Fight for Rome: A Gladiators of the Empire Novel

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Overview

Continuing the adventures of Quintus Honorius Romanus (a.k.a. Taurus)—legendary gladiator of ancient Rome—this second book in the series picks up in AD 68, when the emperor is dead, and the throne is up for grabs. Three contenders square off to take control of the government, and as civil unrest begins to build, Quintus and his friends, the beast hunter Lindani and the gladiatrix Amazonia, are forced to fight with the legionnaires of Rome in what will soon become bloody civil war. Meanwhile, in a remote...

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Overview

Continuing the adventures of Quintus Honorius Romanus (a.k.a. Taurus)—legendary gladiator of ancient Rome—this second book in the series picks up in AD 68, when the emperor is dead, and the throne is up for grabs. Three contenders square off to take control of the government, and as civil unrest begins to build, Quintus and his friends, the beast hunter Lindani and the gladiatrix Amazonia, are forced to fight with the legionnaires of Rome in what will soon become bloody civil war. Meanwhile, in a remote corner of the empire, Quintus’ former slave, Lucius Calidius, plots another rise to power—and not even Quintus will stand in his way.

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"A well-written story of ancient Rome, comparable to novels written by Simon Scarrow and Michael Curtis Ford . . . an exciting portrayal of gladiatorial combat."  —The Historical Novels Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590131121
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: The Gladiators of the Empire Novels
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,501,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

James Duffy is an Emmy Award–winning television writer and producer and the owner of his own production company. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    The rome

    The rome is so iteresting to me,

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  • Posted December 26, 2009

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    Fun Story and Good Action = Terrific Sequel

    I read James Duffy's first Gladiators of the Empire Novel, "Sand of the Arena", shortly after I returned from a visit to Italy with my wife this past summer. The story was fun and the characters were interesting. And Duffy's writing was clear, concise and terrifically descriptive. The surest sign that I enjoyed reading the book was when I found myself one Sunday morning, hiding in my office from my kids and wife so I could finish the final 50 pages.

    Sure enough, I found myself sitting in my living room this past Saturday morning trying to burn through the last chapters of Duffy's sequel to "Sands" - "The Fight for Rome" - before the family descended upon me looking to launch into our days' activities.

    "Fight" brings back all relevant characters from the first book: Quintus and his arena alter-ego Taurus, Lindani the venatore, Amazonia the gladiatrix, and the primary antagonists Lucius and Julia. Added to the mix, however, are Vespasian and a smattering of other key players (fictional and real) from the famed Year of the Four Emperors.

    I think the smartest move on Duffy's part was to move Quintus and his friends out of the arena (although not exclusively as there are three or four well-written arena battles) and into a war scenario. I'm a big fan of historical fiction that works hard on the HISTORICAL part of the book and Duffy did just that. Duffy includes some historical notes as part of his afterward and is pretty clear on what's real and what's not. While I forgive Duffy' periodically hokey plot points, I think he did a terrific job working his fictional gladiators into historically true situations.

    Make no mistake, neither of Duffy's books are particularly deep or strongly emotive. But they're extremely well written and he has a very strong flair for a fast-paced narrative. I'd put his stories up against Simon Scarrow's first two "Eagle" novels and I think in a blind "read-test" Duffy would come out even for pure action and adventure.

    Duffy doesn't hold back on gritty exposition. He includes a couple of pretty intense sex scenes and a rather surprisingly brutal rape towards the end. The battle scenes are fun to read and good and gory.

    If you can stomach the "realism", I'd highly recommend this book and it's prequel.

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