Clash of Wills – Book Five
Sent to Hellgate.
A place where life’s not all fun and games ……
Hellgate. A step on the road to ……..?
Where the strongest men are broken.
Where toughness is not enough.
Where the strongest of wills is ground down.
Every trick in the book.
Every torment to torture the mind.
Starved into submission.
Worn down by back-breaking hard work.
Ground down by the constant beatings.
Where unmanly humiliations become routine.
A skilled torturer. Brutal overseers.
Beaten by whips.
Bruised by torments clubbing him every waking moment.
Deprived of sleep. Pride humiliated. Muscles tortured.
Threat of the enemy wearing him down … constant.
Pressure on his battling spirit … constant.
Helplessness of this capture … constant.
No let-up … ever.
Chance of escape … never.
Fear of submitting to Parthian pressure … always.
Maciste’s only hope …….
The Parthian emperor would send for him.
Summoned to his presence.
For ritual humiliations.
And tortured execution.
Trapped between impossible threats:
Either he broke first.
Or Maciste died tortured on a Parthian cross.