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This review is from: Sand of the Arena (Gladiators of the Empire Novel) (Paperback)
Quite well written and certainly readable and entertaining, if a bit far-fetched. The idea of a kung-fu type character wondering the streets of Gloucester in AD 63 is hard to swallow but just about plausible given the theories of what happened to Crassus' hapless army.
The basic plot is classic for just about every gladiator novel I've ever read (except for the Shakespearian twist at the beginning)- slave fights to top while finding inner strengths. If you don't know anything about Rome and gladiators there are worse places to start and if you do you can skip some of the sections explaining gladiatorial styles etc.
A bit OTT but great mindless reading for a summer's afternoon.