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The Gods of War (Emperor #4)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  7,460 ratings  ·  161 reviews
The year is 53 B.C. Fresh from victory in Gaul, Julius Caesar leads battle-hardened legions across the Rubicon river–threatening Rome herself. Even the master strategist Pompey is caught unprepared by the strike, and forced to abandon his city. The armies of Rome will face each other at last in civil war, led by the two greatest generals ever to walk the seven hills. Thus ...more
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Published April 2007 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Robin Carter
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A fitting end to an epic story about possibly the greatest general in Roman history, this book takes you on the final leg of Caesars journey from Child to idealistic young man to conquering general and finally to a man who no matter how great had his head turned by power. The Line "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" sprang to mind as I read this book, its not quite true as Caesar seemed to be more changed by it than corrupted, there are flashes of the younger man still
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Bill
My, but this series was a letdown. While there are many fictional works that tend to bend history to their own dramatic purposes (in this genre, HBO's Rome series comes to mind), they still manage to hew close enough to the facts to make a decent mix of history and imagination. Iggulden has decided to take the ignoble path of tossing history right out the window. So many of the basic facts of this well-known story are so distorted and/or ignored that it really detracts from the enjoyment one mig ...more
Paul
A fitting end to a resounding series of novels focusing on the life of Julius Caesar. The author expertly plays with your allegiances, empathies and where you think the story is going.

Let's face it, even the most rudimentary historically educated will know that Caesar is assassinated but the way in which it is expertly handled is cleverly weaved so that by the end you're can understand why it happens and, far from feeling mortified at the loss of your favourite character - as you would have earl
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Arun Divakar
On the Ides Of March, the Roman senate bore witness to the end of the Roman republic. A man fell under 23 stab wounds and the curtains came down on an era.The liberators as they chose to call themselves thought they were ridding Rome of a tyrant but what they created in the wake of the murder was a legend. The buildup and assassination of Julius Caesar forms the story of Conn Iggulden's fourth installment in the Emperor series.

Caesar's troops arrive in Rome across the Rubicon and from then on pu
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Carrie Slager
Emperor: The Gods of War was my introduction to both Conn Iggulden and the world of Gaius Julius Caesar, despite the fact that this book is the fourth (and last) book in the Emperor series. My mother had bought it for me for my birthday one year and she is notoriously bad at finding the first book in a series. Nevertheless, I read it and it left quite the impression on me.

The Gods of War is the most exciting book in the series and is an example of Conn Iggulden at his finest. Love, lust, friends
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Lucinda
An electrifying and spectacular conclusion to a universally loved, epic series that leaves you emotionally drained as Julius Caesar’s end comes to pass. This mammoth tale transports you back in time to when Rome was all powerful and dominating across the globe, taking the lead in social change and command changing the course of civilization for the future. Here in an Empire that is lead by a single man of great aspirations one is not prepared for the changes that occur, in regards to the leaders ...more
Prajwalit
*If you don't know the history - Spoiler Alert*

This book is about Julius' last major war when he decides to go against Pompey's dictatorship. How he prepares for war against Pompey to protect what he loves most - Rome. And what happens afterwards when he defeats Pompey. With all this politics, betrayals, military tactics, advanced weaponry, you can't believe you're reading a true story that has happened more than 2000 years ago. Mongols sound ancient compared to Roman empire. Though mongolian mi
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Kate
The last in the Emperor series, this one was the hardest for me to get through. There is an inherent problem: the historical spoiler. This is the end of the story of Caesar. You guessed it: Brutus and Caesar don't just make up and live happily ever after. The author therefore makes a fatal mistake by dwelling on their relationship, making it central to the novel and losing the suspense completely. There is a sense of melancholy, too much reflection, too little action in the novel, as though the ...more
Phil
Jan 29, 2008 Phil rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans
The final book in Iggulden's four-volume saga very loosely based on the life of Julius Ceasar. In this book we meet Cleopatra and track the rise of Octavian. Ceasar has turned into a bad guy, he's gone too far and Brutus, led on by his courtesan mother Servilia, finally delivers the coup de gras in the last pages. The whole Plutarch, Shakespeare narrative of the fall of the Late Republic has been abandoned in this series. The old factions and the interplay of the political forces are missing, ab ...more
Angela
just finished these 4 emperor books. i liked the conqueror series a lot more, and i'm not quite sure why. did iggulden get more license there because the details of his life (and mongol culture) are fairly unknown in the western world? or is it that caesar is just an ambitious aristocrat and general, whereas genghis khan was left on the plains to die as a boy and then lived to create a nation? whatever the case, i found myself less impressed with the emperor books.
Angela
I don't read many war books & I accidentally got suckered into this one, but much to my surprise, I just kept reading! I find the period of Roman history when they were in the full frenzy of their greatness to be a fascinating study in human nature. They had all the opulence, the arrogance, and the expectations of a great nation and yet there was a brutality and darkness that lurks under the surface. I find our modern society, as advanced as it may be, to seem so much the mirror of this anci ...more
Rick Brindle
Conn Iggulden's high octane Caesar series ends on as high a note as it starts, covering the crossing of the Rubicon to the Ides of March. I don't know if it follows the exact historical details as we know them, and quite honestly, that's not the point here. What we've got is a thoroughly entertaining historical fiction, with brilliantly drawn characters, and battle scenes as written by no one else. An excellent read, throroughly recommended.
Nay Lin Soe
I feel that this book has been rushed to the end. Particularly regarding Brutus' change in attitude and how Rome's perception on Caesar changed from that of a hero to one of a worrying tyrant.

The novel gives very little perspective from Brutus compared to the previous books. For any other character who was a steady supporter of Caesar, this wouldn't have been felt as much. However, for someone like Brutus who was a best friend, then a foe, then a friend again and finally turned to a bitter foe,
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Lance Greenfield
The brilliant conclusion

Every schoolboy and girl knows what is going to happen at the end of a quadrilogy about Caesar's life. Nevertheless, the story continues with relationships building and fast-moving action from battle to battle, as the inevitable conclusion approaches.
Julius and his supporters confront Pompey and pursue him to Egypt. From that point onward, it is impossible to put this book down until you have read the final words. The twists and turns, and the intrigue that the powerful C
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Leen
In dit laatste deel wordt ook het laatste deel van Caesars leven beschreven. Ik heb altijd opgekeken naar die man, ja zelfs tijdens het moeten vertalen van de ongelooflijk saaie rapporten uit 'De Bello Gallico' in 't middelbaar. Er is iets aan hem, iets... onweerstaanbaars, dat ook Cleopatra gevoeld moet hebben toen ze hem voor het eerst ontmoette, en alle andere vertrouwelingen van deze grootse Romein. Spijtig dat net zijn eerzucht zijn ondergang moest worden...

Dit boek is het boek van "Tu quoq
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Merredith
Jun 30, 2010 Merredith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: action/history lovers
Recommended to Merredith by: 4th in a series of 4
This is the 4th and last in the emperor series. I read the first one a few yrs ago, then the last 3 all recently. These books can get dense with details, especially of the battles and tournaments, but strangely, I was never bored. I think that the middle books were the best, and I really did like this last book too, but the whole time I was waiting for the ending everyone knows will come. It's pretty common knowledge how caesar died. Throughout the whole series, brutus was my favorite character, ...more
Empress5150
Book and four (final) of Iggulden’s series about the life of Julius Caesar with alleged boyhood pal, Brutus starring in a “best supporting” role; this book focuses on his dealings with Pompey, his love affair with Cleopatra, and his ultimate climb to being “emperor” of Rome. I really enjoyed reading this series, even though I’m sure a lot of it was completely made up. I must admit, though, that I thought Iggulden rushed too fast into the eventual end of Caesar and turned him into a “bad guy” alm ...more
Jacquie South
Another excellent historical series by Iggulden, who, regardless of whether or not he abides by every exact historical detail, certainly makes reading about history exciting and interesting. To be honest, most "facts" of history have been rewritten over the ages to suit whoever is in power anyway, so an accurate rendering of history is practically impossible. Iggulden always explains in his historical notes where he has altered the "facts" and his reasons for doing so.

I found this book the least
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Courtney Stockstill
The Gods of War (Emperor #4)
I didn't learn this story from school or the movies, so this book was a very interesting to me. This story is jam packed with politics and ambition.

After victory in Gaul, Pompey called Julius Caesar to come back to Rome. Caesar had the control of the armies of Rome and decided to challenge Pompey for the leadership. Upon hearing this Pompey and the Senate fled to Greece where there were 10 legions waiting to support Pompey. Julius came back to Rome and held elections
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David
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Sara
O último livro da saga "O imperador"...e é absolutamente fantástico!!! Conn Iggulden passou a ser um dos meus escritores de preferência, pois o seu dom para a escrita maravilhou-me!

A descrição da Vida de Júlio César já me fascinava no passado, pois das suas mãos um império ganhou força e lugar no tempo que ainda hoje é recordado e visível, ou não fossem as ruínas romanas um marco da passagem deste povo por inúmeros lugares.

No centro deste último livro, encontramos um Júlio César sedento de conqu
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Jessica
This was a great conclusion to the Emperor series. It goes along it a quick clip, covering several years while still conveying the magnitude of what Caesar accomplished. I think Conn Iggulden has a great grasp on his characters and does a great job of giving them believable motivations. When Brutus betrays Caesar the first time, it didn't seem out of character to me at all. It seemed sad and inevitable. I wish there had been more attention given to Cleopatra and his relationship with her, but th ...more
John Johnston
I am becoming a huge fan of Conn Iggulden historical novels. I have read both the Emperor Series about the life and times of Julius Caesar and the Conqueror series about Genghis Klan.

I enjoy how the author transcends these historic people, places and spaces into the present tense - you can practically feel the dust of the march before the battle, the fear of facing an enemy and the relief that you have survive another day.

It is also interesting to note the parallels between Julius Caesar and Gen
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David Campton
So that's it then... Iggulden's Caesar series comes to its bloody conclusion with Caesar's murder on the Ides of March (hope I haven't spoiled it for you), but does so with a whimper rather than a bang... This final episode shows up the fatal flaws in Iggulden's storytelling abilities. The fictional narrative trajectory which he has followed from the beginning, portraying Caesar and Brutus as contemporaries and close friends really comes unstuck in here, where the rationale for Brutus' ultimate ...more
Alex
As it was to be expected this last book in the series dives into Caesar's final stage of his "adventures". The conclusion of his conflict with Pompey is well documented and thoroughly depicted in the series of battles culminating with Pharsalus. I had the feeling that, in comparison with the other books, this one had more awe-inspiring scenes. One of the most interesting scenes (not entirely attested by the historical facts, but not entirely dismissed either) was in Pompey's command tent when he ...more
Olivia
May 19, 2010 Olivia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Keith, the Barnicles
Great book! I found myself eagerly awaiting the boys' bedtime so that I could plop down and read uninterrupted. The life of Julius Caesar is SO fascinating. The facts are better than any fiction. This is the last book in Iggulden's 4 book series about Caesar and I highly recommend it to everyone. You do need to start with the first book and read them in order. This particular book starts with Caesar returning to Rome after his Gaul conquests. He and Pompey start a civil war as they fight for pow ...more
Lori
I just put a biography of Caesar on hold at the library. That alone demonstrates the power of the Emperor series -- I'm yearning to know more about history. (In case you've just stumbled upon this review, I'll point out that I'm by far a fiction kind of gal.)

And I'm tempted to try Conn Iggulden's Genghis Khan books. Really. Don't know that you could go much farther from my regular scope.

The Gods of War is easily the best book in the series, as it should be. It's the culmination of Caesar's life,
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Sebastian Hungate
I really liked this book because Conn Iggulden used lots of description to convey the characters feeling and what they are experiencing. The topic was also really interesting and was written really well so that there was always action but it was still historically accurate to a certain extent. The author also states that he wrote the story as historically accurate as possible but left out some parts or added some parts that would make sense so that the story would flow better and be more interes ...more
Dale
Published April of 2012 by AudioGo.
Narrated by Paul Blake
Duration: 15 hours, 23 minutes


I did not read or listen to the other three installments of Conn Iggulden's Emperor Series, but I was already familiar with the last few years of Julius Caesar's life so it was not difficult to join in here at the end.

This book starts with Caesar's decision to cross the Rubicon River with his army when he was ordered home from Gaul. This actions begins a civil war, with Caesar leading one faction and Pompey le
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Ken
The culmination of the entire Emperor series leading into this book was, quite frankly, becoming a let down. I was disappointed in some of the changes that Iggulden made to the history and thought that there were a lot of facts that could have been kept in that would have bolstered the story. This is especially true of the battles in Gaul. This book however, delivered the history with the terrific story telling ability of Mr. Iggulden. I was glad that I stuck it out.
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