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Fight for Freedom (Gladiator #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  898 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
It's 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 ...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Puffin Books
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Oct 24, 2016 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Surprisingly good!

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"

Jason Golomb
Simon Scarrow expands his literary (Roman) empire into the realm of children's books, with the first in a new series: "Fight for Freedom".

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
Jul 06, 2012 Aaron rated it it was amazing
For a long time, I have been interested in historical fiction, and ancient Rome has a special place in my heart when it comes to interests. This is the first volume of a new series about Marcus Cornelius Primus. As the book opens, Marcus' father Titus Cornelius Pollenius is on the battlefield fighting in the conclusion to the Spartarcus wars. The rebelling slaves have all but lost. Just at the conclusion of the battle, Titus saves the leading General Pompeius from an attack by one of the slaves ...more
Jan 30, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Marcus Cornelius Primus is the son of a Roman Centurian. With the first ten years of his life spent on his family's farm in Greece, Marcus' life is suddenly turned upside down when his father is killed and he and his mother are taken as slaves. Marcus is then sold to a Gladiator trainer where he learns to fight whilst all the time contemplating his escape and how he can find and free his mother. He sets his sights on somehow making it to Rome to find General Pompeius, who's life his father once ...more
Ben Jeffery
May 03, 2014 Ben Jeffery rated it it was amazing
1.I decided to read 'Fight for Freedom by Simon Scarrow because I enjoy learning about ancient Greece and so since Rome is Right next to Greece I decided to read this book. i also had a read of the blurb and saw that his father was murdered as a centurion which high rank in the Roman Military so i wanted to find out 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
Anish Bhardwaj
Nov 08, 2015 Anish Bhardwaj rated it liked it
This book was a great history story. It was a great fun,historical and enjoyable read. This book takes place in Rome 61BC ago.Plot: When 10 year old Marcus Cornelius Primus the main character his father dies. Him and his Mom get sold to slavery while Marcus Cornelius Primus a gladiator training school south of Rome.As he learns the ways of how to be a gladiator and survive.

Characters: Commander Pompeius,Marcus Cornelius Primus, Mom,Dad,Soldiers of Rome

The Genre of the book is young adult fiction
3.5 stars

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
Mar 14, 2016 Drishti rated it it was ok
This book had everything but something new. The same old story.......... Someone makes the MC's life a living hell (bonus points if this someone kills the MC's family as well!). MC swears revenge against the aforementioned someone. Then throw in a lot of complications (bullies, starvation, poverty, life-and-death situations. In short, all tragedies imaginable!). And BAM! There's the ultimate plot twist............ Sadly, not even the plot twist here surprised me. All I had as a reaction was "Oka ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Vanessa rated it liked it
This was a weird one. I liked the storyline enough though I couldn't possibly believe that the MC was a 10 year old kid. The way he spoke seemed more fit for a grown adult than a fumbling kid not even hit by puberty yet. I didn't love this story but it also wasn't completely dreadful.

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.
May 06, 2014 Margareth8537 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read. Lots of information on the Slave Revolt, slaves in that period and gladiator training
Isabelle Ley
Mar 07, 2016 Isabelle Ley rated it it was ok
That was dumb. I rolled my eyes so many times I'm surprised that they didn't fall out of my head. Needless to say, I will not be continuing on with this series.
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Samuel Sylvester
Well this story has potential. It was entertaining, though I thought it was too short. I have no idea where the book went and the ending was abrupt. It was still good though, I would recommend buying the first two books so that you didn't have to wait to read the next one. I'm going straight to the next one and I'll see if it's better than the first. It might be because there was a nice steady development of the main character.
Aug 01, 2012 Amelie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jodelieh Blue
Jan 25, 2014 Jodelieh Blue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Simon Scarrow
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
Apr 27, 2011 sabisteb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are no second chances for a gladiator. Remember that well and you may live. Fail to, and you dill surely die.

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
Wayne S.
Jul 28, 2015 Wayne S. rated it really liked it
Ten year old Marcus Cornelius Primus lives an idyllic farm life with his father, Titus Cornelius, a retired centurion who had served in the Roman army under General Pompeius during the slave rebellion led by Spartacus (c. 73-71 B.C.), and his mother Livia, a former slave whom Titus had captured, freed, and married, on the Greek isle of Leucas near the town of Nydri. However, times have become hard, and Titus owes a large sum of money to an unscrupulous man named Decimus who sends his thugs to ki ...more
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
Product Description (From back of book)

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
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
A big thank you to the people at Penguin for sending me this book for review! When I first saw the book, I immediately thought 'oooh, there's something I haven't seen much of in YA' and I like when that happens. I like when things are new and different. And Gladiator, this first book for children by Simon Scarrow, is quite a fun read. With it's action scenes and violence and gladiator training, this is one sure to attract boys, but I found myself really gripped by the story and the characters as ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 26, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing
Release date 24 April 2012, which shows SERIOUS bad planning. Why not 21 April, the anniversary of the founding of Rome?

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
Mohd Afiq
Nov 04, 2012 Mohd Afiq rated it really liked it
This is the first book from the new Gladiator series by Simon Scarrow. If you are familiar with the word gladiator, then you will get the idea that the story is set during the Ancient Roman Empire.

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
John Salter
Oct 11, 2013 John Salter rated it it was amazing
I must admit that I was a bit uncertain as to whether this would suitable for adults and upto the usual Simon Scarrow standards because the book is aimed at the young adult market. However, having the read the book from cover to cover over two days my fears were soon gone.

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
Matti Karjalainen
Terve, Simon Scarrow! Nuortenkirjoja lukevat tervehtivät sinua!

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
Lady Knight
First of all, the dedication reads: "For Rosemary Sutcliff who has inspired so many of us to love history". How awesome is that?!

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
Hazel West
May 29, 2012 Hazel West rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good for a kid's book. Simon Scarrow is a pretty good writer, and I like how he adds history into this book and explains stuff that happens so that kids will be able to understand it, but yet he doesn't let it bog down the story line and confuse younger readers. It wasn't quite as meaty and angsty as I like my historical novels (espicially ones about gladiators) but it was engaging and exciting and I think kids 10-13 would really enjoy it, espicially boys. The main character ...more
Matilda Rose
10 year old Marcus lives in Rome with his mum Livia, his dad Titus, his dog Cerberus, and their slave. When the tax collector sends armed soldiers to their door because they haven't paid the tax, Marcus, Cerberus and Titus try to hold them off. Unfortunately, the small army is too strong, and they murder Titus. Marcus and his mother are sold into slavery. Marcus is sold as a young gladiator, and his mother is sold to work on the tax collector Decimus's slave estate.

Marcus is determined to win hi
Syed Emir
Jun 01, 2012 Syed Emir rated it liked it
I picked this book up because, well because I absolutely, positively love history. As most of my brethren youth, I have been engrossed in the world of Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. So, you can see why it was a natural response to pick this one up.

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
Jan 19, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, read2012
Marcus and his mother are forced into slavery to pay for his father's debts. Set in Rome in the year 61BC, Marcus catches the attention of a slave owner who trains Gladiators. Marcus trains and plots his escape, and eventually fights in the arena.

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
Feb 15, 2013 Maythavee rated it liked it
A really interesting read! I’m already curious about gladiators so it was really nice to read their lives.

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
Erik Willén
Jan 21, 2013 Erik Willén rated it really liked it
Fight for Freedom by Simon Scarrow has an entertaining story for young readers. The story is very short and probably the first in a series. There is limited character development and the dialogues are - as most of Scarrows' books - very short and not well developed.

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
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Simon Scarrow is a UK-based author, born in Nigeria, and now living in Norfolk. He completed a master's degree at the University of East Anglia, and, after working at the Inland Revenue, went into teaching as a lecturer at City College, Norwich.

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