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on 4 July 2016
I love the characters and action in this book by Ben Kane. This book starts with a story of betrayal by Spartacus's own people of Thrace; he returns to his home wishing to settle down after serving time in the Roman Legionnaires only to find that a new King has usurped the throne and is keen to get rid of anyone loyal to the last King. He is sold into slavery and ends up as a gladiator in the biggest gladiator school in Rome. There he discovers that his only role in life is to now survive in the Arena by giving a spectacular show of strength against other slaves or animals. If he doesn't fight he dies, if he doesn't make a show of it he doesn't eat; it's as simple as that. Life in the school is not always easy either as there are other gladiators who don't like newcomers and will kill him at any opportunity; he must quickly take control.

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.
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on 18 January 2017
As a fan of conn igulden I have been after a new author to read, and this did not disappoint.
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on 28 March 2017
I love Ben Kane's books and this one did not disappoint. Full of action and sympathy with the characters.A real Empathy with the reader.
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on 25 August 2017
a really good interpretation of the Spartacus story. Definitely a new perspective! Worth to read it .
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on 6 March 2017
A thrilling read from first to last page. It will keep you gripped and wanting to read the next two parts of this trilogy! Can't recommend it highly enough for its storytelling and detailed historical research. A quality read from a master of historical writing.
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on 2 June 2017
Another enthralling tale from Ben Kane I liked how he wove a story around historical fact
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on 29 July 2017
A brilliant version of the Sparticus legend. It's a an action pack story that keeps you interested from the first to last page. Can't wait to start the follow-up.
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on 6 March 2017
Never disappointed and always worth every penny... Look forward to every new book.
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on 25 April 2017
Much preferred sitting down with this book than watching Stars Spartacus series. A great read.
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on 13 May 2017
Brilliant book !
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