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In the Shadow of Tyranny - A Novel of Ancient Rome by [Westcott, Chris]
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  • Print Length: 245 pages
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  • Language: English
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This is the first 'historical novel' I have read since reading 'Children of the New Forest' at Primary school over 50 years ago,so as a 'bunny' to this genre I review it using my own sophisticated star system. One Star - did I finish it? - yes; and in a few sessions (I have toiled in the past). Two Stars - did I throw it across the room when I came across some pretentious sentence the author felt the need to share with me? - no I found the writing style relaxed and uncomplicated. Three Stars - did the author need to impress me, in excruciating detail, with the extensive research they had carried out - no; there was a quiet confidence about the material which was inclusive and didn't patronise .Four Stars - did I live it- yes; for example the descriptions of chariot racing and battle scenes were an easy stimulant for my imagination. Five Stars - Do I want to read more from this author? - yes; I found the style and plot and scene-setting easy reading and would enjoy another book.
If I were to offer constructive criticism it would be to minimise the use of the perhaps hackneyed device - "Little did I know that this would be the last time I would set eyes on ........".
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I'm really into historical fiction especially Roman era & when I noticed this one thought I would give it a go. Glad I did as it is very well researched & written with interesting well developed characters. The storyline spans quite a long period at a time when the empire was going through great turmoil. What made it particularly interesting was that the principal character was close to all the main protagonists whilst at the same time not actually being one of them, more of a very interested bystander. All in all a great read which should suit most lovers of this period & it certainly kept me interested to the very last page. Well done & lets hope other work comes from this promising author
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Narrated in a journal style effectively, saving wordy speeches, this epic tale covers a periodd over several Emperors and includes many battles. There is also much tyranny and a fight for what is just and right. I look forward to more books by this author.
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Having recently taught my class about The Romans, I became really interested in this period, and decided to do some more reading around the subject. This book had been recommended to me as an easy read, with good historical info, but also a gripping plot and it didn't fail to disappoint.
The attention to detail in the scene setting was superb, making me feel as though I really was in Ancient Rome and experiencing everything for myself. It is obvious that the author clearly loves his subject and has done a lot of research into it, and this is interspersed throughout the novel to drive the story line forward.
The battle scenes are well thought out, and unlike other novels in this genre, they don't consume the book, but rather add flavour to it with the plot still driving forward.
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Nice historical story covering a period of upheaval with so many emperors over a short time and the tyrynny by certain emporers
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A well written faction about the rise and fall of Vespasian and his heirs seen through the eyes of a citizen close to the family. Not as fast paced as Simon Scarrow or Anthony Riches but that's not necessarily a bad thing as this book covers a far greater span of time than these popular authors tend to write about. Much interesting historical detail especially about the siege of Jerusalem and Agricola in Britain.
Worth a read for those looking for a lightweight, first person view of this period or the Roman Empire in general.
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A good read with the usual roman intrigue and backstabbing,well researched and if this was the first effort at a roman novel then roll on the next one.well recommended.
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