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The Gates of Rome By Conn Iggulden The Gates of Rome Rarely if ever does a new writer dazzle us with such a vivid imagination and storytelling flawlessly capturing the essence of a land a people a legend Conn Iggulden is just such a writer bringin

  • Title: The Gates of Rome
  • Author: Conn Iggulden
  • ISBN: 9780440240945
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Gates of Rome By Conn Iggulden Rarely, if ever, does a new writer dazzle us with such a vivid imagination and storytelling, flawlessly capturing the essence of a land, a people, a legend Conn Iggulden is just such a writer, bringing to vivid life one of the most fascinating eras in human history In a true masterpiece of historical fiction, Iggulden takes us on a breathtaking journey through ancient RoRarely, if ever, does a new writer dazzle us with such a vivid imagination and storytelling, flawlessly capturing the essence of a land, a people, a legend Conn Iggulden is just such a writer, bringing to vivid life one of the most fascinating eras in human history In a true masterpiece of historical fiction, Iggulden takes us on a breathtaking journey through ancient Rome, sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething passions What emerges is both a grand romantic tale of coming of age in the Roman Empire and a vibrant portrait of the early years of a man who would become the most powerful ruler on earth Julius Caesar On the lush Italian peninsula, a new empire is taking shape At its heart is the city of Rome, a place of glory and decadence, beauty and bloodshed Against this vivid backdrop, two boys are growing to manhood, dreaming of battles, fame, and glory in service of the mightiest empire the world has ever known One is the son of a senator, a boy of privilege and ambition to whom much has been given and from whom much is expected The other is a bastard child, a boy of strength and cunning, whose love for his adoptive family and his adoptive brother will be the most powerful force in his life As young Gaius and Marcus are trained in the art of combat under the tutelage of one of Rome s most fearsome gladiators Rome itself is being rocked by the art of treachery and
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    1. Will M. on said:

      I ve been amazed by quite a few historical fiction already, but none of this specific genre Rome is one of my favorite places ever since I was young I aced my third year in high school where we had Greek, Roman, and Egyptian History Those 3 are my main interest, kindly include Russian History but I haven t read anything about that though I know that this novel is high on the inaccuracy, but the author made a note in the end anyway He said that he intentionally had to do the inaccuracy to make th [...]

    2. Lizzy on said:

      Conn Iggulden vivid imagination and superior prose make of The Gates of Rome a great historical fiction Most of Julius Caesar s growing up years are a mystery, so this is basically a work of fiction But as such it is thoroughly a compelling read What emerges is a coming of age tale set in the Roman Empire, where the author imagines a vibrant characterization of the early years of the man who would become the most powerful ruler of his era In a note, Iggulden does mention that most of Julius Caes [...]

    3. David on said:

      William Bernhardt, author of Nemesis, is quoted on The Gates of Rome as saying what Robert Graves did for Claudius, Conn Iggulden now does forJulies Caesar This would be true of Robert Graves was a thriller writing moron willing to ignore factual history at a moment s notice for mere literary convenience.In his historical note afterward, Iggulden does mention that most of Julius Caesar s childhood is a mystery to historians Iggulden could be forgiven for taking his liberties in with this period [...]

    4. Rick on said:

      First off, there was nothing wrong with the writing, or the pacing or action It was all fine But because this is historical fiction and I am trained in history, certain things about this book bothered me enough to really lessen my enjoyment of reading it If this were an alternate history, it wouldn t bother me, because in an alternate history novel, the end is different duh, right But because I know this is going to the same end as the histories, then historical inaccuracies just stick in my cra [...]

    5. Terri on said:

      It has been a bloody long time since I last had a review to do that felt this easy to write This book was so cut and dry for me It falls into a class of read that I never fail to find the words to elaborate on.Incompatibility One of the nicest negative review words a reviewer could draw upon incompatibility The sweetest way to say that I thought it was bad, but maybe it isn t the authors fault.If we were in a relationship, this book and I, I would be saying to it I want you to know that it isn t [...]

    6. Lance Greenfield on said:

      Action packed historical dramaConn Iggulden seemed to like my review of his quick read, Blackwater, almost as much as I enjoyed reading that book Being in a one to one conversation gave me the opportunity to ask him if he would recommend his Emperor series to anyone who had enjoyed the shorter story He was very honest in admitting that he didn t know but advised me to walk into a bookshop, pick up The Gates of Rome, read the first chapter then decide whether to replace it on the shelf or buy it. [...]

    7. Fred Shaw on said:

      The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden, narrated by Robert Glennister A Blackstone Audio book Volume 1 of the Emperor Series This a historical fictiion novel of the Roman Empire at the end of the Republic era and the beginning of the Kings era Well written, the story comes alive and is difficult to put down Iggulden has really done his homework as the events in the book match the historical timelines This is my first of Iggulden s books and not the last I highly recommend it.

    8. Thomas Edmund on said:

      Really happy with this book I see many have slammed the story of historical inaccuracies, so I think its fair to read this as fiction based on history, rather than in any way accurate Nonetheless the story is pretty strong and what I especially liked was the vividness of the prose There was enough detail to make the story clear, without bogging the world down in the particulars.Only a couple of beefs with the novel First it was too obviously the first of a series, the two MCs had barely begun to [...]

    9. Phil on said:

      The first of the Emperor series This one is Ceasar and Brutus, one the honored son the other the adopted bastard, growing up on a farm outside of Rome Thats right, you heard me This series of books creates a completely new Ceasar narrative, one that only vaguely tracks the actual history Unfortunately, one might say There is little authenticity in this series If that doesnt bug you then its a nice pulp read for a sunny day.

    10. Nate on said:

      Not much to say about this one Way too much of a kid gloves YA vibe and outright fucking with history Iggulden s excuses in the author s note don t do it for me His Genghis series seems to be a billion times well written and cognizant of historical fact.

    11. Steve on said:

      My edition of this book has 597pg s, not 448pg s as stated This was a damn good read that I thoroughly enjoyed My eldest brother recommended this book to me, then told me that one of the character s in this book reminded him of me smiling I had no bloody idea which one But found it even interesting finding out The answer to that particular mystery was Marcus Brutus Nice to know I was slightly cocky as a teenager laughing It s the tale of Caesar s life from childhood early teens which is the per [...]

    12. Faith on said:

      I decided to go back to the beginning of this series after having read and enjoyed the final book which was about Augustus, not Caesar Unfortunately, I wasn t really interested in the young Caesar and his friend Marcus I would rather read about the politics and intrigues of Rome relayed in an historically accurate way to the extent possible rather than the constant fights and battles in this book If the next book of the series doesn t improve, I m done with it.

    13. Jim Gifford on said:

      Simply put, I didn t like this book There are any number of things with which I took exception, but first and foremost is his treatment of Caesar s mother, Aurelia Cotta In The Gates of Rome she is portrayed as epileptic, and those who know her consider her deranged But this is generally refuted by a historical record that paints her as a model Roman woman and mother who was highly regarded among all classes of her Roman contemporaries Colleen McCullough adopted this line in her series of novels [...]

    14. Andrew Parry on said:

      HmmmI m slightly bemused by the consistent 4 star reviews here I love historical fiction, but the likes of George MacDonald Fraser and Patrick O Brian have set the bar high so I perhaps I have unfairly high expectations.I have to say this is fairly basic stuff Lacking in drama and character I managed to get through to the end because I was on holiday in Rome, as it happens and had no other books with me.The most disappointing aspect is that it doesn t really capture the classical period The char [...]

    15. Bonnie on said:

      If you look at people s reviews of this book you will notice that how someone likes it depends on how much or what they ve read on the subject Those of us who have read Colleen McCullough s wonderful series on Rome starting with The First Man in Rome are not impressed by The Gates of Rome I knew pretty quickly that I wasn t going to like this book, but kept going, maybe because I had made the huge mistake of buying the book rather than checking it out from the library I d read Mr Iggulden s seri [...]

    16. Justin on said:

      I enjoyed the first half of the novel But when the Marius Sulla civil war kicked in, I lost all respect for it Iggulden admits in his closing historical remarks that he took great liberties with the historical record and proceeds to summarize the real history He abandoned the history almost entirely, and the reader is left with an alternate history that only vaguely relates to what really happened It s a crime.One of the worst examples is, view spoiler we find out at the end of the novel that Ju [...]

    17. John on said:

      Yahoo boy oh boy how much do I love these sort of books I started with Conn Iggulden when my wife bought me Wolf of the Plains for me to read on a flight to Berlin last year needless to say I loved it.I bought Gates of Rome form Tesco on offer and read it in few days I loved that too wow does this man write books that are esy to read YES YES YESOn a visit to Rome last weekend I started the next in the Emporer series The Death of Kings it s outstanding.I am not claimimg that Iggulden is some sort [...]

    18. Eric Smith on said:

      My first real trip into historical fiction other than the works of Jeff Shaara has turned out to be very enjoyable This novel takes the stories of Ceasar back to his beginning and paints an spectacular picture of two young men growing up on the edge of Rome and the beginning ofr their rise to positions of power Ceasar is captured in a way I have never seen before as he begins his journey from boyhood into the man that we all know from our history texts I was unable to put it down and was drawn i [...]

    19. [redacted by S.H.I.E.L.D.] on said:

      Really Even ignoring the fact that it s written like a Boy Scott tie in novel for 12 year old boys with ADD, the history in this book makes the movie 300 look like a historical documentary from national geographic I understand changing things for fiction but this is just ridiculous It s like a world war II novel were Hitler and Churchill grew up as childhood friends on a oil rig First time in 20 years I haven t been able to finish a book.

    20. Jane on said:

      Historically it s a mess There is virtually no character development The writing style is pretty pulpy with non stop action and it s an easy escapist read There are other Roman series out there far superior Iggulden may improve as he writes books, but he s not my cup of tea from this one and I have no desire to read any of his novels.

    21. Jennie on said:

      Sigh I have very mixed feelings about this book.1 While I m glad people are still showing interest in ancient Rome, don t we have enough fictionalizations of Julius Caesar Aren t there other events in Roman history, other charismatic Roman personalities that we could focus on Between Shakespeare and HBO, I m all Caesared out Write me a novel about Elagabulus That would be bad ass.2 Dude The writing is simplistic and awkward, and at least half the text described violent encounters in fairly graph [...]

    22. Tanja Berg on said:

      What a disappointment After first acquainting myself with this author through his Genghis Khan Conqueror series, I had high hopes They were quickly dashed It s amazing how a book about the early life of Julius Ceasar could be boring He is an incredibly influential historical figure, he s even got a month named in his honor Perhaps the rest will be better I have the second book in this series that I got for free, and I will probably read it This however, was a total dud There wasn t a single char [...]

    23. Arun Divakar on said:

      What really happened in the course of history might some times be as dry as a desert So how do you spin a bestseller out of this seemingly infertile set of dates,facts and figures From my limited foray into historical fiction what I have seen from most authors is Historical accuracy be damned, I am going to pen a kickass book This is the stance that Conn Iggulden adopts for his retelling of the story of Gaius Julius Caesar.Caesar s legacy is one that attains mythical status as time flows by What [...]

    24. Nicki on said:

      Okay, so I get that many people are upset with this book, and I will be the first person to agree that it is NOT historically accurate.However, I chose to ignore this while reading the book Because when I read a book, I don t read it for accuracy I read it because it s entertaining And this book was definitely entertaining.It starts off describing Caesar s early life in his home outside Rome He grows up with Marcus Brutus yes, I know, this is historically inaccurate The story continues from ther [...]

    25. Pamela on said:

      Fun read, a fast paced and gripping adventure story, based on the early lives of Gaius Julius Caesar and his friend Marcus.Having read a few reviews before picking up this book, I was aware of the criticism around historical inaccuracy While events have certainly been revised, the feel of life in Rome and in the military is realistic There is a particularly authentic flavour to the episodes which show how important strength mental and physical was to the Romans, and the lengths they went to in p [...]

    26. Scott on said:

      Re reading this because I enjoyed it the fist time and would like to continue on w the series, and I m in an historical fiction kinda mood I often steer away from this type of stuff because I always wonder not being a huge history buff what truths have been completely exaggerated and therefore feel I m getting a misleading historical story But, where this is different with Iggulden are his end notes, which actually point out what is known truth, what is somewhat known, what he embellished upon.H [...]

    27. Kingley on said:

      Amazing book I got the rest of the series before I even finished this one Historical fiction is fast becoming a favourite genre of mine This book is the life and story of Gaius Julius Caesar and his many close friends and advisers This book will take you from the very beginning of Gaius early life, from a boy to soldier and all else in between The events that unfold after the death of his father at the age of 15 shifts the future of the young nobilitas His uncle Marius from his mothers side in r [...]

    28. Linda on said:

      The reader meets the best of Marcus and Gaius in the first book of the Emperor series The stage is set for the lives of two men who made and continue to make history Cornelia and Peppis steal much of the thunder because they show true grit and wit Gaius naked flight scene and his con to get some clothes was wonderful Marcus fight with the blueskins was another highpoint The trouble with this author is that his writing flows so smoothly that I can forgive all the literary license he takes He expl [...]

    29. Gretchen on said:

      My knowledge of Julius Caesar is limited to what they teach you in high school Based on the high school I went to, I m going to guess even that knowledge is very limited and potentially inaccurate Maybe it was my limited knowledge that made me feel rather meh about this novel If I didn t know this book was about Julius Caesar going into reading, I might have guessed it was about any boy and his childhood friend in Ancient Rome The story was fine The characters were fine Overall everything was fi [...]

    30. Kristina on said:

      Mnogo volim pri e o istorijskim li nostima, pa sam slaba na ovaj anr D Nakon sporih, da ne ka em dosadnih poglavlja s po etka, radnja se znatno pobolj ava i dr i pa nju mo da ak i previ e ako vas eka gomila obaveza Ipak ostajem pri tri zvjezdice jer mi autorov stil ba i ne pa e Mislim da ih vrlo malo mo e uspje no da prelazi sa jednog na drugo pripovijedanje u tre em licu Pored toga neke su mi scene djelovale nekako kratko, kao da protr i kroz njih, pa ostane neki nedefinisan osje aj da ne to n [...]

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