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The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden
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Apr 06, 10

really liked it
Read in April, 2010

I imagine this review will expand as I complete the series, but I've a great new biography about Raymond Carver that's thick with small print that's going to keep me from tearing through any more of Iggulden's books for a while...

But in regards to the first book alone, I understand why Iggulden has gained such praise. Here, at the end, he establishes his habit of admitting his embellishments to his readers as well as directing them toward good resources if they'd like to read more historical books.

The characters are nearly three dimensional and a side of Gaius Julius Caesar that was unknown to me--his youthful side. Most of the book is spent watching Gaius and his best friend, Marcus grow up on a small plantation about five miles out of Rome. Pieces of his personal history are given and I imagine will play several important roles in the upcoming books...

Unwilling to give away what I didn't realise until the end, I'm leaving the review at this... More to come when I've delved further into the series.
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