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The Eternal Mercenary by Barry Sadler
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Mar 07, 2010

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Read from November 01 to 04, 2010

This book is what it is... The hyperbole is over the top (as one reader/reviewer noted below regarding women at the Coliseum "losing control"). It was certainly not written as high art, and is not the least bit subtle.
However, as a warrior book, dealing with issues of combat, war, betrayal and loyalty, this book succeeds. This is especially true due to its excellent premise: That of the Roman soldier who is sentenced (for spearing Jesus while he was on the cross) to remain alive until Christ returns.
Much like the "Conan" series, it was written for a certain type of reader. Nothing wrong with that as far as I am concerned.
There is virtually no down time in the book, and is filled with exciting battles, fought in exotic places (Vietnam, Rome, Greece, Middle East).
Not a bad pulp read, and a quick one.

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