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Marching With Caesar: Conquest of Gaul (Marching With Caesar #2)

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This is the Second Edition of the bestselling Marching With Caesar-Conquest of Gaul.


Marching With Caesar-Conquest of Gaul is a first-person narrative, written in the form of a memoir as dictated to a scribe of Titus Pullus, Legionary, Optio, First Spear Centurion of Caesar's 6th and 10th Legion. The memoir is written three years after his retirement as Camp Prefect, when T
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Published April 4th 2012 by Smashwords (first published January 1st 2012)
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Guy
Dec 28, 2012 Guy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roman-fiction


If you have read Caesar's 'Gallic Wars', you will be familiar with the territory this book covers. However, it is interesting to hear the story from the viewpoint of a legionary. It also has a ring of authenticity and the author's experience living as a US Marine gives the relationships between the men a sense of reality.

I have to admit that in the middle of the book I did think "God, not another battle!", but if the author was to follow history then I guess it had to be. One aspect that made me
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Francis Hagan
Jun 25, 2012 Francis Hagan rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader of Roman fiction and have read Scarrow and Sidebottom among others so bring a certain critical frame to this novel set in the period when Caesar embarks on his career into Gaul. It is a long work and very detailed in its descriptions of the day to day life as viewed through the eyes of its main protagonist Titus Pullus. As he embarks on a life as a legionary he takes the reader deep into the routines and training and battles of the legion. At first I was daunted by the length ...more
Beth
Jun 01, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
Marching with Caesar is an extremely interesting account of a young soldier's experiences in the Roman Legion during the reign of Gaius Julius Caesar. Titus Pomponius Pullus is a young farm boy whose father has not much use for him, so he enlists in the Roman army. There, he demonstrates his skills as both a devoted career soldier with great potential. R.W. Peake traces first part of the fascinating career of Pullus in fine detail, from early basic training with his friend Vibius through the bat ...more
Darlene Williams
Oct 14, 2012 Darlene Williams rated it it was amazing
Published 2012, Smashword Edition, 652 pages

Marching with Caesar is the historical fiction story of Titus Pullus, as dictated to his scribe and companion, told from a legionary’s point-of-view commencing when Titus is 16 and determined to enter Rome’s legions.

It is his sole dream, one that is nourished by his brother-in-law, Cyclops, a former legionary, who trains Titus and his best friend, Vibius, for a military career.

Titus Pullus is a big boy, standing over 6 feet tall and heavily muscled. Th
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Christina  Torretta
Oct 23, 2012 Christina Torretta rated it really liked it
So, here we have a book about history. Not only history but Caesar. I’m not one that is much for history but the very first chapter was so bloody that I knew this had me hooked. The writing is fantastic and apparently the history is pretty dead on. Or so my hubby says since I kept exclaiming all the really good parts out to him!!

Although I like history, I’m more the type of person to read about historical romances, anything about the Tudors (OF course!!), stuff like that. But Caesar has always h
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Robin Levin
Dec 24, 2012 Robin Levin rated it it was amazing
If you ever wondered exactly what it was like to be a Roman Legionary in the first century B.C. , this is your book! The author, R.W. Peake has a strong military background and a firm grasp of the psychology of both the common soldier and his higher ranking leaders. He also has extensive knowledge of Caesar’s army and the events of the day. Besides a thorough devouring of Caesars’ Commentaries, a whole host of historical research has obviously gone into this book. As a result, the experience of ...more
Sandra
Dec 27, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Brilliant - just brilliant! This is a book about a young wannabe roman legionaire who volunteers for the Roman army at the age of 16, pretending to be the requisite 17. The book details his training, his experiences in battle, including the acquisition of the spoils of war. Julius Caesar is the Commander of the force and we learn just how strategic a man he was, but also he inspiring he was. Our hero, Titus Pullus engages fully in battle and we follow his journey as a career soldier, comrade and ...more
Pat Mizell
Sep 16, 2012 Pat Mizell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The detailed look at the common soldier was an appealing issue, and everyone loves a hero who is a hero, but the actually living through a campaign gives such good insight to the overall perspective of the Roman Centurion. I enjoyed this book and wish Titus well.
BBJWEIHE
Feb 10, 2014 BBJWEIHE rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Military Historical fiction as good as any contemporary or legendary author.

Marching With Caesar- conquest of Gaul was my first taste of R.W. Peake's literary talents. As a retired military man (23 yrs) and an avid historian, I can say that Peake ranks with Jeff Shaara, Bernard Cornwell, Christian Cameron and Shelby Foote, in his ability to blend well-researched history with the narrative conversational style of this first person story regarding the exploits of a Roman Legionaire as he serves wi
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Hugh Ashton
Jan 19, 2013 Hugh Ashton rated it really liked it
I'm giving this 4 stars - originally it was going to be close on 5, but I think it's really closer to 4 after reading the whole thing. My usual "Roman" reading is either MASSIE, ALLAN (a sort of up-to-date earthy I, Claudius series) or the Decius Metellus senator-detective SPQR series by John Maddox Roberts. This is a very different kettle piscorum.

An immaculately researched book. Not only does the author have a very good grasp of the Commentarii de Bello Gallico, and the details of the military
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Tim Vicary
Nov 17, 2012 Tim Vicary rated it really liked it
This is probably a man's book. It is immensely long and most of it is about fighting. The author has certainly done his research; he has studied Roman history, even to the extent, he tells us, of kitting himself out in authentic Roman legionary's kit and going for long marches in it to find out how it felt. He has himself served in the US marines and uses that experience to imagine how a Roman soldier would have acted and felt. He does this well. He pulls few punches - except possibly about rape ...more
Nathan Trachta
Sep 09, 2013 Nathan Trachta rated it really liked it
Being a lover of the Under the Eagle series I was drawn to this one right away, I wanted to see how Mr. Peake did with his telling (I respect Mr. Peake’s experience and I was certain he’d provide some interesting insight to what a legionnaire might see under Caesar) and I was hoping for some good gritty descriptions. Something that really earned kudos from me was Mr. Peake wanting to understand the load a legionnaire carried and experiencing it himself (especially in Big Bend National Park. I’d ...more
John Salter
Oct 11, 2013 John Salter rated it it was amazing
I have no idea how I missed this book and the others that follow in the series, especially as I read everything I can in this genre. However, I've found them now and all I can say is WOW, well done Ron on producing a truly epic read. As a former serviceman myself of twenty five years (got my citizenship), I can really identify with the characters and atmosphere that are created in this wonderfully crafted book.

I began reading Marching With Caesar one Friday night after work at about 6pm and befo
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David
Jun 05, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in ancient or military historical fiction.
If you like historical fiction with realistic depictions of ancient world warfare, you will love this novel. It is the first of a series telling the story of Pullus, a legionary in Caesar's army. Many of the scenes in the book are not necessarily pleasant to contemplate, such as the torture and executions of civilians and violent deaths of the soldiers, but are likely accurate. Life back then was not easy.
I loved this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series. Ancient history, both
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Eed99
Nov 23, 2012 Eed99 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. For the price I wasn't sure what to expect, but the characters and story really pulled me in and I read the book almost non stop.

Peake does a really good job with putting his characters in a historical setting and props to him that he opted to tell the story of the grunts in the legions rather than the movers and shakers.

I really enjoyed the realism of Titus' character. He isn't without faults and is very ambitious.

This is one of my favorite books set in ancient Rome
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Joe Corso
Oct 08, 2012 Joe Corso rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joe by: Amazon
I enjoy books about ancient Rome's Legions. The cover to this book on Amazon caught my attention and so did the numerous 5 star ratings it had. In fact all of the 28 ratings were 5 star ratings and nothing lower. I thought to myself that no book could be that good to only have 5 star ratings, so I decided to read it, and I was right, it didn't deserve a 5 star rating . . . it deserved 6 stars because that's how good the book was. If you like books about ancient Rome - then read this one. You won ...more
Tudie
Sep 02, 2014 Tudie rated it it was amazing
This second volume of thE "Marching With Caesar" Historical Fiction, is a really great book. Written in First Person by the now Retired Roman Legionary, Titus Pullis. This continues with him participating in his first of many battles, along with his Fellow Soldiers of the 10th Legion. The many battles in the killing of multiple Gaul tribes, is very graphic. It truly shows the measure of each man's character. Caesar is shown as en excellent General, but he is very demanding of his Legions. You'll ...more
Bonnie_blu
Feb 02, 2013 Bonnie_blu rated it liked it
3.5 stars for the story, 1 star for the writing. I enjoyed the story even though it bogged down in places; however, the author needs to hire an editor who knows what he/she is doing as regards English grammar, syntax, and punctuation. It's obvious that Peake loves Roman history, especially the time of Caesar; however, it is just as obvious that he is weak in the rules of English. There are also historical errors, but they are not egregious, and this is after all, a historical novel and not histo ...more
jose antonio avila
Great read, lots of detail

This book was a true joy to read I was very impressed by the fact that the author didn't really dumb down all the Latin parts to the daily lives of the legionaries. The book is very detailed and anyone with an interest in the Roman time period should find it very satisfying. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.
Chris
Jun 01, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Cannot say enough good things about this series. Very well done, action-packed, a total page-turner. Nothing worse than getting to the middle of a battle when it's bed time! Thoroughly enjoyed! Be warned, there's some NSFW language, but it's not gratuitous and it is germane to the story and feel of the book. Looking forward to more from R.W. Peake!
John
Jun 30, 2013 John rated it liked it
Shelves: ripping-yarns
This was an excellent story in desperate need of an editor. While I thoroughly enjoyed the yarn about life in the legions from the standpoint of the ordinary solider, the clumsy syntax and sloppy grammar were a constant irritant. Notwithstanding, it says something for the quality of the story that I was spellbound through all 600 pages.
David Rygmyr
Aug 04, 2013 David Rygmyr rated it it was amazing
Exactly what I was hoping it would be. A great narrative from a fellow grunt, demonstrating that some aspects of military life have not changed over the centuries. On to Volume 2.
G-J H.
Aug 09, 2013 G-J H. rated it liked it
Good military adventure, but suffers from insufficient editing...
Paul Spottswood
Mar 12, 2013 Paul Spottswood rated it really liked it
Compelling story of life in the Roman army.
Roger Charles
Jan 26, 2016 Roger Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read and a wonderful look into the organization and rank of a Roman Legion. They were a machine of discipline, routine, honor and engineered victories through hard work and skill. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of 'science' and thought that went into great armies of the ancient world: Spartans, Romans and the like. War and warfare were given utmost talents to hon skills necessary to conquer and hold. R W Peake had done a great job of re-telling this fascinating story of Titus, a ...more
Tim
Check of a good read!!

Great characterizations. Definitely get a feeling of being transported back in time and seeing the times and places through the eyes of the Roman soldiers. Definitely found myself getting fully immersed in most of the battle sequences. Am ready to start the second in the series and if it is as good as the first (which I expect it will be) then I look forward to reading them all.
Elizabeth G Williams
Pretentious

The author basically rewrote some of Caesars conquest of Gaul, threw in a character from a tv show (a bad representation. The Titus Pullo from Rome had much more depth than the authors Titus Pullus) and called it done. Pretentious tripe. Peake should be ashamed of himself for marketing this swill.
Maureen
Aug 12, 2015 Maureen rated it liked it
It was an interesting story-historical fiction. I learned a lot about the Roman Legions. However, it was so violent in some parts. My husband read the whole series. I have other books to read before I will read any more of these. I did think it was well written, just not what I want to read right now.
Roger
Fantastic, Simply fantastic

Perfect in all ways, to the people who gave 1 star 2 star or 3 star CAC to you. Starting the next one as I type. in think the author should do marching with Scorpio and marching with Marius.
Keep up this amazing work.
-Gaius Marius Julius Caesar
David Miles
Jan 02, 2016 David Miles rated it it was amazing
I was annoyed that the first part of this book was a repeat of the first novel in the series, but that faded once I again dove into the recollections of Titus.

An excellent series that makes Caesar's exploits come to life with gritty realism.

On to book 3!
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The first adult author with whom RW Peake developed a long-term relationship
was Louis L’Amour, whose body of work shaped his life philosophy.
After retiring from the Marines, RW proceeded to earn a BA in History from
the Honors College at the University of Houston.

Although RW wrote a novel as a kid, he didn't publish his first novel until
age 50.
In addition to is time in the Marines, and before the t
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