Fight for Freedom (Gladiator #1)
I've always been intrigued by gladiators and the story of Spartacus, so when I saw this YA series I thought I'd give it a read just out of curiosity. Wow! Am I happy I did.
The story surrounds Marcus a ten-year-old Roman who lives with his mother and father, a retired Centurion, on a remote farm. The description of the book says Marcus was "recruited" as a gladiator. It's a much sadder story than that. Seriously, considering they were all slaves, was anyone actually "recruited"
Scarrow is most well-known for his action adventure "Eagle" series which focuses on a pair of Roman Legionaries fighting the good fight for the Emperor during the early years of the first century. With "Fight for Freedom", he steps back a century back in time, centering around the years following the Spartacus rebellion. A young boy's father is killed, and he ...more
2.One of the Characters I found interesting in 'Fight for Freedom' was Marcus Cornelius Primus because at the start his father was confronted be a tax collector's thug and so ma ...more
Characters: Commander Pompeius,Marcus Cornelius Primus, Mom,Dad,Soldiers of Rome
The Genre of the book is young adult fiction ...more
Big warning about spoilers: Don't look at the titles of the rest of the series before you finish this book or you'll be able to guess the big reveal at the end very easily. It is predictable anyway, but still.
This is the kind of book that would have been much more believable if Marcus, the main character, had been two years older. His age works at first, because he still has a lot of childhood innocence and believes that people will believe him if he tells the truth and that people will ...more
The whole book was interesting enough that I wanted to know how this first book would end though I don't think I'll want to continue with the rest of the series.
Sowohl Cover als auch Titel sind im deutschen sehr viel passender gewählt! Marcus Gladiator trifft die Geschichte schon eher als einfach nur Gladiator. Vor allem, da das englische Cover den Eindruck eines viiiiel älteren Marcus vermittelt! Marcus ist zehn! Der Junge auf dem Cover sieht aber definitiv älter aus als zehn. In der deutschen Ausgabe ist das sehr viel besser gemacht. "Kampf für Freiheit" ist auch ein super Beititel, da es genau das ist, was Marcus die ganze Geschichte la ...more
Tot het lezen van dit boek was Scarrow voor mij een compleet onbekende schrijver. Scarrow (Nigeria, 1962) is een schrijver met een hart voor jongeren (lees: was docent) en een passie voor de Romeinse Oudheid. Een imposante lijst van boeken over de geschiedenis van de Romeinen en dan vooral over de Gladiatoren, Legerhelden en ander zwaarddragers. Maar in Nederlands kwam dit boek als eerste uit en dat gebeurde in 2011. Ondertussen zijn de boeken van de serie van 'Gladiator' en 'Onder ...more
Marcus Cornelis Primus lebt ein behütetes Leben. Sein Vater war Centurio unter Pompeius dem Großen und genießt nun seinen Ruhestand als Bauer in Griechenland. Die Zeiten jedoch sind schwer, die Ernten schlecht und so ist Marcus Vater dazu, gezwungen Geld zu leihen. Als er aufgrund weiterer Missernten nicht in der Lage ist, das Geld an der Verleiher zurückzuzahlen, holt dieser es sic ...more
Rome, 61 BC RECRUITED as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior. But Marcus cannot simply forget his past. His father lies murdered by soldiers and his mother has been kidnapped and forced into slavery. Marcus is determined to find his father's old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free. Yet, unbeknown ...more
Marcus has a good life on his father's Roman farm until his father refuses to repay a loan and beats up the goons sent by the debt collector, Decimus. Decimus later retaliates by having Marcus' father, a former Centurion, killed, and Marcus and his mother enslaved. Marcus manages to escape being sent to a remote farm with his mother, but after he stows away on a ship in order t ...more
The novel is basically about a young boy named Marcus Cornelius Primus. His family is thrown into hell [well, hypothetically speaking] – his father, a former centurion named Titus, is killed, while his mother, Livia, after a failed plan to get away from their captor is turned into a slave in a winery s ...more
The book centers around Marcus Primus in 61BC, a ten year old boy, the son of a retired Centurion Titus Primus, who during his time in the Roman army helped to crush the Spartacus slave rebellion. The story begins with Titus an ...more
Englantilaisen Simon Scarrowin "Gladiaattori: taistelu vapaudesta" (Gummerus, 2011) aloittaa uuden antiikin Roomaan sijoittuvan kirjasarjan, jonka olisin valmis nostamaan kiinnostavimmaksi vähään aikaan julkaistuksi nuortenromaaniksi.
"Gladiaattorissa" seurataan kymmenvuotiaan Marcus Cornelius Primuksen vaiheita noin vuonna 61 ennen ajanlaskun alkua. Marcuksen isä on entinen centurio, joka on osallistunut Spartacuksen johtaman orjaka ...more
Secondly, it was a real pleasure to come across an author who really did evoke Rosemary Sutcliff for me. Not only the setting of Ancient Roman times, but the way characters are depicted, the social classes they come from, and most importantly the way this was written definitely mimics Sutcliff's work. I loved it! I fully intend to check out more of Simon Scarrow's work ...more
Marcus is determined to win hi ...more
First thing first, the price of this book is ridiculously overpriced!! If I was anymore sane, I would have borrowed this book from the library but I am after all, a teenager.
Now, lets get down to the review of this book. This book did what it aimed to ...more
The action in the story moves quickly and the fast pace will be eaten up by its intended audience. The biggest problem I had with this story, was Marcus's age. In the beginning he is 10 years old! It's hard to believe that he would be trained as a gladi ...more
Marcus was an interesting main character. An eleven year old boy who’s trained to become a gladiator. Not an easy life for Marcus. I felt really bad for him and his mother. The lives they are having now are just so hard… Marcus has never left home before so when he was forced into escaping slavery, he didn’t know how the real world works. He can be naive sometimes. He can be naïve sometimes ...more
A young boy loses everything and is taken slave, and with a growing hate towards the people who has ruined his life he intends to find a powerful Roman that can help him and his mother whom also has become a slave. (I don't want to r ...more
He is best known for his "Eagle" series. This is Roman empire military fiction, starting with the second invasion of Britain, and continuing with subsequen ...more