- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harper (8 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007426224
- ISBN-13: 978-0007426225
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Master of Rome (Masters of the Sea): 3 Paperback – 8 Dec 2011
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Praise for Ship of Rome
‘Strong characters, excellent action, SHIP OF ROME builds to a superb climax’
‘Peopled with characters both fictional and historical, this debut novel - the first in the Masters Of The Sea series - gives a fascinating and evocative insight into the high politics and military life of the times’
‘This is a seriously entertaining book for anyone who enjoys stirring descriptions of ancient warfare. You can almost taste the salt, see the blood and hear the shouts and screams…John Stack is to be welcomed into the ranks of first-rate historical writers’
‘Crank up the testosterone, this one’s a fighter!’
U Magazine Ireland
About the Author
John Stack was born and lives in County Cork. He has always wanted to write but has done a variety of jobs ending up in IT. He is married with three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are battles galore in this book and the masters of the sea (Rome), who are vying for power against the Carthaginians are in for a few surprises. With Senators not listening to the advice given by Atticus about sea conditions, trouble is in store for the Roman Empire.
John Stacks trilogy is without doubt worthy of reading if you like or are interested in the subject (Rome). It's not all battles at sea and Septimus even transfers back to the Ninth Legion for a while in Sicily. Although there's lots of action the best thing about the books is without doubt the relationship between the two men, which goes astray in this final chapter.
Once again, don't be put off by the titles (sea). There's lot's of land based action and the intrigue of the Senate to feast on. Great series and I've enjoyed everyone.
However, if you like your historical fiction to be grounded in facts and realistic (and if you happen to be a bit fussy about details, like I tend to be!), you may find this book annoying or even exasperating, at times, and you will be diappointed. If this is the case, then read this book with a "pinch of salt" and complete with a book on each of the two following topics:
- Naval warfare under oars. Read, for instance, The Age of the Galley (Robert Gardiner editor), which is a collection of studies on naval warfare in Antiquity and during the Middle Ages. Contrary to Master of Rome's assertions, you will learn that the trireme was faster than both the quadrireme and the quinquereme. You will also see that it is simply impossible to add extra rowing teams below decks on a trireme (simply no space!). Besides, the additional weight would have in effect made the ship SLOWER instead of allowing it to keep up an highly improbable 12 to 14 knots per hour, a speed that NO ship during Antiquity or the Middle Ages EVER managed to reach, by the way. The reason for thiks is that the trireme would have become that much heavier (say 70 kilos per rower times the number of extra rowers and bearing in mind that a trireme's displacement was about 50 tons) without any addition in the number of creewmen that were actually rowing at any point in time.Read more ›
Captain of Rome was an improvement, and to be honest it was an improvement I swore I would never read, but I did, and im glad I did because it has meant that I have read Master of Rome, finally I think John Stack is writing what I want to read.
Lets face it many of you may disagree with my feelings about book one and two, but that's what a personal review is about, your own feelings about the book and the writing, not about the author or any personal animosity etc, just the book and the words and do they work.
This book sees "Atticus, the young Greek captain, who is now a commander of the growing Roman navy, blockading a port near Tunis, when the Roman legions suffer terrible defeat by the triumphant Carthaginian army spearheaded by the elephant charges. He and his ships escape together with the main body of the Roman fleet out manoeuvred by the more skilful Carthaginians and then caught and almost completely annihilated by a terrible storm. Atticus and his crew are among the handful of survivors and being the messenger of this news to the Senta in Rome brings Atticus into political troubles, almost as stormy as the sea.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
brilliant story, if you have flown to Rome, the ship building port will be familiar to you. all three of the books in this series are as goodPublished 6 months ago by Chevalier de Fer
Really well written and enjoyed the 3books immensely, the book flowed from start to finish. Gutted I've finished and have too read something else.Published on 5 July 2014 by carl delph