- File Size: 1461 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (June 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LFW9UF8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Fragile Peace is the fifth of this series. This series is based upon the real historical, and until recently forgotten, “Emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius, Dutiful, Fortunate, the Unconquered,” also known historically as Arth, the Bear, and Caros. The real Carausius did not have the opportunity to enjoy life as long as depicted in this series into the 4th c (died around 293 BC), but such is quite fine when very well written as is this historical fiction.
As I’ve noted previously, this series is not a love story, nor is it romantic. The author depicts reality. No music plays in the background. Bannister has done epic historical research into the age as it relates to Roman military and all relating to Britannia of the age of this very real Arthur.
The main emphasis is upon action and considerations, both strategic and tactical, as must burden the mind of an Emperor (as he indeed was the 1st Emperor of Britain) who is faced with both external threats of invasions as well as serious domestic tribal uprisings.
In the case of this book Arthur is also faced with the terrible and historical plague which wiped out much of his forces as well as the population.
There are very personal tragedies as well as some detailed, well described combat scenes. One can even learn the construction of a light chariot. You never know ...
This 5th book has a bit more subtle humor within once and awhile - not a lot mind you. Just a smidgeon.Read more ›
Paul Bannister’s fourth novel in the series, “The King’s Cavalry,” had just been published and I devoured it, as I did his three earlier ones.
I’m delighted to say “A Fragile Peace” stacks up right alongside its predecessors. And I’ll go along with the earlier reviewer that there’s a great movie here just waiting to be made. Teach Vin Diesel to speak English, instead of whatever it is he mumbles, and he’d make an awesome Scots renegade in a kilt!
The other problem I had was in caring what happened to the main characters. Most seemed to be unworthy of the reader's support. I simply could not find myself "rooting" for them. Somehow I like a book where I can identify with the main character and want him to succeed. This book, not so much.
Still, I enjoyed the read for the doors it opened to another era, very different from our own, and yet, maybe, not so different. For those that like historical novels, this one is definitely worth the time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite enjoyable. I was captivated by this story and fell asleep reading it a I was in willing to put it down.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting about times that are probably not well known to most people.Published 4 months ago by J. McMahan
Excellent weaving of historical fact with the threads of myth & lore. Arthur is a very well known but always poorly portrayed, until now, figure of history. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donald Houston
The characters follow known people of that time of history. The battles could have happened during the time line. Read morePublished 14 months ago by gene a roberts
As with his previous books the author gives us a great story with exquisite details about battles and armaments but is scant when it comes to developing the characters. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dick
Disappointing-- the author didn't seem clear what he wanted to do-- show the excellence of his research or tell a story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by sandytiger