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2.0 out of 5 stars Horses for courses..., 10 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Gladiator (Roman Legion 9) (Paperback)
I very very rarely do not finish a novel, as perseverance is often rewarded late on, however I ditched this book halfway through. That is not to say this is an awful book, it is just not a interesting one. I enjoy Bernard Cornwall and other similar authors and regularly use Amazon's 'people who bought this also bought...' service to branch out, as is sometimes the case it didn't work for me - I will not be sampling any more of his work.

I am no literary snob, I enjoyed reading Dan Brown for it's page turning merits, not for any mastery of the english language. However without meaning to be too harsh this book lacks any real merit - the storyline isn't particularly compelling and the writing style was sufficiently facile to annoy me - I found myself berating the author out loud at some points, he does not have any talent for creating feel or mood in the books, what you see is what you get. And what you get isn't that good, having said that I think if I had read this as a 12 year old I would have enjoyed it & if you like his work then he has a decent sized series to get your teeth stuck into.

If you are a fan of the genre looking for further reading, I would recommend skipping Simon Scarrow. For those of you who use the 'people who bought this also bought...' I would heartily recommend Bernard Cornwall and Patrick O'Brien, and everyone ought to read Lindsey Davis, start at the beginning of her 'Falco' series and you will not be disappointed.
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2011 16:54:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2011 20:33:04 BDT
B L says:
I found your comments to be out of place I have read this and all his other books and have found them to be one of the best.

Of course the story would seem out of place if you haven't read the other books, nor would any story when you jump strait to the last book out!

You missed the whole point of the story, I suggest you look before you leap and next time start at the beginning of a storyline NOT the end.
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