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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2011
This is a well researched and well written book. I look out for unknown and new authors, largely because they can often surprise you with a cracking story and this is no exception. It is well composed and something I enjoyed reading over the weekend, couldn't put it down in fact. It also sets the seeds of the next book which I am looking forward to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2011
It is always nice to find a new author, especially when they have written a fast paced novel like this one! This is not a period of history I am familiar with and was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the authors knowledge and research.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot recommend it highly enough, if you love reading about military history with a cracking storyline this book is for you. I hope Mr Ashman writes many more such books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2011
After reading the many reviews as you do i decided it was worth a read, the price didn't hurt either. I now feel i have cheated the author as i would have happily paid more. I can only speak from my own point of view but i have found it an engrossing story, exactly what a fiction book should be really. And i really dont get some of the anal comments about this book, it delivers a fast paced story with good action and i really enjoyed it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2011
This book was incredible. I couldn't put it down. I particularly like the way the you get the views of both the Romans and the native people of Britain. You really get to know the characters well. The book is a joy to read and very easy to pick up and follow from start to finish. I will definitely be reading Kevin Ashman's other books available on kindle!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2011
A cracking read, I read it in one go in one day as I found it the sort of story that you wanted to know what was over the next page all the time.
Kevin paints an excellent mental picture in your mind with his descriptions and really knows how to keep the pace up in a book.
Thoroughly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2011
This is the first book I bought for the Kindle and it was well worth the price. As others have mentioned it mixes genuine historical characters with fictional ones. There are 2 stories that run separately and then meet up near to the end resulting in a brilliant ending. I've just purchased another Kevin Ashman book (Savage Eden)as a result of Roman and can't wait to read it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2011
I had never heard of Kevin Ashman before, nor of any of his books, and only bought 'Romans' out of curiosity (I normally avoid such books). I wish I had known about him earlier. I have to admit that I was gripped from the outset and found myself rushing home after work to get back to the book. Each chapter concludes by taking you to the cliff edge of suspense, requiring you read on to find out what happens next (fine for insomniacs, but not so good for those of us who need our sleep!). It has been a while since I have come across an author who has enthralled me to such an extent. While this is only the first book I have read by Mr Ashman, it places him amongst the top third of fiction writers who manage to capture their reader's imagination and keep it imprisoned throughout. A really good book; easy to read, thoroughly enjoyable and historically interesting. I am looking forward to reading his other books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2011
I always wanted to learn about this era and what a good way to do it, as well as being an excellent and exciting book I also got insight into what went on, Very exciting. Can't wait to read mortuos Virgo!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
A reasonably interesting storyline but confusing in some of the detail. For instance, I doubt that Romans or Britons understood the concept of time in minutes. In one chapter 500 Roman cavalry are slaughtered by the Britons, but later, casualties are reported as 60 cavalry killed. This made the storyline difficult to follow and affected its credibility.
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