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Lion Of The Sun by Harry Sidebottom
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Apr 05, 12

Read in April, 2012

This was a really fun book. It's great to read a real two-fisted, red-blooded adventure novel in these modern times. It seems like everyone wants to write about "post-modern" heroes, where everything is in shades of grey...but the main protagonist here, Ballista, is a capital H Hero. The villains are truly villainous and you feel great when they fall into Ballista's "man-killing" hands.

The author does a great job reconstructing a believable ancient world: the culture, settings, attitudes, etc. all feel very believable. Mr. Sidebottom also does, what many authors fail at, to capture the scope of events. What I mean here is that the world is populated by multitudes of people; not just a handful of main characters and some throwaway 2-dimensional background characters. I felt like I was back in ancient Rome.
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