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on 25 April 2009
An amazing end to a great historical trilogy. Ludlow's story catches the imagination and never lets go, from the first page to the last this trilogy is filled with politics, war, assassination and intrigue. This a very well written series that transports back to the Republics glory days, you get a real sense if the elitist society Rome was, were the rich got richer and the poor were just that the poor. If you're a fan of Rome or historical fiction in general then is a great series to get your Teeth into.

This story is for the most part the story of Aquila Terentius, from his escape from Sicily to his journey to the streets of Rome were he meets some of his adopted family, namely a troublesome nephew names Fabius. He and his nephew get into numerous trouble to the point were to escape they join the Roman legions. Terentius shines, quickly being made centurion and earning battlefield honours, much to the displeasure of his noble masters. Aquila's one goal is to wipe out the leader of the Celtic tribes, if he can only survive the many powerful enemies he has made along the way, he may finally get to reach his goal.
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on 19 January 2009
This is a great third book in Jack Ludlow's Republic series.

It's full of action, characters, drama and suspense. Jack Ludlow possesses a grand, distinctively classical narrative style.

Set mainly in Rome and Spain, we follow the extraordinary rise of Aquila Terentius through the ranks of the 18th Legion. At the same time, the contest between Quintus and Titus develops into an ultimate battle for Roman Imperium. Marcellus also becomes a real contender as his father, Lucius, had foreplanned. The fate of the Celtic rebel, Brennos, is finally sealed. Claudia discovers the answer to her lifelong quest and reunites finally with her lost son.

And all this is set against some stunning military action, brilliantly executed thanks to the military genius of both Aquila and Marcellus, with great battle sequences described on land and sea.

This is a series of epic dimensions, will there be a fourth novel?
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The Pillars of Rome
The Sword of Revenge
The Gods of War

Having already sampled the work of this author, who also writes under the pen-names of David Donachie and Tom Connery (19th. c. seafaring novels), I expected this fictionalised biographical trilogy to be of a good standard, both historically accurate and a good read. All three volumes were certainly that and more.

I have looked at all three volumes of this trilogy together as that is how I bought and subsequently read them, heartily dislike have to re-read each previous volume as the new one is published a year later.

The saga follows the fortunes of two men, Aulus, a respected soldier and Lucius, a Patrician politician, who have been friends since their youth.

A cave hacked out by rock, lit by flickering torches...two young boys appeal to the famed Roman oracle for a glimpse into their future. The Sybil draws a blood-red shape of an eagle with wings outstretched: an omen of death. As they flee from the cave in fear, Aulus and Lucius make an oath of loyalty until death.
THE PILLARS OF ROME opens some thirty years on and Aulus, now Rome's most successful general, face Barbarian rebels who have abducted his wife and demand the withdrawal of Roman legions from their land; it is unthinkable for the general to agree. Meanwhile Lucius has risen to a high rank in the Senate; but when Lucius is suspected of instigating a murder, the very foundations of the Republic are threatened. Lucius and Aulus soon find themselves on very different sides of the conflict perhaps the prophecy of the eagle will come true after all.
THE SWORD OF REVENGE moves on a generation. Aulus is dead, hailed as a hero of the republic, his sons, Quintus and Titus have new and heavy responsibilities placed upon them. Lucius, now a powerful, and corrupt, senator of Rome, is keen to manipulate the Cornelii family to achieve his own political objectives. Meanwhile young man named Aquila lives in Spain with dreams of becoming a solider of Rome and discovers his destiny that is locked to the Eagled amulet he has inherited.

THE GODS OF WAR Rome is mourning the death of Lucius Falerius and it falls to his son Marcellus to carry out his father's designs and promises. The legions have moved north to deal with the threat posed by the confederation of Celtic tribes, united under one Chieftain, the formidable and unpredictable Brennos. For Brennos, the treachery comes from within his own family, for which he will exact a brutal and bloody revenge.

As with his Conquest Trilogy, Jack Ludlow has given the reader a sweeping saga full of intrigue, action and history. The story moves along at a fair pace, although it did seem to bog down a little in volume two, but overall is a enthralling and entertaining read.

I have had these books for some time but have only recently got around to revisiting them, if you have enjoyed Conn Iggulden's Emperor series, you will enjoy this trilogy.
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on 14 January 2011
I have read most of the Roman novals on the market and Have enjoyed Jack Ludlows trigoly, a good ending but left open for a follow on, I would recommend the set to anyone who like's reading books from this time period. first time I have found the time to read a book in 2 days.
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on 11 May 2013
After reading the trilogy I'm left rather frustrated, and the books are going to the charity shop rather than on the shelves for re-reading later.

The story and characters were fine and enjoyable reading, but I hated the approach of the story paralleling history without actually being historical. Even worse was the italicisation of words taken from the latin, some of which were not correct.

I know I'm picky, but I prefer my historical fiction to either stay with real characters and events, eg Colleen McCullough, or be pure fiction just set within an historical milieu. If you are looking for a book to while away a few hours, the Republic series is fine. I've read better, but I've also read much worse.
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on 6 March 2015
These books are a brilliant read. The characters and settings are obviously taken from true history, and I learnt so much about Roman society, and the way Rome organised the running of most of the world. Young history lovers would enjoy this too.
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on 24 November 2012
Great read, I would definitely recommend this book to any historical fiction fan. I would put him up there with Scarrow and Cornwall. Thanks
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on 30 May 2015
A great read and would get 5 stars but for the view that it could be one of two books not three due to some tiresome repetition.
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on 17 December 2013
My husband loves books about Rome and he went through this series very quickly. If you like Simon Scarrow, try this series.
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on 12 November 2014
enjoyed and gone to charity shop
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