- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (3 Feb. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330489755
- ISBN-13: 978-0330489751
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,104,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Last Legion Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Feb 2006
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Ancient Rome, Roman history, gladiators. This novel has them all. So it comes as no surprise to learn that Dino De Laurentiis, producer of Gladiator, wants to make the film of this historical epic by the author of the bestselling Alexander Trilogy. Set in the twilight years of the Roman Empire, a band of British Roman soldiers try to save the decadent crumbling Empire by rescuing Romulus Augustus, the young son of the last Emperor, and installing him as the figurehead of a rejuvenated Empire. But it all comes to nothing and they return to Britain where further adventures await them. Stirring, atmospheric and factually accurate historical fiction (the author is an archaeologist and historian) that certainly makes the most of the current interest in Roman adventures, Hollywood style. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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The story begins the day that the Roman Empire collapses and the eternal city itself is being over-run. In the weeks before the final collapse some British Romano soldiers have reached the city with the express task of rescuing the young son of the last Emperor Romulus Augustus, these are the men of The last Legion . . .
They are there to protect and guide the last emperor on a journey that takes them across Europe to the shores of Britain and into legend.
I found the book exciting and exhilarating. It was another one I did not want to end.
I found the translation poor tending to use Italian forms of English renditions of classical names (if that makes sense). The grasp of the history was sadly superficial and I came across numerous inaccuracies presumably kept to keep the story flowing or to humour the ignorance of the reader (and the author).
It started off OK but I felt the book was a disappointment; the various events of the time have been squandered in a rather vain attempt to link the collapse of the Western Roman Empire with the rise of Arthurian Britain. Oh well, overambitious. I have been put off from reading his Alexander books (I think these have probably been better written by other authors).
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I've had this book on my shelf for years and started it a few times. Having finally persevered with it, I can say that it was both good and bad in equal parts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A bookworm
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I love this author and was not disappointed ! he brings his caractors to life your there living it with them. He leaves you wanting more!!Published 11 months ago by JT