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Slave to Ariconium

Alan M. Keef

After being taken on an arduous journey from Rome, a young slave called Marcus finds himself in the furthest reaches of the Empire, Britannia. Saved from working in an iron-ore mine by his unusual ability to read and write, he gains the trust and protection of one who has the power to help his situation. As he rises from a slave in the mine, to messenger, to manager of a mine and beyond, Marcus's quick thinking and reliability may gain him powerful friends, but they also bring enemies who are jealous of his newly found status. When his mentor takes a trip back to Rome, Marcus finds himself a prisoner on trumped up charges. His mentor returns, but this is a time of change, and, with the power of Rome ebbing, life is precarious for everyone, including Marcus and his new family.

 

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ABOUT ALAN M. KEEF


Alan M Keef has a business building small railways for the industrial and leisure markets that he describes as a hobby that got out of hand, but for all that, it has taken him to some of the less glamorous countries around the world.
Writing The Finding was actually started in the Mkonge Hotel, when he had a day to kill, and little else to do.
His having lived in the Cotswolds for nearly twenty years and, having spent a small part of his education and rather more of his business life, in and around Carlisle, provides a background to this story.
Having written a number of non-fiction books, this is his first full-length novel.
He is widowed, remarried and lives and works in Herefordshire.