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The Man With Two Names

(The Sertorius Scrolls #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,117 ratings  ·  130 reviews
"Is it better to be a bad man and accomplish great things, or be a great man and accomplish nothing?"

Quintus Sertorius has spent the first 20 years of his life training horses on his family farm, but this must end when his father dies and his village's political connections to Rome are severed. For the sake of his family, Quintus must leave his village for the Eternal Ci
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published July 3rd 2017 by Thirteenth Press, LLC (first published June 30th 2017)
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Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable novel, purportedly the memoir of Quintus Sertorius, which he termed a "eulogy to the Roman Republic" and also apologia for his decisions and actions. As a young man, Sertorius leaves his village for Rome, where he hopes the family's patron, Caepio, can help them. The village, Nursia, has fallen on hard times. After disillusioning experiences having been thrust into the underbelly of Roman politics, he leaves and joins Gaius Marius, now a consul along with Caepio's son, Gaius. Marius is ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Figured it was time for historical fiction. Should have paid more attention, this was part 1 only. Actually did two of these part 1 things in one day, which is more than annoying, closer to infuriating really. I love standalones. And while the life of Quintus Sertorius (the eponymous men with two names denoting the lower status than that of men with three names interestingly enough) is actually exciting and interesting enough to warrant more than one book (or as the case may be here great many s ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“In defeat, be calm and work to discover how you may yet wrest victory from its jaws. In victory, be calm and work to discover how you might yet keep what you have fought for.”

The Man With Two Names is the first installment in the Sertorius Scrolls series, written by the first time author Vincent B. Davis II. The book is set just before Julius Cesar comes to power when the Roman republic that had lasted for some 400 years was about to be torn apart.

“Yes, but he has only two names. He is
Patrick Sherriff
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a tale of the life of an ambitious young Roman and the price he must pay for advancement, whether to kowtow to the higher-ups, or to earn his advancement by merit (or deceit). These are valid questions and all the more relevant given the parallel universe that Trump's America presents, a cesspool of incompetants and sycophants. My only quibble is with the writing, it took me a while to realise that the chapters were written from the perspective of different characters because they didn't ...more
Nov 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Alicia Huxtable
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed

I love books written in these times, but when I came across this one, I held my breath. I have always found inaccuracies in many a book, but in saying that, this author has clearly done their research. I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this story
Shelly Singhal
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great historical story

Ancient Rome comes alive. You can feel the dirt on your feet, the wind in your hair and smell the scents of the city. A great story well told.

The names were sometimes hard to follow, but that's a minor matter in this exceptional true tale. I can't wait to read the next book

Micheal Mitchell
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

An interesting and historically reliable tale of ancient Roman family struggles during a time of economic and cultural upheaval. The author presents a captivating story of familial love , political ambition and the glorious horrors of Roman conquest. He does a great job of making the reader familiar with his cast of characters and developing our empathy throughout the story.
Richard Mayer
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent piece of historical fiction

For Ancient-Rome lovers like myself, Davis has captured a bit what it must have been like growing up as an outsider and earning a place the changing, growing empire.
michael mcmains
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Brook Allen
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a fabulous surprise for me. I'm not as familiar with the Roman history of the late 2nd century BC, though I read Colleen McCullough's books on the same period. Davis, however, approaches them from a manly, miliatry standpoint, more than a political one. And that, in a nutshell, is what makes this book so successful.

Sertorius is a small-town youth, cast into a serpent's nest of late Republican Rome, only to wind up making a few valuable friends and some very lethal enemies. He
Tony Giannattasio
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A well written page turner of a book about the ancient Roman Republic.

A well written book. It was also well researched and if one bothers to read the glossary included in the book you can learn a great deal about life in ancient Rome just before the time of Julius Caesar. This was also a fascinating time when the republicThat had lasted for some 400 years was about to be torn apart. My one quibble with this book is that he should have been longer, as it was a fairly enjoyable read.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
cannot believe this is the first book this author has written.


The story is just magical. I've been hooked from start to finish. I read it in two days and would've finished it faster had my weak body not needed to sleep.

I cannot wait to read the second book to this.

Well done.
Steve George
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book follows in the tradition (?) of Barbara McCollough's, First Man of Rome, and portrays a more in-depth dynamic of the relationship between Quintus Sertorius and Gaius Marius, TWO men with only two names. The use of Latin is well-placed and the meanings of the words tend to pop out because of the context. I thoroughly enjoyed reading historical fiction at the level of individuals and their fears, angst, and joy of companionship amid the horrors of battle. ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sequel to this will be out in December and I will be reading it. Very good book about a family in ancient Rome.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good and nothing jarring historically speaking but could have been better
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great start for a promising career

If I hadn't known it was the first and only book by Mr. Davis, I'd have thought it a novel written by an accomplished veteran of the genre. I look forward to the next.
Debra Shaw
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Keep me reading for hours, and I was actually annoyed that the story did not go on! Very well written. Highly recommended.
Elaine Donadio
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anyone who loves the history of ancient Rome will love this book. The author has done a great job of researching and using facts and vocabulary from that time in history. Compelling story about the Roman armies—victories and defeats. A little too much background detail. More development needed on action scenes. I enjoyed this book very much.
Joyce Shannon
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book and cannot wait till the next one. Reads like simon scarrow and bernard cornwell. Well done!
Dec 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
You can read about this book....a Roman who must leave his farm to save his people. I just could not get interested and didn't get far enough to really give a good review. ...more
Audrey Grant
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not usually a huge fan of "Roman Political" historical novels. I was surprised at how much politics played a roll in the military then!
This book is set just before Julius Cesar comes to power. In fact he is seen a couple of times in his brother's tent during meetings to talk about elections that he's not a part of, and later again at J. C.'s wedding!
The book is kind of an autobiographical depiction of a young farm boy who's dad was head of their village but died when he was 17, leaving hi
Terry Lynn Shroyer
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exciting Read from start tofinsh

Picked up the book sat down and read in one sitting. Action intrigue and doublecrosses at every turn, made you feel as if you were there with the people.
Kirsten McKenzie
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sublime. I felt like I was there, following these men and their lives. It was written in such a personal manner that I couldn't help but be drawn into the political intrigue, and the machinations of the Roman empire.
I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
This book really does make me appreciate that I am not a politician! I don't think much has changed over the last few millennia!
I loved that the author put a glossary at the back of the book, which I found particularly helpful.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Can't wait for next chapter. Please put me on me Davis' mailing list. I can hardly believe this is the first book by a new author.
Allyn Nichols
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable from the outset. A welcome change to another tale of Ceasar's rise and fall. Looking forward to more. ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Would have given it a 5 star but thought the main character was to "straight laced" for the time or any time. Life is made up of grays, not pure black and white moral issues. Otherwise this is a promising author who justice to the history of the time. ...more
Jennifer Messner
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strong historical fictional work

Well composed. The authors dedication to research was apparent throughout. Likable characters and good overall storyline. I look forward to more from Mr. Davis.
Annika Hipple
I really wanted to like this book more, but Davis plays too fast and loose with history for my taste. The book started off fairly well, with Quintus Sertorius growing up in the small Italian town of Nursia and, at the age of twenty, going to Rome to make something of himself. So far, fine. But once Sertorius is in Rome, the historical inaccuracies begin. I realize that historical fiction is fiction, not history, but most historical novelists who deviate from accepted facts acknowledge this and e ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the best books I've read in a long time, very difficult to put down, Mr. Davis has a true talent that is shown in this novel, but we've only seen the tip of the iceberg that is the wonderful talent of this author.

I can't wait for the next one to come out, I also reccomend this to anyone!
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Vincent B. Davis II is an author, entrepreneur, and soldier.
He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, and has served in the United States Army since 2014. Developing a love of history at an early age, Vincent has devoted years to studying both ancient and modern culture.
“The Man with Two Names” is his first novel to be published, with many more on the way. You can find him on Facebook

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