Avenger of Rome. Douglas Jackson. Hero of Rome. The Imperial Banner. Nick Brown. The Siege. The Blood Crows. Simon Scarrow. The Fields of Death Wellington and Napoleon 4. Hannibal: Fields of Blood. Ben Kane. Fire and Sword Wellington and Napoleon 3. Robert Low. The Road to Rome. Centurion Eagles of the Empire 8. Young Bloods Wellington and Napoleon 1. Hannibal: The Patrol. The Gladiator Eagles of the Empire 9. Rules Of War. Iain Gale. Lieutenant Fury.
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Masters of the Sea
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Well I will quickly add that I use to read a lot of historical fiction, Conn Igguldon and Valerio Manfredi some favourites that got me back into reading fiction after my studies, again many moons ago. But over the last few years have found this genre a little saturated. Find it all 'samey' and haven't really enjoyed all that many.
Majority I have trudged through like an old roman army soldier looking forward to getting out the muddy field and back home.
And sadly this is how I felt with this one. Although this is set on sea rather then land, this again is like all others I have read. All characters are samey, stereotypical, nothing new. All plots etc. No surprises. Actions scenes all seem a little long. So I sadly didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped, and definitely not as much as the first one. Torn as to whether to complete the series now. Jun 14, Phil Shaw rated it really liked it.
To be honest, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I was half expecting it to be a run of the mill Conn Iggulden sort of thing, reasonable story, badly written, but it was really good.
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Great story, believable characters and very well written. I was quite sorry when I got to the end. Highly recommended. As exciting as ever Fan's of Simon sparrow and Bernard Cornwall will enjoy! Full of action and intrigue, highly recommended! Feb 28, Ian Miller rated it really liked it. Captain of Rome follows the adventures of Atticus, a Greek captain of a trireme in the Roman navy during the first Punic war. The plot commences with Varro, a Tribune on his first command, ordering a small fleet into a port at Thermae to attack Carthaginian ships, against the advice of Atticus only to find that these ships are laden with Carthaginian men.
A trap appears to have been sent, but some legionaries need saving. Varro orders an immediate retreat, but Atticus refuses to follow orders, a Captain of Rome follows the adventures of Atticus, a Greek captain of a trireme in the Roman navy during the first Punic war. Varro orders an immediate retreat, but Atticus refuses to follow orders, and works to save some of the troops, and eventually breaks a poorly set trap and escapes. Varro is accused of cowardice, but later is saved by Cnaeus Cornelius Scipio. Varro is determined to have revenge on Atticus. The story ends at the Battle of Ecnomus, where Rome beats an equivalent Carthaginian fleet in one of the world's largest naval battles, and where Atticus finally.
As a historical novel, the book gives an accurate as far as I can tell account of how the Roman navy operated at the time, and leaving aside Atticus and Varro, gives what seems to be a reasonable account of the Battle of Ecnomus. It gives a very good picture of what was really wrong with Rome, and more or less of Carthage. Carthage is more of a problem because the history tends to be written by the victor, and eventually Carthage was totally obliterated and its library totally destroyed.
The book is a little weaker on Carthaginian strategy and tactics, and in particular avoids noting that the Carthaginian tactic was to try to sink an enemy ship by ramming, and NOT engage in hand to hand fighting. Accordingly, one of the tactics employed by Atticus was, in fact, rather stupid. I also suspect that the role of Scipio was overdone. I doubt a Roman ex-Consul would be particularly concerned about a Greek captain who he had never seen, and since he had the additional cognomen Asina, thanks to his previous incompetence, it is unlikely he had the influence Stack gives him.
Rather interestingly, from a purely military point of view, the order that Varro gave, and which Atticus refused to follow, was the correct order, and if the Senate had any real military experience within it, Varro should have been vindicated. It is not cowardice to run from an oncoming disaster, and you cannot base your strategy on the assumption that the enemy will be even more incompetent than yourself!
But these are small points. The history may not be quite right, but this is an exciting well-written book, and if you are interested in time of the Punic wars, this is well worth reading.