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4.0 out of 5 stars If you want a little escapism in your day!, 4 Nov 2003
This review is from: The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series, Book 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
I have always been a keen reader of historically "based" books and my only slight disappointment is that this book does not so much rely historical fact as "bend" it to fit in with the book's story. But the author - even at his ending historical note - never pretends that this is the "definitive" narrative of one of history's most famous figures .
Never the less, this was a very enjoyable adventure which follows the growing up of two young Roman boys living on the outskirts of a turbulent Rome....from their early lives up until they go their separate ways, one into the political intrigue of the Roman Senate and the other to fight in one of Rome's far flung legions. It would be a good read for anyone who has enjoyed Cornwell's novels, and even for those interested in fantasy and / or non fictional works. The mixes humour with tradgedy, affection with war, and there is enough adventure in there to keep the reader flying through the book.
If you are a person who enjoys a little escapism in their novels, and wants a good book with Sharpesque swash and buckle, then buy this book. If you are looking for pure fact then buy something from the non fiction section. I didn't watch Gladiator for it's historical content and I didn't buy this book for that either!!
And by the way, my whole reading experience was slightly tarnished by one Amazon "reviewer" who decided to give away all the details of the two main characters in the book in his review. This definitely takes the "kick" out of the ending. Please try not to do this!! there are readers out there who want to read the book prior to knowing all the plot twists!!!
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Initial post: 13 Sep 2012 22:35:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Sep 2012 22:36:25 BDT
Am just about to read this book, having received recommendations for it from both my son and my father, and unfortunately have to concur with you that one reviewer has certainly spoiled the plot somewhat by revealing the identity of the central characters; even my father managed to resist spilling the beans! Still I'm sure I shall enjoy it nonetheless.
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