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- File Size: 1180 KB
- Print Length: 411 pages
- Publisher: www.gordondoherty.co.uk; 2 edition (14 Aug. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008Y1L3LM
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- Average Customer Review: 159 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Legionary 2" is a superb book. The characters - Pavo, Gallus etc - all progress nicely and you can see the effect that events have on them as the story continues. Combine great characters with an excellent plot and you have a recipe for success. There are twists along the way - but they don't come completely out of left field. They are not twists for the sake of twists - they are necessary plot points that you can work out - the clues are there for you (nice and subtle though - you're not beaten about the head with them). "Legionary 2" is also a pretty perfect set up for book 3 (and honestly, you'll go back and read book 1 again just to make sure you haven't missed anything).
One of Gordon Doherty's many strengths is his description of battle scenes - they really do come to life behind your eyes. That's one of the joys of his books - his descriptions can create the scenes in your mind - not just the layout of the battlefield, but the sights, smells and experiences of the characters.
"Legionary 2" - like "Legionary" - is an absolute joy and delight to read. I'm currently reading this for the third time - and I will never tire of it.
I can only commend Doherty's writing and thank him for writing in a period I love but which finds few writers willing to set their pen.
This story essentially picks up where episode 1 (Legionary) left it, with the very much depleted border legion, and its officers in particular, straining to train a bunch of new recruits which are too few to make up for the heavy losses which they sustained in the previous instalment. I should perhaps have started with the book’s prologue, which takes place some twenty four years ago and where the Viper of the North, a mysterious, powerful and cruel Gothic warlord risks it all and loses his life by coming to Constantinople to free his ten year old son held hostage by the Romans. This scene although pure fiction was particularly good and rather plausible since the Romans did – and had for centuries - as part of their foreign policy takes the sons of barbarian kings, princes and leading nobles as hostages and would bring them up as privileged Romans. They did it with Goths, as with other Germanic tribes, and the future Alaric would himself be such a hostage brought up in Constantinople at the Imperial Court for a time.
One of the core pieces of the story is the crossing of the Danube by Fritigern and his followers, and the increasing problems that resulted from it as his people became more and more restless, hungry and faced abuse and exploitation by a remarkably arrogant, stupid and short-sighted Comes Lupicianus, a historical character which also features prominently in this volume.Read more ›
The Legionary in question in book one and Viper of the North is a young man called Vitellius Pavo who through misfortune was born into slavery but eventually joined the legions where to all intents and purposes he grows and develops into a man. In book two the Gothic hordes are gathering on the border and threatening to invade badly depleted forts and garrisons of the empire.
In Viper of the North as a reader you get a real sense of the cold, snow and general awful sense of winter combined with ancient battles and war as the Viper appears and attempts to destroy the very people who tried to destroy him or should I say the very thought of him? I don't want to spoil it so won't say too much and give it away.
The story contains strong characters that you will be able to relate with and there are those that you would enjoy being in the company of, Pavo for example who is honest, hard working yet humble and a warrior. Then there are others such as Senator Tarquitius who cares nothing for anyone else and is only out to get what he can for himself.
There is also an incompetent, arrogant and quite despicable Roman officer, who you are just willing throughout to have the most awful and hideous death in the form of Lupicinius who tries his best to destroy the Claudia XI Legion whilst Tribune Gullus is elsewhere fighting for the cause as well as a whole host of other excellent characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good read and difficult to put down. Good descriptive work on Roman life and military background as well as an interesting storyline which encourages further reading of the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Atmospheric, successfully brings those real characters as events back to life.Published 14 days ago by Kristian Myer
This is the second timer that I've ready the Legionary series and I'm reminded what as great read it is. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike G
+ characters are believable
- The Viper is a distraction.
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