Marching With Caesar: Civil War: Volume 3 Paperback – 15 Nov 2012
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All the books so far - and I'm already on volume VIII - have been littered with errors that caused me, as a reader, to stumble, and have even from time to time brought me to the point of wondering if I should not perhaps abandon the series rather than proceed on what is sometimes a very bumpy ride. Principal, among those problems, is word repetition. 'Suddenly', for example, is a word that needs to be used very carefully and really NOT twice in the same sentence. 'Finally' is a good word, but not three times, as I have found it, in the same sentence. And these are not the only examples by a long, long way. To 'return back', as the heroes of these books do time and time again, has the effect for many readers of fingernails scraping a blackboard. To 'return' means 'to go back'. To 'go back back', which 'return back' means, jars every time I read it.
The books deserve better editing, not least because, fundamentally, they are great books. Were they not so great this would have been a four star review at best, and I cannot bring myself to do that.
Marching with Caesar Civil War is now fighting for my number 1 book ever read. The story is amazingly written and I feel the characters are so real. The emotions described are so relatable and the story just draws you in.
I sit here reading the book for the second time now, laughing along with Titus, feeling horrible when he does and wanting to cry with him too.
Peake is so good at making the characters in his story relatable and real. Battles feel like you are inthe midst of the blood shed, conversations between characters make you feel like you are sat right there with them sharing a cup, and the whirlwind of emtions in the book feel real.
I can not recommend enough that you read this book. The only down side to it is that you will forget to eat, sleep or work so you won't put the book down.
Close your eyes and you could actually be there, on the right, shields locked, waiting for battle to commence.
With the now Primus Pilus of Caesars X Legion, Titus Pullus, recounting the tail of his life and struggles during the time of the Civil War, retracing his steps from Dyrrhachium and Pharsalus against Pompeius Magnus' Legions, following him to Alexandria and the further campaigns against the surviving Pompeian Forces in Africa & Spain. Sadly ending with the cowardly murder of, in my opinion, the greatest Roman General ever, Gaius Julius Caesar. Leading to the beginning of the turbulent events following this.
Like the first book. The story flows at a fast pace and again is written in a way that is not trying to be too over elaborate. In other words, by anyone who just enjoys a good read and a good historical account of Roman History. The descriptions of the battle formations, equipment, day to day life style and attitudes of the Legionaries are what I would consider to be very accurate. The authors own Military experiences are obviously apparent in this.
I found this book hard to put down, reading it in a short period of time. Again, Congratulations to R.W. Peake on another excellent book. Looking forward to the third book - Marching with Caesar - Antony & Cleopatra.
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All i can say is. the series is well worth reading if you're a roman nut like mePublished 6 months ago by pete
Just started to read this book after reading previous two which I thoroughly enjoyed.Published 11 months ago by Pamela Johnson
This was a riveting history read from the first to last page. Looking forward to the next book and the others in this series.Published 18 months ago by Markusparkus
Brilliant book if you like Roman History. Have not finished it yet but will read the whole series.Published 20 months ago by rosemarie halford-smith