Fight for Freedom
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.
The book "Gladiator: Fight for Freedom" was written by the author Simon Scarrow, and it narrates the life story of Marcus Cornelius Primus a 10-year-old kid who lived his life in sorrow, guilt, agony, and pain. Marcus sets a goal to avenge his father's death after his father has been slain and to rescue his mother from slavery as seen on (P. 74) "If Marcus was caught, then it would all have been for nothing, and he and his mother would be condemned to the ...more
The setting is very likely and the narration is so good written, that holds the reader next to the book, not letting him go, until he finished the whole book.
The story itself sticks very keen to it's boundaries with the ancient Roman Empire timeline.
Would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the life of a gladiator and in ancient Roman history.
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
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
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