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Spartacus by Ben Kane
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May 31, 12

Read from May 16 to 30, 2012

I received this book as a free giveaway, and I'm glad I did! Admittedly, I probably wouldn't have given this book a second glance if I saw it on the shelf. But, I have to say....I loved it! Like most people, I am only familiar with Spartacus from the Kirk Douglas flick and the cable series. This book hooked me early and kept me involved. It has violence, political intrigue, romance, and a good deal of suspense. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but Spartacus returns from serving with the Roman army to find out that his father (The King of Trace) and brother (heir to the throne) have been murdered. He had served with the Romans to find out about their training techniques and battle strategies so he could return home and lead a war against Rome. He plots revenge on the current king, but winds up being captured and sold to a gladiator training camp. The thought of fighting for the entertainment of Rome is too much for him to bear, so he leads a revolt against the owner of the camp. From here, he is pursued across Italy by Roman legions that seek to quash his rebel army of former slaves and gladiators.

Also provided in the book are maps and a VERY helpful glossary for the terms used in the book.

In his afterword, author Ben Kane explains that he DID take some liberties with the story since only about 4000 words survive about history as far as Spartacus is concerned. He also mentions that he is working on a sequel that is due out in late 2012. I will DEFINITELY be picking that one up.

Mr. Kane, if you read this, thank you for opening my eyes to a different genre. I look forward to reading more from you in the coming years....
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message 1: by Ben (new)

Ben Kane Thanks, Sean! I'm delighted that you enjoyed it so much, especially when you wouldn't have picked it up before. Best wishes to you!

Sean Buckridge Ben wrote: "Thanks, Sean! I'm delighted that you enjoyed it so much, especially when you wouldn't have picked it up before. Best wishes to you!"

Thanks, Ben! Is there a sequel coming?

message 3: by Ben (last edited Sep 03, 2012 12:16PM) (new)

Ben Kane Yes, it's called Spartacus: Rebellion. It was released here in the UK on the 16th of August. It's not out in the States until Mar. 2013, I'm sorry to say. If you can't wait, take a look at the Book Depository (nothing to do with Dallas, 11/22/63!). Its prices are similar to Amazon's and it doesn't charge shipping to the USA. Best wishes - Ben

Sean Buckridge Sold out! Must be good...

message 5: by Ben (new)

Ben Kane Wow!! That's great to hear (for me, not you). No doubt they will have some more in soon. Cheers, Sean.

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