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This review is from: The October Horse (Masters of Rome) (Paperback)
I bought "The October Horse" not knowing that it was part of a series. Hence I can't compare it to McCullough's other books but I have read several other books on the era ("The Memoirs of Cleopatra" among others).
It took me some time to get used to her style of writing. The action seemed sluggish (though you might as well blame that on history) and I wondered whether or not I was ever going to finish it. Fortunately (for me), I am not a quitter and once you get used to her style of writing and the action begins, you can't let go. All historical characters have received their own personalities and feelings, making their actions believable and the events more understandable. But it can also be quite confusing, Margaret George's "The memoirs of Cleopatra" shows Cleopatra in a far more favorable light. It takes some time to get used to a far more narrow-minded Cleopatra. But this is, of course, no fault of the book.
The book gives you a really good overview of all events including the less known ones (like Cato's desert march, Mark Antony's murder attempt, the story of Brutus' head and so on). It's a pity she ended the story with the defeat of Brutus and Cassius. The battle of Actium would be far more appropriate. Those, who did not pay that much attention during history lessons, will want to know what happened to Mark Antony, Cleopatra, Sextus Pompey and other loose strings.