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I was in two minds as to whether to give this book four or five stars, shame there's no facility to give 'point marks' because I would have given Hero of Rome 4.5 as it's very very good. However.......
After mulling over a four or five, initially I thought four but then I thought about how many books have gripped me like Hero of Rome did in the last few years; answer, not too many, so in my humble opinion it's worth five!
I found the title slightly deceptive as I had assumed the story would revolve around Rome itself but it didnt, it's about the Roman occupation of Britain centering around AD60 just before the Boudican revolt.
The main character unlike most Roman novels is a Tribune and not a Centurion, who after serving a few months in Britain is due to return to Rome to take up a position as a lawyer.
The Romans in the meantime are planning to wipe out the Druids on Mona (Angelsey) and are moving West in order to carry this out. Tribune Valerus however, is ordered to assist with road building in present day St Albans before setting off for Rome.
Arriving at his new post he finds the area is garrisioned by veterans who were involved in the original invasion of Britain who are now retired. They have old weapons, armour and are not as fit or up todate as current soldiers but they train regularly and are still proud Roman citizens.
Back in Rome the Emperor is looking to raise taxes from places like Britain who he is also considering abandoning as they have not yet found Britains Gold mines, so a clamp down is ordered.
When Boudicas husband dies, the Romans take her land and a Roman Centurion, Crespo and enemy of Valerus, publicly flogs her and rapes her two young daugters, thereby starting the revolt.
Valerus despite falling for a local girl and becoming popular with the Britons, has to choose to fight for Rome as the revolt vastly increases in momentum. Outnumbered by tens of thousands, Valerus attempts to slow Boudica's army by attacking and then retreating to a shrine of Nero.
What follows is the conclusion to an excellent story and a thrilling first installment to what promising to be a brilliant series of books.
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Initial post: 13 Jul 2010 05:52:33 BDT
Agreed about the review points system- I would quite often give a book 3.5 or 4.5 stars, say, rather than 3 or 4 if it was possible.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2010 08:07:26 BDT
Je Salter says:
Thanks Selene, I think it would be great if we were able to give half marks because a 3 or 4 is not difinitive enough. You never know, maybe it will change!
Posted on 24 Dec 2010 11:02:57 GMT
I liked the idea of giving half marks talked about by this reviewer, but having read their review they have basically told the reader the whole story and I would like to have found out this information by reading the book myself, sorry.
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