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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical detail - storytelling still work in progress, 8 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Tribune of Rome: VESPASIAN I (Kindle Edition)
It is very clear that Robert Fabbri knows his history, and you get detail here in abundance, down to the minutest detail of the organisation of Roman legions on the march, how stockades are constructed and the mechanics of the fighting. Hand-to-hand combat is described in unflinching detail, with numerous disembowellings, decapitations and blindings.

There is an interesting tale to be told here, and Fabbri can be seen developing his writing style through this first novel - it is much more accomplished by the end than it was at the beginning. Characterisation is not a strength yet, and many of those that we read about are two-dimensional at best, making it difficult for us to care about them.

If you are after a ripping yarn, enjoy historical detail about Roman life and aren't too bothered about skilful or subtle storytelling, then you will want to read this. Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles and Robert Harris' Pompeii, Imperium and Lustrum are there for those who would like more accomplished novels to read.

A good start, though, at a very attractive price on Kindle. Let's hope that Fabbri continues to develop his writing talents so that they match his undoubted historical knowledge.
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