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Abandoned after months of captivity, Julius Caesar gathers recruits that he will forge into a unit powerful enough to gain vengeance on his captors. But soon a new crisis threatens: a gladiator named Spartacus.
©2004 Conn Iggulden (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 19-01-16

This Pretty Much Has It All

This second book in the series raises the bar and sets an incredibly high standard. It really does have it all: epic battles, pirates, rebellion, political machinations, assassins and even a little sexual intrigue. The great events that shaped the fate of possibly the world's most famous empire are told through a variety of well-rounded characters against a vast backdrop. The story moves along at a very entertaining pace and is engaging from start to finish which in audio form is also a testament to Robert Glenister's undoubted talent as a narrator.

From what I have seen of the series so far it is a definite treat for fans of historical fiction. it has genuine depth and scale without bloated explanations of detail. This author has clearly researched his subject thoroughly but unlike some others doesn't feel the need to lecture us about it. He does however grow his characters with patience and subtlety as their experiences shape them

Highly recommended from what I have seen so far, my confidence is very high that the rest of the series will deliver too!

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 28-05-09

Epic Adventure (start of)

Just an excellent listen. Historical fiction, with a great pace. No long, boring descriptions of things that aren't required - just the opposite of how you expect a historical book to seem. Loads of action and adventure, no dullness.... Unfortunate that again the Audiobook of the first in the series is not available on Audible as per the Genghis series. But you can get along without it just fine, you miss out on the childhood of Julius by not having the first book available, but you get the bones of that story in here anyway. This book takes you vividly to the heart of massive battles, told from the perspective at the front line to the generals watching over - to pirates, treasure, murder, slaves, executions and more. Yes, I suppose there is quite a lot of death, but then there was at the time and it is not done in a gratiutious manner. This leaves you with a real want to learn about the true history of these things, and leaves you smiling when you see how little things were changed or added to make this a work of fiction based on true history. The book really took me to these times and places - I could not stop listening to it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Lou on 16-01-14

Very Bad History

What would have made EMPEROR: The Death of Kings, Book 2 (Unabridged) better?

This is a good story the only problem is that the history is so bad it makes the book annoying. If you know nothing of Roman history the story is very good but if you know anything about Roman history the book is basically unreadable.

Has EMPEROR: The Death of Kings, Book 2 (Unabridged) turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Cameron on 25-02-13

Fairly decent historical novel

I enjoyed this one (the second book) more than the first book. The character of Caesar is more interesting and the politics of the Senate are well described. Parts of the plot seem too simplistic though.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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