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Not literature, but still likeable.
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.