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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141032316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141032313
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Harry Sidebottom is a Fellow of St Benets Hall and lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art.

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Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship (The Times )

A well-constructed, well-paced and gripping account (Times Literary Supplement ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr Harry Sidebottom is a Fellow of St Benet's Hall and lecturer at Lincoln College, at the University of Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art. Lion of the Sun follows bestsellers Fire in the East and King of Kings in the Warrior of Rome series. www.harrysidebottom.co.uk

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
Having read a number of Harry's books (well the previous two in this series) before I pretty much knew what to expect. You gat an almost classical education as you read through his work, backed up with charactes that leap from the pages of history to defy the rules and history makers of the day.

Its reasonably paced, the descriptiveness descent and bound together with an outline that does what it says on the tin./ Whilst perhaps not as imaginable as Cornwell or combat based as either Scarrow or Cameron, this author does bring a book to the table that many a reader will enjoy.

Definitely a title to take your time with in order to fully digest what's happening within. Good fun, solid back up and perhaps most importantly a sustainable quality for all of his writing. Whilst you can read this without having read any others in the series I would really recommend against that course of action and suggest that you start at the beginning in order to get the most out of this title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was interested to see where Harry was going to take the next book in this series, unlike some of the Roman series out there at the moment I feel that this one has more of a shelf life with Ballista, but between now and the end I really want to see how well Harry writes the character, his friends and all of their lives.

Lion of the Sun lived up to its predecessors and delivered with plenty of punch, there is action aplenty and the characters as usual leap off the page. For me an example of a good book is how quickly it ends, ie how soon I get to the end. I tend to find reasons to delay bad books and find other things to do, and awful books I never ever finish. This took me 2 days cover to cover which for its size is a good sign.

Without giving any plot away I feel we learn a lot more about the Sassanid empire and Shapur in this book, but by the end of the book you can see the end of the series even more so than before...which is fine because I would ask Harry...what's next...all authors have another series just over the horizon. (do you??)

A solid 4 out of 5 from me.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sir Furboy on 26 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
I very much enjoy reading books set in classical times and I have read some cracking ones (Conn Iggulden's Emperor series for instance) and some very forgettable ones (sorry, I have forgotten the titles of those!)

This series is very much in the excellent category. The story is compelling, and I put off various things I was supposed to be doing until I finished it. The action is well written, and the characterisations are excellent. This is one of those books that sucks you in and makes you really feel you know these characters. You love, hate and get angry with these people.

In terms of pacing, the only thing that interrupts the flow of the story a little is all the Latin asides, or quotations from classical works. On the plus side, you come away from this book feeling educated! (Well maybe that is not a good thing, depending on your views on education). None of this feels pretentious though - it is more that the author clearly has expertise in these fields and writes as he wants his story written.

But that won't spoil the story. Thoroughly recommended to anyone who likes classical or historical fiction.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. I. Harrison on 22 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
Well professor Sidebottem continues to endeavor to improve my mind despite my begging him not to! As well as the usual latin lessons this time there is extensive passages from Homer and and Euripides courtesy of our poetry loving Barbarian hero!
However interspersed with these cultural offerings is a cracking action packed story full of Roman treachery, full pitched battles, alleyway skirmishes and enough people declaring themselves Emperor to fill a bus.

What most impresses me about Sidebottem's writing however is his excellent character portrayals and deft touch with violence. The cast list is 3D and believable, the dialogue realistic and witty and the violence is descriptive, graphic but not over the top. What this means is we have a set of people we really care about up to their necks in adventure and danger! Just what I want from my historical fiction.

The story picks up from volume 2 with Ballista still a captive of the Sassanids and his recently freed slaves on the run from them.
The loathsome Macrianus and his even more loathsome sons are still in the ascendency but with world history coming to the boil nicely, how long will they remain so? The Sassanids are still on the warpath, the Palmyran ruler (the Lion of the Sun from the books title) could hold the balance of power in the east, and Gallienus (the real Emperor) is out for revenge! Ballista and his household are caught in the middle of all this and Ballista must walk a fine line to protect those he loves and yet exact his own sworn revenge. I would strongly advise anyone about to sample this authors work to read them in order, as unlike some of Cornwell's historical saga's it does matter here.

This book seems to conclude the story in the East, at least for now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 13 Dec 2013
Format: Paperback
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Third in the Warrior of Rome series finds Ballista and familia captured, along with The Emperor Valerian, by the Persians, the fast paced narrative starts immediately with no let up for the next 400 pages. The characterisation's of Ballista and the main protagonist's are explored in greater depth, leaving the reader feeling as though they have known them in a previous life.

As in the authors previous books in this series, his knowledge of the period comes through loud and clear, the historical fact is so expertly interwoven with the narrative that it never hinders the reader, only adds to the feeling of authenticity. As the series develops so does the depth of political intrigue which underpins the violence, giving one a greater impression of how Ballista's adventures fit into the wider picture.

All in all another worthy sequel from Harry Sidebottom which is action packed, with political depth and a strong sense of authenticity, set against the turmoil of the Third-Century Crisis in the eastern Roman Empire. Highly recommended.
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