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Son of Rome

(Augustus #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  344 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Richard Foreman, the author of the bestselling Raffles: The Gentleman Thief books, blends the political intrigue of Robert Harris' series of Cicero novels with the action and adventure of Simon Scarrow in this sweeping historical epic.

Augustus: Son of Rome tells the story of the assassination of Julius Caesar and the rise of his heir, Gaius Octavius, as he journeys to Rom
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Endeavour Press Ltd. (first published June 11th 2012)
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Dec 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit
I had such high hopes for this book, but it was a huge disappointment. The author has no sense of punctuation or grammar. The lack of comma usage was so awful that I had to reread certain sentences and try to figure out what the author was trying to write. It was a very tedious read. The book is titled Augustus, but throughout the story, he hasn't taken the name Augustus. I am familiar with this time period in history, and there were things (names of people) that had me confused. I can't imagine ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a very good and very interesting book. I don't know how much is actual historical fact and how much is literary license but the Romans were very good record keepers. In brief, it is the story of Octavius, later Augustus Caesar, in the period of the death of his adopted father Julius Caesar. I recommend it. ...more
Zabrynn Lander
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Terrible with a capital T. Boring. Overwritten. Misogynistic. Read this book if you want to know how not to write.
Lucy Conlon
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a few entertaining action sequences in this book, but the novel is far more concerned with character and historical accuracy. It is a credit to Foreman that he does justice to so many towering figures from the era. Caesar and Cicero are especially well done (with the author brilliantly capturing the latter's sense of humour and political machinations).
Although this novel stands on its own, I hope that it will be the first in a series.
I have also read a couple of this author's Raffles b
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-ancient

I would have preferred if the narrative had been more straight forward. Instead, we get a LOT of flashbacks – and even flashbacks within flashbacks at some points, which gives the plot a one step forward, two steps back, feel to it.

Also, the story jumps around between characters so much it’s difficult to start to connect with any one character before the story zooms off to follow someone else. And the amount of times characters quote other people leaves little actual original dialogue, further
Julius Caesar wasn't killed until half way through the book but there were pages about nephew Octavius' teenage years. Octavius is witty, articulate,
charming, well educated, but he's not a 'military' man. After Julius dies the book focuses on Octavius' trip to Rome and his enemies who plot to
deny his inheritance.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this but couldn't, Augustus is a fascinating charater but this book wastes an opportunity. Poorly edited, spelling, naming and continuity issues. Superficially it appears historically accurate but in reading it just became more apparent that it wasn't. I gave up at 55% (kindle!) as the glacial pace plus errors all combined to make me think life is too short! ...more
Andrew Puckett
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Augustus has always come across as a cold fish in other books or TV dramatisations I've read or seen. Here, he is presented as "reserved", and the novel delves into the reasons for his reservation. It starts a little slowly, but then builds to a fine climax by the end. Slow or not in the beginning, it's absorbing all the way through, and the depiction of Rome and the land and townships surrounding it are convincing, as are all the characters. Cicero is particularly well drawn. A good read. ...more
Nicholas Finch
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-reviewed
It took me a while to finish this, because it started really slowly and was a bit of a slog, but I'm very happy that I stuck with it, because it gathered pace and crashed through to a galloping conclusion that has me eager for the next book in the story.

Richard Foreman paints an interesting look at the life of young Augustus and his friendship with Agrippa. I'm fascinated by it.

Don't give up on this book, it's well worth finishing.

J.D. Schechter

The story is good. The writing is bloated, ponderous, pretentious and often reads like a bad translation from an obscure language
Chris Page
Feb 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
Ok so I'm not finished, I gave up, there are other books waiting to be read and 20 pages of waffle just, I can't be bothered. ...more
Sean Taylor
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Megan Cutler
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This author's work might have a wonderful flow if he had any concept of how to use a comma. Instead sentences run together in one giant, confusing blur. Commas appear only when the author hasn't been able to decide which word completes a sentence, so he has simply used both. Every word in the novel seems to have been put through a thesaurus grinder, resulting in such gems as a 'corrugated brow.' No one has faces, but rather aspects. And no one speaks but rather 'issues' or 'proclaims.'

I can't ma
Lawrence Forns
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
An interesting look at the formative years of Octavius, adopted nephew of Julius Caesar, Augustus: Son of Rome was a wonderful read. The story gives the reader a different perspective and perhaps a deeper understanding of where and how the upbringing and events surrounding his childhood worked together to form the man who became Augustus Caesar.
There was much in this that I loved, including the obviously pains-taking research which has gone into showing the reader the Roman Empire in this time
Bert Ricci
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good and The history was good, the poetic license was waved too freely at times. Some pieces were obvious homages, such as a reference to "Gordianus the Finder". Some things reminded me to check if the part was real history or just the earlier fiction work I recognized it from. There were a number of weak factors but the treatment of Julius Caesar and Octavius is basically what the source histories give us. It was nice seeing the young Octavius being treated fairly. Caesar was sh ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This isn't the edition that lots of people complained about due to run-on sentences; only a few homonym errors (wretched/retched, principle/principal), and punctuation differences that I ascribe to being British rather than American. Biggest issue was the Roman names, so we can't be sure which Marcus is meant sometimes. Having a cast of characters with full names at the beginning of the book would have been very helpful. Other people's complaints about flashbacks, Shakespeare quotes, and lengthy ...more
Lyndsay Austin
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's about halfway through this book that you realise that you are reading something very special, in the way the author succeeds in his brief of to educate and entertain.
There are fight sequences but I was far more gripped by the conflict between and within characters. Aside from perhaps Marcus Aggripa, no one is wholly perfect in this novel. Foreman portrays the flaws in people and politics extremely well. There are lots of great quotable lines of dialogue and one can't help but be carried alo
A short novel of Octavius before he came to power after Julius Caesar's murder. Interesting in that I have not read a book sympathetic to Octavius. In past novels I've read, Octavius, called "Octavian" was the "villian" -- enemy of Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Unfortunately, this book fails to convince me of Octavius's qualifications to become a Roman leader and doesn't describe events past the point where Octavius first enters Rome to claim his inheritance. ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Augustus: Son of Rome is the first Sword and Sandals novel I've read (although I did enjoy Asterix comics in my younger days). It wasn't perfect - names switching too often nearly put me off - but the strong storytelling had me wanting to read more. I was glad I persevered, as it turned out to be an enthralling tale of Caesar's heir and his journey to Rome. ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Well, I was only able to read 30% of the book. I skipped a few pages early on and had to do it again. This was entirely too racy for me. I know how things work and I don't need or want the detail that this book gave. I don't read porn!

I was enjoying the story, too bad I can't finish it. Another note, I was able to make good use of my Kindle dictionary.
Ronna Moore
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and informative

The story of Augustus in his youth is an entertaining read. The friendship between Augustus and Agrippa is told in an effort to be the central theme. The author is informative about the time and events.
Hated this. The history was wrong, and too many quotes from Shakespeare. I was really disappointed.
Vernon Keszler
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical novel. Covers the murder of Julius Caesar (Ides of March) and the beginning of the transfer of power to his nephew Augustus.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
David Gott
Only fair, not anything great
Lawrence Duma

While a good read, there are far too many punction errors. This book would improve dramatically with a little editing.
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Richard Foreman is the author of numerous best-selling Kindle books, including Augustus: Son of Rome and the Sword of Rome series of novellas which follow Julius Caesar and his centurion Lucius Oppius during their campaigns in Britain, Gaul and the Civil War. The stories are a blend of action, intrigue and Ancient History.

He is also the author of Warsaw, a literary novel set during the end of the

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