Review: Spartacus, Rebellion by Ben Kane
Author: Ben Kane
Publisher: St. Martin's Press May 14, 2013, 2nd Edition
Labels: Spartacus, Roman History, Roman Soldier
Rating: 5 Stars
Spartacus was a true historical figure. He led a slave uprising in ancient Rome We also know what history tells us of his ending. Ben Kane brings Spartacus to life through the pages of his book Spartacus: Rebellion, filling in the blanks of his personal life, and the leadership role with his men.
When book two Rebellion begins, Spartacus, his wife Adriadne, and his army of hardened combat soldiers are on the verge of crossing in to the Alps. Spartacus was once a slave and a gladiator, now he commands with confidence and loyalty his army. They've fought and won many battles against Rome. A once loyal commander of Spartacus's has betrayed him. Many of Spartacus's men are not happy with Spartacus's plan to leave Italy. These men only know one life, and that is a life of warfare.
This is my first book on Roman history, first to read and first to review.
I loved this story!
I have several reasons for loving this story and recommending it.
- Spartacus is NOT portrayed as a perfect hero. He is a man, soldier, commander, husband, and he has a battle-hardened mind and body. He is not a man of bravado. He is a man of action. He is swift and decisive. His men come first, even before his wife. He is rough. His speech is harsh and lewd. He is exactly what he is, and does not pretend to be different.
- The author gives freedom to Spartacus's life-story, we know his end so there is no pretending about what will happen, instead the focus is on the drill of his life.
- Their are men of all personality types in Spartacus's army. Their are those who are afraid, arrogant, over-confident, brazen, calculating and conniving, and those living for only the flesh of this life. Their are a few of his men whom Spartacus can depend on in life and in death.
- Spartacus: Rebellion is an impressive story, it did not give me time to take a nap, it moved steadily along like the beat of marching men.
About the Author:
Ben Kane was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from University College Dublin, and worked in Ireland and the UK for several years. After that he travelled the world extensively, indulging his passion for seeing the world and learning more about ancient history. Seven continents and more than 65 countries later, he decided to settle down, for a while at least.
While working in Northumberland in 2001/2, his love of ancient history was fuelled by visits to Hadrian’s Wall. He naïvely decided to write bestselling Roman novels, a plan which came to fruition after several years of working full time at two jobs – being a vet and writing. Retrospectively, this was an unsurprising development, because since his childhood, Ben has been fascinated by Rome, and particularly, its armies. He now lives in North Somerset with his wife and family, where he has sensibly given up veterinary medicine to write full time.
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