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The Hostage of Rome is going on a blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources. If you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

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The Hostage of Rome by Robert M. Kidd


Genre: Historical fiction

Tour Dates: 9th - 15th June 2022

Publication Date: May 2022

Formats available: Mobi or Paperback

Standalone Book 3 of The Histories of Sphax series

Estimated Page Count: 380

Types of post available: Reviews, extracts, guest posts and Q&As

217 BC. Rome has been savaged, beaten and is in retreat. Yet, in that winter of winters, her garrisons cling on behind the walls of Placentia and Cremona, thanks to her sea-born supplies. If he could be freed, a hostage of Rome may yet hold the key to launching a fleet of pirates that could sweep Rome from the seas. For that hostage is none other than Corinna’s son Cleon, rival heir to the throne of Illyria, held in Brundisium, four hundred miles south of the Rubicon.

But Hannibal is set on a greater prize! Macedon is the great power in Greece, feared even by Rome. Its young king, Philip, is being compared with his illustrious ancestor, Alexander the Great. An alliance with Macedon would surely sound the death knell for Rome.        


Given Hannibal’s blessing, Sphax, Idwal and Corinna face an epic journey against impossible odds. Navigating the length of the Padus, past legionary garrisons and hostile Gauls, they must then risk the perils of the storm-torn Adria in the depths of the winter. If the gods favour them and they reach the lands of the pirate queen, only then will their real trials begin.

About Robert M. Kidd

When Cato the Censor demanded that ‘Carthage must be destroyed,’ Rome did just that. In 146 BC, after a three year siege, Carthage was raised to the ground, its surviving citizens sold into slavery and the fields where this once magnificent city had stood, ploughed by oxen. Carthage was erased from history.

That’s why I’m a novelist on a mission! I want to set the historical record straight. Our entire history of Hannibal’s wars with Rome is nothing short of propaganda, written by Greeks and Romans for their Roman clients. It intrigues me that Hannibal took two Greek scholars and historians with him on campaign, yet their histories of Rome’s deadliest war have never seen the light of day.

My hero, Sphax the Numidian, tells a different story!

When I’m not waging war with my pen, I like to indulge my passion for travel and hill walking, and like my hero, I too love horses. I live in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

9th June

  1. David's Book Blurg

  2. sharon beyond the books

  3. Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

10th June

  1. The bookish hermit

  2. Rosie Writes...

11th June


  2. B for bookreview

12th June

  1. Chez Maximka

  2. The Magic Of Wor(l)ds

13th June

  1. Felicity Grace Terry

  2. The Pursuit Of Bookiness

14th June

  1. Bertyboy123

  2. wee_glasgow_bookworm

15th June

  1. @sparetimer866

  2. Jazzy Book Reviews

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