I have read Ben Kanes books since the very first one
Forgotten Legion Chronicles
And like all great authors his writing gets better with every book. So it should be no surprise that i say this is his best book so far.
But its more that just a gradual improvement for this book. The book doesn’t rely on swords and sandals blood and gore or epic battles to help push the Plot / story on, it doesn’t appeal only to the blood and guts brigade.
It in fact goes the other way, if i had one disappointment it was every time i expected a battle i didn’t get one, the plot jumped forward a few days. But it didn’t diminish the book in any way in fact the book was far more emotional because of that. The reduction of battles made the fall out from battles won and lost more real, more human and utterly grim at times (not in a way that’s depressing, just showing that war isn’t fun and isn’t to be gloried)
There is no way to spoil the end of this book, we all know the fate of Spartacus and his men. So i feel safe in saying that escape from the encirclement in the toe of Italy was horrific and so well written. But it was the ultimate fate of the majority of the survivors of the last battle that was the crowning glory of the book. It was depressing, horrific, full of sorrow and pain and so well written you cannot help but feel anger at the brutality of Crassus and deep emotional pain for Carbo (the true star of this book) , Ariadne and her Son.
An excellent book that will go on my must be read again pile, and that’s a select group of books.
Simply an awesome read.
Very Highly recommended.
Continuing the epic story of Spartacus, the gladiator slave general who held Rome to ransom through two years, SPARTACUS; REBELLION is a novel about one of the most extraordinary turning points in history, in which one remarkable man found immortality and became a legend.
From the Inside Flap
The mighty slave army, led by Spartacus, has carried all before it, shredding the legions of Rome. Who can stop him now, in his triumphant march towards the Alps and freedom?
Can Crassus, the richest man in Rome, raise an army big enough to stop him? Will the defection of Crixus the Gaul, and all his men, fatally weaken Spartacus? Or will murmurings of discontent within his vast army of slaves turn to outright rebellion?
While storm clouds mass on the horizon and spies and traitors stalk the land, Spartacus must face the most important choice of his life – forward , over the Alps to an an uncertain freedom, or back, to face the might of Rome and attempt to break its power over them forever.