The Eagle and the Dragon, a Novel of Rome and China
ACTION ADVENTURE EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION ADVENTURE EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION
17th Century or Earlier,Across Centuries
Lewis F. McIntyre
Two thousand years ago a hundred Roman ships a year plied the open Indian Ocean, seeking their fortunes in the Indian trade. In 100AD, three continued on to Han China … and the adventure began!
Action, Adventure, Epic, Historical Fiction,,Adventure,Epic,Historical Fiction
300 Roman soldiers, survivors of Carrhae, awaiting execution, when rescued by mysterious Eastern soldiers who persuade the Parthians to release them, to be marched east to some unknown destination.
Senator Galba returns to brief the Senate and Emperor Trajan on his failed mission, funded by the Senate. Galba’s political enemies want the money back, which will bankrupt him. However, Trajan reveals a letter that vindicates Galba’s choice of honor over expediency, redeeming the mission.
Rome, Egypt, the Indian Ocean, China, Central Asia, 2000 years ago.
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Plot - Other Elements
Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist
Mature Audience Themes
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Main Character Details
Name: Aulus Aemilius Galba
Key Traits: Adventurous, Complex, Decisive, Educated, Honorable, Leader, Strong Moral Code,Charming,Confident,Complex,Decisive,Leader
Additional Character Details
Name: Antonius Aristides
Key Traits: Aggressive, Complex, Confident, Honorable, Masculine, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Decisive, Educated, Empathetic, Leader,Adventurous,Badass,Complex,Confident,Leader
Additional Character Details
Name: Marcia Lucia
Key Traits: Beautiful, Charming, Complex, Perseverance, Underdog,Underdog,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Heartthrob
Additional Character Details
Name: Ibrahim bin Yusuf
Key Traits: Aggressive, Badass, Empathetic, Decisive, Unapologetic, Villainous, Criminal, Educated, Engaging, Heroic, Honorable, Leader, Strong Moral Code, Blunt, Charming, Complex, Gracious, Secretive, Skillful,Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Leader
2000 years ago, a hundred Roman ships a year sailed the Indian Ocean for the lucrative Distant East trade. In 100AD, the Europa, Asia and Africa continued on to Han China, and the adventure began
POLITICS, DRAMA, ROMANCE
Two high-ranking Romans are chosen for a trip to an Asian village in search of political alliances. A sequence of events tests their decision-making power and ends with both being publicly recognized by Emperor Trajan.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: GOOD
Accuracy of Book Profile
It is accurate, but Ibrahim is not precisely an antagonist. He is initially portrayed as a bad man, but we discover he is not the enemy.
Draw of Story
The book already begins in a tense moment, with soldiers walking to their death. The first chapter narrates a kind of backstory that quickly tells the relationship between Romans and Asians.
It is quite long, but the sequence of events is able to keep the reader attached to the narrative.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The story takes place at a very attractive time in history: ancient Rome and its alliances and territorial conquests. Despite being a fictional story, the whole old environment presents exciting elements to attract the audience. This relation between Romans and Chinese is also an interesting starting point.
The story may draw the attention, right away, of a fanbase attracted by ancient civilizations' stories. The successful development of the narrative (a good main story, nice characters) can attract other audiences too.
The story has potential for awards, mainly for the expected grandiosity of its scenes. However, the narrative could grow a little more climactic, displaying more internal conflicts.
Similar Films/TV Series
CENTURION: THE ROMAN EMPIRE FACES AN ENEMY THAT DISTURBS THEIR EXPANSION PLANS. ROME: TWO ROMAN SOLDIERS BECOME HEROES FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS.
What’s New About the Story
I believe that the Rome-China relationship is a plus for the story. If the book was only based on Roman daily life and some battles, the result would be similar to previous films. However, this connection with this Asian civilization brings a different look to a worn-out plot.
Since the book is long, we can get to know the characters little by little, which is good. However, the main characters could show their personalities a little more. At times it isn't easy to know who is talking since some characters are quite similar.
Uniqueness of Story
It is not a rare gem because we have seen quite similar Roman soldiers' stories on imperial missions. However, this book brings an engaging narrative fluency that makes it easy to follow the story, even with its large number of characters.
Film - Studio, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming
The book is well written and has a well-developed narrative. It is easy to follow, and it is entertaining. The characters are attractive and, despite taking place in an environment entirely different from ours, we manage to understand each one's reasons and desires on this journey. Many characters look and sound too similar, but this is adjustable. Although long, the story has a good sequence of events that hold us attached to it. It would definitely not be a cheap audiovisual production due to the need to recreate the Roman and Chinese empires. However, the final result of these two aesthetically diverse civilizations could be fascinating. Despite the historical grandeur (even if fictional), the book portrays individuals, which engage us more easily. The author maintains the narrative very well, without letting the expectation and tension drop over the more than 500 pages. It would be a suitable story for a series due to the number of elements inserted into it. However, even if it is fiction, it would be essential to hire a specialist in ancient history to guide the production and ensure that the narrative, tone, characters, and scenarios were credible. In general, the book is good. However, it would still need adjustments to make its conflicts more dramatic and its characters more attractive.