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Augustus: Son of Rome (Augustus Series) Paperback – March 1, 2017
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Richard Foreman is the author of numerous bestselling kindle books, including Augustus: Son of Rome and the Raffles series of historical crime novellas. He is also the author of A Hero of Our Time, a literary novel set during the end of the Second World War. He lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The author clearly has some writing chops. I enjoyed his style, and especially found the soldiers to be engaging characters. The philosopher is really well done also. I really like having Cicero do some of his work through letters to Atticus.
The use of names irritated me a bit. Caesar really should be referred to as Caesar only, and never Julius. For similar reasons, Octavianus gets referred to as Gaius. As he and Caesar, after the adoption, are both a Gaius Julius, it could get confusing for the layman.
There is a lot of sex talk in the book, which I could live without. However, it's not raunchy if that would bother you.
The story covers just before the assassination of Caesar (hopefully that isn't a spoiler as it happened 2k years ago) and Octavianus on his way to claim his destiny.
It's not at the level of The First Man in Rome (and if you haven't read that series, order them now), but it is very good. Would recommend even at the current price of $2.99.
Reading it is quite easy, delayed only by jumping on my Kindle to read the biographies of the historical characters as they appear.
The end just at the beginning of the transition from Octavius to Augustus Caesar was a disappointment just because I was truly enjoying my reading,
If you liked Iggulden's Caesar books, or the older First Man in Rome saga, Pressfield or if you want to read a historical novel, give it a try and I think you wont be disappointed.
I for one cant wait for the balance of the history
One picky point, you do a fine job in the ambush, but, not wanting to spoil things, a killing blow in hand to hand combat with shields is for the femoral artery on the inside of the thigh, not the stomach. Kirk Douglas movie Spartacus: the difference between a qucik kill and a slow kill.
I enjoyed the book and will read the previous ones by the author and his sequels.
This story describes the twisted events leading to Caesar's violent death.The corrupt and self serving men responsible fatally underestimate Caesar's heir. Revenge he swore will be satisfied and legions will march to restore peace. Vivid details set scenes from bucolic countryside to the gates of Rome.The author leaves the story untold. If you don't know the history you are left in limbo as to what eventually happens. But it is still an enjoyable book.