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am 12. Februar 2014
In my opinion this is not a book but a short story which stops surprisingly at "page" 77 (also 77%). The rest of the "book" is filled with another text and no relation to the main story, as far as I had the energy left to read...
The story itself and its characters are simplistic and one-dimensional, details not worth mentioning, and far below what has been delivered so far by writers like e.g. Fabbri, Sidebottom or Cornwell.
I will definitely not buy any other book from this author.
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am 3. September 2012
Sword of Rome is not nearly as involving as the book that it's a prequel to, Son of Rome, but it's not supposed to be. The latter may be considered literature in places, the former is an action-adventure short story.

The plot is pretty one dimensional, if pacey. I would've liked to see more of a surprising Raffles-like twist at the end, but the story and characters provide enough of a hook to make the reader want you to follow them on to Alesia at the close of things.

The central character of Oppius is little different from his older self in Augustus: Son of Rome. Julius Caesar and the character of Teucer provide a bit of colour and humour though.
In regards to Caesar one can view him as a Wellington type figure, in reference to Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series. With Oppius being Sharpe. Although no where near as good as Cornwell Foreman is conscious of writing to entertain, as well as inform a little.

Overall I was a little disappointed that Sword of Rome was not the equal of Son of Rome, in terms of length and intelligence. But although I did not love this book I did like it.
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am 28. April 2014
... but I couldn't finish it. Maybe I gave up too fast but the author failed to introduce his heros properly. At times he uses names, then their military ranks, sometimes even within the same sentence. I was constantly confused about who is who and eventually gave up.
Absolutely not my style of entertainment
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am 2. September 2012
This is a strong blend of historical fact and fiction. Set during Caesar’s campaign in Britain, Foreman manages to combine fast-paced, energetic action scenes with likeable characters and intimate scenes of dialogue. The simple plot is driven forward, although there are some nice moments too where the story slows to develop the principle characters and their comradeship. The central character of Sword of Rome is Lucius Oppius. He's far from an original or complex character - it sometimes feels as though the author has parachuted a Roman Sharpe or Jack Reacher into his story - but this is no bad thing in light of genre and length of book.
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am 2. September 2012
This is a great short book. Although the author tacks his story to Caesar and the first Roman invasion of Britain he is able to have fun through fictional characters and a Sharpe-like plot involving a mission behind enemy lines. Loved the dialogue between the soldiers, which soldiers today might enjoy and copy too, and also the scenes between Caesar and his servant Joseph.
The action set-pieces are short and sharp, like a gladius, although the opening battle involving the landing on the beach could have been filled out more.
Looking forward to follow-up and will also check out Augustus: Son of Rome.
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am 10. September 2012
Having enjoyed ‘Augustus: Son of Rome’, I was intrigued to see how Foreman would develop the character of Lucius Oppius in a novella series. Although I still prefer a full length novel, upon reaching the novella’s conclusion I found myself eagerly anticipating the next instalment and therefore I am glad, at least, that this is not a solo piece. I look forward to seeing a greater development of Lucius’ character, which Foreman was able to build so well with characters such as Gaius Octavius and Marcus Agrippa in ‘Augustus’. This is certainly faster paced than 'Augustus'- its first half anyway - and I couldn’t put it down. It's witty and (sometimes) violent. One of my favourite snippets of dialogue- 'if their blood lust is anything like their lust for alcohol then we could be in trouble'. Although I still hope for a sequel to ‘Augustus’, these novellas will more than just fill the gap whilst we wait.
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am 10. September 2012
This novella is perfect for - albeit not exclusively so - readers with an interest in Roman History as the plot is based around Caesar’s invasion of Britain. Refreshingly, the author does not seem obsessed with historical details, yet there is a nice balance of accurate historical reference and humour between the characters that is relevant to a modern reader. On that note, I found Oppius to be a well-drawn central hero, and there are some thoughtful exchanges between the characters that break up the fast-paced fight scenes.

For me, the story came to a close a bit too quickly. The ending suggests the potential of a sequel, and I would certainly be interested if there were. The end-note was also a nice touch and provided some useful suggestions for further reading. Worth a read.
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am 19. Oktober 2012
Fun, violent and seemingly historically accurate in places Sword of Rome is a cut above most novellas in the action and adventure genre.
Would say though that due to story being a novella, as opposed to novel, some of the characters and sub-plots could have been developed more.
That said, there seems to be more to come from the series and will read Augustus: Son of Rome soon too.
The author has a good ear for dialogue and the story isn't bogged down with historical details. Oppius and Caesar are also engaging central characters, for different reasons.
Clearly Foreman has read his Cornwell and Scarrow, but he's carved out a voice of his own too.
Appreciated end note with further reading too.
Looking forward to the sequel.
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