The Gladiator

The Gladiator

Book - 2012
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This book begins in the Thracian village to which Spartacus has returned after escaping from life as an auxiliary in the Roman army. Jealous of his attachment to Ariadne, a Dionysian priestess, the Thracian king betrays Spartacus to the Romans who take him, along with Ariadne, into captivity and to the school of gladiators at Capua. Against the background of the unbelievable brutality of gladiatorial life, Spartacus and Crixus the Gaul plan the audacious overthrow of their Roman masters. They escape and flee to Vesuvius, where they recruit and train an army of escaped slaves that will have to face the conquerors of the known world, the most successful deadly army in all of history in a battle that will set in motion the legend that is Spartacus.
Publisher: Preface,� 2012
ISBN: 9781848093409
Branch Call Number: AF KANE
Alternative Title: Spartacus : the gladiator

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

This was my first try at a Ben Kane novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It is the first in a duology. The story starts with Spartacus returning home after spending many years in the Roman Legion and ends with the third defeat of a Roman army by the slaves.

I always find it a good sign when I like the hero from the first chapter, in this case I liked the character of Spartacus from the first paragraph. He was everything I want my heroes to be. There was a massive amount of action, from small fights to large battles and everything in between. I think the charisma and determination that Spartacus must have had to lead such a group to defeat the Romans was portrayed well and the brutalness that must have been required was not overdone.
The only character that I wasn't that partial too was his love interest. Her character as a priestess and lover felt like they were added just to make Spartacus more human. Though without her I doubt he would be as likable a character.

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ChanellyBelly
Jun 30, 2014

"The Republic did not become the power that it is for no reason. It's people are proud, warlike and brave, but most of all they are stubborn. The majority of races eventually accept defeat -Thracians included. Not the Romans however. They would rather be wiped out than give in" pg.283

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