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Amulet II: The Gallic Wars (Volume 2) Paperback – November 27, 2015
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Fredrik Nath is a full-time neurosurgeon based in the northeast of England. In his time, he has run twenty-five Great North Run half-marathons in twenty-six years , trekked to 6000m in Nepal, done a 4000m tandem parachute jump and crossed the highest mountain pass in the world. He began writing, like John Buchan, “because he ran out of penny-novels to read and felt he should write his own.” Fred loves a good story, which is why he writes. Catch Fred online at: www.frednath.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Once more we are delivered into a world under siege and while Aulus is in the invading party he soon fails in his mission for Caesar and has to return home in disgrace. Without the full vestiges of his office Aulus has more problems thrown in front of him and the suspense quickly builds as he is in a race against the clock to find his cousin before its too late.
While I usually pickup alternate historical fiction that adds a huge science fiction element that changes the past, this was a well written read that was truly fun to dive into. From the intrigue of Roman politics to the war that Aulus finds himself in to the drama of dealing with his brother there is something constantly going on which will give you a nonstop adventure to read through.
A fantastic piece of historical fiction!
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.
Set in the backdrop of ancient Rome along with a surprising science fiction twist, Amulet II transports this reader to that era that Nath creates by his use of vivid description throughout the book.
Although this is the second book that Nath wrote in this series, it was also easy enough for me to follow along with the story. In other words, I did not have to first read the first of the books in this series to understand Amulet II.
Overall, I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars for the reasons above.
The story however does seem a bit of a drag in some parts, with a lot of repetition of details that have already been mentioned. Also, I noted that the story involves an Amulet, but even though it is talked about a lot by the protagonist, not much happens in the story with regard to the same. It feels as though the plot has deviated in this book, focusing more on wars and fighting. However, I choose to believe that the author has done this on purpose, perhaps to set the stage for the next book where the focus may shift.
Overall, it is a decent read with great background details. The description of the wars and fighting was on point and well done. Some of the characters were well introduced and developed and I assume the author has some tricks up his sleeve to be brought out in the upcoming books. A well written tale, it will definitely interest readers who enjoy fiction that involves history, wars and some amount of mystery!
- The characters are a bit unrealistic. They are very much the classic historical fiction/fantasy "trope" characters (strong wounded hero, gruff but kindly older man, protective friend, love interest). Not the freshest of stories.
- It bounces around a lot, without getting "into the moment" of potentially dramatic moments. Battle scenes are often glossed over, and the narration is iffy.
- SO MANY COMMAS MISSING! There are maybe 25% of the commas the book should have. Punctuation is terrible.
- Grammar mistakes, typos, etc. More than I'd like to see.
All in all, while I enjoyed the story, it wasn't enough to get a better review out of me.