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Wolves of the North: 5 (Warrior of Rome) Paperback – 5 Jul 2012


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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780718155940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718155940
  • ASIN: 0718155947
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,873,605 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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Blazes with searing scholarship (The Times ) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dr Harry Sidebottom is a Fellow of St Benet's Hall and lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2012
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This is volume 5 of the adventures of Ballista (or Dernhelm), the son of an Angle warlord in Germania who grew up as a hostage of the Romans, was brought up at the imperial court and became a Roman general specialized in siege warfare. In this volume, after having been sent on a dangerous mission in the Caucasus, he is now sent with his "familia" on another dangerous mission to the Goths and Heruls living North of the Black Sea.

Apart from Harry Sidebottom's usual research, description of characters and writing style - all excellent - this book has quite a few other things going for it. The other strong point, of course, is that, as in his four previous books, and as another reviewer has mentioned already, the author makes you learn a lot in a rather entertaining way. However, none of these points are specific to this book. There are generic and can apply just as well to any of his four previous books.

The same reviewer thought it useful to warn readers against potential criticism that this book might seem slow paced at time. It does seem slow, at one point, but, far from being a criticism, this is perfectly suitable and it even seems to be deliberate since it conveys very well the impression of an endless trek as the embassy crosses the steppe and seeks to reach the Heruls' camp.

Another point is Sidebottom's choice of the Heruls, of which we know very little, and what we know mainly comes from Procopius writing almost 300 years after the time when the book's story is supposed to take place. This, of course, allows the author more room for invention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 13 Dec 2013
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The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
The fifth in the series Wolves of the north finds Ballista and his familia sent on a diplomatic mission to the Heruli (an east Germanic tribe living around the Black sea. Mission to turn the Heruli against there neighbours which will forestall an invasion of the Imperium. After a slow start the author gets into his stride and then the action really picks up. All in all Harry Sidebottom has penned an exciting narrative with historical fact and fiction expertly interwoven, gritty action, three dimensional Characters, Highly recommended.
For those who would like further information on this epoch I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lubilu on 7 July 2014
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liking the story - based on a roman theme - I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next book !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Jun 2014
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My husband loved this book & all the others in the series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hermin on 19 May 2014
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Very well paced booked with plenty of intrigue. Would recommend if your seeking an alternative author to the Roman historical fiction publications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gough on 19 May 2014
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Well up to the standard of the other books within the series. Knowledge of warfare of the Roman period very impressive.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 July 2012
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As with all of Harry's books I expect that some will call the book slow, over detailed etc. But that's just not the case.

Harry's books and this one in particular are wonderfully written, he has an eloquent way of weaving the descriptive with the action. Like the history teacher everyone wants, you learn while you are entertained.

There are I'm sure a couple of readers out there who will once again claim to know more than the author about history but because there are always times that a fictional author must bend the facts and timeframe to fit the plot and its pace they need to get over that. Any changes are well explained as usual and all done with the very best of intentions to keep the latest story on plot and pace.

As usual our hero Ballista isn't just a 2D character, I always found him to be well rounded and by book five he is a living breathing hero, the good the bad, the imperfect, the stress and strain of position and command, all witten to give you fully rounded REAL person, with a supporting cast just as well written. I personally found even more realism with book five because of the chaotic swirl of the barbarian world clashing with the civilised order that was Rome.
Add a large dose of intrigue that usually accompanies the corrupt world of Rome and all its dealings, both from a family level through to movers and shakers in power. Ballista a Roman by accident / circumstance and deep down a barbarian at heart. This really does make for the most complex and intricate story so far and the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS C GRIFFITHS on 21 Sep 2014
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This is another book that held my interest, i love anything to do with the Romans, and if you are inclined to be the same as me , you will enjoy this book.
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