The Gaius Marius Chronicle is the memoir of a retired Roman soldier, Gaius Marius Insubrecus, a legionary who served Caesar during his wars in Gaul and in the Roman civil wars, and who then supported Caesar’s heir, Octavius, in his struggle against Caesar’s assassins and against Antony and Cleopatra.
The Helvetian Affair, the second book of the Gaius Marius Chronicle, tells the story of Gai’s first military campaign as a Roman soldier, Caesar’s invasion of Gaul and his pursuit of a powerful and ruthless tribe, the Helvetians. Through the intrigues of Roman politicians and the ambition of Caesar himself, Gai is thrust into a maelstrom of war, intrigue, and betrayal.
From The Helvetian Affair
“All these stories and reports of Romans, Belgae, Krauts and whatnot have become a knot I do not have time to unravel, so I’m going to slice it open!” Caesar announced. “Tomorrow at dawn, this army marches on the Aeduan capital … we march on Bibracte!”
With his army starving and close to mutiny and his political enemies in Rome plotting his destruction, Gaius Iulius Caesar, Roman Proconsul, commanding general of the Roman legions in Gaul, and patron of Gaius Marius Insubrecus, commits an act that his officers believe is utter madness, cutting his lines of retreat to attack a vastly superior enemy force.
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