Gladiator: Street Fighter Hardcover – 2 Feb 2012
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Simon Scarrow will do for boy gladiators what JK Rowling did for boy wizards. (waterstones.com)
Hogwarts meets Rome (Telegraph)
About the Author
Simon Scarrow was born in Africa and lived in a number of countries before settling in Britain. He has always been interested in writing and his love of history began at school. Since then he has travelled all across the world with his wife and children to research his historical novels. Simon was an enthusiastic teacher for a number of years but now writes full time.
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published the book in three short stories with large lettering or double spacing between lines to make more pages. This is a bad mistake and belittles the author!
many thanks - Nigel
As Caesar makes his move to strengthen his power in Rome tensions rise in the senate and the streets of Rome soon follow resulting in gang war to break out. This leads to Caesar's life being under threat and it becomes extremely dangerous for him to venture further than his front doorstep. But as a man who seeks favour from the people of Rome Caesar can't look weak in front of them by hiding in his villa, so he must attend to his duties as usual. As this goes on Marcus, who desperately seeks his freedom sees his opportunity at gaining enough favour from Caesar to earn his freedom. He proposes to go undercover in one of the enemy gangs and will then report anything significant back to Caesar. Then the adventure begins and also the action ending in a exiting but bloody ending.
I finished the book in a few hours and I have a terrible attention span so it goes to show how gripping this book is, there was always battles being fought whether it was in the senate or on the streets of Rome. Marcus turns from a innocent boy to being forced to fight into a deadly, brutal fighter and the change is extremely interesting. I found this book absolutely amazing just as the first one was and I can't wait for the third in 2013. :)
Here is a great tale of Roman life and intrigue as Marcus, the young hero trained in a gladiator school after being enslaved by treachery, is now the slave of Gaius Julius Caesar - yes, that Julius Caesar. Thus we witness the machinations as the triumvirate shows its strains in the last days of the Roman republic.
Although this is a much written about period of Roman history, I cannot off-hand think of any treatment of the time for young adults, so this is a great book both because it is educational, but more importantly it is a great story. There is treachery, violence, and also friendships. There are gangs and political scheming, and at the heart of it an engaging tale of a boy struggling and fighting for his freedom, so that he can return and save his mother from slavery.
I thoroughly recommend this book. Perhaps a little more violent than the Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence, this is nevertheless an excellent work that should definitely appeal to young adults and adults alike.
of the last 5 books Simon has written i would list them in order of excellence
2: Gladiator: Street Fighter
3: Gladiator: Fight for Freedom
4: The Legion
5: The Gladiator
The so called childrens books are every bit as good and better than most of the latest eagles books (and im 40). Each character is written just right for its own age, Simon has captured the younger Marcus perfectly, seeing not only the lacking of youth, but also adding in the streets smarts and ruthlessness that would have to exist in a boy this age in ancient Rome.
I think every part of this book is brilliant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the very few books that I've found myself struggling to finish. Not a patch on the Macro & Cato books.Published 8 months ago by BishBosh