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Well-paced adventure in a believable world,
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This review is from: Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East (Paperback)Having just finished Rosemary Sutcliff's three 'Eagle of the ninth' chronicles, I was in the mood for more tales of ancient Rome, alighted on Warrior of Rome pt1 after reading the Amazon reviews.
Was expecting more of the same, and at first it was....So it was with some surprise that Warrior' suddenly got quite adult and earthy, in it's light touches of occasional morbid humour, and slightly more swingeing descriptions of graphic violence. For me, it makes for a more entertaining page-turner, and pacing is very good once the Romans get to the city of Arete and prepare to be besieged.
I also appreciate the almost callous use of minor characters who's principal roles seem to be to unexpectedly die - brings to mind the original Star Trek series plot-device when beaming down to new planets - Members of the main cast, plus one inevitable, expendable crew-member...The paperback version doesn't suffer from the academic distractions described by some of the hardback reviewers, of heavy use of latin terms w english translations, which also helps keep this an exciting, pacey, and involving read.