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Mr. Anthony D. Bateman

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surprise

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-20

as usual another exciting episode in the series, with a final "wow I didn't expect that". the army of stiger leaves vrel and embarks on its journey back to the empire homeland. battles ensue with new allies to the growing mix of races under stingers command against overwhelming odds. marc has a unique writing style filled with indepth characters and a plethora of emotional situations. brilliantly entertaining.

too short

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-20

John stack is excellent and I eagerly anticipated another roman naval novel, and the story Carrie's on with previous characters.
but I ead time as 13hrs not 3,my fault. However it really does need more as the ending leaves, well, it just leaves, ends, no finality to story , no cliffhanger just ends.
there's also the bland narrator who has no character voices and no action to his words, and my mind kept wandering so as to keep rewinding story during first chapter.
all very disappointing, except mr stacks' writing

not as

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-19

I hate writing not as good as but I found I was waiting for something to happen. the story is well written and the characters develop thier relationships, the storm sequence and skirmish excellently detailed, and rich jerrom brings characters to life, but.... seems like half a book.

just sex<br />

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

not historical fiction but ridiculous scenario, and not as described, no mention was made of sexual content

tears

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

of joy and sadness, an epic worthy of the best in literature, terrific writing, that as an owner of over 250 historical novels I can say Christian Cameron is no.1, hopefully audible takes tyrant next and peter noble tells the tale in his masterful way, and maybe one day arimnestos will tell the tales of the epilogue.

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more please

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-19

the thrill in reading Marc's books is that they truly are a series, one leads to next in a continuing evolving epic tale. from the first Karus saga each book is full of surprises, great characters both main and support, and the epilogue leaving you aching for the next, superb.
the choice of narrator too adds life, between them making you feel you are on the journey too.

excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-19

delve into the bronze age overlooked by historical fiction writers. a wonderfully written story of a people forgotten to history before amazing archeological finds in modern Turkey. the story follows a young prince from child to young adult, with intrigue battles love friendship and enemies well worked in and totally believable. plus the bonus of Johnathan keeble amongst audible top narrators, thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to the next in saga.

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memory

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-19

havnt read since 1980, the film with rod Taylor was on TV late Jan 8th 1am Jan 9th I called the hospital no news so I went to bed. 3.15 my mother woke me, you have a daughter, my first. I bought the book the following week.
Peter noble is an excellent narrator and of course Wilbur Smith is a prolific writer. the story tells just one of a thousand tales of the rape of africas resources by Europeans and the backlash of native Africans that still rages 40yrs on with the loss of millions of lives.

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must read again

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-19

after a few yrs away from the series, and with a great anticipation for it to continue, I felt like something was missing from the experience. too long between books 9 and 10? I've read 1 to 9 twice at least, the centurion trilogy written inbetween was excellent, a more historically thorough series for a more intelligent reader I felt, as a series books 1 to 10 (I will include) is my favourite of all time, with Marcus as lead the familia around him are the most diverse and in depth of any historical fiction books I've read, from hornblower as a youth, Sharpe and Harper, macro and Cato, and in the last 20yrs a whole host of writers creating brilliant novels in my favourite genre. I must read again and put my favourite series back to 5 stars, and I will without doubt purchase no11, 12, etc as I hope Marcus continues to fulfill his destiny. I only hope I make it too.

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pure brilliance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-19

I love historical fiction, started with I claudius in late70s ish, since forced retirement in 2003 I've read all of bernard cornwell Simon scarrow and many many more, I read this on release and now revisit on Audible.
The detail in Christian Camerons' work, the almost minute by minute of a characters' life, is the closest of any work to being them, the empathy touches the soul with real joy despair love hate tiredness adrenaline grief and every emotion, how can it be improved? By the raw performance worthy of an oscar in the superb narration of Peter Noble.
Ah and this isn't even my favourite novel of the narrator. Thankyou Christian

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