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on 23 February 2004
Having read the first book (The Gates of Rome) I really intended to wait a few months before reading this one (because the 3rd in the series isnt out until next year), but I couldnt wait. I dont think I have ever read a story that completely sucked me in the way Emperor has. I almost feel like I have travelled back in time whenever I pick the book up. An absolutely first class read and I cant praise the author enough. I can understand other comments made about the historical innaccuracies but this book has certainly given me a fascination for Roman history and I am already ordering factual books about the period.
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on 16 December 2007
The Death of Kings is the second book in the Emperor series by Conn Iggulden. It sees Caesar captured and ransomed by pirates and seemingly left in disgrace on a wild and desolate coastline. However Caesar manages to fight his way back to Rome, where he begins to exert authority and build his army. This is a story of power, brutality and ultimately friendship.

This book is possibly even better than the first book in the series and definitely not something you should start if you've got a lot of important things to do, as they'll just end up ignored and forgotten! A truly exhilarating read and I only hope the rest of the series follows suit.

Some people have commented on the historical inaccuracy of this book and so I feel I should point out that this book is fiction and therefore should not have to exactly follow events as they happened (although I believe Iggulden does do this wherever he can anyway).

An excellent tale and something that is absolutely definitely worth a look at.
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This is the second book by the author on the life of the most famous Roman of all time Julius Caesar.

The first book was excellent relating the period of his boyhood, this one is just as good and I can't wait for the next.

At the start of the book the young Julius Caesar is on board a war galley, and he is gaining a fearsome reputation. Then the ship is captured and he is offered for ransom.

After gathering a force of men to defeat his captors as he had promised them he would, he returns to the city of Rome in triumph.

He then becomes embroiled in a new crisis that is threatening the city, an unknown but rebellious gladiator by the name of Spartacus.

These books take you into the streets of Rome and the minds of the people, as though you were there yourself. You can smell the aromas of the street vendors selling their wares, the wine shops and squallor of the masses.

The author has a unique talent for story telling. I couldn't put it down.
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This is the second book by the author on the life of the most famous Roman of all time Julius Caesar.

The first book was excellent relating the period of his boyhood, this one is just as good and I can't wait for the next.

At the start of the book the young Julius Caesar is on board a war galley, and he is gaining a fearsome reputation. Then the ship is captured and he is offered for ransom.

After gathering a force of men to defeat his captors as he had promised them he would, he returns to the city of Rome in triumph.

He then becomes embroiled in a new crisis that is threatening the city, an unknown but rebellious gladiator by the name of Spartacus.

These books take you into the streets of Rome and the minds of the people, as though you were there yourself. You can smell the aromas of the street vendors selling their wares, the wine shops and squalor of the masses.

The author has a unique talent for story telling. I couldn't put it down.
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This is the second book by the author on the life of the most famous Roman of all time Julius Caesar.

The first book was excellent relating the period of his boyhood, this one is just as good and I can't wait for the next.

At the start of the book the young Julius Caesar is on board a war galley, and he is gaining a fearsome reputation. Then the ship is captured and he is offered for ransom.

After gathering a force of men to defeat his captors as he had promised them he would, he returns to the city of Rome in triumph.

He then becomes embroiled in a new crisis that is threatening the city, an unknown but rebellious gladiator by the name of Spartacus.

These books take you into the streets of Rome and the minds of the people, as though you were there yourself. You can smell the aromas of the street vendors selling their wares, the wine shops and squalor of the masses.

The author has a unique talent for story telling. I couldn't put it down.
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I have either read or listened to a number Conn Iggulden's historical fiction books and CD audio books. They have all been, for me, very well done and highly entertaining. Dare I say that his books set a high standard across the board for `historical fiction'. Mr Iggulden's first presentation was a book called `The Gates of Rome'; this was to be first of a series of five books of what is known as Emperor Series. The series is based around the life of Julius Caesar, from juvenile to his eventual betrayal and death (The Gods of War). The author's ability to cleverly entwine fact and fiction, in seamless fashion is truly flawless in my opinion, and this really makes his books work. This range of books has proved so popular that a film company has optioned the rights. Here the narration is top notch and crisp in its delivery as we see a nation that is in turmoil looking for revenge, which will be paid in blood on the battlefield at Philippi - who will be the victor and control Rome Mark Antony, or the untested Octavian?
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on 15 August 2009
i have noticed that the people that have given this book, and the other books in the emperor series a bad review are only drawing on the few historical inaccuracies as a factor that undermines the quality of the book. This is despite the fact that conn iggulden specifically states that he knows that his books are not supposed to be historically accurate to the letter, hense this series of books being labled under the genre of 'historical fiction' FICTION bieing the key word. Personally if i had wanted an educational experience then i would have bought a text book. however i wanted a great entertaining read, which this book definately succeeded in doing. a fantastic series :)
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on 17 August 2009
This is one of a series of novels based on the life of Julius Ceasar. Potentially this could be a very heavy subject, but although some historical issues are explored in some depth, the book is a real page turner. The characters (and history) come to life and you find that their lives really matter to you.
Start with the first book in the series (The Gates of Rome)when Caeser is a child. By the time you have read half of that book, you will know that the other three books are on your "must read soonest" list.
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on 8 January 2004
Well done Conn! This one is as good, if not better than the first one! the author does not waste a single word in the book, it drives you along at a tremendous pace! I really cant reccomend this series highly enough. A must for any fan of historical fiction! I hope that the next one is as good as this!
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on 6 February 2004
Whilst Conn Iggulden may not be a classic writer, this book is definitely in the "difficult to put down" category. The author admits to taking liberties with some of what is known of Caesar's life, and fills in the gaps with imaginative "so what if . . . " tales. If you want the true documented history of Caesar, then this is not for you. But if you like an all-action gripping yarn type book then this is an excellent read, as was the first in the series.
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