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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Myrmidon Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905802412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905802418
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brutal, bloody and loaded with authenticity."  —Anthony Riches, author, Empire series

About the Author

Russell Whitfield is the author of Gladiatrix.

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Hi, I'm Russ.

I've had an (almost) life long fascination with ancient Greece and Rome, sparked by seeing the The Three Hundred Spartans on ITV in the seventies.

I was educated to A-Level, but did not complete college, preferring instead to seek fame and fortune in a heavy metal band.

Sadly, fame and fortune were not forthcoming and a career in telesales beckoned. A series of jobs followed culminating in the heady heights of 'content editor' for a large multi-national. Its not brilliant, but it'll pay the bills until I get that call from Angelina Jolie demanding to option my books.

Gladiatrix is my first novel, but the sequel, Roma Victrix is due out in March 2011 and at the time of writing, I'm at work on a threequel.

I'm a bit of a geek (all right, a lot of a geek), I love watching DVD's, reading comic books and historical fiction novels. And I used to play Traveller and Dungeons & Dragons...but that was a very long time ago.

In an attempt to stave off an ever increasing beer-gut, I've taken up Silat - a Malaysian martial art, but in all honesty, I'm rubbish.

Still, in a strange quirk of fate, I'm actually training with the person who inspired me to write the Gladiatrix novel! A few years ago, I saw a documentary on the telly called "Gladiator Girl" which was about "Great Dover Street Woman" - purportedly the only physical remains of gladiator uncovered at the time, a "fact" (its contended) made more unusual because the fighter was a woman. Anyway, the lead actress in that is also a Silat Guru - Cecily Fay is her name - and now, years later, I'm training with the Gladiatrix herself.

I love Heavy Metal. As a child of the 80s, I'm into all the old stuff, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Manowar, Judas Priest et al. However, these days my favourite band are called Hysterica - Gladiatrix Metal, believe it or not (I didn't till I went to their website, but the proof in in the pictures.An all-female five piece, they sound great, look great...And they have swords - what's not to love).

Thanks for looking at my page - I should add that its a privilege to be in a position to have one of these sections on Amazon. If you're reader AND a writer, don't give up! Believe me when I say that despite all the knocks and rejection letters, if you keep at it you'll get there in the end.

Thanks

Russ

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Whitfield skillfully and artfully brings his characters to life.
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While I can't say it's quite as good as Gladiatrix was, it's still a worthy sequel and a definite must read if you loved the first book.
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The follow up to Gladriatrix is again action packed and the story moves a long fast paced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Golomb VINE VOICE on May 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Russell Whitfield returns to Ancient Rome in this very strong sword, sand and sandals epic, "Roma Victrix", sequel to his debut "Gladiatrix". As in the original, Whitfield combines a steady diet of character depth with heaping spoonfuls of historical fact and fiction as well superb fight sequences, which together puts flesh on the bone of the lesser known, but historically-documented, female gladiator.

The core of Whitfield's sequel revolves around Lysandra and her gladiatrix alter-ego, Achillia, the Gladiatrix Prima in Asia Minor. After establishing herself as the best in the East, Lysandra builds a temple to Athene, the Greek Goddess to whom she's dedicated her life. Born in Sparta, Lysandra wears her heritage like a suit of virtually impenetrable armor. It provides her with motivation, pride, a religious foundation, and an emotional wall of protection. Lysandra is consistently grasping to hold onto her very strict and unemotional Spartan upbringing in the face of an emotional landscape of secondary characters, her own burgeoning battle with alcohol, and her exposure to the myriad of cultures throughout the Mediterranean.

Following a magnificent staged battle royale that pits Achillia as warrior-general, leading a phalanx in battle against Barbarians in a sweeping book-opening scene, Lysandra steps off the sand arena and into the marble temple as she builds a deiopolos to her Goddess Athene. A life of temple management and prayer makes her soft and she increasingly finds herself drawn to and controlled by wine. Her propensity to dabble in the Dionysian propels Lysandra down a path where she finds herself literally and figuratively lost.

Young Varia returns to play a key role in this book as Lysandra's protege.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Moore on November 3, 2011
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If you enjoy a fast paced, action packed, gladiatorial romp in ancient Roman times with a good splattering of unpretentious eroticism, limb lopping gore, a dash of profanity, a good cast of believable characters then this work wont disappoint. Of the characters to flow from the authors first work, Lysandra, the Spartan gladiatrix prima and devotee to Athena is back and baring all again in the arena. However this time her role is counter balanced by the rising star of this series, Valerian, the Roman tribune another survivor from book 1. Far from having a suffocating effect on the plot, for those who prefer a Lysandra centric story, the promotion of Valerian into the work actually gives the story more depth of emotion, an alernate perspecive to life in Rome and the culture of the arena and assists with the injection of new characters into the plot.

Valerians tales of struggle, woe and redemption (in no particular order) act as a both a mirror and foil to Lysandras own battle to regain lost pride and status, giving the readers a more mature, fleshed out sequel which is still no less of an action pulsing read than was successfully rolled out in "Gladiatrix".

Comparing Roma Victrix to other works is probably pointless. For those who prefer works that sit among the small pantheon of efforts that have some claim to being a literary classic in their given genre, then you probably will rapidly decide this is not your cup of tea. But to coin a Television comparison - if you are more of a "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010 TV series) afficionado as opposed to a "I Claudius" beige sort of person then you will enjoy this. The pages flow fast as it makes you want to find out what becomes of the main characters, and its far from predictable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannibal0020 on August 29, 2011
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Russell Whitfield's "Gladiatrix" is easily one of my favorite novels of all time. It was an incredibly gripping personal story about a lone warrior enslaved by the tyrannical Roman Empire and forced to fight as a gladiatrix in their arena. It was gritty and incredibly violent, it showcased just how brutal the time period was and it treated the reader like an adult by doing so. The characters were memorable and the storyline was one of the few I'd call a true page turner. Needless to say, I loved every second of it. However I wasn't even aware Whitfield was making a sequel so you can understand my ecstatic reaction when I stumbled across it. While I can't say it's quite as good as Gladiatrix was, it's still a worthy sequel and a definite must read if you loved the first book.

Roma Victrix takes place six years after Gladiatrix, with Lysandra crowned the Gladiatrix Prima of Asia Minor. Her achievement earns her more wealth than she ever dreamed of which she uses to construct a temple in honor of the gods. This new found ease in her life has left her with a severe drinking habit and the disrespect of her fellow gladiatrices. This all changes when she is invited to Rome to confront their champion: Aesalon Nocturna the Midnight Falcon. After some soul-searching, Lysandra decides to confront the Midnight Falcon in an attempt to find balance in her life and return to her old self as Achillia the Gladiatrix Prima.

I've read a few historical fiction novels of the ancient Roman Empire but no one captures the sheer barbarism and violence of the time like Russell Whitfield does. Every sword swing creates painful spurts of gore, and every love scene is filled with erotic lust.
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