Titus Pullus, the hero of the 10th Legion and the Marching With Caesar series, tells his story from the very beginning of his life, starting with his relationship with his father, how his friendship with Vibius Domitius began, and how their burning ambition to join the Legions was helped by a veteran nicknamed Cyclops. Enlisting in the 10th Legion, raised in 61 B.C. by Gaius Julius Caesar, Birth of the 10th Legion recounts the first campaign ever conducted by Julius Caesar as a commander, when he quells an insurrection in Hispania, as seen through the eyes and from the perspective of the men like Titus and Vibius who actually did the fighting.
©2012, 2014 R.W. Peake (P)2014 R.W. Peake
This is an OK listen with the tale narrated by a retired beefcake of a legionnaire remembering the good old days of rapine and slaughter. It's a bit stereotyped and the characters didn't really grab me, but some of the battle details had the ring of truth. The narrator, excercising a full array of UK regional accents, was pretty bad.
"Outstanding story of a young Roman legionaire"
I always enjoy stories about ancient Rome. This book was especially interesting because it's written from the perspective of a very young man who early on dreams of marching with the Roman army, a dream that keeps him going in the face of a father who hates his son. Learning about the actual development of a young soldier going through training and his first combat experiences was fascinating.
I would say his first battle.
Actually no, but that's not a problem. It's the kind of book that you want to keep going back to, expecting to hear more and more.
I will surely look for more books by R. W. Peake.
"Superb history and pulse pounding excitement."
Haven't read the print version but the audio version was well read, exciting and vastly informative. Most Roman history, at best, gives slight reference to the lives and the world the common citizen and Roman Legionary lived and fought it. Mr. Peake brings his own military experience along with extensive knowledge of the political and social world of ancient Rome that Titus Pullo lives and fights in. Mr. Peake effectively brings the marble men incised on the ancient monuments to life, flesh and not an inconsiderable amount of blood. A great read an outstanding book. Highly recommended.
Titus Pullo. The trajectory of his life before and after joining the X legion is the stuff of great literature. The real Titus Pullo was mentioned by Caesar in his commentaries. He must have been an extraordinary man. This book is fiction but so well researched and written that Titus emerges from the pages, 3-dimensional and very, very human and equally Roman.
No, but found his performance first rate.
If I had the time probably!
I see that this book, alone of the series, has been turned into an audio book. The rest of the series needs to converted to audio format ASAP! This author deserves it and this reader, for one, will be very thankful.
"Gripping historical fiction story"
I've been listening to audible books since 2011 and this is one of my best purchases. It merged my love of history with attention to detail. I somewhat discovered this audible book by accident as I almost didn't buy it based on it's cover which looks pretty boring.
Best historical fiction book that I've heard. It is also about a period of Caesar's campaign in- Spain, that I did not know about.
Main character Titus Pillus who apparently did exist. Btw, the various British street accents of the different characters were highly entertaining.
No. It did however, make me listen more than my regular car journey.
This is 1 of 6 books but unfortunately, this is Volume 1 is the only one I find on Audible as of Jan 2015. I'll keep my eye out for future releases
Absolutely. The story is compelling and the reader does an excellent job
I liked the character of Titus Pullo on the HBO show "Rome." I like Mr. Peake's vision of him even better.
A warm and friendly voice that invites the listener to continue with the story.
The entire story delighted me.
Ask Audible to commission the other books as audiobooks (8 of them).
"My new favorite historical fiction"
It was very detailed and realistic. Believable and likeable main character.
It covered an aspect of the life of a Roman soldier that I haven't seen in other works.
Titus Pullus, the main character was my favorite.
I highly recommend this audio-book. The realistic focus on the everyday soldier of the Roman army is very interesting. The writing style and narration are also a little different as they come from the perspective of a retired soldier dictating his experiences. They fit that theme very well.
"Can't Wait for the Next Installment"
I always enjoy a good historical novel and this first installment of Peake's book about Caesar's 10th Legion really fit the bill. I had a hard time turning it off and can't wait for the next audiobook.
Seeing the first person account from a roman soldier on the ground, all the horror and bond soldiers form from battle.
Cant recall a book atm a book that has this perspective of the Roman era.
The Whole book.....
The loyalty men can show when deployed in battle.
"knockout 1st person account"
Great personal story. A soldier's tale set 2000 yrs ago in Ceasar's 10 th Legion.
I looked up the series and I really hope Audible invests in the whole series.
I just listened to the audio.
The first hour was good but this story really takes off when he is in the Army.
Oh yes. My husband and I did our work around the home with the story latched to our ears. We enjoyed it that much.
We are hoping Audible continues this jewel.
"Excellent historical novel"
Great story with a wealth of historical background. The narrator was right on target.
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