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Parthicus [Kindle Edition]

Michael Donohue
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When, in the autumn of his years, Publius Ventidius is chosen to lead the invasion of Parthia, he is confronted by more than mere world war against Rome's greatest enemy. A former lieutenant for Julius Caesar and second tier general for a corrupt and dying republic, Ventidius also finds himself on a personal odyssey on which he must weigh his own loyalties against his ambitions, and prosecute a war against a noble people when he can find little nobility left in his own. Though well equal to the task of defeating Persian knights and archers, he must also navigate the treacheries of such beloved yet often contemptible historical figures as Marcus Antonius, Augustus Caesar, Marcus Agrippa, Herod, and Cleopatra. In his quest to become Parthicus, Ventidius learns that great nations often betray their heroes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1511 KB
  • Print Length: 731 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A21NCIE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written first novel February 1, 2013
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I found this book to be very interesting and very well written for a first time
write; for that matter any writer. I read a lot of Roman era fiction, and this one
was just as much fun as a Saylor or a Roberts or a Scarrow book.

The author was smart to have as the main charactor a little known but real and
successful general. In this way you learned something as you were being entertained.

The author is obviously well read with respect to Roman customs and military history,
so you get a real feel for the times. I especially liked the relationship between the main
charactor and his felt like a true father-son relationship.

One quibble...there are many grammar errors, or incorrect wording. I bought this book from
Amazon, not the author, and even for a couple bucks I think Amazon should run any book
through a grammer and usage tool.

I look forward to more books by Mr Donohue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and well researched book June 8, 2013
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I felt the author stayed correct to the times no flights of fancy, no heros just ordinary men and woman trying to make the best of what the fates put in their way whilst remaining true to those differing ideals of what Rome was or could be. I also appreciated the detail in which the author describes the opponents of Rome. Particularly the Parthian Empire of the time
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Book May 17, 2013
By AnnieO
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Unlike some novels about Roman conquests, this one provided depth of character. There were thoughtful, meaningful conversations between the characters, many of whom were searching for answers to their existence, whether it was as a legionary or a general. Sometimes I wanted to cut it off - there being too much "talk", but the bottom line was that the questions these characters asked and the conversations they had are not unlike those we might have today. I felt like I knew these characters at the end of the book. I hope Mr. Donohue continue to write such books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars parthicus April 24, 2013
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I am a avid reader anything about ancient history I will read.this book in particular kept my interest all the way was not boring at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good story but an editing embarrassment June 14, 2013
By Carlos
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A functional illiterate edited this book, if it was edited at all. It's a shame, because the story is well thought out and entertainigly told. But it's far too hard to suffer through language that reads like it was written by a very slow third grader. The publisher who permitted this book to go out as a finished product did the author and his readers no favors
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The epochal struggles between Rome and its Eastern neighbors, such as Mithridates' Pontus and later Parthia, are well worth mining for historical fiction. Donahue's focus on a less known Roman general Publius Ventidius Bassus is welcome. He brings the lives and motivations of his characters nicely to life, although with some lengthy psychological expositions which could be perhaps inferred with some more subtle writing.

Where this work falls down is in editing, or more accurately lack of editing. It appears dictated via voice recognition software with nary an editor's look. As other reviewers have suggested, it comes across as an illiterate embarrassment. Hopefully Donohue will reissue this work after having it edited into final form.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbearable grammatical errors September 15, 2013
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I agree with the previous reviewers about content, yet I had to stop reading halfway through. I thought I'd grown immune to the lack of editting in some e-books, especially these $0-$2 ones, but this book was the worst I've ever seen in that regard. It almost seems as if not a paragraph goes by without a homophone error. The book appears to have been entered by voice recognition software, run through a spellchecker and that's it. All these books need is a literate brother-in-law to proofread the final copy, but so many don't. This is the worst I've seen.
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