Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman on his way home from a good night out. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines.
Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion.
Brennus is a Gaul; the Romans killed his entire family. He rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day - and mentor to the boy slave, Romulus, who dreams night and day of escape and of revenge.
The lives of these four characters are bound and interwoven in a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus, and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds.
©2011 Ben Kane (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
"Jumpy, Frustrating but Good"
Great story lines, I really enjoyed Hannibal and the start of this book makes you think that it’s going to be just as good however there are a few story lines in this book spread over different time periods e.g. Rome 9 years later...you get the idea. This technique allows the storylines to avoid dreary parts when we’re waiting for people to grow up but unfortunately just gets a bit to frustrating when a story line is developed and then moves on to another when really it would be great if it just carried on a little longer.
Majority of the book is good but the ending seems as though the author had a few more hundred pages up his sleeve and then ran out of time. I guess there might be a follow on to come.
Good story and also a good history lesson about the Roman harsh way of life. Bit gory in places but Michael Praed's reading was good
"Brilliant to follow!"
Really enter the whole genre of that age in all its ups and downs of life for the different classes. Just riviting!!!!!
Ben Kane has done his research on Roman life and history. The writing style is that of Jeffrey Archer. You might prefer to read Imperium by Robert Harris.
"Wasn't sure but turned out to be a great listen"
I wasn't too sure when i got this book I was kinda going into it blind having never read or listened to anything by the author before but it was in 3 for 2 at the time so I got it. It turned out to be a great listen. It starts a little slow as it introduces you the characters but after an hour or so it's great.
"A great escape"
If you're looking for a historically based, great work of fiction, brilliantly narrated - this will captivate you.
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