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Spartacus: Rebellion (Spartacus #2)

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  687 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Spartacus and his ragtag army take on the mighty Roman army in Ben Kane's brilliant recreation of one of the best-known epics of the modern era

Spartacus has already done the impossible—not only has he escaped from slavery, he and his seconds have created a mighty slave army that has challenged Rome and defeated the armies of three praetors, two consuls, and one proconsul.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 16th 2012)
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Spartacus: Rebellion is the sequel to Ben Kane's Spartacus: The Gladiator and picks up the story straight after the end of that book. It sees Spartacus's slave army divided. His biggest competitor for control of the army; Crixus the Gaul, has left with his fighters, leaving Spartacus severely crippled because much of his fighting force has been removed. To make things even worse, Crixus is beaten and killed in his first battle against the Romans, meaning that the Roman forces in Italy can now fo ...more
Jul 02, 2013 happy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Kane has concluded his Spartacus two book series with an excellent look at the final fate of the slave rebellion and how it got there. Mr. Kane stays true to what is known about Spartacus and his rebellion and gives us a plausible story at how it got to where it ended. This book picks up where the first volume ends, and while it can be read as a standalone, I personally would recommend reading both.

Mr. Kane’s Spartacus is not an unflawed hero. In this book we get a look at some of the confli
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I rarely find Ancient Roman fiction that falls in the grey. I mean I either fall completely in love with it or absolutely despise it. Funny thing is it really comes down to the author and whether or not they can make me believe their perception of the ancient world.

In picking up Spartacus: Rebellion, I knew I needed to hear the roar of battle in my mind, see the grit, sweat and blood of each warrior on the field, feel the d
May 23, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Mr. Matt
Dec 10, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hf-roman, 2013
The second volume of Ben Kane's Spartacus series was a much, much better book. It was so much better that I wonder why we had to wade through the first book to get to the second. I get it; volume one is about setting the stage and introducing the characters and volume two is where the you-know-what hits the fan. Only I'm not sure.

The first book felt very rigid and formulaic to me. The struggle with historical fiction is that the ultimate outcome is never in doubt. Reading about Spartacus, the fa
Feb 11, 2016 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebellion starts off where the previous finished. Spartacus heads his massive slave army and backed by a solid supporting cast: Ariadne, his wife and priestess of Dionysus; Carbo and Navio, Romans who find Spartacus' allure too irresistible and they have serious issues of revenge with Rome; bodyguards Taxicas and Atheas; and his remaining two Gaulish generals Castus and Gannicus.

His third general, Crixus, has left the army and is slaughtered by Rome's legions. News of this defeat reaches Spartac
May 27, 2013 Sensitivemuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish this series would go on and on, but well that just would not be possible nor historically accurate right? (unless!!! you could go on with Carbo’s story!? please? pretty please?) now the previous book (Spartacus: Gladiator) had all the action and battle scenes. This one has battle scenes times two. EPIC battle scenes. Well written battle scenes that you feel like this should be played out as a movie just to see how it looks like.

The plot of the book is well done like the last one (I do re
May 25, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had just recently finished watching Spartacus on Starz when I picked up a copy of Spartacus: Rebellion to read. I have not read the first book but you don’t have to have read the first one to thoroughly enjoy this one.

I really was pleased to read this book because of having just finishing watching Spartacus. I was still craving my Spartacus fix. Mr. Kane satisfied it for me with this book. It is easy to see and experience Mr. Kane’s love for military history. He writes with such passion. I th
Jul 26, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Ben Kane's first Spartacus novel, I couldn't read its follow up Rebellion fast enough. I think for most of it my heart was in my mouth. The fact that we all must know the final fate of Spartacus and his revolt doesn't make its depiction any less powerful and poignant. Spartacus is far more complicated here than I was expecting and not necessarily likeable. He's also not on his own - we learn much more about other familiar characters such as Ariadne and Carbo, plus the Romans buildi ...more
Enjoyed the story, as usual, but the writing was (again) considerably weaker than in the Forgotten Legion trilogy. It was very heavy-handed at times, and there were a lot of super convenient/ridiculous plot points that generated some eye-rolling on my part. (view spoiler) ...more
In the author's note at the end of this book, he says that he initially intended to write only one book about Spartacus, and in my opinion, that probably would have been a better idea. This book, like the first, was so full of fighting and "action" that not much seemed to happen. There were far too many battles for battles sake and very little of the character development and politics and intrigue that made his Forgotten Legion trilogy so beloved by me. Spartacus is a pretty interesting characte ...more
Jim C
Jan 30, 2015 Jim C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My rating is 4.5 stars.

This is the sequel to Spartacus: Gladiator and immediately picks up where that one ended. This can be read as a stand alone but I strongly suggest reading the first novel. This one starts off as Crixus and his men has left Spartacus. Spartacus has made a decision to lead the army towards his homeland.

Once again I was immediately engrossed with this book as I started reading about Spartacus, Ariadne, and Carbo. This book is more about the confrontation between Crassus and S
Jesse MacDougall
Excellent novel.

After reading these novels as well as Barry Strauss' Spartacus war; I still find myself thinking, wondering and having unanswered questions about this story and this part of history. I find it fascinating how there are principle human lessons embedded in history that occurred 2,000 years ago that directly apply to our world today.

Thank you Mr. Kane for writing these novels. By reading these novels I have gained valuable insight that will help assist me in the continual forging
Feb 21, 2015 Soho_black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, owned-books
I tend to welcome the end of a Ben Kane novel only when I know there is another one close behind it. I never want them to end, but having the next novel on my bedside table is about the only thing that makes the end of a Ben Kane novel bearable. I was fortunate enough to read "Spartacus the Gladiator" relatively late, which meant when I reached the end that promised more, I could move straight onto ''Spartacus: Rebellion''

Spartacus has led his group of slaves to victory after victory over the Ro
Apr 14, 2013 William rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, spartacus
This is the continuing story of Spartacus as envisioned by Ben Kane. In the first book, Gladiator, we learn how Spartacus became a slave than led the rebellion against the city of Capua and unltimately against Rome. This second novel picks up where the last one left us; at a point in time when the seemingly invincible slave army started to crack. In the first chapter, Crixus, the unbeaten Gaul, comes to his demise, and everything that follows just gets worse for Spartacus and his followers. Kane ...more
Spartacus the Gladiator made my favourite read list in 2012, I loved it and purchased the sequel as soon as it was released. I'm now a huge Ben Kane fan and was happy to participate in his book tour to highlight Spartacus Rebellion. Spartacus Rebellion picks up where the first book ends and whilst we all know how the story goes I suggest reading Spartacus the Gladiator first to fully appreciate the story and Ben Kane's talent.

I was exhausted after turning the last page, emotionally and physicall
Laurentiu Lazar
Apr 17, 2014 Laurentiu Lazar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The novels – Spartacus: The Gladiator and Spartacus: Rebellion are a perfect balance between fiction and historical facts. But I guess are not for everyone since there's strong language and sexual violence in the novel; a thing which in my opinion perfectly describes the time period, especially during war.

The plot is good and enjoyable to read and set at a pretty fast pace, which made me fly through both books. A quick read. For me this books had a very good level of details, easy to follow up
Mar 25, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Kane obviously knows a lot about the Roman military of the first century BC—the time of Spartacus. He uses this knowledge, the little that is known of Spartacus, and lots of creatively imagined personal and public relationships between the characters, to draw the reader into this tumultuous period. The battle scenes are epic and described with sufficient detail that the noise, death and destruction seem very real indeed. The personalities that Kane has imagined for the various characters ser ...more
Joseph Finley
Jun 06, 2013 Joseph Finley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spartacus: Rebellion begins where Spartacus: The Gladiator left off, with Spartacus and his army of gladiators and slaves having defeated the praetor Claudius Glaber, as well as every other legion Rome has thrown their way. But the hotheaded Crixus and many of his Gauls have broken away from the army to try to face the consular legions of Lucius Gellius on their own, and another faction of Gauls are threatening to further fracture the slave rebellion. Meanwhile, Spartacus is torn between leading ...more
Holly P
How fitting that on Memorial Day this combat veteran gets to review a book about one of the greatest military tacticians to ever take on the Roman Army. In Ben Kane's first installment we meet Spartacus as he breaks free of the gladiatorial ludus and amasses an Army which soundly beats the Roman Legions multiple times against all odds (read the review here). In Rebellion we continue the journey with Spartacus as his Army continues to grow and he strives to lead them permanently from Italy and aw ...more
Simon Turney
Sep 22, 2012 Simon Turney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No…. I’M Spartacus

I’ve waited until I finished the second book to review these two, since I read them back to back and a 2-part series is relatively rare. Given that, I will not be writing a separate review for each book. This review is for both Spartacus the Gladiator and Spartacus: Rebellion.

I’ve been a fan of Ben’s writing from the start. His Forgotten Legion series was groundbreaking in a number of ways and quite astounding as a debut. I was then fairly stunned by Hannibal, which I consider
Jun 22, 2013 Kai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Spartacus: Rebellion starts off with Spartacus and his army winning several victories over the Roman legions. For anyone who knows the highlights of Spartacus, this book tells a story that has many highlights of Spartacus' life that leads to his tragic ending. The author does defined what did happened and three incidences that didn't happened.

I love this book (although I haven't read the first book) since it tells the rest of the story of Spartacus. I know almost nothing of Spartacus except thro
Ben Kane's second book on the slave leader, Spartacus does not disappoint.

Kane uses what little (very little) is known about Spartacus to piece together and imagine a gripping story of the man and his troops.

Historical fiction always faces the problem that the reader knows the outcome. Writers in this genre cannot rely on twisting plots to entertain the reader and must use character rather than plot to make the story come alive. Kane does a great job keeping the reader interested in a story th
Nov 05, 2013 drey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who hasn’t heard of Spartacus, the slave who led an uprising against Rome? I have – although I’m a relative Spartacus-noob – and was really interested in checking out Ben Kane’s Spartacus: Rebellion when offered the opportunity. Now, I wish I’d read Spartacus: The Gladiator before picking this one up. Not because I needed to, but it would’ve completed this Spartacus journey Ben Kane’s taking us on.

This one’s all fighting, as Spartacus takes on more Roman legions, as well as the contentious Gauls
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars. "Spartacus: Rebellion" is the second book in Ben Kane's epic two part series about the infamous Spartacus. This book begins right when the first book, "Spartacus: The Gladiator" ends. Spartacus is now leading his slave army in an uprising against the Romans. Now if you are a history buff, you probably know how Spartacus's story ends but this does not make this book any less exciting to read. Kane weaves a great story that kept me turning the pages.

Although you will be fine reading th
But, let's get my ONE complaint out of the way. A 13 page glossary is in the back. Its location is okay for future reference, but it was an irritating distraction to need it so often. I would have liked a footnote for each initial introduction of term of weapon, ancient city, wine, myth, gods... Spartacus escaped from the LUDUS. Enemy? Egregious big snake? Oh, "gladiator school."
Spartacus was a former slave, and it was a fight
Robin Carter
Feb 02, 2013 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read Ben Kanes books since the very first one

Forgotten Legion Chronicles

1. The Forgotten Legion (2008)

2. The Silver Eagle (2009)

3. The Road to Rome (2010)


1. The Gladiator (2012)

2. Rebellion (2012)

And like all great authors his writing gets better with every book. So it should be no surprise that i say this is his best book so far.

But its more that just a gradual improvement for this book. The book doesn't rely on swords and sandals blood and
Nov 06, 2012 Nick_britten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spartacus Rebellion is the final book in Ben Kane’s Spartacus series. In this book we find Spartacus commanding a massive slave army. Since escaping from the ludus with Crixus, Carbo and the rest of the gladiators, Spartacus has defeated every force the Romans have sent against him. With slaves flocking from all over Italy to join his army the Romans know that they have to destroy this ragtag slave army before it gets too powerful.

In the Roman senate, Crassus is determined to seize control of th
Mar 25, 2015 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spartacus Rebellion… I couldn't wait to get into this book, as I loved the first book, even though I knew the historical story of Spartacus I still couldn't put this book down and mainly down to how I wanted to see how he played the end out, and I think how he wrote the ending was a nice touch, and it nice to think maybe out there the descendants of Spartacus! Ben Kane has made another cracker and it was defiantly more interesting than the textbooks in my A level ancient history course! I rate t ...more
Duncan Clews
Jul 09, 2016 Duncan Clews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic sequel in the Spartacus series ! Many people believe that history is a 'dead subject', but a writer like Ben Kane takes you into the thick of the action, with realistic characterisation & fascinating historical detail. This is a must-read for anyone with an appreciation for the past.
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Ben Kane is a bestselling Roman author and former veterinarian. He was born in Kenya and grew up in Ireland (where his parents are from). He has traveled widely and is a lifelong student of military history in general, and Roman history in particular. He lives in North Somerset, England, with his family.
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