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The Song of the Gladiator (Ancient Roman Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Apr 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; paperback / softback edition (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755307798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755307791
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The second dramatic historical novel set in the turbulence of Roman society to feature imperial secret agent Claudia

About the Author

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.


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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
As the reader can deduce from the title this novel is about Ancient Rome. Is is set at the time of the Emperor Constantine and his manipulative mother Helena, who is the power behind his "reign". Claudia the leading character is Helena's spy. She is heavily involved with one of the foremost gladiators in the city and he has become the subject of a heavy betting syndicate who are attempting to manipulate his fights in the arena to their advantage. The book is full of the savagery and violence that is well documented for that period of history. Paul Doherty seems to be able to turn his hand to any period of history, be it Rome, Ancient Egypt or Medieval England. This is as good as any of his recent books.
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
As the reader can deduce from the title this novel is about Ancient Rome. Is is set at the time of the Emperor Constantine and his manipulative mother Helena, who is the power behind his "reign".
Claudia the leading character is Helena's spy. She is heavily involved with one of the foremost gladiators in the city and he has become the subject of a heavy betting syndicate who are attempting to manipulate his fights in the arena to their advantage.
The book is full of the savagery and violence that is well documented for that period of history. Paul Doherty seems to be able to turn his hand to any period of history, be it Rome, Ancient Egypt or Medieval England. This is as good as any of his recent books.
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What can I say? As interested as I may be in the period this book failed to really capture my attention and keep me turning pages, wondering what was going to happen next (to be frank, in the end I read on feverishly to get it over with).
Set at the time when Constantine has recently acquired power, the protagonist Claudia is supposed to be one of his mother Helena's spies. An unlikely spy if you ask me, most of the time she dozes of under a tree somewhere and is caught off guard by someone else who then volunteers some helpful information. I bet you didn't think spying was that easy, huh?
On top of this Doherty had the luminous idea of providing many of the characters with names like 'Petronius the Pimp', 'Festus the Fornicator' or 'Sallust the Searcher' which makes it all seem like some kind of childrens' book really.
I was disappointed in 'The Cup of Ghosts' by the same author, so I for one will be stearing clear of Doherty's novels for a while.
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Book two of the ancient roman mysteries. If you like accessable historical crime you will like this. The story moves along at a good pace, a bit repetative in the descriptive parts but a good easy read.
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