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Spartacus: Rebellion: A Novel (Spartacus Chronicles) Hardcover – May 14, 2013
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“The parts heaviest on sex and violence are also the most enjoyable, including a sequence where Spartacus' general Navio visits a brothel on a spying mission, gets charged by Romans at the most inopportune time and has to escape through a dung heap.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
BEN KANE is the bestselling author of The Forgotten Legion trilogy as well as Spartacus: The Gladiator, a top-three bestseller on the London Sunday Times. A lifelong student of military history, Kane has traveled widely, visiting more than sixty countries on seven continents. He currently lives with his family in North Somerset, England.
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Mr Kane mentions in the Afterword how deeply the story of Spartacus touched him. It's an enduring legend because anyone can relate to the courage of one man against impossible odds. His legend has also endured due to the fine work of writers like Howard Fast and Ben Kane. I read somewhere the best writers don't write in ink, they write in blood. There's so much heart in these books, I can see Mr Kane's devotion to the legend on every page.
The final battle is one of the most thrilling accounts of what it would be like to stand in a shield wall against the odds with trusted friends all around you I've ever read. I can only compare it to BCornwell's account of Waterloo or DJackson's wonderful depiction of Claudius' victory in Britain. Mr Kane mentions reenactors in his afterword, but it's not hard to imagine in another life he stood on an ancient battlefield swapping sword blows. His writing has that level of authenticity.
I could go on, but I need to get stuck into another of Mr Kane's books right away! Thank you, sir, for such an inspiring and entertaining read!
Ben Kane has covered the ground literally. He walks the countryside to get a feel. His research is immaculate. And this knowledge and love shine through the narrative. In his books, people make sense. Their predicament and the geography and the culture all fit together correctly.
The book comes to its natural end with a journey up the Appian way with a crucified man at every 40 paces. It is hard not to cry at this point - Kane has helped us identify so closely with the protagonists.
You can dismiss this kind of book as mere genre writing. But I see it differently. I think we too live at a time quite like the end of the Republic, when money took over. Freedom and liberty are not just words but important things that most of have lost. I sense that many are quite like slaves really. There are also men like Crassus all around us. I put the book down thinking about my own life and what is going on today in our own time.
I am off now to buy Kane's Hannibal books. I suggest you go there too.
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