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Copyright © 2012 by Ben Kane
Posted May 27, 2013
I wish this series would go on and on, but well that just would not be possible nor historically accurate right? (unless!!! you could go on with Carbo’s story!? please? pretty please?) now the previous book (Spartacus: Gladiator) had all the action and battle scenes. This one has battle scenes times two. EPIC battle scenes. Well written battle scenes that you feel like this should be played out as a movie just to see how it looks like. The plot of the book is well done like the last one (I do recommend you read Spartacus: Gladiator before jumping into this one). There’s slightly less intrigue, way more action and fighting, and a lot more memorable quotes to read. I’d say the best part would be Carbo’s mission with Navio (love those two secondary characters not only did they provide some comic relief but seeing Carbo develop character wise was excellent to follow through in the book). The last and final battle scene was definitely worth reading and I like how it was through Carbo’s perspective. I felt a bit cheated that Carbo didn’t get what he wanted in the end, but I suppose it’s to make it as historically accurate as possible. The author’s note in the end provided a lot of information and the glossary in the back as helps as well because there’s plenty of terminology that was new to me (I’m not well versed in Roman history). I really wish this could go on in Carbo’s point of view, his story was going towards something with lots of potential and it sounded so interesting. Otherwise, the book was well worth the read. Definitely recommended for history buffs and Roman history lovers out there.
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Posted August 9, 2014
If you are a fan of the television show Spartacus, you will not want to miss this series by Ben Kane.Spartacus Rebellion is book two in the Spartacus series and so vividly written and packed with action you won’t be able to put it down.
Spartacus is leading his army of ex slaves to freedom over the Alps, When Crixus, his brother at arms, decides he has his own plans, he takes with him all his men leaving Spartacus with a smaller army than needed that is already starting to cave in upon itself. With Crassus rebuilding his army in masses, Spartacus has a tough decision to make: continue forward to freedom or to turn back and shed blood and waste lives against Crassus.
I am a leader. A general. I have come to my position through merit. I will not just give it all up and hand my power to a sewer rat like Castus or a schemer like Gannicus.”
This is not a book to read before bed if you plan to get to sleep. You are guaranteed nonstop fighting described with intoxicating imagery, leaving you on the edge of your seat as lives are lost and glory is found. A must read for anyone who loves Roman history!
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*You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review
Posted November 14, 2013
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