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William Herbert Walling Crafts a Tale of Bravery and Heroism Through the Journey of a Barbarian Legionary

In an epic of historical fiction, legendary “Arminius” leaps from the pages of this creative work in a meld of ancient accounts and talented, imaginative storytelling rife with actual personages from radically different cultures, Imperial Rome, and Germania Magnus, a vast, forested homeland of barbarian tribes.

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The book definitely sets itself as an epic fiction like no other as the author’s storytelling prowess and creative imagination shares a tale that effectively takes readers right to the heart of the book’s plot

Roman chronicles cite the mature feats of Arminius, yet any word of his earlier years has been lost in the mists of time. A scion of the Cherusci tribe, his Latinized name Arminius bestowed by Roman scribes is unfamiliar to many people, yet in Germanic lore he is no doubt the greatest unsung hero of ancient times.

In a book that sets itself apart as a fictional saga like few others, Walling’s masterful storytelling prowess brings the youthful hero to life long before he returned to the Cherusci, where he became a fierce warrior king greatly feared by Rome’s dominant military might. Certain modern historians revere this figure from the shadows of European antiquity as, “A liberating crusader,” others as, “The noble savage gone wrong.” Either way, he is credited with organizing, and in the ninth year of the Common Era leading an army of Cheruscan and regional tribesmen in a crucial battle that ambushed and annihilated three entire Roman legions, a massacre inferred to cause Caesar Augustus and all his subsequent successors to abandon any ambitions of conquering and subjecting to Roman hegemony the tribes in Germania Magnus east of the Rhine frontier, thus permitting the Germanic tribes to gradually develop their own language and culture.

Lovers of epic historical fiction will surely be delighted to learn that this book is to join many other volumes on display at the upcoming Miami International Book Fair. Along with numerous  other great titles selected from different genres, “Arminius” can be viewed during a weeklong celebration of literature as the event unfolds from 11 to 18 November 2018. An affair like no other, it is definitely an event that should not be missed!


Written by: William Walling
Self-Published by: Virtualbookworm Inc. of College Station, Texas
Self-Published on: August 31, 2011
Softcover price: ≈ $16.99


About the Author
Walling is a former aerospace engineer with an affection for classical music, ancient history and what is often erroneously called science fiction –– long jumps in interest, but true –– he spent several decades designing flight systems hardware for Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, where the high point was a five-year program codenamed AZORIAN that successfully salvaged the hulk of a Soviet era naval submarine from the deep Pacific north of Hawaii. He took up writing as a sometime hobby, avocation, or whatever, and began selling magazine shorts, novelettes, a co-authored serial novel, and science articles, then later had two hardcover s-f novels published by Doubleday and St. Martin’s Press. Currently ten self-published novels (eight of them “hard” speculative fiction, the ninth a humorous spoof of the aerospace industry, and the tenth a historical novel), are currently being actively vended as e-books on a number of internet bookstores.

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