Our selection for April 15 is the novel Winter Quarters by Alfred Duggan. It may not be readily available in your public library, but there is always the inter-library loan service. If you go that route, I suggest you order as soon as possible.
Alternately, online booksellers have a variety of inexpensive used copies.
Camul and Acco were both Gauls of the
Pyrenees living at the time of Julius Caesar, both young and proud of
their noble descent; Acco, also an Ovate training to be a Druid. In
avenging the girl he loved Acco brought upon himself the curse of the
Goddess; and in consequence both men left home to join the Roman army.
The story tells of their adventures and travels which took them to Rome
and across the greater part of the Empire as far as its Eastern rim.
Duggan includes a brilliant account of the fate of Marcus Crassus's
expedition of seven Roman legions and Gallic cavalry which set out to
plunder Seleucia and met with the Parthian horse-bowmen under their
leader the Surenas.' WINTER QUARTERS covers a remarkable amount of
ground, and covers it convincingly... Mr Duggan throws the strengths
and weaknesses of the era into sharp relief... damnably skillful'