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Arminius: The Limits of Empire Hardcover – 5 Jan 2017

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (5 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782397000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782397007
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Fabbri presents a powerfully chilling, detailed and dramatic depiction of those terrible days in the forest. Express Fabbri does an excellent job with this scintillating source material. -- Antonia Senior The Times Robert Fabbri has a winner on his hands. The BookPlank A stonking read. Classic FM Fabbri's Vespasian novels have been creating quite a stir. The History Girls

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A stunning stand-alone Roman epic historical from the author of the bestselling Vespasian series.

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This is a standalone book, one that can be read without having to go through the seven volumes of the Vespasian series. However, it is also one that partly fits into this series and partly is some kind of prequel as the reader comes across a number of characters a few decades before they appear in volumes of the series with Antonia, wife of Drusus the Elder and mother of Germanicus and Claudius (the future Emperor) being just one example.

Another feature of this book is the prologue, with the author and story griping the reader straight away and throwing her/him into the story within the first twenty pages. A young and talented gladiator unexpectedly earns his freedom at the point of his sword and exercises brutal retribution before leaving Italy for Germania. This gladiator, one of the main characters of the book, is one Thumelicus, a historical character about whom little is known except that he was raised in captivity in Italy after his pregnant mother was handed over to the Romans and made into a gladiator. Apart from that, the (Roman) sources are silent about him and we do not know what happened to the son of one of their greatest enemies

Thumelicus (the Latinised form of his name) was the son of the Cheruscan warlord Arminius (also the Latinised version of the name) who destroyed three Roman legions and their auxiliaries at Teutoburg in 9 AD and then tried to resist the resurgent Roman war machine. The whole book is about the story of his life, from the moment he was himself handed over as a hostage with his brother to his death and it is told through the reading of his father’s memoirs with various witnesses, including Romans, stepping in at various moments to add their own perspectives and memories.
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Fabbri's storytelling is as usual excellent. The story itself of the events in the tuetenburg forest have not been told before in semi fiction for, so this is a good tale to base a story around. However, the method that Roberto uses here is for the son to tell the fathers story, which unnecessarily complicates matters and makes it more difficult to understand whether we are in the "present" or "past". I'm surprised his editor didn't pick this up and correct the method. Nevertheless the book is still a good read and the characters immediately become real. The book is better than most of this genre but not quite up with Fabbris best.
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Robert Fabbri has a very slick writing style that permeates the mind and allows the flow of his words to create substance in mental imagery.
Arminius: The Limits Of Empire was an extremely satisfyingly stand alone novel that delves into Arminius' back story and tells his legendary hatred for the Romans in superb fashion.
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Easy association with characters, clean succinct delivery, good descriptive approach to the overall story so could not put it down. Thanks to the author
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Totally different approach from the earlier novels in the series. Refreshing and compelling, as I have come to expect from Robert Fabbri. Highly recommended.
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I love Fabbri and really enjoyed this book until i got to the final chapters . Then wham I realised that I knew how this book would end and that I'd read this before. Sorry Mr Fabbri but you are not forgiven by me for the ending.
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A well told tale that covers Arminius's life from a boy through his adult life. A good companion to Fabbri's other works from a non-Roman perspective.
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Bit dissappointed,not as exciting as his other books and i have read them all and usually would give them 5 stars!
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