Spartacus

Spartacus

Rebellion

Book - 2013
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Spartacus and his ragtag army take on the mighty Roman army in Ben Kane's brilliant recreation of one of the best-known epics of the modern era


Spartacus has already done the impossible--not only has he escaped from slavery, he and his seconds have created a mighty slave army that has challenged Rome and defeated the armies of three praetors, two consuls, and one proconsul. On the plain of the River Po, in modern Northern Italy, Spartacus has defeated Gaius Cassius Longinus, proconsul and general of an army of two legions. Now the road home lies before them--to Thrace for Spartacus, and to Gaul for his seconds-in-command, Castus and Gannicus.

But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon. One of Spartacus's most powerful generals has defected, taking his men with him. Back in Rome, the immensely rich Marcus Licinius Crassus is gathering an unheard-of Army. The Senate has given Crassus an army made up of ten legions and the authority to do whatever it takes to end the slave rebellion once and for all.

Meanwhile, Spartacus wants to lead his men over the Alps and home, but his two seconds have a different plan. They want to march on Rome itself and bring the Republic to its knees. Rebellion has become war. War to the death.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250012777
1250012775
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kane 2013
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Spartacus rebellion: a novel

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

This was my first try at a Ben Kane novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It is the first in a duology. The story starts with Spartacus returning home after spending many years in the Roman Legion and ends with the third defeat of a Roman army by the slaves.

I always find it a good sign when I like the hero from the first chapter, in this case I liked the character of Spartacus from the first paragraph. He was everything I want my heroes to be. There was a massive amount of action, from small fights to large battles and everything in between. I think the charisma and determination that Spartacus must have had to lead such a group to defeat the Romans was portrayed well and the brutalness that must have been required was not overdone.
The only character that I wasn't that partial too was his love interest. Her character as a priestess and lover felt like they were added just to make Spartacus more human. Though without her I doubt he would be as likable a character.

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2013

Make the most of every day that dawns for it might be your last.

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