- Paperback: 598 pages
- Publisher: R.W. Peake (28 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989734811
- ISBN-13: 978-0989734813
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Caesar Triumphant Paperback – 28 Jul 2013
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The concept itself is not a bad one. The problem is the execution. We are given no real reason for Caesar to march all the way across Asia, and no compelling argument for how he manages to bypass China and Korea without a struggle; we get a bit of lip-service about the Chinese having internal struggles, but little more. I get that this is by design; Peake wants to get to the point of the story, and that's the invasion and fighting in Japan. Just seems a bit rushed, and the character development isn't there, either. A lack of maps (at least in the Kindle edition) is problematic as well; it would be nice to be able to see where the action is.
Again, not a bad idea and a fun read, but not on par with the remainder of the (excellent) Titus Pullus series.
Despite its readability, however, there are serious problems with Peake's writing. Firstly, this is clearly a relative of the HBO TV series, 'Rome'. This isn't just reflected in Pullus' name - Caesar is actually made to add 'neh' to a question twice, which is absurd. Secondly, Peake's phrasing is extremely repetitive and limited. The only thing I really learnt about Pullus' character is that he's a great swordsman and really stupidly brave, which is repeated endlessly. Other characters are similarly 2D and we don't really learn much about the Japanese - Peake only bothers to give two of them names at all and they're a bland stereotype throughout. The Romans could really be fighting anyone a bit tough and good with their swords.
With decent editing, this could be a great book, but a lack of it is what lets it down.
This book is a real page turner and yet again I found myself making time just to read this book, rather than doing jobs I should have been doing (I have apologised to my wife every time a new RW Peake book comes out).
As usual it comes with a healthy dose of blood, guts and the battlefield, but this book also does well at looking at the cultural and political differences in countries, as well as giving you a real feel for the emotions the characters feel.
I'm a massive fan of Peake books, but I'll also admit I was a bit speculative about this book as it isn't based on real history. I've read a few books that have taken Roman history as a starting point, and then simply ruined it, in my opinion anyway.Thankfully my fears were for nothing - this book is well worth a read!
This is such a fast paced book that its almost impossible to put down, because something is always happening or about to happen. While most of the characters that we all enjoyed are still in the book, its not written in the 3rd person (Pullus) like the others, so it explores the feelings and thoughts of quite a few people, including Caesar, which adds to the story.
The main battle scene is epic in scale and detail, it seems to last about half the book and you are never really sure that all is not lost and all the characters that you have gotten into over the previous 5 books will end up dead. Quite often I found myself shouting in my head ''NO, HE CAN'T'' as I got deeper into the battle.
I can't give it a fuller review as it would spoil it for new readers, so in conclusion BUY IT. If you have enjoyed the marching series you will love this as well.
My only criticism is that this could well have been a new series, starting with the aforementioned Parthian campaign and concluding with this book. Its like all good things, you just don't want them to end.
Great book, great author, look forward to the 6th marching book.
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