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Not a bad book at all. A young Roman aristocrat is forced by court intrigues to go on the run, including time as a disguised slave. It pulls few punches, not idolizing the time period, the high Roman empire, nor condeming it. Of particular interest are the passage on Emperor Commodus, his skill at chariot racing and fighting in the Coloseum. He is not presented as a fop but an accomplished athlete. Worth your time if you like old Rome.
02/05/2019
Almost no detail about the time period, almost no action, a prototypical Henty book if there ever was one. Read only if you are a masochist like me.
02/04/2019
A great collection of historical fiction tales, most set against the Roman empire. My favourite work by Doyle. (Yes, better than Sherlock Holmes).
02/03/2019
A good tale about an obscure time period. a vile villain to hate.
02/03/2019
I hate to say it, but if you have read one Henty book, you have read them all. Each book follows the exact same formula and this one is no exception. A young English lad who is perfect in every way integrates himself into another society, showing superiority in every way. You get one page of boring action then 30 pages where they talk about that action, ad nausium.
Sadly, you get no local colour whatsoever. Other than mentioning gondolas, this could be set in any time in any city. I wonder if Henty had ever even visited Venice because there is no description of the city at all.
02/02/2019
Great historical fiction. The stories are brief but impactful. should be more well-known.
01/30/2019
One of the best books on this site. Basically the book that inspired the authors of "superman" but it takes a much more realistic, less heroic look at how a superhuman would navigate the world.
No idea what foul language is being refered to in the below review.
01/30/2019
A cracking adventure. Avoid if you are oversensitive and words hurt your feelings.
01/29/2019
Top-notch historical fiction that doesn't claim to be fact. Howard weaves storylines together. Not really a tale with a beginning and conclusion but still fantastic. From the highlands of Scotland to the steppes of Asia, only Harold Lamb's the "Grand Cham" tackles the subject better.
Howard's historical fiction is what he should be known more for than Conan.
01/29/2019
 Adam Nicholls & Jay Nadal - Private Eyes, Detectives and Psych Thrillers
FEATURED AUTHOR -  Adam Nicholls grew up in the southwest of England, where he studied creative writing while working a variety of full-time jobs. When his Mason Black series was first published, he quickly became a bestseller and then went on to create a name for himself in the thriller genre. Adam now lives with his wife in Bristol.