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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Caliburn Press (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629290300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629290300
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,719,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklin’s second published effort is less of an all-out zombie gorefest and more of an imaginative character study of Ancient Rome’s most notorious ruling blemish. That’s not to say that Aetas Furor is devoid of zombies or “lemures” feasting on the living, for that’s the vehicle the author uses to explore the amoral exploits of Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus.

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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this read, taking the journey with 15 year-old Atticus, who chronicles his experience with a zombie apocalypse during the height of the Roman Empire's reign. I was especially appreciative of the author's writing style; he painted just the right amount of detail and gripped my attention throughout the entire story (which for me, is hard to do). Once the action started, it never stopped, and I could not help but notice the parallel in today's government with the scrambling and chaos in trying to hold a nation together on the verge of a fast collapse. I was never much afraid of the whole "zombie" thing before, but after reading this book, I'm terrified! GREAT READ!
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The Time of Madness is a truly unique read. Zombie lovers beware, this book is for you. Historical fiction fans beware, this book is for you too! Having read the last one hundred pages in a single day, I can personally vouch for the intensity and pacing of the book, although I must admit there were a few points near the beginning/middle where the suspense waned. While this may have been fuelled, in part, by the author's attempt to write this novel as if it were a true historical account (hence distancing the reader at times), I found this particular technique to be simultaneously entertaining. Having read a number of Plutarch's Lives, and studying the Roman Republic, I came to appreciate the author's extensive research, use of historical terminology, and authorial tone. That being said, the above was a minor point of negativity, which paled in comparison to the overall masterpiece. My biggest criticism, therefore, would be the lack of time we spent with Atticus, the primary protagonist. While Pullus' struggle was indeed fascinating, the same level of character investment simply wasn't present. All in all, however, this was one of my favourite reads. His recreation of Caligula, in particular, gave the story a truly fascinating, spine-chilling villain.Harry S. Franklin is clearly a talented storyteller, and I look forward to reading more of his work.
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I don't know how you could ask for anything more from a book about zombies, set in Ancient Rome, co-starring Caligula.....and Kung Fu!!!!! It was a quick read, but really has a rich amount of depth. In the light of the current zombie craze, this book is up there as some of the most ingenious creativity, and pure entertainment. Zombie fans and history fans alike need to get their hands on this book.
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What a wild ride. I love historical fiction and a book about Caligula would be wild enough for most. But throw in ZOMBIES vs ROMAN Legions, with a martial arts ass-kicking Chinese monk and you've got yourself a wild ride! And a good read. The historical elements are accurate and the techniques used by the Roman Legions are well documented. I almost believed it actually happened. With our government in a state of paralysis as it is today, would our military be able to get it together in time to stop such an event or would the conflagration go through us like fire rippling across a field of ripe wheat?
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This book was fantastic! I didn't want to put it down; it's one of those books you find yourself reading for hours on end without realizing it. The plot was fast paced and action packed. Although this book falls into the alternative history genre, the famous cast of characters and political machinations between them, lent credibility to the author's interpretation of a monumental event in world history. In particular I enjoyed the characters repartee because it was written so well; it reminded me of many banter sessions I've had with my buddies. Furthermore, as a veteran I can say that the dialogue and repartee between the soldiers really represented the espirit de corp that fellow soldiers share. Awesome!
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