Sand of the Arena: A Gladiators of the Empire Novel

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In AD 63 the long arm of the Roman Empire stretches across the European continent and the gladiatorial games are awash in blood and glory. For Quintus Honorius Romanus, son of one of the richest men in Rome, everything is as it should be - as long as he can sneak off to the arena for a little entertainment. Things go drastically wrong, however, when Quintus loses his family, his social standing, and his name to an imposter. Faced with a life of menial slavery, Quintus joins a gladiatorial school instead and ...
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In AD 63 the long arm of the Roman Empire stretches across the European continent and the gladiatorial games are awash in blood and glory. For Quintus Honorius Romanus, son of one of the richest men in Rome, everything is as it should be - as long as he can sneak off to the arena for a little entertainment. Things go drastically wrong, however, when Quintus loses his family, his social standing, and his name to an imposter. Faced with a life of menial slavery, Quintus joins a gladiatorial school instead and begins a game of high stakes, as he vows to bring down the usurper who stole his life. But first he must survive his training. Together with the deadly African hunter Lindani and the lethal gladiatrix Amazonia, Quintus learns the hard way what it means to live - and die - in the arena.
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Publishers Weekly
For this first entry in a new series, debut novelist Duffy recreates in gory detail the world of Roman gladiators, complete with larger-than-life characters and plenty of fast-paced, sanguinary action. When the hero, Quintus Honorius Romanus, loses his parents and is injured during a storm at sea, a resentful and resourceful slave, Lucius, steals his identity. The real Quintus-renamed Taurus-works to rebuild his life as a gladiator, with the help of new friends Lindani, an African hunter, and Amazonia, a rare female gladiator who seems lifted straight from the overheated world of professional wrestling. Meanwhile, Lucius-masquerading as the patrician Quintus-rises to a position of power in Rome. Beginning in Britannia on the frontier of the Empire, Taurus fights his way to notoriety, a match in Rome and the inevitable showdown with his nemesis. From training regimen to weapons and fighting tactics, Duffy renders the technical elements of the "sport" in layman's terms. He also corrects some common misconceptions about gladiatorial combat-e.g., the losing fighter was more likely to be spared than killed. Despite its made-for-TV-movie plotting and characterizations, this entertaining read may find a receptive audience among fans of historical fiction. Agents, Loretta Barrett and Nick Mullendore. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Swordplay and depravity abound in television writer and Emmy Award-winning producer Duffy's well-researched and exciting but flawed novel of decadence in first-century Rome. This initial installation of the "Gladiators of the Empire" series centers on Quintus Romanus, the adolescent son of wealthy parents. After his family is destroyed in a storm and his identity stolen by Lucius, a hateful young slave, Quintus trains to become a murderously efficient and successful gladiator in order to survive. He travels from Britain to Rome and meets a host of disparate characters in a series of adventures that unfold in his quest for justice. Duffy knows a great deal about gladiators and Rome, but the plot is predictable, the characterization shallow, and the dialog poorly written, filled with jarring modern idioms. Also, some of the action in the arena is wildly implausible. While readers may want to compare Sand with the movie Gladiator, they will find there is little to "Crowe" about here. For larger collections. [The publication of this book is timed to coincide with the climax of the 12-part HBO/BBC epic television series, Rome.-Ed.]-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Duffy recreates in gory detail the world of Roman gladiators, complete with larger-than-life characters and plenty of fast-paced, sanguinary action... [an] entertaining read."  —Publishers Weekly

"Duffy combines a sure sense of character and narrative with an intimate knowledge of the world of the Roman arena... an exciting and satisfying novel."  —John Maddox Roberts, author of the SPQR series

"Well researched and exciting."  —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590131114
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2005
  • Series: The Gladiators of the Empire Novels
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

James Duffy is an Emmy award-winning television writer and producer with his own production company and the author of a series of graphic novels featuring the Cisco Kid. He lives with his family in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    Action and History

    Up until now I¿ve had to find historic tales and action adventure stories in different books. But Sand of the Arena combines the best of both into one great read. The thrilling gladiator events, seen through the eyes of one of the combatants, were so clearly written I was able to actually FEEL the adrenaline rush of the fight myself. The only bad thing I can say about the book is that it ended too soon! Luckily the adventures of Quintus the gladiator will be picked up in the next book in the series. If only authors could write faster!

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    Great book

    This is an amazing book

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