I received a free copy of Spartacus: Rebellion from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review.
About the Book:
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
About the Author:
This is a worthy sequel to Spartacus: The Gladiator. I thoroughly enjoyed that first book in this series and it concludes as it must in Spartacus: Rebellion. Despite knowing exactly what would happen I found myself turning the pages hoping that it would turn out better for Spartacus and his band of slaves/warriors. Mr. Kane’s writing had me so involved in their tale I had completely forgotten the history I knew – or perhaps having Spartacus brought to such vivid life made me want to stay alive.
This is, be warned, a book of war and war is never easy to wage or read. The Romans were not known for their erm, kindness to those they vanquished and Spartacus gave as good as the Romans that enslaved him. So be forewarned – there is a bit of blood, guts, gore and downright ick in this book but it is never exploitative or misplaced. War IS hell.
Mr. Kane uses what little history left to us about Spartacus and he leaves his reader with a fleshed out story of very real possibilities – he posits that Caesar might have been a mitigating factor in Spartacus’s loss. After all Caesar was one of the greatest generals and tacticians to come out of that era. He provides educated suggestions as to the unanswered questions to some of Spartacus’s more unexplained moves. All very plausible given the times and the actions of others. All making for a book that was very, very hard to put down.
I LOVE Roman history. It’s second for me after the Tudor period and I’ve read any number of books taking place in this time period. Mr. Kane re-creates that world – violent as it may be – as well as any other author I have read. He is one of those authors who leave me having a hard time coming back into reality after having been living in the world he creates with his words. I thank him for that because I love nothing more than getting lost in a book.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Spartacus: Rebellion from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.