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Spartacus: The Gladiator: (Spartacus 1) Hardcover – 19 Jan 2012
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"Gritty, passionate and violent, this thrilling book is a real page-turner and a damn good read. It brings Spartacus - and ancient Rome - to vivid, colourful life" (Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire)
"Ben Kane manages to bring a freshness to the saga ... Told with Kane's usual panache and historical knowledge, this book is highly recommended" (Kathy Stevenson, Daily Mail)
"Eyes are merciless, blows are wicked and screams are piercing, but this is a compulsive if relentless story, vividly recounted in muscular prose. Definitely one for the boys" (Daily Telegraph, 4 stars)
"If you want to become familiar with the lanista and the rudus, to know your scutum from your licium, then Kane's your man ... plenty of action" (Independent)
"There is much to enjoy in this saga of the downtrodden triumphing temporarily over their oppressors, and the portrait of Spartacus as charismatic leader is a vivid one" (Sunday Times)
The first of two epic novels which tell the story of one of the most charismatic heroes history has ever known - Spartacus, the gladiator slave who took on and nearly defeated the might of Rome, during the years 73-71 BC.See all Product description
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Eventually he makes many friends in the school and persuades them to join him in escaping their prison and fates when he learns of a plot for the entire school to be put forward as fodder for an extravaganza Arena match whereby in all likelihood all will perish. He exposes this to the others and starts a rebellion that gains him his freedom from the gladiator school, however, he cannot rest easy as he knows from his experience in the legionnaires that the Romans will not tolerate slaves of Rome escaping and killing their masters, they will try to catch them and make an example. This book shows how with only his wits and a plan of action he grows one of the most powerful armies ever seen and not only defies the Roman armies but conquers and annihilates them in battle. He must fight for his life and that of his family.
There are lots of in depth descriptions and details throughout the book and the flow of the story is not only gripping but keeps the reader absorbed in the story. A must read for any Ben Kane fans.