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Ride Into the Sun: A Novel Based on the Life of Scipio Africanus

By Patric Verrone

The heroic story of a teenager who took on one of the world’s greatest generals.

For his entire life, the Roman Empire had been at war. And now the shrewd African general Hannibal had implausibly navigated his herd of elephants over the Alps, leaving thousands dead in his wake. For historians, it would become one of the most important wars of all time. For Scipio Africanus, it was personal.

But before Scipio could fight for his beloved Republic, he had to battle his cynical and duplicitous enemies at home. Consistently underfunded and undermanned, Scipio accepted the posts no other soldier would dare take. Guided by ingenuity, prudence, charisma, and a thirst for revenge, he traversed sea and land to unite warring princes, indigenous chiefs, tribal horsemen, and his enemy’s closest allies into an unpredictable and dangerous coalition. To defeat the greatest general of his time, the boy needed to become the greatest.

About the Author

Patric Verrone is a writer, theatrical artist, and student of the world, originally from Los Angeles. He studied psychology with a secondary in studies in women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University. His plays have been produced and workshopped by the Blank Theater in Los Angeles, the Harvard Playwrights Festival, and The Custom Made Theater in San Francisco. Recently, he has researched under the guidance of Michael Bronski for an upcoming anthology series of collected historical essays. When he isn't writing, Verrone loves to take hikes with his dog.