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Spartacus: The Gladiator

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Ok, but¿.

    The dialog is uninspired and shallow. Arguments are on a par with, "Same to you but more of it! Dammit." he growled. Reminds me of watching a movie like Prince Valiant, 1953 with Robert Wagner. However, I enjoyed it anyway after reading several weightier books recently.

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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    I am a historical novel afficianado, so when I was offered a cha

    I am a historical novel afficianado, so when I was offered a chance to read and review this book, I was interested. I have seen the very famous 1950's film, so I figured I knew how the book ended. I hadn't realized till the end that there were going to be two books int he saga. So I felt the book ended rather abruptly, but that was more a result of my expectations not being fulfilled.

    Up to this point, I had never read anything by Ben Kane, and I did not find his writing style easy to read. Yes, it was historically accurate. I was glad to find the glossary in the back--I should have looked for that sooner since there were so many terms I did not know, but again, that is beside the point.

    I will be honest. I did not like the character Spartacus at all. I wanted to like him, but he was so arrogant that I even struggled to pity his fate. I enjoyed Ariadne, and I wish her character had been developed more. I realize that the time period would not have been conducive to a strong emphasis on women, but it would have been nice to have known the women in the book a little bit more. It would have given some gentleness and emotion to the book.

    Personally, the fight scenes did not offend me. The violence was graphic but not so graphic that I couldn't stomach the scenes. Even the bedroom scenes were not really a problem. Many details were left out, and it was nice to see that Spartacus and Ariadne had some privacy. The rape scenes were very hard to read, but they made me realize the true plight of women during the tumultuous time in history. I felt for the women, and I thanked God above that things are different now. At least where I live, things are different.

    I grew tired of the profanity in the book--when profanity is used outside of conversation, I do grow very tired of it, but that is not why I gave the book the 3-star rating. For the reasons I have stated above, this book did not truly capture my attention. Yes, it was well-written, historically accurate novel, and I believe many will find this an informative book that tells an amazing story. I was impressed with what a group of slaves were able to accomplish. I would have preferred a more human, emotional telling of the story, but that is just my opinion. I do feel I learned a lot, and it still is a book that I would recommend to people who would like to learn about this time period in history.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012


    Spartacus, c. 109–71 BCE, was a Thracian by birth, who had once served as a soldier with the Romans, but had been a prisoner and was sold as a slave and forced to become a gladiator at Capua. Ariadne, a Dionysian priestess, goes along with Spartacus claiming to be his wife. They eventually escape with 70 other prisoners, a few of them women, and flee to Vesuvius. The escaped gladiators chose Spartacus and two Gallic slaves—Crixus and Oenomaus—as their leaders and they proceed to defeat the Roman's on numerous occasions. This is a story filled with the sights and sounds of another era where fighting is the norm. A very descriptive fictional account of what life was like at the time with lots of blood and gore. No one really knows for sure what happened to Spartacus but Ben Kane gives a great fictional account of the man and his life during Roman Republic. I found this book to be very easy to read and recommend it to the historical fiction fan.

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