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More of the same,
This review is from: The Road to Rome (Forgotten Legion Chronicles) (Hardcover)
The latest in the Forgotten Legion Chronicles, and the story of the twins Romulus and Fabiola, and their companions continues. This is well up to the standard set by the first two books, with Ben Kane weaving a tale which covers a vast area, both in terms of geography and topic - everything from Gaul to India and ancient religions to military protocol are included in the series so far, which equals a research project of mind boggling proportions.
You'll probably learn lots, if that takes your fancy, and you'll be well entertained along the way, as the plot takes in the events of the rise of Julius Caesar, and the impact on the main characters, whose own rise from humble beginnings requires only occasional suspension of disbelief. Things rattle along a pace, and the characters are sympathetically drawn - although it must be said that there are some minor characters whose introduction is merely to illustrate some particularly gruesome end!
Beware, however, new readers should NOT start here - you may well enjoy part 3 of the series, but you will definitely miss out on many of the nuances from the earlier books, and the backstory in the early chapters cannot convey those adequately, givent he scope of the story so far. So, read books 1 & 2 (The Forgotten Legion & The Silver Eagle) first then this - which I guess is the authors aim and you won't regret it.
Recommended for lovers of historical fiction, adventure stories and Ancient Rome
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2010 18:05:29 BDT
I totally agree with the writer of this review, reading the books in chronological order will improve your appreciation of them one hundredfold. My only reservation with this book is that I thought the ending tried to be all things to all people and so 'whimped out'. I do, however, look forward to his next book provided that it is not more of the same in a different setting.
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 12:21:32 BDT
I could not agree more with Andy Edwards review...might I recommend Simon Scarrow as a good read as well on the same period " its all good stuff"
Best Wishes Mike Brake.
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