- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (15 May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0972872604
- ISBN-13: 978-0972872607
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,489,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Legion Paperback – 15 May 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
I would divide the book into two. First, there is the recreation of life in a Roman army settlement on the Rhine frontier. This is as good as people say it is, giving a really vivid impression of what it must have been like. It puts the battles into context by showing how much of a Roman soldier's time was spent on building up the infrastructure of the empire (building roads, etc.). So far so good.
The other half of the book is the story and I felt this was very lame. One of the other reviewers descibes it as unputdownable and I am pleased they enjoyed it. To me the story left no cliche unturned and was, at best, of the level of sophistication of the action comics I used to read when I was a boy. The film "Gladiator" was clever enough to make you suspend your disbelief; this book is not half as clever and by midway through I was skimming through to find the next piece that told me something about life in the Roman army. I really didn't care what happened to the characters.
Early PC games were said to be either written by people who could program but didn't know how to design a game, or people who could devise a game but had no idea how to program it. For me, this book was written by someone skilled at recreating history (which covers about one-fifth of the book) but with no particular skills as a novelist. Because the novel takes up four-fifths of the book it gets a low score from me.
Full of inaccuracies, it is a poor pastiche of every other well-written and researched book (Scarrow, Davies, Iggulden, Bream, etc.,), and full of American clichés straight out of the poorest western genre, it commands no respect whatsoever.
To have such a major character as Rufio, even an experienced soldier, newly joining a legion and taking over all the running of legion from the Legate to the Senior Centuriate is absolutely farcical. The only reason is might be considered `unputdownable' is to see if the complete nonsense written about continues right to the bitter end! Unfortunately, it does.
And I've got to say the complete fantasy of the battle, plainly based on Suentonius defeat of Boadicea, is a dreadful parody of other, far better works and really insults the intelligence.
I shall not be buying anything by this man again for it is a complete waste of time and money.
The great thing is the way it brings the story to life, in a way most novels of the period do not.
Also, the book is presented in short chapters, ideal for it to be able to be put down and picked up as life's interruptions well.... interrupt.
The characters are well drawn and the minutiae of life as described makes for fascinating reading.
The story is presented from the point of view of a number of characters, and that works well.
A great read, sheer pleasure.
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Engaging to the point where I was reading till 3 am this morning , unable to put it down. The sights , the sounds , the smells , the feel, all leaped from the font to grip this... Read morePublished 14 months ago by After Celer et Audax
A bit to much like goodies and baddies but good for all that. The invincible Rufio is to good to be true but I still love him. Read morePublished 16 months ago by dobie
I am very hard to please when it comes to Roman fiction, I also like my characters to be almost tangible or real. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Fossilboy
This was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. In fact I have re-read it recently, after initially reading it in 2003. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Chippindale
well research, excellent story line, well developed characters, will be waiting , for the next installment, read it in two sittingsPublished on 13 April 2013 by jolly john
A brilliant book ,showing the human side to the backbone of Rome and her conquering legions ,can't wait to start the next.Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by stevieb
I've read this book is about 24 hours. Not because it was short but because I couldn't put it down. I've read many historical Roman fiction books but this was the first that bought... Read morePublished on 18 April 2012 by Shineman
A good and very enjoyable read.If you are interested in this era and type of historical novel you wont be disappointed.Enough said go buy it.Published on 13 Jun. 2008 by Mr. L. Simpson