September 618 AD
The Byzantine Empire is losing its war with Persia. Syria and Egypt are occupied. The Balkans are lost. Italy is going, one bite at a time, to the Lombards. The Catholic Church is already an independent power.
At 15, Rodi is the youngest agent in the Byzantine secret service.
He’s in Ravenna to find dirt on an Exarch suspected of having his hand in the till.
His mission goes exactly to plan – until a freak accident leads to murder and the uncovering of a plot no one in Constantinople had thought possible.
Who are the men who killed the Exarch’s secretary?
Why are they openly at large in Ravenna?
What is the encrypted letter Rodi found in the Exarch’s office?
Why is every one of the rival courts on the Italian peninsula so eager to lay hands on it?
And can Rodi manage to stay alive in the snake pit of Italian politics…?
This is a story of blood and espionage that takes you from the canals and squares of mediaeval Ravenna, to the Lombard capital in Pavia, where the distinction between barbarian and Roman seems to be blurring by the day into a common Italian nationhood.
Death in Ravenna is a thrilling historical novella, perfect for fans of Simon Scarrow, Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden. It follows on from ‘Game of Empires’.
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