A sperm whale, an estuarine crocodile, a sabre tooth tiger and a mastodon, all threatened with extinction, prelude this story of four men destined to set a course for the future of the world. It is 25 BC and four slaves row in a galley for the Roman Empire. Britannius sentenced for committing rape, Himilco for molestation and treason, Enoch for wounding a centurion and implicated in supplying the asps for Cleopatra's suicide and Hanno for killing his owner. Following a shipwreck three of them are recaptured but Himilco escapes. Enoch, Brittanius and Hanno are sent back to the galleys. And so starts an epic journey for all four that spans the entire world with their individual adventures. Constantly hounded and pursued by the overseer from the original galley, each is re-captured, escapes again, and thinks about the reason for the journeys, especially after they all unexpectedly meet again after years on the run.
Beau Rowlands was born in Capetown in 1946. His university qualifications (University of Capetown) included geography, environmental studies, and librarianship. Since childhood he has had a strong interest in travel, and hitchhiked in his 20s around southern Africa and Australia. He later visited South Atlantic islands including Falklands, St Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension, he also visited Patagonia in 1977. He moved to the UK in 1991, and currently lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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