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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed this book have read lots of these books and this one was worth the read. Recommend it to everyone.
Published 8 months ago by kathryn saunby

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2.0 out of 5 stars A difficult read - but does improve
Book1 is very difficult to finish and I actually gave up - but returned to it with grim determination. It seems the author has a really good idea and storyline for the book but the implementation of it is not good and makes completing it very difficult, badly written with too many gramatical errors. It's really like biting into a sandwich and finding there is very little...
Published 15 months ago by Rudolph Hucker


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 14 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Swords of Rome (Omnibus of the Historical Series, Books 1-3) (Kindle Edition)
Really enjoyed this book have read lots of these books and this one was worth the read. Recommend it to everyone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value. Good book., 5 Feb 2013
This review is from: Swords of Rome (Omnibus of the Historical Series, Books 1-3) (Kindle Edition)
These three short books are unashamedly entertaining and commercial. The style is pacy and sometimes written in quite sparse prose but every now and then the writer hits you with a funny line, violent scene or fact about Rome or Caesar. The over arching narrative follows the campaigns of Caesar and in particular the career of one of his centurions, Lucius Oppius. Each story can be read individually, although there are in-jokes and references through the three mini novellas to each other. There are a few times where the plot or dialogue seems contrived, but the author's sense of humour and love for the period are infectious. It seems that there are more stories to come in series, so it's a curse and a blessing that you're left wanting more after reading Swords of Rome.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good series of short stories, 8 Jun 2013
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This is one of those books that would let you while away a long journey enjoyably, the stories are short and to the point.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great (connected) novellas. Excellent value., 4 April 2013
This review is from: Swords of Rome (Omnibus of the Historical Series, Books 1-3) (Kindle Edition)
Bought first book in series and then settled on buying omnibus. Both in terms of sense of humour and also, occasionally, violence Swords of Rome rarely pulls its punches. The stories contained in book are connected, but are also great short books within themselves. Liked Lucious Oppius and Caesar - and their relationship with each other (reminds me of Sharpe's relationship with Wellington in some ways). Most people, especially soldiers or students of the period of history, will enjoy these stories. Good price too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining stories., 18 Feb 2014
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Very entertaining collection of novellas. Definitely learned something about period and Julius Caesar, in between enjoying squaddie banter and cheering on the hero, Lucius Oppius. some of the humour is a "bit near the mark" as some might say, but not complaining. Great value from Coundown promotion too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hail Lucius Oppius!, 6 Feb 2013
This review is from: Swords of Rome (Omnibus of the Historical Series, Books 1-3) (Kindle Edition)
Good to see this series of short novellas put together in one collection, although there are still more books to come it appears, focusing on civil war between Caesar and Pompey. Author has clear love for period, but Foreman is not so slavish towards history as to forget that he is writing fiction. In reading books in one sitting you get more of a grasp of characters as a whole - and also there are a few running gags throughout books. Sword of Rome: Gladiator is slightly different to first two stories in that it doesn't centre around a big battle, or Caesar, but in some ways it was my favourite. Great read. Nice price too. Highly recommended for historical fiction addicts, but also readers with interest in the fall of Roman Republic. Hail Lucius Oppius!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flipping awesome, 15 Aug 2013
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Only one complaint - too short. I have lived reading the entire series and desperately want more!
Lucius is an amazing leader if men but I wanted to read and know more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Story and characters progress well., 9 July 2013
This review is from: Swords of Rome (Omnibus of the Historical Series, Books 1-3) (Kindle Edition)
Recommended by friend. Not usually what I read but books are a juxtaposition of violence meeting laugh out loud witty banter. Dialogue is excellent and mixes quotes from sources with fiction. Story and characters build as books progress and things seem historically accurate enough to appeal to people interested in real history behind period. Although author proves some further suggested reading I would have liked a longer historical notes, or some footnotes ala Flashman. Excellent value however. Will now go on and read Sword of Rome Rubicon.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer Read, whether you're off to Rome or not., 1 July 2013
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Books are interconnected but can be read as stand alones too. Sense of humour may be acquired taste but I loved the witty exchanges and soldier talk, which will appeal as much to troops today as historians. Action was plentiful throughout, but it's the characters of Oppius, Caesar and others who draw you in. Recommended Summer read, whether you're off to Rome or not. Decent value as well.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A difficult read - but does improve, 13 April 2013
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Book1 is very difficult to finish and I actually gave up - but returned to it with grim determination. It seems the author has a really good idea and storyline for the book but the implementation of it is not good and makes completing it very difficult, badly written with too many gramatical errors. It's really like biting into a sandwich and finding there is very little filling. Hugely disappointing.
Book2, slightly better than the first, didn't have such a problem completing this but still the same badly executed content, it's just too wishy-washy without any depth to the situations the characters find themselves in.
Book3, much better written with more descriptive action and deeper portrayal of the characters, events and situation. If the standard of the first book had been like this - and then improved as much as this book has over the first, then I would have given more stars. As it is, book 3 adds a star to what was an aweful start.
I couldn't recommend this to anyone unfortunately.
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