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From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys Sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething. : Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar ( ): Conn Iggulden: Books. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. If the Roman Empire had taken as long to rise and Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar ( Emperor Series Book 1) – Kindle edition by Conn Iggulden. Download it once and read it.

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Emperor The Gates of Rome Author s: Two stalwarts of the Roman republic: The only part of Iggulden’s fictional experiment that works is his secondary characters.

Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? Marcus Brutus and Julius Caesar did not grow up together. I’m sure I’ll soon be on Book 5 by Christmas. Write a customer review.

Gatss Marcus is 14, he joins the Fourth Macedonian Legion to earn his fortune; Gaius remains by his uncle’s side. I have always disagreed with this kind of masculinity, thinking it quite primitive and obsolete I rolled my eyes so hard when it was mentioned how murdering and conquering were the most important things in life for an intelligent man, I’m surprised none of you heard it tbh. He grows up with Marcus Brutus yes, I know, this is historically inaccurate.

Chivers Audio Books Availability: For example, this gem: If the next book of the series doesn’t improve, I’m done with it. Fame would allow him large debts, but everything has to be paid back in the end.

Much of the book deals with the brutal regimen that Renius imposes, one that makes them men but causes them to hate their harsh mentor. However, the reality of the period is well described and as always, it is better to igglden some idea about this very important period in our civilization, than none at all. With nothing left but his life and his name, Julius signs on with a naval legion where he finds od childhood nemesis Suetonius and swears to return once he is able to avenge his uncle.


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After first acquainting myself with this author through his Genghis Khan “Conqueror” series, I had high hopes. Well worth 5 stars and a recommended read, This book fleshes out the possible early life of Julius Caeser in typical Iggulden style, full of action, adventure and possessed of a fine pace. Read reviews that mention historical fiction julius caesar gates of rome colleen mccullough conn iggulden ancient rome historically accurate well written marius and sulla historical accuracy civil war roman history battle scenes roman republic genghis khan marcus brutus emperor the gates gaius and marcus fun read historically inaccurate.

A novel of vivid characters, stunning action and unrelenting pace. Iggulden’s series of books about Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. Leaving aside his glaring fictionalization, Iggulden seems to delight in creating wholly unappealing main characters.

Page 1 of 1 Start Over Page 1 of 1. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The Gates of Rome Author Info: I just don’t think I was feeling it – there was a lot of intense dissection of what makes a man “a man” and how his brutal force of killing and strength makes the Empire great and impenetrable.

He then decided to write a fictional epic about Caesar and spent holidays researching ancient Rome. And while there are those thousands of readers who don’t know the history enough to know that this book is an alternate history, there sure are thousands that do. Well written, the story comes alive and is difficult to put down. Sulla went on to fill the vacuum left by Marius death, but would peacefully resign the powers of a dictator after reforming the Roman constitution. The Death of Kings, Emperor: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

I’ll still finish out the series but why does every author write about Rome and this time period in such pedantically humorless tones? This particular one was the first one Alex Jennings narrated and it is amazing how, even early on, he has a talent for the voices and a skilful clear narrative.

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In parts I felt the story at times would jar, but this can be forgiven as I may have been reading with tired eyes after reading so much each sitting due to the excitement and intrigue the story brings. Added by 9 of our members. I know most of the people who hated this didn’t like the inaccuracies, so I guess that goes to show that people have different opinions.

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He just keeled over one day. Cornelius Sulla and Gaius’s uncle, Gaius Marius. I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale.

One person found this helpful. And the land where they were once innocent will be thrust into the grip of bitter conflict—a conflict that will set Roman against Roman.

Brilliantly interweaving history and adventure, Conn Iggulden conjures a stunning array of contrasts—from the bloody stench of a battlefield to the opulence of the greatest city in history, from the tenderness of a lover to the treachery of an assassin. Iggulden’s facility with the historic setting and background but his ability to render gatse scenes in virtual Sensurround and, most of all, the characterizations of these five and of the great men and the women with whom they become involved.

I was never bored reading the Gates of Rome. View all 24 comments.

One of the worst examples is, view spoiler [we find out at the end of the novel that Julius’ best friend growing up is really Brutus! Mr Iggudlen, who has been at the school for three years, was asked to stand in for a colleague and give a history lesson 18 months ago.

Aren’t there other events in Roman history, other charismatic Roman personalities that we could focus on? Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Caesar’s legacy is one that attains mythical status as time flow What igguldrn happened in the course of history might some times be as dry as a desert. The story, such as it is, revolves around two boys: