacked for me was some sort of a twist or surprise For a short story it great though and for someone like me wanting to get into the Agent of Rome series again this is good book to do it Some times i need a good short story to break up my reading progress. going from one 400 page book to another. books like this are per So we are back with Corbulo and Simo for a nice short tale set between books 1 2 of the Agent of Rome series It s a nice little tale with a decent plot. the only thing it lacked for me was some sort of a twist or surprise For a short story it great though and for someone like me wanting to get into the Agent of Rome series again this is good book to do it Some times i need a good short story to break up my reading progress. going from one 400 page book to another. books like this are perfect for meWith this being a short story there s not a lot of chance to develop the characters but i thought Nick did well especially with Lykourgos Credit to the author he left me wanting to readof his work. and soon


  5. Rich Mainville Jr. Rich Mainville Jr. says:

    Another job well done with this story The character Cassius that Nick has created is probably my favorite literary character He s not always good, and you don t always like the things he does or his reasons why , but that makes him even better It s been so long since I ve read a book without Indavara, it was strange haha but this story didn t need him Shows the great investigative skills of Cassius, and helps you realize why he is chosen and why he succeeds in later stories.


  6. Tim Goyette Tim Goyette says:

    When I see a Nick Brown short book it s a drop everything and read occasion and once again Nick delivers A quick simple story that really helps readers get a good background on Cassius and why he is so good at what he does and what makes him think the way he thinks I loved it.


  7. Bart Bart says:

    4 stars.A very nice short story I like Cassius the investigator a lotthan Cassius the centurion.


  8. Darian Darian says:

    Short but enjoyable storyA Roman officer must investigate the cause of a series of arsons in the eastern city of Cyzicus Unlike most Roman historical fiction novels with their emphasis on big battles and muscular brawn, this short story focuses on a Roman bureaucrat with a sharp investigative mind, loyal slave and reputation as an efficient servant of the state Good pacing, intriguing plot and unique characters made this an enjoyable short story for me


  9. Maz Raz Maz Raz says:

    Great readQuick read that was entertaining , I didn t want it to end.Free book on kindle from a great writer.


  10. Patricia Romero Patricia Romero says:

    When it comes to Roman Historical Fiction, Nick Brown is the man In The Flames of Cyzicus A Cassius Corbulo short story we catch up with Corbulo who has received a promotion and has a lot going on His responsibility is to prepare for a visit from a Legion of Rome.Cassius thinks this should be a pretty simple assignment until in one night several granaries go up in flames While this isn t a major problem at first, things escalate and Cassius knows he has to get to the bottom of this and quick When it comes to Roman Historical Fiction, Nick Brown is the man In The Flames of Cyzicus A Cassius Corbulo short story we catch up with Corbulo who has received a promotion and has a lot going on His responsibility is to prepare for a visit from a Legion of Rome.Cassius thinks this should be a pretty simple assignment until in one night several granaries go up in flames While this isn t a major problem at first, things escalate and Cassius knows he has to get to the bottom of this and quickly.Using his former training, he begins to delve into what is going on He talks to the locals and eventually his path leads to Vulcan, the Roman God of Fire What comes next is the really good stuffand no I m not spoiling it for you Nick Brown is a must read and I love it that he gave us this little story in between the big ones You won t be disappointed Grab them all and have a great weekend meeting Mr Brown and the magic he does so well