Troubador The Shining Ram

Released: 31/07/2017

eISBN: 9781788030052

Format: eBook

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The Shining Ram


The fading Republic of ancient Rome is on a knife-edge. But the family and friends of young Annia Probus still bring hope and freedom to the desolate world of slaves. When Annia is granted unique glimpses of a yet more terrible future, she sets herself against that looming catastrophe with all her strength.

Brave men and women are with her in this struggle. Some are senators. Some scholars. Some men of substance. But Annia’s astounding higher powers and mysterious empathetic gifts are special. She can find herself soaring over different lands and spanning great, split worlds. Yet she can also see right into a person’s heart and pain. With gifts like these she’s truly equipped for this vital mission. A bold but risky pathway ahead is soon crafted. It bristles with dangers and trials, especially for her. All to chase a prize like no other - nothing less than the freeing of millions from an approaching age of unbridled slavery.

Perils quickly begin to pile up. Unexplained assassinations. Crude attempts by competing powers to curb Annia’s freedom. A stealthy conspirator hunting her down and conjuring up strange, unruly allies for himself. Ominous first signs of an enslavement without end - more total than any ever known in the world before. And to make this tragedy happen, the most audacious revolt ever devised.

Rare, good people now face huge risks in the new and terrifying empire taking shape under Caesar Octavian. Annia will even lose her grip on the person she really is. True, she’s bolstered by the loyalty of those believing in her quest. And still striving to keep a step ahead of her enemies, since all hope for humanity now hangs on her resilience.

But to put it brutally, can this really be enough to see such a desperate and fraught venture through to the end?

The Shining Ram: a novel of contrasts: Authentic setting and epic fantasy. Tangled whodunit and human depths. Hard realism and the hope of freedom. Suspense and humour. Adventure and the search for meaning.

First reader reviews on Amazon site:

14 February 2018
Helen C
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Storytelling

A wonderful story full of epic adventure and edge of your seat drama. Though I haven't finished reading The Shinning Ram yet, I'm already hooked by Lindsey's storytelling and shock twists and turns! Though set in Ancient Rome Lindsey's plot often deals with issues such as gender equality and slavery, that are still relevant today, and so offers a unique perspective. I can't wait to see where the story leads. Highly recommend to anyone looking for something different, exciting and thought provoking.

22 February 2018
Amy Cloke
Format: Kindle Edition
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and unusual

I love the mix of ancient Rome and sci fi in this story of intrigue, slavery and the fight of good against evil. The plot is gripping with many twists and turns along the way. I enjoyed it so much I had to re-read it right away!

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Ro Lindsey

Ro Lindsey has worked in West Africa and been a university teacher in Scotland and Wales. It has meant learning a lot about three rich and wonderful cultures. Ro has had an academic book published on beliefs in imperial Rome and another on the workings of power in human relations today. Academic and social interests have both helped to inspire The Shining Ram. But guiding a lobbying group against human trafficking and slavery has greatly shaped the book's final storyline. Hopefully this has only enriched the original ambition to produce a gripping and satisfying read. More important than all this is being happily married with two daughters. The writing task is helped along by such diversions as walking, music, volunteering, the arts, and politics.

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