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on 19 July 2017
Good read
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on 12 March 2017
Scarrow always delivers and whilst you want the hero to find his mother you really do wonder will it end well?
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on 2 January 2015
The whole series is first class. can recommend
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on 11 February 2013
A very good book. Couldn't put it down definitely would recommend it to read. The way he puts the action and tension is astonishing.
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on 22 March 2016
Increasingly, writers of adult fiction are supplementing their income by producing shorter and simpler outings for the juvenile market. This should be seen as a good thing as when great authors write books for kids, they can be fantastic offerings. Simon Scarrow is a great author at his best, but ‘Gladiator: Son of Spartacus’ is perhaps not that. Book three sees young Marcus in somewhat of a quandary, does he side with his former slave allies in rebellion, or help the man he is indebted to – a man who happens to be none other than Caesar. This leads to quite a bit of handwringing and angst.

It is here that the book feels untrue; Marcus is obviously written for the tween market and has the mentality of a teen, but perhaps of one from the 2010s and not the time of the Romans. Young people can be quite idealistic, but I feel this is a relatively modern phenomena that has been lucked into by the past few generations who no longer had to go to work by age 5. Marcus’ attitudes do no chime that well with the time in which he lives, they all feel a little soft and naïve.

This is even more noticeable when the history itself is well written. Scarrow has perfected his knowledge of the era and the story of the post-Spartacus slave tribes feels realistic, it is just Marcus’ role in them that smacks untrue. Also having someone as prominent as Caesar close to the centre does not help as his relationship with Marcus also feels unnatural. To end it all, the final action sequence is a damp squib, which is again unfortunate as there are a few solid action sequences leading up to it. Perhaps it needed to be extended to have a better finale and feel like a whole book.

For a 10-14 year old who likes action, ‘Gladiator: Son of Spartacus’ is a solid outing and they may relate to the character of Marcus, but even they will think that the ending is a little odd.
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on 24 August 2017
Excellent book in good condition. Makes an excellent addition overall to my own book collection
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on 14 August 2013
I have read and enjoyed all Simon Scarrow's books and innocently bought the 1st in the Gladiator series, "Gladiator fight for freedom" it was soon apparent this was written for 10 year olds . I shall be more careful when buying Simon Scarrow in future!
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on 4 April 2013
A much awaited third book in the series. Lots of action and gore, so I wouldn't recommend it for pre-teens.
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on 24 July 2013
An excellent read and typical of Simon Scarrow's writing abilities. Like all of his novels of a similar ilk, the book takes you back to imperial Rome with all of its political infighting and focus on the variance between the 'haves' and 'have nots'. From a personal perspective, Mr Scarrow's books are an absolute enjoyment to read and this particular novel is no different.
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on 6 January 2014
I have read a lot of Simon Scarrows books and I would say this is one of his top books, be the follow up of of Gladiator i really think he knew what he had in mind for the second book when he wrote the first the one, me being a boy a similar age to Marcus it is really easy for mr just understand what he is saying.
Top notch book
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