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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
As good as Simon Scarrow for overall plot.
on 23 January 2012
I really enjoyed this book. The plot worked well and the action was frequent and well done. It was as good as others I have read dealing with this period and better than novels from some authors who are better known.
However, the reason for 4 stars and not 5 was, as other reviewers have mentioned, the lapses in dialogue and authenticity. To have a 1st century Barbarian King say "It's Okay" was a bit naff. Another instance was when a senior Roman officer told his subordinate that he would hang for his betrayal, not a common means of punishment amongst the Roman legion according to other books I have read on the period. It was this lack of attention to detail that let down a well thought out and otherwise well written novel.