The author has a very readable style and he has chosen a period in Roman history that provides many twists and turns as Rome emerged from the period of rule by Nero. The result is a fascinating account of a fascinating slice of Roman history.
The author has followed the machinations, to elevation and destruction of potential contenders and the role of the Legions in influencing the process. There is much of the thrills and tension of a novel. Even readers who would rarely consider an historical account of a period in ancient history will find a plot and pace to keep them turning pages. This is a book that must be recommended for even the most casual reader and become required reading for any aspiring historian of this period.