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Marius' Mules III: Gallia Invicta: 3 Paperback – 29 Nov 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (29 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481082922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481082921
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,148,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I live with my wife, my son and two (close approximations of) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where my wife and I both grew up, surrounded by friends and family. A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of the country, I cannot envisage spending my life anywhere else, though my anchor is sometimes tested as the wanderlust hits and we travel wherever I can find the breathtaking remains of the classical world. I have a love of travel and history, architecture and writing and those four interact well enough to keep me almost permanently busy. Since leaving school and University, I have tried a great number of careers, including car sales, insurance, software engineering, computer network management, civil service and even painting and decorating sales. I have lived in four counties and travelled as widely as time and budget allowed and find myself, on the cusp of my fortieth year, back where I began and finally doing something I love. Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a lover of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of classical history. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum, my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome. Since then, the success and popularity of both has spawned sequels to each work, with three tales in each series so far and more planned.


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I have been promising Simon I would read and review his latest MM novels for some months now, but have avoided doing so until I could give the books the time they deserves. I have just returned from holiday where I managed to read MM2 and MM3.
I think the writer has done a fabulous job on both, but book 3 is my favourite by far. I especially enjoyed the depictions of the naval battles and the skulduggery in Rome. Simon's writing has come a long way since MM1 and continues to go from strength to strength.

I believe he is busily writing MM4, and I can only hope that it is anything as good as 'Gallia Invicta'.
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I love SJA Turney's writing. So much authentic detail can only come from deep research and understanding of Roman history, but far more than that, Simon cloaks historical figures with character and emotion that brings each episode to life. His battle and fight scenes are brilliantly written, with no holds barred and they leap off the page. Who knew that Rome at the time of Caesar was such a violent and unlawful place to be? Simon does and I believe him. As a reader usually of other genres, I am captured by this series and cannot recommend this author highly enough. He makes me want to explore Roman history to the depth that he clearly has. I am a fully fledged fan of Fronto and would like the t-shirt to prove it!
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I really love this series from S.J.A Turney, they are written in such a flowing manner similar to a Brandon Sanderson novel. Its obvious the author has spent a lot of time devoted to roman history as all of the stories are historically accurate in the broad sense. The novels are framed around the roman conquest of gaul from a senior officers view, with all of the views of caesar given from a completely different view to that usually portrayed from accounts of Brutus life.
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So I got a tweet (that still sounds odd) from Simon saying that this book was out on kindle, and so within seconds i was downloading it, i was in the fortunate position of having just finished my last book and so could launch straight into this.
I put the little one to bed and sat with my kindle and started the latest adventures of Fronto, the next thing i knew it was 2.20 am and i had lost 5 hours, i was utterly absorbed in the book.
This is Simons best book so far, each title showing an improvement in style and ability. The plots becoming more ingenious and involved and the characters more rounded and lifelike, the politics more deadly and the camaraderie more real.
Yes there are still some clunks with a self published title but they are very few and far between, and to be honest , you find plenty in books from the big publishing houses, so i think he does an amazing job on his own.

So i have many miles yet to travel with this book... but i felt that those lost five hours deserved an early reward on here...i will be back to complete the review soon.....

Many miles more traveled and this book did not disapoint, Its plot grew and twisted as the book progressed and i enjoyed every page, and given some of the big names in my TBR pile i was not tempted once to put it down and pick one of the big names in the genre up, Simon has a massive future, and this books like the rest of the series has quite some time in the top of the Kindle charts ahead of it.
Really enjoyed it Simon...keep it up and lets see more please.

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It is 56bc. As Fronto and his friends winter in Rome and Caesar in Illyricum, trouble is brewing in the north.
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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
That's the third book in this wonderful series, and its now on to number 4. Hope that they never end, but know that they must.
Please think of a new book that becomes a series.
S.J.A. TURNEY, you are amazing.
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I am a big fan of historical fiction but only found out about the Marius Mules series recently.
Finished the first book in two days then bought and rattled through the whole series in quick time.
Basically it follows one of Julius Caesar's Legion commanders (or Legate), Marcus Fronto, during the invasion of Gaul, each book taking one year of the campaign.
Marcus is a hard drinking soldiers' solider with little time for Politics which causes many clashes with not only Caesar but also some of the other commanders. He nevertheless is a masterful commander and doesn't mind getting his hands dirty to get the job done.
Well written and full of action, but also historically very informative.
Highly recommended.
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I found books 1 and 2 in a second hand book shop...I have been smitten ever since. Now reading this one and not disappointed. This books have fantastic characters fantastic storyline which are so detailed you feel that you are actually there, the battle scenes are especially well written.
If you like these kind of books you will not be disappointed.
Can't wait to read the rest
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I've read 1-3 and this gets 4 stars because its got me hooked, and I shall probably read the lot now. However, it's becomming a little bit 'same-same' - Fronto repeatedly gets drunk; Fronto repeatedly annoys Ceasar; Fronto gets injured; and Fronto does something brave. In 4 onwards, I'll be hoping for something a little different!
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