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The Marius’ Mules series by S.J.A Turney.

Following the career of the legate Marcus Falerius Fronto in the army of Julius Caesar from 58BC, this series of military historical action novels tells the tale of the great conquest and revolt of Gaul. The bestselling series has received praise and recommendation from readers and reviewers alike and will continue into 2017 with book 10 due in the summer.

The books are available in 9″x6″ paperback format from Amazon or CreateSpace and in various e-Formats, including Amazon’s kindle, the Kobo, iTunes and Nook, and from Smashwords

Have a look at my Facebook page for photos of the locations in my books, including this series HERE

All the latest news on this series and others is available on Facebook, on my Twitter feed and on my website.

Check out what reviewers say:

Marius’ Mules I: The Invasion of Gaul, reviewed on Roman Fiction

Marius’ Mules II: The Belgae, reviewed on For Winter Nights

Marius’ Mules III: Gallia Invicta, reviewed by Parmenion Books

Marius’ Mules IV: Conspiracy of Eagles, reviewed on Hoover Book Reviews

Marius’ Mules V: Hades’ Gate, reviewed on Hoover Book Reviews

Marius’ Mules VI: Caesar’s Vow, reviewed on Hoover Book Reviews

Marius’ Mules: Prelude to War, reviewed on Hoover Book Reviews

Marius’ Mules VII: The Great Revolt, reviewed on Banton Bhuttu

Marius’ Mules VIII: Sons of Taranis, reviewed on Hoover Book Reviews

Marius’ Mules IX: Pax Gallica, reviewed on Banton Bhuttu

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Written by SJAT

May 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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  1. When can we expect to get Marius’ Mules VI ?????

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    Dianne

    August 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    • Currently in process, Dianne, for a release in very early 2014. πŸ™‚ Cheers.

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      SJAT

      August 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    • When can we expect Marius’ Mules VIII? My favorite series in books.

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      Richard Guenther

      July 30, 2015 at 1:52 am

      • In about a month’s time, Richard. Should be on Amazon fro Pre-order in a week or so, matey. Cheers. πŸ™‚

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        SJAT

        July 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

  2. love this series cant wait for the next 1.

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    michael

    November 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    • Cheers, Michael. Book 6 shaping up for a release in the New Year. πŸ™‚

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      SJAT

      November 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      • Love this series and think it would make a very good tv series like game of thrones as done

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        michael

        February 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    • Cheers Michael. πŸ™‚ Ottoman tale for now, but it’s my master plan to have MM7 out before the end of the year too!

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      SJAT

      February 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm

  3. Can’t wait already read the latest 1

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    michael

    February 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

  4. love love love this series, i have read them all including the prelude to war while waiting for no 7 ! i have downloaded all your other books to keep me busy,, keep them coming

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    martina mcdonnell

    March 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    • Wayhey! Cheers, Martina. Am busy on Ottoman book 3 at the moment, but MM7 looms after that. πŸ™‚ Got to go walk the circumvallation of Alesia before that.

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      SJAT

      March 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      • love all the empire books, just finished the dark empress last night! the ending was perfect i was wondering what would happen to Asima in the end there were so many possibilities , im off to read the theifs tale now!

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        martina mcdonnell

        March 6, 2014 at 12:08 am

    • Hope you enjoy. The Ottoman Cycle are some of my fave stories so far. Heading to Istanbul next week on research for book 4. ::-)

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      SJAT

      March 6, 2014 at 12:11 am

      • cant wait to start on book 3 of ottoman cycle, love sikirous just as much as fronto! i will be heading to istanbul next year i will have to get some tips on places to visit πŸ™‚

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        martina mcdonnell

        March 28, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      • I will be happy to give you any help for an excellent trip, Martina. πŸ™‚ Book 3 is nearing completion now.

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        SJAT

        March 31, 2014 at 6:51 pm

  5. Just read all 6 Marius Mules + Prelude to War. Great books. I especially like the technical details about the legions: battle tactics, building projects etc. Brilliant! Looking forward to Book V11.

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    Patricia Craig

    March 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

    • Wow. Sorry about the MASSIVE delay in my reply. I just this morning discovered 3 comments that WordPress seems to have glossed over without telling me! Thank you, Patricia. And now, 2 books on, hopefully you’re still looking forward to book IX πŸ™‚

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      SJAT

      May 7, 2016 at 9:51 am

  6. Help!

    I am in total addiction withdrawal since finishing V6. Please, o-please, o-please ……. πŸ™‚

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    Terry RHodes

    May 29, 2014 at 12:12 am

    • Hi Terry. MM7 is due out on Halloween, so not that long to wait. πŸ™‚ Glad you’re enjoying the books. Cheers.

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      SJAT

      May 29, 2014 at 8:06 am

  7. Terry: Any hope of a prequel to the “Mules…”series ie:Caesar in Spain?

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    Char

    July 29, 2014 at 3:32 am

    • Hi Terry. You know, that had never occurred to me! But I have a grand arc for the series that ends on book 15 so there’s a way to go yet. πŸ™‚

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      SJAT

      July 29, 2014 at 8:41 am

  8. Probably the best series of books I have ever read – I have enjoyed every one – can’t wait for MM7 πŸ™‚

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    Peter

    August 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    • Wow. Tremendously high praise, Peter! Thank you from the bottom of my heart/my bottle (whichever is deeper tonight!) MM7 is approaching at a rate of knots. Cheers and thanks again.

      Si

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      SJAT

      August 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm

  9. Write faster you lazy sod. The end of Prelude To War was great: they were heading to see Fronto πŸ™‚ Actually, I was seriously impressed with PtW, I thought it your best writing yet.

    I’ve had to buy some of your other books for my Kindle to keep me going. Now I see the place-holder ‘late October’ I can revisit the early books in advance. The impulse to download your first Fronto was one of those decisions I am most happy about; up there with my impulse purchase of Patrick O’Brian’s first Aubrey and Maturin paperback many years ago. Yes, that is high praise, and you may feel smug if you wish.

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    Vince

    August 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    • Thanks, Vince. That was a nice message to find waiting. πŸ™‚ Release date for MM7 is Halloween. Not that it’s going to feature vampires mind… Heh heh heh. Hope you like the other books too. Cheers, Si.

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      SJAT

      August 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

  10. M.Mules book 8 read the rest which I really enjoyed,is book 8 out yet?

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    Peter hemming

    May 7, 2015 at 9:15 am

    • Hi Peter. Book 8 will be out this summer. It is in process at the moment. Glad you’re enjoying them. Have a good day, and I’m going back to making Fronto’s life difficult. πŸ™‚

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      SJAT

      May 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

  11. Thanks for your Marius series, have read them twice, second time with map-in-hand! I live on the west coast of USA, now I know I must plan a trip to Europe to see some of these sites, especially Alesia. While waiting for Mules 8, I guess I will journey off to learn about the Ottoman world. I appreciate your craftsmanship, best wishes.

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    Steve Buckley

    May 24, 2015 at 5:11 am

  12. Excellent, Steve. Reminds me of a Turkish guy I watched some videos of a while back. Check this out:

    There was also an amazing vid of a guy shooting while leaping from a fast horse, still managing to put three arrows into a bull before he hit the floor and rolled back to standing!

    Si

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    SJAT

    May 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm

  13. When iare the mules going to start braying again? I can’t wait for Marius’ Mules VIII

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    Richard Guenther

    June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

    • Hi Richard. Planned release for book 8 is August.

      πŸ™‚

      Si

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      SJAT

      June 11, 2015 at 9:10 am

      • nice one i have just reread the series waiting for it, trust me this is the only series i would even consider rereading.

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        jade152

        June 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      • Yay. Cheers, Jade. Book 8 not far off now. πŸ™‚

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        SJAT

        June 11, 2015 at 10:21 pm

  14. I also can’t wait for the next book. I can foresee Fonto marching with Octavian. I believe I posted a similar comment several years ago but, its worth repeating I also am in the process of rereading the series in preparation for book 8.
    Thank you for a great series of books I rarely have the pleasure of anxiously anticipating the next book in series.

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    Dan

    August 18, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    • Cheers, Dan. Oddly, given the fact that book 8 isn’t quite out yet, it’s book 10 I’m most looking forward to! πŸ˜‰

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      SJAT

      August 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

  15. Fret! I see book 8 is available now, but only for the kindle. Will there be a paperback version?

    Thank you.

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    Marilyn

    September 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

  16. Hi again,

    Last time I posted here I suggested you should write faster; I won’t be so rude again πŸ˜‰

    I read VIII last September, and I thought it a very good book; I was one that was glad you put the work into it rather than skip to the historical ‘highlights.’

    Today I had a look on Amazon to see if there was anything to be found. I found a new Praetorian book published in December, and as there are now two I bought both of those. But I’ve come back here looking for news on Fronto.

    So, Si, what’s the word? Are you working on IX, or are you plotting in you head at least? Will we see a Fronto sometime this year at all?

    Regards

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    Vince

    February 13, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    • Hi Vince. I’ve a bit of a complex year in respect of scheduled writing, as I’ve been contracted to write another fantasy novel, plus I’ve committed to a joint project with Christian Cameron, but I have a detailed plan ready for MM9, and a rough plan for book 10 too. My original plan called for MM9 to be out mid-summer this year. I’m hoping to shuffle things around enough to get MM9 out by late summer or early Autumn. But the upshot is I fully intent to have Fronto stomping around the hills with a legion, grumbling and moaning and decapitating the odd nutcase at some point in 2016. πŸ™‚

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      SJAT

      February 13, 2016 at 6:24 pm

  17. I have read all of Marius Mules 1 thru 8 and I must say that the object of your verbs need a little working on. Having readers check your writing still leaves said objects out there. There is a difference between floor, the ground, the grass, the planking, and whatever is more definitive. I have enjoyed the story and the history, being Retired US Army, I find do not really like to provide the objects to your verbs. I understand the Queen’s English, remender we left when it was the King’s English. Military writing requires definition in objects. as my English Army friends have too me over the years, so please try to help us poor uninformed readers.

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    Jim Benoit

    March 15, 2016 at 12:44 am

  18. Thank you. I’ve had the great fun of reading all the MM series as well as the two Praetorian books. Do you have plans to complete a significant number more in the Praetorian series. If so what is the schedule

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    Ed Cavenagh

    March 20, 2016 at 3:40 am

    • Sorry about the delay in my reply, Ed. For some reason, WordPress decided your comment was spam without telling me. Thank you, my friend. I plan to continue releasing one book a year for each series. MM9: Pax Romana will be out late summer, and Praetorian 3: Eagles of Dacia in late autumn/winter. The MM series is planned to run to a final book 15. There are very specific reasons for that number, and we’re on the slope into Civil war now. Praetorian has a definite 5 book arc. There might be more beyond that if interest holds. Have a good weekend and sorry again for the slow reply

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      SJAT

      May 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

  19. I’ve read up to book V and the series is great. I’m in The US Army and I’ve thought ROTC for three years. I used some examples of leadership within these books in order to teach leadership. In fact, I put this series on my recommended reading list. Great series and I feel any military person sees a little Fronto in themselves.

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    Marco Ramello

    May 7, 2016 at 8:29 am

    • Hi Marco. Thank you and… wow! That’s one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever had. I’m a little humbled by that. I used to know the British Army Air Corps well, and had several friends at NCO level. My centurions are largely based on them. πŸ™‚

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      SJAT

      May 7, 2016 at 9:38 am

      • It makes sense that you used your British Army NCO friends as examples. I’ve served in Afghanistan and Belize with British Soldiers and they are truly professionals.

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        Marco Ramello

        May 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

  20. I’ve found them generally to be utterly professional except in private (or in the sergeants’ mess) when they are dangerously comedic animals! I can’t imagine the US Army is vastly different in that respect πŸ˜‰

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    SJAT

    May 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

    • Hilariously accurate!
      You mentioned Air Service. The unit I worked with in Belize was 25 Flight. Great bunch and they made things happen for us. They left for Canada in 2011.
      I’m stationed in Europe now (possibly my last stint after 26 years) and I hope to work with Brits again.
      Back to the books; I’m on MM5 but I downloaded all the rest. Though I like holding a book, with the amount of travel I do, I prefer my iPhone or Kindle.
      I’ll catch some of your other books as soon as I’m done with the MM series.

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      Marco Ramello

      May 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      • Hope you enjoy 6-8. I particularly liked 6 myself, though 7 seems to be more popular. Heh heh. Which country are you based in at the moment?

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        SJAT

        May 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      • I’m in Italy a little ways from Verona. I mention that ’cause I’m sure you must’ve traveled through here for research. I’m sure you’ve especially checked out the Coliseum in Verona.

        Being assigned here is great and one of the things I’ve wanted to do all my life. My father was a partisan during the war in Torino. I’ve always wanted to see his little town of Santa Rita. It baffles me how he could’ve left such a beautiful country. But I’m sure Italy was quite different in 1951. I always wanted to know his story during the war but he only spoke of it, once. His story along with him died in 2007. That story must’ve been epic.

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        Marco Ramello

        May 8, 2016 at 8:54 am

  21. Actually I’ve never done the north of Italy, though it’s on my list, of course. I’ve been to Florence, Venice, Naples area and Rome repeatedly, but that’s it. Your dad’s story sound like it must have been quite something. It’s terribly sad when a generation passes on and takes unfinished tales with them. My grandad and great aunt both passed and with them went what I suspect was an epic tale from the war which was responsible for the fact that she never married. I’ve always suspected what happened, but will now never know for certain. Oh, and I did wonder whether you were 1st or 2nd generation Italian from the name. Nice to be posted in your family’s old lands. Must be amazing.

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    SJAT

    May 8, 2016 at 9:29 am

    • It was an emotional assignment to say the least. I am 1st gen USA and my father wasn’t too keen on me joining the army in ’89. He said, “You shouldn’t run to war, you should run from it!” Though he was proud to see me in my uniform when I graduated Basic he was even more proud when I pinned on 2LT after OCS. But the Twin Towers were on his mind and he knew I was going see action, soon. The last conversation we had together was on the Santa Barabra Pier in California, smoking a cigarette and drinking espresso as he told me the one and only story his war. Hah! Maybe this isn’t the forum to discuss things. Thanks for listening.
      Cheers.

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      Marco Ramello

      May 8, 2016 at 9:56 am

  22. Any idea on when the new mm book is coming out!? Absolutely love the series

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    Michael

    May 24, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    • Hi Michael. Thank you my friend. πŸ™‚ MM9 will be out late summer. It’s all planned in fine detail and the main write starts on Monday. Fronto’s on his way to the Pyrenees with an army of old men this year!

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      SJAT

      May 24, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      • Yesss!!! cant wait!!!!!!!! Seriously cant even tell you how many times I’ve read and reread the series lol just wanna say thanks for the hours and hours of entertainment πŸ˜›

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        Michael Robinson

        June 20, 2016 at 1:44 am

      • πŸ™‚ Cheers, my friend.

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        SJAT

        June 20, 2016 at 7:41 am

  23. For the third time I have completed the marius series, yes all nine of them, for the third time. Why three times? well why not. Each time I read them I find them as refreshing and funny as the first. Caesars Commentaries are not as much fun, but as I still wait for that elusive MM10. I can always read praetorian once more.. By the way after serving in the British Army, 10 years, My old memories cannot find an officer like Fronto. A lot of boozy foul-mouthed NCO.s yes, but none like Fronto. I await with my finger poised waiting to find out more about our hero and his friends. SOON I hope.

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    George Stenhouse

    August 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    • Hi George. Great to hear such nice things, and nice to speak to you. Next up is MM9: Pax Gallica, and it’s almost ready. It’ll be out in mid September. πŸ™‚ And I know what you mean. I’ve met a couple of colonels who would have trouble counting without using their fingers and toes and with an overbite you could open a beer with! But I also knew two captains who were more like Fronto than they’d care to admit. One made it to Major for a while but was so outspoken and troublesome he got busted back down! Heh heh heh. But WO2s I’ve met quite a few over the years who could have made a great centurion πŸ™‚

      Cheers and have a great weekend.

      Si

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      SJAT

      August 4, 2016 at 6:18 pm

  24. Any new news on mm9?

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    Michael

    September 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    • I did read the mid September comment just wondering if you had an exact date. Can’t help but check five times a day lol be a whole lot easier if I had an exact date lol

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      Michael

      September 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm

  25. I went to the link you provided to pre-order it. Said it’s not available for kindle version in my country (usa) tried looking for it through my Amazon/kindle but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Do you have a link or something for a us version?

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    Michael Robinson

    September 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

  26. Mr gurney
    Can you advise what novel describes Fronto being given his gladius on the battlefield

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    Andrew Kayes

    July 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    • Hi Andrew. If you mean the expensive one with the embossed orichalcum hilt he carries now he took it from the Tribune Menenius at the end of book 4. πŸ™‚

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      SJAT

      July 22, 2017 at 10:04 am

  27. I have just discovered the series. I am on book three at the moment. love them. I am a Celt but I am rooting for Fronto and the 10th.

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    Catherine Doolan

    September 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    • Hi Catherine. πŸ™‚ Hard not to root for Fronto! Glad you’re enjoying the books.

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      SJAT

      September 7, 2017 at 5:47 am


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