"The first installment of Clavell's "Asian Saga", Shogun drops you on the shores of feudal Japan in the eyes of a European mariner. All five of the Asian Saga are excellent, but this is the best of the bunch."
"This is the first installment in the Masters of Rome series, which is seven volumes if I recall correctly. This series begins with the rise of Gaius Marius in Republican Rome, through the Sulla Dictatorship. the rise and fall of Julius Caesar, and the struggle for power between Octavian Augustus and Marcus Antonius."