on 30 September 2013
This is an author that is going from strength to strength with this wonderful take on the Caesar/Augustus story, using a man (Titus Pullus) as a hero risen from the ranks, and battling Rome’s enemies as well as having to battle the snobbery of the patrician classes, with a few good friends he has risen to the top in his profession and the battles are real you feel you are actually in the front line with them all.
on 15 August 2013
OK, listen up troops.
This - sadly - is the penultimate book in an absolutely superb series.
By the power invested in me by the Divine Julius, I hereby award ex-Marine Peake a Triumph. I also decree all the books are mandatory reading for every aspiring military man - West Point, Sandhurst - and even Annapolis, Dartmouth, Cranwell and Colorado Springs. And last - but not least - Parris Island/Quantico etc. They are also good stuff for CEOs and the like. Politicians should also study them to learn how vital loyalty, trust and comradeship are in the world.
(Semi) tongue-in-cheek aside, the "character studies" continue to be as good as ever. The action is gripping. The research is tops. The prose flows.
My last decree is that all of you buy the entire series, go on a hol to say Hawaii or a Mediterranean beach (or stay at home even!) and get reading - with a few gin & tonics nearby for added enjoyment.
I loved every book in the series and Mr. Peake's final command from (Legate) me is to get cracking with lots more yarns in the same vein.
on 31 December 2013
I am a lover of historical fiction and have read a great deal. I can truly say this is THE best series of Roman history based novels
I have read. Mr Peake is a writer who has truly put us in the mind-set of a Roman warrior. I suspect this is because he is a former soldier himself and understands the psychology of the warrior. Titus Pulus is not a likeable man. Selfish, ambitious, hard, arrogant and brutal. But he was a man of his time and cannot be judged for that. He takes us through some of the greatest events in Roman history in faultless style. Its both believable and compelling. Sad the series had to end.
on 25 August 2013
R.W. Peake does it yet again, the already high standards in story telling, intrigue and fast paced action of his earlier "Marching With Caesar" works are eclipsed in "Rise of Augustus"
Titus Pullus the newly appointed Camp Prefect and there for 2nd in command of the army faces battles both on and off the battlefield.
R.W. Peake has written the storyline and characters in such a way that you are swept along in all that befalls them.
A great read and well deserving of its 5 STARS
I am already getting impatient for the next instalment