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Warrior of Rome IV: The Caspian Gates by [Sidebottom, Harry]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in Warrior of Rome (6 Book Series)

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Praise for the Warrior of Rome series:

"Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship." --"The Times"

"Superior . . . fiction, with depth, authenticity and a sense of place." --"Times Literary Supplement"

"A storming Roman epic with explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama." --"The Guardian"

"I don't think I've ever experienced antiquity so directly: the brutality, the directness of expression and feeling, the deep bonds formed amid unmitigated violence." --David Konstan, Professor of Classics, Boston University

Praise for the Warrior of Rome series:
"Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship." --"The Times"
"Superior . . . fiction, with depth, authenticity and a sense of place." --"Times Literary Supplement"
"A storming Roman epic with explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama." --"The Guardian"
"I don't think I've ever experienced antiquity so directly: the brutality, the directness of expression and feeling, the deep bonds formed amid unmitigated violence." --David Konstan, Professor of Classics, Boston University

About the Author

Harry Sidebottom is best known for the Warrior of Rome series of novels, published by Overlook. He teaches classical history at Oxford University, where he is a Fellow of St. Benet's Hall and a Lecturer at Lincoln College.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5277 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051UPKNQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Fans of Roman Historical Fiction will undoubtedly have tried at least one Harry Sidebottom title. They're well written, beautifully researched and have memorable characters who find ways to help keep Rome on top of the world, stamping their own brand of Justice in their size x steel studded caligae.

What unfurls in this title, for me, is Harry's best book to date, from its almost Gemmellesque prologue to its heavy adventure of bloody slaughter as our hero, Ballista, faces the might of the Goths in a no holds barred battle to the death. Back this up with great prose, some deliciously soldierly dialogue and tie it up with an almost mythical reading of pace and you know that it's going to be a book that will be hard to put down. Great stuff.
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Format: Paperback
The Caspian Gates is the fourth novel in Harry Sidebottom's outstanding historical fiction series Warrior of Rome, set in the turbulent 3rd Century C.E. Although the series has consistent elements, it avoids being overly formulaic; it's as if with each instalment the author sets himself the challenge of incorporating something different and distinctive.

Consequently, in The Caspian Gates readers can expect the characters to be familiar friends, the Angle-born Roman military commander Ballista and his 'familia'. They can expect the meticulous attention to place - geographical features, topology, climate conditions. They can expect to be introduced to at least one culture most of us will find exotic - in this case, the kingdom of Suania, the Caucasus region now known as Georgia. They can expect that the narrative will be driven once again by Ballista and his familia being sent on a perilous political mission.

What they might not expect is that The Caspian Gates is, simultaneously, a reworking of the ancient Greek legend of Jason and Medea: Jason being the leader of the famed Argonauts, in quest of the Golden Fleece; Medea being his sometime lover turned harpy. The lands Ballista travels through in The Caspian Gates are infused with mythic 'memories' of Jason and Medea. Ballista is about to find out that the past is never really past.

Harry Sidebottom writes so well, and so intelligently, that reading these books is a pleasure. Yes, Ballista behaves badly in this tale. But we really wouldn't want him to be predictable. Would we?
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This book was a gift, however the person receiving this has not read it as yet.so is unable to comment.
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Read four of these books in eight weeks all well wrote and a lot of facts in them , started reading them when finished Ben Kane book and found recommendation at end these are as good if not better than Simon scarrow and Ben Kane books for a quarter of the price
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The fourth Warrior of Rome novel begins with a bang as Ephesus is struck by a mighty earthquake. Not long after the Goths invade and Ballista is involved in the defence of a number of nearby poorly prepared cities. Yet Ballista's past is swift to catch up with him and his new Imperial Mandata sends him to the very edge of the Empire. Confronted with barbarian hordes, a rotten royal family and complex tribal politics, life for Ballista in the fourth book is quite eventful.

As ever the book oozes with detail, historical intricacies and subtle semantics. Yet I found the fourth book to be somewhat slower paced than the previous three. That was probably because the overall theme of the fourth book could be summed up as `travel'. Ballista spends an awful long time travelling to one of the furthest reaches of the Empire. It was therefore necessary for the author to fully describe Ballista's journey in order to give the reader a sense of the scale and monotony that Ballista endured. That being said, the travel passages are beautifully described, you really feel like you are stood on deck with the rest of the familia. In addition, these important plot building passages are not devoid of the occasional action scene.

There are a couple of new characters within the fourth book which inject fresh energy and charisma. Yet all of the old favourites accompany Ballista on his journey. It enabled that sense of family and camaraderie to flourish within the fourth book as it has done in the past three. I love the fact that the author takes his time to build his characters throughout the books. It's such a great and simple technique which allows the reader to remain engaged with the characters as the series progresses.
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
So many times i have read reviews for Harry that say..."too detailed".."Too much like a text book" etc...
I have no idea what book it is these people are reading!

While Harry Sidebottom is not your typical swords and sandals writer, his books are full of action pace, great characters and a plot that leaves the reader begging for more.

I struggled to put the book down, had to force it closed at 2am etc.. that for me is the sign of an excellent book.

Ballisata could have been used as a character and kept in the confines of the empire for some more of what we have seen from others, but Harry sidebottom has taken the risk to take him away from the confines of the empire,a nd its life on the fringe of the empire that gives this series its power and energy.

Not only did this book thrill and entertain, but at the end it sets the reader up for the next book, and I'm looking forward to Book 5 so much more than any of the previous 4, for me that shows the improvements this series and this author have shown with each book.

Roll on Book 5 (2 a year Harry???)

Highly recommended

(Parm)

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AD262 - the Imperium is in turmoil after the struggle for the throne. Furthermore, Ephesus, Asia's metropolis, lies in ruins, shattered by a mighty earthquake. Its citizens live in fear as the mob overwhelms the city, baying for blood to avenge the gods who have punished them.

Yet an even greater threat to the Empire advances from the North. The barbaric Goth tribes sail towards Ephesus, determined to pillage the city. Only Ballista, Warrior of Rome, knows the ways of the barbarians, and only he can defeat them.

The Goths' appetite for brutality and destruction is limitless and before long Ballista is locked into a deadly bloodfeud, with an enemy that has sworn to destroy him - and the Imperium - at all costs.
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