Spartacus

Spartacus

The Gladiator

Book - 2012
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Historically very little is known about Spartacus. We know that he came from Thrace, a land north of Greece, that he once fought in the Roman legions and that, during two fateful years, he led a slave army which nearly brought Rome to its knees.

In Ben Kane's brilliant novel, we meet Spartacus as he returns to Thrace, ready to settle down after a decade away. But a new king has usurped the throne. Treacherous and violent, he immediately seizes Spartacus and sells him to a Roman slave trader looking for new gladiators.

The odyssey has begun which will see Spartacus become one of the greatest legends of history, the hero of revolutionaries from Karl Marx to Che Guevara, immortalised on screen, and now brought to life in Ben Kane's great bestseller - a novel which takes the story to its halfway point and is continued in Spartacus: Rebellion.

Publisher: London : Preface, 2012.
ISBN: 9781848093416
Branch Call Number: KAN
Characteristics: 437 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

This was my first try at a Ben Kane novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It is the first in a duology. The story starts with Spartacus returning home after spending many years in the Roman Legion and ends with the third defeat of a Roman army by the slaves.

I always find it a good sign when I like the hero from the first chapter, in this case I liked the character of Spartacus from the first paragraph. He was everything I want my heroes to be. There was a massive amount of action, from small fights to large battles and everything in between. I think the charisma and determination that Spartacus must have had to lead such a group to defeat the Romans was portrayed well and the brutalness that must have been required was not overdone.
The only character that I wasn't that partial too was his love interest. Her character as a priestess and lover felt like they were added just to make Spartacus more human. Though without her I doubt he would be as likable a character.

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ChanellyBelly
Jun 30, 2014

"The Republic did not become the power that it is for no reason. It's people are proud, warlike and brave, but most of all they are stubborn. The majority of races eventually accept defeat -Thracians included. Not the Romans however. They would rather be wiped out than give in" pg.283

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