The Gladiator

Book - 2012
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Returning to his village after escaping the Roman army, Spartacus is betrayed by his jealous king and forced into life as a gladiator before executing a daring overthrow and assuming leadership over an army of escaped slaves.
Publisher: New York : St. Martins Press, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250001160
Characteristics: 466 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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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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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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