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The Wald (The Wald Chronicles Book 1)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2013
I haven't read the author's 'Norseman' series, but might be tempted after enjoying this exciting and gripping story. This goes back to the start of the Roman army's involvement with the Germanic tribes, well before the disaster of the three legions, and introduces Arminius, the architect of that episode, as a young boy.
It is very well written, in American English, with the occasional American term jarring slightly; this does not interrupt the flow (though I was startled by the use of "pet" instead of "patted" on page 100 - ouch!). The narrative bowls along, and keeps the reader gripped. I greatly look forward to further episodes, and am delighted to add this author to my watch list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2013
Not bad has moments of brilliance and excitement and then sometimes struggles to flow.A good overall read though and i would recommend .Dont forget this is a personal opinion others may find it a 5 star read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2013
briliant read highley recomend all jason born books i have read the norseman series i am looking foreward to more the wald series
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2013
Looking for an historical fiction read when nothing was available from the usual host of authors I read.

Saw this going for a good price and thought I'd take a punt.

Glad I did. Enjoyed it immensely, it's even persuaded me to read his Notseman series.

Well done.
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on 2 December 2013
An decent read if you have any interest in Roman history particularly to get a feel for how the Romans may have been viewed by the tribes they conquered. Would have been better had there been a little more diligent proof reading and editing as some of the phrasing used doesn't quite fit the context of the story. One phrase really detracted from my connection with the story and characters. One of the protagonists "made nice with his enemy" particularly jarred.

I also felt unable to connect with any of the characters as there is little development of the personalities and a lot of repetitive descriptions have been used. I became very bored with the "great bear of a man" being used to describe Adalbern. I found it difficult to side with any of the main characters as I didn't care enough whether they survived or not.

Overall it's worth a read and I feel Jason Born will develop over his career.
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on 18 July 2013
Right from the very beginning I was involved in this novel. Set in a period and place that not enough has been written about in novels, and telling the story of Rome crushing German tribes into submission. The story is told from a Roman point of view and a German tribesman's point of view, with only the tribesman's point having any validity by todays standards.
This novel was exciting, I imagine historically correct (?), and at times sympathetically told when necessary,it was a superb read!
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on 9 December 2013
I saw this on the recommended list and took a chance and it was well worth it. It kept me interested throughout wanting to know what happened next. There is a good mix of action and adventure seen through the eyes of both sides of the conflict and it is well linked with history. The only negative I have is to do with the repeated curse by the elder - not offended just thought it was a little silly.
I look forward to reading the next instalment in the series.
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on 9 January 2014
This is the first book I have read by Jason Born. It is well as structured and clearly explains the complexity of the western tribes during this period, their way of life, their loyalties and understandable hatred of foreign invaders who eventually stole everything from them. I will read the next book(s) to follow the fortunes of these characters. My word you have to admire the Romans though Don`t you?
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on 12 February 2014
This was about a campaign that was new to me although similar in detail about other Roman campaigns only because they used tried and trusted methods The book was well organised although at times flipped from one side to the other a bit quick it was still interesting. I found capturing on the imagination enough to order the follow on book and start reading immediately.
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on 25 June 2014
The tribes of German is take on the mighty Roman Empire. A young centurion and a young tribesman cross paths several times on the battlefield. The story cleverly intertwines the lives of both in a novel based on a lot of fact. A very good novel, with good research. Well done Jason Born
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