Thursday, 22 November 2012

Out now Roman II - The Rise of Caratacus

50AD

The Invasion is over and Roman Legions spread throughout the land, a blood red stain on Britannia. Caratacus has fled south to rebuild his army and warriors flock to his banner.

In the north, a disgraced Legionary grasps the chance to regain his honour and joins the Exploratores, the elite Roman unit operating behind enemy lines. Soon he is tasked with disrupting the plans of Caratacus but deep inside he nurtures a deeper mission, the chance to fulfil an oath made six years earlier.

Finally the army of Caratacus marches north and as they confront the Legions of Scapula in a final bloody battle, the Exploratore draws closer to the ultimate prize, the chance to murder the man he once called brother.



Sunday, 18 November 2012

Remember


I never was a soldier
So have no tale to tell,
of cloying mud and seas of blood
and trenches into hell

I didn't get the call up
So how am I to know
of ghosts who stand on scarlet sand
where angels fear to go

I didn't serve my country
So missed the pained goodbyes
of men who cried as brothers died
beneath those  leaden skies

I never fought for freedom
So couldn't  understand
the metal rain of searing pain
that ripped across the sand

I didn't have the calling
So where do I begin
to understand exploding land
that tears them limb from limb

I never had to comprehend
the sound of mothers' cries.
The tragic price of devils dice
when rolled to see who dies

So why should I remember?
How could it ever be?
That gallant dead, spilled poppy red
And gave their lives for me.

I never was a soldier.
And never went away
like those who tried and cried and died
and marched so I could stay


K. M. Ashman