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Sword of Rome: Gladiator [Kindle Edition]

Richard Foreman
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Rome, 51BC

The centurion Lucius Oppius has left the battlefields of Gaul to venture to Rome.

But he is about to discover the capital of the Empire can be every bit as dangerous as its provinces.

Under orders from Caesar to secure an item of intelligence that will help him become a Consul again Oppius is manipulated into taking part in a gladiatorial contest.

The soldier must not only fight his enemies in the arena however. Marcus Porcius Cato warns “Caesar’s Champion” that victory inside the arena will bring death outside of it.

Oppius soon discovers that while in Gaul your the enemies stand before you in a shield wall in Rome they stab you in the back.

'Sword of Rome: Gladiator' is an action-packed novella that takes you into the heart of Rome and into the crucible of gladiatorial combat. As well as facing death and treachery, Oppius and his legionaries will also encounter a young Octavius Caesar and Pompey the Great.

The Sword of Rome series brings together history and adventure in stories which will appeal to fans of both Simon Scarrow and Bernard Cornwell.

The bonus story of Raffles: Bowled Over can also be found at the end of Sword of Rome: Gladiator.

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'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'. (Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series)

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Patrick Bishop, author of Fighter Boys and A Good War.

About The Author.

Richard Foreman is the author of numerous best-selling Kindle books, including Augustus: Son of Rome and the Raffles series of historical crime novellas. He is also the author of Warsaw, a literary novel set during the end of the Second World War. He lives in London.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 65 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (22 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4XTVDO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
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I have only just recently found that Novella's can be enjoyable, in the past they have often been a disappointment because just when you are getting into the story its ending. This latest novella from Richard Foreman has some of that, but it's also fun, full of action and fast paced. The author has a clear light fun voice in the book, and his characters and easy to like and follow.

As a reader of historical fiction i have to say to other followers of the genre, there are flaws on the history, but it never purports to be historically accurate, just a fun action packed fictional story set in Rome, if you can get to that frame of mind then this is well worth the £1.99 for this or the others in the series.
Where else can you time travel to Ancient Rome for a whole evening for less than the price of a pint!

So go on...give one a bash and see what you think.

(Parm)

Product Description

Rome, 51BC
The centurion Lucius Oppius has left the battlefields of Gaul to venture to Rome.
But he is about to discover the capital of the Empire can be every bit as dangerous as its provinces.
Under orders from Caesar to secure an item of intelligence that will help him become a Consul again Oppius is manipulated into taking part in a gladiatorial contest.
The soldier must not only fight his enemies in the arena however. Marcus Porcius Cato warns "Caesar's Champion" that victory inside the arena will bring death outside of it.
Oppius soon discovers that while in Gaul your enemies stand before you in a shield wall in Rome they stab you in the back.
'Sword of Rome: Gladiator' is an action-packed novella that takes you into the heart of Rome and into the crucible of gladiatorial combat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sword of Rome: Gladiator 4 Jan 2014
By hcm
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Lucius Oppius, proclaimed in graffiti as the "Sword of Rome", is an archetypal hero: a brave centurion, trusted by Caesar, respected by the lower ranks and averse to the wasteful bloodshed of the gladiatorial arena. Several dramatic twists seize the narrative, the first forcing Lucius into the role of gladiator, and so he becomes a pawn between Caesar and the intelligence-dealing merchant Mallius. The gladiatorial bouts are skilfully imagined; you hear the cacophony of the bloodthirsty crowd and feel the sticky red sand beneath the gladiators' feet. In one surprisingly, satisfyingly no-nonsense fight scene, Lucius fells his opponent with one swift stab of his sword in the opening seconds, a battle cry and life cut short. The verbal sparring between the hero and the veteran gladiators is sharp, fuelled by male ego, and builds the tension leading to the on-stage performance, which is described with a psychological realism.

The bawdy humour and earthy language of the soldiers effectively challenges the rhetorical speech of the merchant and the politicians, and a foreboding undercurrent of political intrigue flows through the narrative: who will be the final victor in Rome, Caesar or Pompey? The lack of any female voices may not appeal to some readers, and the rich visual detail of previous, longer historical fiction set in Ancient Rome seems slightly lacking due to fewer page numbers. Rome however as the stage for this adventure is evoked in all her stench, her glory and her tumult, and the narrative does not disappoint in terms of gripping action, the threat of danger, and masculine triumph.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good short story 12 Sep 2013
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This addition to the author's 'Sword of Rome' series is as readable as ever. These books are simple stories, told in a straightforward way, and are always entertaining. This one is no different. Just good entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sword of Rome Gladiator 7 Jun 2013
By acorn
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This is the first time I have read a Richard Foreman novel. Mr Foreman certainly writes a good historical epic,packed full of bloodshed and battles. This is a hugely enjoyable read for a small price one of which I will repeat with another one of his novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Series goes from strength to strength 29 April 2013
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I was already a fan of Richard Foreman's Raffles and Sword of Rome series but he has really gone from strength to strength in this latest installment. With characters that have been well developed throughout the series and fantastic action in every chapter, I would thoroughly recommend this eBook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Foreman does it again 29 April 2013
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Foreman does it again in this historical epic. Packed full of bloodshed and battles, this time set in the city's centre. This is a hugely enjoyable read for a small price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Builds nicely .... 10 April 2013
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A good - and, I think, stronger - follow-up to the previous books. Story telling is good, the characters are developing well; they almost feel like 'family'!

A great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A centurions life is never dull 14 Mar 2013
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These short stories just get better. Well written bite sized Roman tales. Caesar's man on another mission. Great. Also the free raffles book was a nice bonus.
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