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Lion of the Sun (Warrior of Rome 3) Hardcover – October 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590203518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590203514
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A starring Roman epic with explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama."
(--The Guardian)

"Harry Sidebottom's epic tale starts with a chilling assassination and goes on, and up, from there."
(--Mary Beard, author of The Roman Triumph)

"A book to keep you up well past your bedtime."
(--Evening Standard)

About the Author

Harry Sidebottom is best known for the Warrior of Rome series of novels, published by Overlook. He teaches classical history at Oxford University, where he is a Fellow of St. Benets Hall and a Lecturer at Lincoln College. Visit HarrySidebottom.co.uk

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This is the last book in the series I've read & arguably the best.
D. Powers
Character development and dialogue remain as strong as ever, with enough plot twists to maintain interest.
Doglet
This is one of those books that sucks you in and makes you really feel you know these characters.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Siefert on May 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Lion of the Sun is the third book in the Warrior of Rome series. I purchased the first two in the gift shop of the Capitoline Museum of Rome --the Italian curators of the museum have thought so highly of the author's historical fiction that it was one of only three novels in English sold there.

This third book of the series has not yet been published in the U.S. I purchased mine thru Amazon shipping from dealers in the U.K. where it is already on the shelves. Should be available in American bookstores by the fall.

It is outstanding historical fiction set in the period of the Crisis of the Third Century, when the Roman Empire almost fell apart. And unlike most Roman historical fiction, it set in the East where the enemy is the Sassanid (Iranian/Iraqi) empire, not the barbarians on the Rhine.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Groen VINE VOICE on November 1, 2011
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The author has done it again writing another excellent historical novel of the late Roman Empire. This one starts where the previous book left off (King of Kings) where Ballista is being led away to captivity by the Persians after the defeat and capture of Valerian in 260 AD.

What I like about this book and this author are the following.
1. This book is well researched. The author does an excellent job of analyzing all the writings and archeology of the period.
2. The book uses the research to paint a very believable picture of the period. I almost thought that I was there looking at the cities and the countryside.
3. The action is palpable. You can feel it. More than the other two books, Ballista is in the action, in one battle after another, and his family also dodges some challenges.
4. The storyline keeps you on the edge of your seat. You believe that everything will end well, but at times you wonder. At one point especially where his wife and sons were in trouble, I was challenged to jump ahead to try to find out.
5. The ending is satisfying. I won't tell you what it is, but you should enjoy it.
6. All in all, the book is very believable. In fact, of all the authors that I've read of Roman Historical Fiction, this author's stories are the most believable.

I can't wait for the next installment - mentioned in the Historical Afterward - The Caspian Gates.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Roman Empire. This is not dry historical analysis but an excellent story based upon the historical facts, as we know them today.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Doglet on November 1, 2010
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I became a fan of Ballista and company in the first Warrior of Rome and this book did not disappoint. Fans of the great man will enjoy Ballista's battle fury as he avenges past defeats. Character development and dialogue remain as strong as ever, with enough plot twists to maintain interest.

I wanted to like this book, and I did!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karolus Magnus on December 7, 2011
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Like the other previous novels, Book Three of the Warrior Of Rome series by Dr. Sidebottom doesn't dissapoint. What is unique about this wonderful series is that it is set during The Crisis of the Third Century, an underepresented era of the Roman Empire - both in novels and Hollywood. Even authoritative history books exploring this period are scarce. Another is the fact, that almost all of the characters - from Valerian and Macrianus to Shapur and Odenatus are real people. And, yes, even our hero Ballista is no made up Gladiator/Maximus-clone - he, too, is real. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Army Phil on September 22, 2012
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Terrific series by an English professor of history. The primary characters are well developed, and the reader becomes invested in their well being. As near as we can tell the battle scenes are realistic; they are certainly engaging. If you like historical fiction (Bernard Cornwell), you will like Professor Sidebottom's work equally well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Smedes on September 10, 2012
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I am very glad that I cam e across this series of books. I find them very informative about warfare in this time and about the people of history. I have enjoyed this series imensly. I know I can't spell
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. E Johnson on February 18, 2012
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The Warrior of Rome books have the greatest wealth of scholarship I've ever seen--and it's unobtrusive. There's a reason all the reviews here are five stars, and this is one of the most important of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ward VINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
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This third volume in the Ballista series is the best so far. Sidebottom has established all his characters and we see the rise and fall of the Emperor(s) in the east and at home in Italy as they jockey for power with Ballista as a piece on the chessboard. He takes more time with characterization and incorporates his history lessons more artfully, and the narrative is the richer for it.

Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this story and look forward to the fourth (at least two more to come!) volume. Well done!
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