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Aetas Furor-The Time of Madness Paperback – September 1, 2013
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The story goes back & forth from Capua’s struggle to contain the “madness” and madness personified in the Empire’s man of the hour. Some Standout points are the Matrix-esque fight sequences Xen brings to the party, introducing Ancient Rome to the even more ancient martial arts.
Xen himself is an excellent character, another oddity to be found in this setting and Franklin handled his mystique with precision and respect. From his introduction as a Centurion-crushing heathen to the strategic, Zen-like mentor of young Atticus, his evolution leaves the reader wanting another round.
So, why only 4 stars? Aside from the aforementioned focus on the antagonist, the story struggles with fluidity at times due to the dominance of attention given to historical details and less about the madness itself. For instance, the fist night in Capua, when the dead have escaped the Campus with Lepidus and his men in pursuit, he usurps a slave scribe Porflavius to write details of their encounters to be messengered back to Pullus. However, those very details are dismissed.
Another issue I had with Aetas Furor was a technical one. Once in italics, always in italics. Each time a Latin word came into play, such as gladius, it arrived in italics and remained there throughout the book.Read more ›
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GREAT read! Couldn't put it down...fast paced and intriguing twists keep your attention and interest piqued throughout this witty 'historically' based fictional novel! Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by teresa
Good stuff. I found it to be an Interesting and fast paced story with lots of action and well written historical context. Plus there's zombiesPublished on November 2, 2013 by bob fitzky
I read zombie books ALL THE TIME. Truthfully, I felt I had read it all until I pick up Harry Franklin's The Time of Madness. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Jorge L Montoya
What a great book> The story is captivating! Had to sit and read it in a few quick sittings. Can't wait for the next installment from Harry Franklin.Published on October 9, 2013 by Rev. K
This is a thrilling must-read! I couldn't put the book down. Franklin did his research on Roman history, and pairing those times with zombies is absolute brilliance! Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Shangogh
I'm not a big zombie fan as most tend to either really lack in creativity while others go overboard trying too hard. Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by ffnwilliams
After reading this classic you will look at your life as before & after "Furor" periods. Take the plunge & then come back here & tell me yourself!. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer