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Marching With Caesar: Conquest of Gaul [Kindle Edition]

R.W. Peake , Marina Shipova
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This is the Second Edition of the bestselling Marching With Caesar®-Conquest of Gaul.

Marching With Caesar-Conquest of Gaul is a first-person narrative, written in the form of a memoir as dictated to a scribe of Titus Pullus, Legionary, Optio and First Spear Centurion of Caesar's 6th and 10th Legion. The memoir is written three years after his retirement as Camp Prefect, when Titus is 61 years old.

Titus, along with his boyhood friend Vibius Domitius, joins the 10th Legion in the draft of 61 BC, when Gaius Julius Caesar is the governor of Spain. Titus and Vibius are assigned to a tent group, with seven other men who will become their closest friends during their times in the legion. Titus, Vibius and their comrades endure the harsh training regimen that made the legions the most feared military force in the ancient world. The 10th Legion is blooded in a series of actions in Spain, led by Caesar in a campaign that was the true beginning of one of the most brilliant military careers in history. This part of the story is now available in Marching With Caesar-Birth of the 10th Legion.

Three years after joining the legions, the 10th is called on again, this time to be part of the subjugation of Gaul, one of the greatest feats of arms in any period of history. During the subsequent campaigns, the 10th cements its reputation as Caesar's most favored and trusted legion, and is involved in most of the major actions during this period.

This second book of a completed series closes with Caesar crossing the Rubicon, and the 10th preparing to march to war, this time against fellow Romans.

Critical praise for Marching With Caesar-Conquest of Gaul:
"Fans of Roman historical fiction- or military fiction just in general- shouldn't miss what looks to be one heck of a series."
-The Historical Novel Society


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About the Author

I am a 54 year old retired Infantry Marine, born and raised in Texas and currently living on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I have been writing since my first novel, written at the age of 10, when my friends and yours truly fought off the Soviet hordes, who just happened to pick my block to launch their invasion. That was their big mistake. But like a lot of dreams, it got sidetracked until recently, when I decided to focus my passion on an era and subject that interested me a great deal. Like my characters in Ancient Rome, I have served as the pointy tip of the spear of our nation's policy, and it is with this perspective that I tell the story of Titus Pullus and his friends. This is my first published novel, and is the first in a completed trilogy that covers the career of Titus Pullus.

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  • Print Length: 660 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 8 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback
The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
As an ex British Para with a long service record, amateur historian and complete aficionado of Rome and its Legions, I congratulate Ron Peake for the in-depth research that he has undertaken to bring his readers, what I feel, is one of the best novels ever written on the Roman Legionary.

THE PERFECT COMPANION TO THIS EXCELLENT SERIES IS, THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER. Ron Peake is the proud owner of one, this is what he has to say about it:
The workmanship is outstanding, and while I am certainly no expert on pieces of this type, it has a substantial feel to it; when I pick it up there's nothing flimsy about it and one can feel and see the craftsmanship that went into it. The engraved figures are extraordinarily detailed; All in all I couldn't be happier with the Calix and what it represents. Truly Rome is eternal if even now people around the world are still interested in the Legions, and this Calix is a worthy representative of that time and place!Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

What puts this novel head and shoulders above contemporary authors including Scarrow, Sidebottom, Iggulden and others, is the FLAWLESS sense of realism throughout, which is amplified by the authors own military experience.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Guts 10 May 2012
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I am an avid reader of Roman fiction and have read Scarrow and Sidebottom among others so bring a certain critical frame to this novel set in the period when Caesar embarks on his career into Gaul. It is a long work and very detailed in its descriptions of the day to day life as viewed through the eyes of its main protagonist Titus Pullus. As he embarks on a life as a legionary he takes the reader deep into the routines and training and battles of the legion. At first I was daunted by the length but I have to say that I was gripped from the first page onwards. Peake is able to infuse a lot of detail into character interaction and drama and so the action and description never feels like a lecture or out of place. This is a tricky act to pull off and Peake does it superbly. Vary rarely was I aware of lengthy descriptions or details except to read of them in the context of the ongoing action and drama. As a result, I thoroughly recommend this work to anyone interested in the this period of the Roman history. There is a gritty realism to it which makes it stand apart from the works of Scarrow and Sidebottom, for example, as the latter have always struck me as being a little too anachronistic in their characters and events - more as if a nostalgic British Empire is re-dressed in togas and sandals! Much as I do like their work, Peake here has crafted a solid and bloody novel which really plunges you into the day to day life of a legionary on the march - and as Pullus rises up through the ranks and the grades in the exercitus of Rome, so too do you.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent with no reservations 11 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read many Roman novels - Simon Scarrow being one of my favourites. I normally don't like the first person account (because they obviously have lived through everything!). However in this case what a pleasure it was to read. I read it in 2 days!

Historically accurate, well reseached and magnificently written. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Add it to your list of must read books if you like this kind of fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marching With Caesar 15 Aug. 2013
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I have no idea how I missed this book and the others that follow in the series, especially as I read everything I can in this genre. However, I've found them now and all I can say is WOW, well done Ron on producing a truly epic read. As a former serviceman myself of twenty five years (got my citizenship), I can really identify with the characters and atmosphere that are created in this wonderfully crafted book.

I began reading Marching With Caesar one Friday night after work at about 6pm and before I knew it, it was nearly 1am, where the time went I just have no idea. What is blatantly apparent when reading this book is the amount of study that went into it before the author even put pen to paper or finger to keypad more likely, which is paramount when being a product of this nature for it to be credible. Then I found out that Ron had dressed as a Roman legionary just to get a feel for how they felt, fantastic.

Within the bigger picture in this book is the minute detail of what it was like to be a legionary, the equipment they carried, the food they ate, what it was like to live in a tent party, the weapons they used and how they felt when facing death or a battle that they knew they may not live through. A lot of authors merely write about these things but as a former US Marine, Ron can tell you what it's like and it's something else I can relate to.

Kudos to you Mr Peake and I salute you for your efforts, determination and a writing triumph, now I've got to get hold of book two.

John Salter
Author of Blood of Rome: Caratacus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read
This is the first in a series. It is an engaging tale from a rarely seen perspective . The historical facts are well researched and the characters are well detailed making them... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Read
R.W Peake has a way of keeping you hooked. Fantastic way of looking at history.
Look forward to the next instalment.
Published 5 months ago by Markusparkus
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star book with 4.5 star writing.
Please see my review of Marching With Caesar - Civil War. My comments apply to all of the books read so far (vols 1 to 7)
Published 5 months ago by Richard V Raiment
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book if you like Roman History. There is a whole series and I'll read them all.
Published 5 months ago by rosemarie halford-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
5 star read looking forward to the rest of the series
Published 7 months ago by rosena robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good read
Published 8 months ago by sheila love michael love
3.0 out of 5 stars very interesting but long winded and tedious. have read half and got...
very interesting but long winded and tedious. have read half and got bored - might go back again for the other half
Published 8 months ago by Peter Whale
5.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues
the story develops with not a few twists and turns - very much the story of Ceasar's bid for power seen from the personal viewpoint of Titus Pullus - intriguing
Published 9 months ago by Andrew McCandlish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this, unfortunately I read this before the first novel. I'm now reading the first!
Published 9 months ago by denis
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy books about Roman Legions this book could well be ...
This is the first time I have read a book by R.W.Peake and it certainly will not be the last. If you enjoy books about Roman Legions this book could well be the start of a journey.
Published 10 months ago by acorn
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