Ripped away from all he had known, he fought for a new life. Now he must fight for his new family.
53 B.C. Roman soldier Manius Titinius falls captive to a warband of Xiongnu, nomadic horsemen who rule the seas of grass between the Gobi Desert and Mountains of Heaven. His forced march to the east plunges him into a new world of wonder and peril. Manius has only his fighting spirit and faith in For- tuna, goddess of luck, to aid him in a faraway land: China.
Manius rots in the Xiongnu slave camp. Until, with the help of a Chinese family, he escapes. In their frontier village he grapples with the language and learns a new way of life. Then his former captors track him down and attack. Will Fortuna stand with Manius through the siege? Will the proud Roman forge a Chinese destiny? Can he ever find his way home?
From windswept valleys to bustling cultural crossroads … from daring rescue missions to the daily struggle for survival on the borderlands … Silk Road Centurion opens a gateway to an ancient realm of romance, discovery and adventure.
“Fortuna, be with me. May I come before you with bloodied hands.”