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Antonius: Son of Rome

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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  36 reviews
After young Marcus Antonius’s father dies in disgrace, he yearns to restore his family’s honor during the final days of Rome’s dying Republic. Marcus is rugged, handsome, and owns abundant military talent, but upon entering manhood, he falls prey to the excesses of a violent society. His whoring, gambling, and drinking eventually reap dire consequences. Through a series of ...more
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Published March 15th 2019 by Dawg House Press
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Brook Allen Hi, Dario! Thanks for asking. He does make an appearance in the book. however, the overall acceptance of homosexuality at this point in Roman history …moreHi, Dario! Thanks for asking. He does make an appearance in the book. however, the overall acceptance of homosexuality at this point in Roman history is ambiguous. And that is how I had to approach it. It was most certainly accepted among adult/adolescent males in Greek societies.

That being said, IF he and Antony were lovers, then the ancient writers don't mention any other homosexual affairs in Antony's life. Cicero harps on their homosexual relationship, but his invective was done in his Philippics which most historians agree was the same sort of invective a lot of politicians attack one another with--even today! Ha! Therefore, the "truth" behind this matter cannot be known.

I will also add that their relationship in my version of the story arcs back and forth as the story continues in my upcoming book, Antonius: Second in Command. Hope you'll give them both a read!

Again, thanks for your interest!(less)
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Margaret George
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marc Antony is the proverbial late bloomer, in that he doesn’t enter the portals of popular history until he is in his forties, much- married, and takes up with Cleopatra. From then on “Antony and Cleopatra” become the most famous couple in history. But what of Antony himself? Who is he?

The long personal journey to find himself is enthralling in its own right. Marcus Antonius started out behind the eight ball, due to family missteps, political enemies—not the least of them the formidable and ven
Linnea Tanner
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers
When I purchased "Antonius: Son of Rome" by Brook Allen, I was excited to read the novel about the early life of Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony), an enigma in Roman History. Though the book is fictional, it captures the true essence of the controversial Roman figure, whose reputation was smeared by his enemies and Augustus Caesar. The story begins when the eleven-year-old Marcus Antonius grieves for his father who has died in disgrace. His mother soon marries Publius Cornelius Lentulus, a consul i ...more
Mary Yarde
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Well, someday he'd prove himself.
He'd command legions.
He'd be Rome's greatest soldier..."

But not yet. First, Marcus Antonius has to grow up.

However, this is not a good time to be a child. The Republic is dying, and Spartacus is leading his fellow slaves to revolt against their Roman masters. Worse still, Marcus Antonius is now the head of the household. However, he is not old enough. He is not ready for such a responsibility.

Marcus Antonius' father's death brought nothing but scandal and disgra
Mercedes Rochelle
Mark Antony, or Marcus Antonius as he was more correctly named, was known for many things: friend of Julius Caesar, lover of Cleopatra, heroic general, enemy of Octavian. When Brook Allen’s new novel came out, I jumped on it, realizing I knew nothing about his younger years. In book one of this biographical fiction trilogy, the author gives us a troubled, unhappy youth who picks up plenty of bad habits early on. I didn’t realize he was the son of a traitor and stepson of another traitor; no wond ...more
Sharon Doane
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought I knew the story of Marc Antony having read more than one book on Rome during the late period of the Republic, not to mention watching numerous movies and mini series. I was wrong. Antonius Son of Rome by Brook Allen, the first entry of a planned trilogy, introduces us to the preteen Marcus Antonius of noble birth who dreams of a glorious military career like that of his illustrious distant cousin Gaius Julius Caesar. The path to glory doesn’t come easily for this young man who must co ...more
Sarah Penner
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a treat! Allen’s narrative of Marcus Antonius in his early years demonstrates exceptional historical insight. Historical fiction lovers, don’t miss this one.

ANTONIUS: SON OF ROME captures the tense yet moving interactions between Marcus and his family during a time of tribulation and despair, and follows Marcus as he works to restore honor to his family after the death of his father. Allen expertly weaves together well-crafted battle scenes, the subtle stirrings of budding romance, and the
InD'tale Magazine
This is a saga loaded with corruption, politics, war, wickedness, young love, and heartrending loss!

Read full review in the 2019 Nov issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Michelle Gill
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great historical fiction! It’s hard to believe this is a first novel for Brook Allen. Wonderful read.
Rosanne Lortz
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Son of a disgraced father, stepson of an executed conspirator, Marcus Antonius has an uphill battle to attain prestige in Rome. This coming-of-age story shows how the fervent youth becomes a spoiled teenager, squandering his patrimony on wine and women and becoming indebted to loan sharks to the tune of 200 talents (FWIW, that's a lot...). His distant cousin on his mother's side, Julius Caesar, gives him a second chance, sending him to Greece to achieve an education, but there is no margin for e ...more
Marian Thorpe
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marc Antony is a familiar historical figure. Whether it’s from Shakespeare, film, video games or history class, his basic story as Julius Caesar’s right-hand man, Cleopatra’s lover, and a key figure in the transformation of Rome from a republic to an imperial state is known to many. But how did he become this man? What drove him?
Brook Allen’s Antonius, Son of Rome, the first book in a planned trilogy about Marc Antony’s life. Beginning when Marcus is in early adolescence, the story intertwines k
Anya Pavelle
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful historical novel captures the essence of Rome in Marcus Antoninus's time. The political situation was in constant flux, and powerful families engaged in competition for power just like the noble families in Game of Thrones. People had to navigate tenuous alliances and the ambitions of others but also themselves/the reputations foisted upon them. Allen's imagining of Antony's early life is provocative: she builds a character that has his known flaws but also shows how he genuinely ...more
Eric Schumacher
I do not typically read books on Rome, but I was curious to see how Brook Allen depicted Mark Anthony, or more properly, Marcus Antonius. "Antonius: Son of Rome" did not disappoint! Allen takes what little we know about this historical figure and weaves that into a heartfelt and exciting story about his spotted youth, his loves, his losses, and his rise to fame. Highly recommended for those who love Roman history and historical fiction. NOTE: 4.5 stars is more accurate but there was no option fo ...more
Volume 1 of the trilogy provides a sympathetic narrative on the early years of Marcus Antonius and how these influenced his actions and decisions later - his mixed feelings about Julius Ceasar, his dogged enmity towards Cicero, his relations with Publius Clodius Polcher and Curio, his utter lack of sympathy for Octavius, and his position on the restoration of the Republic (helmets off to Brook Allen who has made me re-think my views on Marcus, a character I've long written off from my Imperial R ...more
Vivienne Brereton
Wow! Jump aboard for a spellbinding roller coaster of a ride back to the final days of the Roman Republic. Allen’s superb portrayal of Mark Antony’s early years and rise to prominence is mesmerizing, factually accurate (a must for many lovers of historical fiction) and exquisitely written. If Ms Allen were to appear on one of those modern day reality shows asking about the finer details of Mark Antony’s life, you just know she’d be able to tell you his favourite single malt whisky or after shave ...more
Kenyon P.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a nice guy, and I hate to judge a fellow writer harshly--even in my own mind--which is why I generally peek into a freshly arrived indie book like a scared boy peeking into a dark cellar.
But it took just one paragraph of ‘Antonius:Son of Rome’ to know that I was in good hands. The writing was excellent from the start (and never flagged). The moment selected to begin the narrative was well-thought out, and hinted at Brook Allen’s acumen for story-telling.
The author’s love for the story is
Tonya Mitchell
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ancient Rome came to life for me – Superb!
I picked up this book after watching a few Netflix series on ancient Rome I found really interesting. I didn't know what to expect as I hadn't read much on Rome in this period, but from page one, I was hooked. The author did her homework on this one (reading her bio, it look 15 years to complete!). Not only in this book chock full of interesting historical detail, Allen has a firm grip of what makes compelling storytelling. Marc Antony came to life for m
Silvia Prosperi
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am always fascinated by the braveness of a writer to accept the challenge of historical fiction: it is a very hard field requiring not only writing skills and great sense of the plot, but also an immense work of research. When the age investigated is the ancient world is even more difficult as the sources are often fragmented and we generally do not know a lot of the childhood and young age of even famous characters, which is exactly the case of Mark Anthony. And I say so as a tour guide in Ro ...more

This is another book I was quite not sure whether I would be able to finish. It is an incredibly detailed biographical novel about Marc Antony, but the details are mostly fictional, since not so much is known about his early life. (This seems to be the first installment in a trilogy.) So the book deals mainly with Anthony’s first marriage and his dissolute life, which culminated in his amassing of an enormous debt. There is a lot of family life, some politics, and some history, but my interest w
Maryke Barber
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hurray for Brook Allen and for "Son of Rome!" This book is an adventure from beginning to end, rich with drama, intrigue, and action. Allen is clearly an avid researcher and close observer of history: what sets this book apart is how thoroughly she brings Marcus Antonius’s Rome to life. She constantly weaves in vivid and fascinating details, even as the story is propelled forward. Antonius is a protagonist we can really root for: talented, ambitious, and loyal, he is also fatally flawed through ...more
Griff Hosker
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Brook Allen’s book is a thoroughly engaging story which is hard to put down. Everyone thinks they know Mark Antony but the Mark Antony they know is either Shakespearean or a Hollywood version! Brook shows us, Mark Antony, as he grows up in a Rome riddled with plots and conspiracies. We see him, warts and all, an Antoninus who whores and gets drunk- much as young men do today. We see him growing up and having to face realities which are unpleasant.
Brook manages to bookend her story with familiar
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Sumptuous, Sweeping Epic Tale of Ancient Rome

The author skilfully breathes life into Republican Rome, describing the layout of the city, its life and politics from slaves, plebs, and tradesmen, up to the nobility and Senate. Marc Anthony is from a noble, but disgraced, family, and does not have an easy passage to adulthood. He is in awe of his older cousin, Julius Caesar, and dreams of joining him on a military campaign. Caesar's burgeoning career forms a fascinating side show to Marc Anthony'
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Strangely boring for a book set in such an interesting time. This is partly because there's an almost shocking lack of insight into the politics of the setting in favor of personal drama, and partly because the author seems to think that either Antonius or the reader is rather dim. Everything is simplified, and even the simplified issues are explained in a gratingly ham-fisted way. In this book and the next, Antonius has random prophetic dreams, but they don't serve any purpose - they do not imp ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed reading this book. Historical fiction is always fascinating: a glimpse into a time long gone by. It is well-written, although I did find chapter endings sometimes disconcerting: the author jumping out of one scenario - often left surprisingly incomplete - into an entirely new one some time later; rather in the way that soap operas do. One or two loose ends caused me some scepticism and I found it quite hard to equate the sensitive boy Marcus with the indomitable Roman soldier ...more
Mary Vanswearingen
A great beginning

What a magnificent undertaking! This jumps right into the events that shaped Marcus Antonius into whom he became. This journey makes no attempt to whitewash his many frailties , but also shows his humanity. Ms. Allen has lived with this novel percolating inside for years and has produced a winner! I can't wait to read the next installment. BTW, I must admit some small prejudice since I was present in our 10th grade English class and had the good fortune to see this ambitious pro
Karen Heenan
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction is my favorite reading, and I'll read most eras quite happily. While ancient Rome has never been top of the list for me, this book came highly recommended, and I'm very glad I picked it up. The author's research shows in the immersive setting and detail, but it never feels heavy-handed. You know who Marcus Antonius will grow into, but in the earlier part of the book he's astonishingly frustrating in his self-destructive behavior. The secondary characters were also well-develop ...more
Jasmine Marie
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had such a great time reading Marcus’s story. When I started reading this book I thought the Roman families and the politics would be confusing, but Brook Allen did a fantastic job of explaining it. The deep connections that Marcus formed (with Fadia, Caesar, Eros, Vindelicus, and Eumenides) just made me so happy, and even sad at times. I’m excited for the sequel!
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down! I read it straight for two days every chance I got. The author made Ancient Rome real for me and it came alive! I was riveted by Marcus Antonius. This book is very beautifully written- I will tell everyone about it! A definite “READ”!
Samantha Kroese
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and well written!

As a fan of this era and Egypt and fascinated by Rome, I found this to be an enjoyable read. The author has done a lot of research and where there was creative license taken it seemed very plausible. Highly recommended.
J.R. Alcyone
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extraordinarily well written historical novel about the early life of Marc Antony. I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other novels in the trilogy. Highly recommended to historical fiction fans.
Mary Nickum
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable read

I love historical fiction, especially Roman stories.This one was a surprise,well researched and well written. I didn't recognize Marc Antony...Recommended for readers going adult and adult. Watching for Brooke's next volume!
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Brook Allen has a passion for ancient history—especially 1st century BC Rome. Her current work is a trilogy on the life of Marcus Antonius—Marc Antony, which she has worked on for the past fourteen years. The first installment, Antonius: Son of Rome was published in March 2019. It follows Antony as a young man, from the age of eleven, when his father died in disgrace, until he’s twenty-seven and f ...more

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