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message 1: by Cliff (new)

Cliff | 2 comments I've read and reread both the Genghis Khan and Julius Caesar series by Conn Iggulden many times over and they are my favorite reads of all time. I can't seem to find any authors that come close to the same writing style. Any suggestions? I did try the Wars of the Roses by Conn, but I didn't really enjoy it. I also absolutely love the Courtney series of books by Wilbur Smith.


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Eileen Iciek | 459 comments What is it that you enjoyed about his writing of the Genghis Khan and Julius Caesar books?


message 3: by Jodi (new)

Jodi (molomonkey) | 106 comments Have you read his newest book The Abbot's Tale? I haven’t read his Genghis book or Caesar book but I’m currently reading The Abbot’s Tale and enjoying it. I also echo Eileen’s question. What’s did you like about those books?


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Cliff | 2 comments In both the Genghis and Caesar books Conn starts them when the main character is a child and shows how they grow and might have been influenced to become the man later. He creates a story line that captivates the reader while subtly inserting actual historic events. So one gets to have an enjoyable read while still learning history. Particularly in the case of the Genghis story, actual historic fact is hard to come by but Conn doesn't worry about that and weaves a wonderful story rich with characterization and action.

Wilbur Smith on the other hand just writes great romantic adventure and throws in historic events along the way. I don't look for a history lesson when I read HF. I just want to have a great read and maybe learn some actual history along the way. Smith also starts when the main character is a child (When the Lion Feeds) and develops the character as he grows into a man.

The great thing about these two authors is that you learn a lot of history, but you do it without realizing it while reading a very interesting novel. I have had extensive conversations with friends that have studied history and I am surprised to find out that I actually know almost as much as they do about the actual historic events.


Peggyzbooksnmusic | 699 comments Our older son recommends The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane & Pompeii by Robert Harris.


message 6: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie (laurielynette) James Alexander Thom writes excellent books of this nature.


message 7: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Iciek | 459 comments If you enjoy Roman history, I can enthusiastically recommend Colleen McCulloughs Rome series of novels. They are amazing, although towards the end I did feel like her agent was pushing her to drag it out a bit. But the first 3 or 4 books were masterpieces. You learn about Caesar from the time his parents met.


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C.P. Lesley (cplesley) | 644 comments Take a look at Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom series. He's better about the history than Iggulden, but every bit as compelling.


message 9: by Jan (new)

Jan | 1805 comments Colleen McCullough wrote seven well researched books about Rome: First Man of Rome; the Grass Crown, Fortune’s Favorites; Caesar’s Women; Caesar; The October Horse, and Antony and Cleopatra. One of the best reads of my life!


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