Fight for Freedom (Gladiator Series)

Fight for Freedom (Gladiator Series)

by Simon Scarrow

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ISBN-13: 9781423174554
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Simon Scarrow's Gladiator Series
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 377,359
File size: 693 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Simon Scarrow was born in Africa and lived in a number of countries, including Hong Kong and the Bahamas before settling in Britain. He has always been interested in writing and his love of history began at school, in particular when he was being taught about the ancient world by his Latin and History teachers. Since then he has travelled with his wife and children across the world to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Syria and Egypt to research his historical novels. Simon was an enthusiastic teacher for a number of years. He now writes full time, but does intend to return to teaching when he can find the time.

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Fight for Freedom 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JGolomb on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Simon Scarrow expands his literary (Roman) empire into the realm of children's books, with the first in a new series: "Fight for Freedom".  Scarrow is most well-known for his action adventure "Eagle" series which focuses on a pair of Roman Legionaries fighting the good fight for the Emperor during the early years of the first century. With "Fight for Freedom", he steps back a century back in time, centering around the years following the Spartacus rebellion.  A young boy's father is killed, and he and his mother wind up at a slave auction setting up a this nice adventurous tale. After being captured and sold as a slave during a bungled attempt to stow away on a ship, the hero Marcus listens to his introduction at his new residence - a gladiator training school south of Rome. "This is your new home. This is the only home you have from now on. Where you came from is no more than a memory, and it will go easer with you if you try to forget your past lives. That is all dead to you now. All that remains is to learn how to fight and survive."The plot is cliched and most conclusions are obvious. Scarrow does a nice job, however, of embuing the story with a strong sense of historical "place", as well as dealing with the issues of slavery and how much it impacted ancient daily life. Overall, the book is a solid three. scored very highly with my 12-year old son who loved the action, the melodramatic cartoonish violence, and the relatively realistically portrayed ancient roman themes of honor, citizenship, and gladiatorial/warrior glory.  He can't wait for book 2 which move it's focus to Rome itself. The story is violent by the nature of its topic, but it's not over the top and shouldn't shock a modern, TV-hardened boy of 11 years and older. This comes nowhere near the depth of Sutcliffe's "Eagle of the Ninth", to whom Scarrow dedicated this novel, but it's a good-hearted young adult tale and a fun read.
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I bought this book on a recent trip to the UK in a used book store. What a great find!! I had to finish reading it before I'd let my 12 year old start it!! I look forward to reading the rest of Scarrow's books. It was fun to see the things we learned on our trips to Hadrian's Wall & Vindolanda reiterated in this book. Very fast paced. Keeps you fully engaged the entire time. No lulls in action (which is a good thing when it come to keeping my 12 year old "in" a book). GREAT BOOK.