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The October Horse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    It's Time to Move On

    I waited with great anticipation, this book. Even to the extent of sending the Author an E-mail a while back asking when she was going to get it published. I was among the first to get the thing pre-ordered as soon as it showed up as a pre-order item from Barnes and Noble. However, in comparison to the rest of the series, this anticipation was not well placed. I got a sense of lack of enthusiasn, as though, perhaps, she was as tired of writing these books as Caesar was of living, and struggling to live. As usual, I loved the characters and enjoyed getting involved in their individual drama's. In general this series was better than a soap opera. I was looking forward to getting to know Cleopatra from Colleen McCullough's perspective, and she was given such little coverage. The coverage she did get portrayed her as a whiny child who begged Caesar to have sex with her and give her a child for her country instead of the extremely intelligent woman who fought for each and every breath she took and used every means at her disposal to protect her country. There was a little bit of the smart woman,and one definitely got the drift of her spiritual commitment to her people, but mostly the annoying child was the person we got. I could have used some closure with Servilia. She was a very important character in the previous books. She formed the young Brutis and was a first class creep, but still, she was Caesar's favorite squeeze. I needed more closure as to what kind of a fate she saw - even if it was only speculation. If, as was suggested, she really did do in Portia in such an ugly way, we needed to see her get hers in the end too. Or go on to live a long a healthy life. Either way - what happened to Servillia?? In this final book, especially with every reader who knows a little bit about Roman history knowing that Caesar was going to bite the dust at some point, I expected this book to be more character intimate, perhaps along the lines of the The First Man in Rome, or Caesar's Women. We needed more meat regarding Brutis, and especially more on Octavian. It disappointed me that there was so much military stuff to plod through in this final book. By this stage of the game, the readers know that the battles were horrible, the campaigns were a drag - we want more soap opera action to sink our teeth into and to grieve when our favorite hero's or villans die. I was almost relieved when Caesar finally got it. But I didn't feel any of the devastation that I should have felt at such a horrible demise. I will admit, she was graphic in changing my last visualisation of this handsom man into something pretty gruesome. The drama, the soap, the horror and grief. That's part of what made the whole serie so much fun. These were characters that you could really wrap yourself around. You could get involved in their day to day issues from a safe distance and not risk actually become a gossip yourself. The gossip and the passing of the gossip was a treat the reader could indulge in vicariously. Ms. McCullough, good try on this one. Thank you for a wonderful series of books. I have every one of them and will, no doubt read them all again, even the October Horse. When my grandson, an avid reader, is another year or so older, I will probably let him plunge into the the First Man in Rome and then the rest as he's ready. Hopefully, he'll find the hours of enjoyment that I found.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    Captivating

    This is the 6th and final episode in the Roman Empire series written by Colleen McCullough. It is a fitting end to a most fasinating series of work. I have been totally and completely engrossed in these books since last Fall and am feeling a sense of loss now that I don't have another one of these to look forward to. Colleen McCullough is the most compelling writer of historical fiction and I look forward to whatever she has planned for the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    I was never interested in history before, but when my friend gav

    I was never interested in history before, but when my friend gave me this book I started reading all her books about Rome. McCullough is really the greatest at bringing ancient characters to light. It's almost as if she had known them personally. Her research is excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Wyo reader

    When will barnes and nobel put out the other volumes(5) in this series? I READ THIS book in paperback and enjoyed it very much .was not aware this was a series. Oh well still enjoyed it Please put out the other books as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Kathra

    "As you wish."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Anna

    Findingout who my match is... im new to thise egypt life style ur liveing in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Great serues Great series

    Great series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    Not the best work

    This book was not about Caesar and Cleopatra, as it sounds. It was mostly about the intricate workings of ancient Roman politics. It felt like it had no plot, just kind of rambled on and on. Do not read this if you are not familiar with Roman history already, you will get very lost.

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