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The Gods of War by Conn Iggulden
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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 there, traces of the innocence all but destroyed by the realities of the harsh Roman world.

The true power of this book is the depth of treachery that all knew was coming from Brutus, but when it arrives is shocking and if you have ever been betrayed by anyone the feeling that left would only give you a fraction of an idea how Caesar must have felt.

I also agree with Conn Iggulden in his historical notes what would history have been like if Casers son had lived. Although Octavian became one of the greatest Emperors in a long line of Roman Rulers, Ptolemy Caesarion carried the blood of greatness....possibly a great loss to history but a fantastic opportunity for an alternate history author..What if.......

In my opinion Julius Caesar was a truly great man and has been portrayed by a truly great writer.
(Parm)
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