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first book in a series that will take the Man and the Myth to a whole different level,
This review is from: Spartacus: The Gladiator: (Spartacus 1) (Hardcover)
Ben Kane has been able to deliver and deliver and deliver when it comes to Historical Fiction, His excellent (and i hope not finished) Forgotten legion Series, the wonderful Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, and now Spartacus.
At first i was a little reticent about someone doing this in tandem with the TV series, The TV series that while it had started off with the 300 style filming soon settled in to a great portrayal of an iconic character, Andy Whitfield soon came to be the face that came to mind when the name Spartacus was uttered, Kirk Douglas fast becoming a face from the past.
So when i cracked open Ben Kanes new book the face that appeared was Andy Whitfield (RIP). within just a few pages i was back in 74BC Thrace and blood had been spilled. As usual the book is written with the powerful plot and pace that Ben is well known for, but Spartacus: The Gladiator takes it further, deeper and more emotive than the TV series, it does not rely on gliz glamour, blood and guts, Tits and ass. This is the first book in a series that will take the Man and the Myth to a whole different level, and by the end of the series leave us with one of Historical Fictions Iconic series.
This Book as with all Ben Kanes books comes Highly recommended.
(BTW Ben thanks for the Sleep deprivation it took to finish the book)
As winter approaches in 74 BC, few travellers are abroad. But one man is making the long and weary last stage of his way home. Large parts of his homeland, Thrace, a land north of Greece, has fallen under the hated power of Rome. This Thracian has fought in the Roman legions for nearly a decade. Skilled, hardened in battle, a sophisticated fighter. Spartacus.
But home is no longer the safe haven of his imagination. A new king sits on the throne. Treacherous and cunning, he has seized the crown by murder and he will hold on to it by violence. When a Roman slave tradercomes to the village in search of men who will fight as gladiators,Spartacus is betrayed and sold. His odyssey has begun.
The legend that is Spartacus has come down to us through the centuries - the story of a man who took on the might of Rome and nearly brought her down. Now Ben Kane, the brilliant author of The Forgotten Legion and Hannibal:Enemy of Rome, brings to glorious life the first part of the Spartacus story
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2012 09:00:02 GMT
Je Salter says:
Cheers Parm, got my copy today.
Posted on 10 Feb 2013 01:52:03 GMT
Nicholas Green says:
I know my way around a little of the Roman history, but not much. I have watched the Spartacus TV and it took me one episode to become hooked - anything with Rome and I'm on it, so to speak.
Ben Kane is a fantastic author even though I've only read a few handful of his books, but per your review I will buy this book and I know for certain I'll love it. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2013 21:02:31 GMT
Hi Nick sorry i have only just seen this. Really hope you enjoy the book, and if you want ideas for other books then look up my blog
Posted on 18 Apr 2013 19:21:05 BDT
Mr. D. Hamilton says:
Got it as a daily deal on the Kindle after reading your review.
As a fan of Cornwell's Arthur and Uhtred sagas, I initially found the 3rd person with sporadic 1st person perspective slightly odd. Nonetheless, stuck it out, and have been rewarded with a good story well told.
Thanks for the review
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