About the Book:
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Tour Dates: June 2012
Available in Print and eBook, 480 pages
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I do love me a good Ancient Rome book. And this new look at Spartacus certainly filled the bill. Spartacus was a warrior from Thrace (modern day Bulgaria) who through circumstance ends up sold into slavery to a gladiator school where it is kill or be killed. He lived in a violent time and while not much of his life has survived history the fact that anything did shows that he was a remarkable man. Especially since he took on the might of Rome; history is written by the victors and Rome was a force to be reckoned with and it did not allow defeat so the fact that this slave created an army that brought down its vaunted legions it is surprising that his actions weren’t wiped from the history books.
Fortunately for Kirk Douglas fans and lovers of a good “kick it to the rich and powerful” tale the Spartacus story lives on. Most of what I knew before I began this book WAS that Kirk Douglas movie and turns out it was mostly NOT based on historical record. Mr. Kane takes what little there is and creates a masterful accounting of life for slaves, gladiators and soldiers at the height of the Roman glory. The small details about weapons, armor and training are interesting. I do admit that I have read quite a few books from this time period so the discussions of the breakdown of the Roman army and how it works made sense to me but someone who perhaps had not been familiar with the basics might have been back and forth to the glossary in the back for definitions.
Given the time and the tale there is a fair bit of blood and guts but not as bad as some current spy novels I’ve read. This is a story of war and war is not pretty in any sense of its practice. Mr. Kane is never gratuitous in writing the battle scenes and he does not revel in the gore. The story moves along at a fast pace and I found myself turning pages at a rapid clip. The writing is that kind I like so much that truly wraps me up into time and place and I often had to shake my head to bring me back to current day Montana. This is the first of two books telling Spartacus’ life story and I truly hope I get to review the second. His life, even though quite fictionalized, is a fascinating world to get lost in.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Spartacus: The Gladiator from VirtualAuthorBookTours.com gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.