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I'm also not completely sure why she and Spartacus are together. The most significant thing she actually does for herself is view spoiler [secretly plan to steal money and run away from Carbo in order to return to Greece. This results in her being found by some of the nastier elements in the slave army, and horribly raped and killed. Some reviewers have complained about how graphic the violence is in this book. So my grimaces during this part of the story were not directed towards the author, but towards the sad historical facts.
I thought about what rating to give this book, and here's why I settled on 3 stars: The writing would be just as competent as here, it would contain plenty of conflict, there would be halfway decent characters that are sometimes interesting… it would be passably enjoyable, just as this was.
Both of those series also have a few issues in character development and competent-but-not-outstanding writing, but their issues are much slighter, and they give me a lot more to hold my interest.
And that's what it comes down to; this is a decent, enjoyable book Jan 08, Erica rated it really liked it. I loved this book…I really did. Spartacus the Gladiator is a brilliant retelling of a story we've all heard before, but can't seem to get enough of. Spartacus was my friend and his enemies were my enemies. He was an ene I loved this book…I really did. He was an enemy of Rome and a force to be reckoned with.
It was about the thousands of men that joined him in the fight and the relentless training they endured. My only complaint is that the book was riddled with grammatical errors that in my opinion should have been caught by the editor and the use of the word unsurprisingly over and over again. I'd recommend this book to any fan of Spartacus, Rome, and the word unsurprisingly.
That they can take on the might of a consular army, and win. I knew it could be done, and today I proved it. A man could die happy knowing he'd accomplished that. I don't normally read these extreme historical Ancient Ro "Today though, let us rejoice in our victory and the knowledge that Rome has learned a lesson I don't normally read these extreme historical Ancient Rome books but with this one being two books and being Spartacus I was in.
I don't know why this man draws so many people in but he does even though little known about his past life is out there. One thing I'm excited and eager to find out about the end of book 2 is this: Well, I know and learned in the show that I've only seen parts of is that he did die very dramatically I might add because you need drama, right?
But at least it was a glorious death for the man. Maybe he will die. But time will tell when I get to it soon. So overall, despite not reading a ton of this deep historical fiction type books because I honestly don't like some of the language and terms, but know it was life for them, I do have to give kudos for Ben Kane for TRULY bringing this man to life.
As part of one review says, "Gritty, passionate, and violent, this book is a real page-turner It brings Spartacus--and Ancient Rome--to vivid, colorful life. Now, this book is NOT for everyone. I could recommend it, but there's some things some may not like in here so I warn you with caution on that. Not only did he bring this ancient world to vivid life, I felt like I was there with Marcus Crassus and the senate. And even the young Roman Carbo who meets Spartacus at the ludus and becomes a kind of volunteer to be in the Gladiator school and is under Spartacus' wing.
I felt like I was at these epic and most genius of battles that Spartacus had orchestrated and it was just brilliant. This is an epic story of a Thracian who was betrayed and sold to the ludus to become a gladiator.
This is a story of a brave man who led thousands of slaves in an uprising against the Roman Republic. This is a magnificent story of survival and loyalty. This, is a story of Spartacus. My first encounter with Ben Kane was in his collaborative work with five other authors in A Day of Fire: His story was about an ex-legionary who staked his entire future on a gl 4 magnificent stars! His story was about an ex-legionary who staked his entire future on a gladiator bout destined never to be finished.
I was deeply fascinated and truly enjoyed the vivid description of the bout itself even though the main focus was about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. I was looking for another male HF authors who could write epic battle scenes after reading and enjoying David Gemmell's Troy series, and thus decided to give Spartacus a try.
While the battle, bouts, and melee scenes were very well done, I find that Ben Kane lacks David Gemmell's flair for writing. But hey, who am I to pass such judgement.
Spartacus was written in third-person narration. The major part of the story alternates between the three main characters: Spartacus, Ariadne, and Carbo, and at times we got the perspectives of the Praetors and Consuls. The latter gave a different perspective of the battle and that, I thought, make the plot more three-dimensional. Typically, a switch of viewpoint are done at chapter boundaries.
Unfortunately, it wasn't like that for Spartacus. Most times, the switch of viewpoints for the MCs were done at paragraph boundaries instead! How confusing is that! In fact, if I remembered correctly, the viewpoints switched within the same paragraph!! Oh gosh. Nevertheless, I quite enjoy Ben Kane's portrayal of Spartacus. My journey with this book was really fantastic cos I kept adding all those fake yet gruesome gifs of the tv series along with my status updates!
I got flagged for one of the updates cos it was too violent for some. If you can stomach multiple mutilations, I suggest you get your hands on Spartacus. Can't wait to pick up Rebellion!
View all 4 comments. Jan 29, Nick Brett rated it really liked it. Ben Kane does what research is possible on a real historical character and shapes it to his narrative, most of which follows the known history of Spartacus and the slave rebellion. Mr Kane makes Spartacus an leader, tactician and a unemotional killing machine but holds back on real character beyond that.
Instead he uses a Roman fellow gladiator to provide deeper characterisation and to give us a slightly different perspective and view on the events as they unfold. Most of what we read here happen Ben Kane does what research is possible on a real historical character and shapes it to his narrative, most of which follows the known history of Spartacus and the slave rebellion. Most of what we read here happened and most of the significant characters are based in reality too, but as always the author knows his stuff and sucks us in to a very entertaining historical romp, with at least one book to follow.
Roman actioners have been popular for a while now and Ben Kane has firmly established himself as one of those that are well worth reading, easily mixing it with the currently more famous names. Ben Kane's advantage is that while he plays in the era, he does not feel the need to stick with characters that he uses every time.
This makes his books fresher and less predictable. May 05, Diana rated it it was ok Shelves: In this book: Crixus and Spartacus were not bros.
Gannicus and Oenomaus were not bros. And Gannicus was so serious all the time. The characters felt flat, I didn't like any of them. Women were helpless and useless. They got raped by men or were their lovers, they did nothing else. Oh, and the main female character had to get pregnant, of course. What the fuck? The action scenes were good, though. Jun 28, Karen Jackson rated it it was amazing.
Remarkable book by Ben Kane. A must read or watch for anyone who love the TV series. Foi depois disso que tomei conhecimento dos livros de Ben Kane e achei que seria interessante aprofundar um pouco mais o meu conhecimento sobre este escravo que fez Roma tremer. Neste primeiro livro de Ben Kane, percorre-se a vida de Spartacus ainda enquanto homem livre, a sua passagem pela Ludus e as suas primeiras batalhas.
Gostei muito desta obra. No entanto, teria apreciado um maior aprofundamento das personagens. Lerei o segundo. May 04, Robin Carter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ben Kane has been able to deliver and deliver and deliver when it comes to Historical Fiction, His excellent and i hope not finished Forgotten legion Series, the wonderful Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, and now Spartacus.
At first i was a little reticent about someone doing this in tandem with the TV series, The TV series that while it had started off with the style filming soon settled in to a great portrayal of an iconic character, Andy Whitfield soon came to be the face that came to Spartacus: At first i was a little reticent about someone doing this in tandem with the TV series, The TV series that while it had started off with the style filming soon settled in to a great portrayal of an iconic character, Andy Whitfield soon came to be the face that came to mind when the name Spartacus was uttered, Kirk Douglas fast becoming a face from the past.
As usual the book is written with the powerful plot and pace that Ben is well known for, but Spartacus: The Gladiator takes it further, deeper and more emotive than the TV series, it does not rely on gliz glamour, blood and guts, Tits and ass. This is the first book in a series that will take the Man and the Myth to a whole different level, and by the end of the series leave us with one of Historical Fictions Iconic series.
This Book as with all Ben Kanes books comes Highly recommended. But one man is making the long and weary last stage of his way home. Large parts of his homeland, Thrace, a land north of Greece, has fallen under the hated power of Rome.
This Thracian has fought in the Roman legions for nearly a decade. Skilled, hardened in battle, a sophisticated fighter. A new king sits on the throne. Treacherous and cunning, he has seized the crown by murder and he will hold on to it by violence. When a Roman slave tradercomes to the village in search of men who will fight as gladiators,Spartacus is betrayed and sold.
His odyssey has begun. HERO The legend that is Spartacus has come down to us through the centuries - the story of a man who took on the might of Rome and nearly brought her down.
Enemy of Rome, brings to glorious life the first part of the Spartacus story Jun 25, Mr. Matt rated it liked it Shelves: Historical fiction focused on the Roman era is to no great surprise usually focused around Romans. The period has much to offer - the discipline of the legions, treacherous Senatorial politics, the transition from Republic to Empire, warlike barbarian tribes, religious ferment, almost an entire continent under one power, a span of hundreds of years, and more.
Ben Kane's Spartacus makes a nice contribution to the genre by focusing on one of Rome's foes - Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator who le Historical fiction focused on the Roman era is to no great surprise usually focused around Romans.
Ben Kane's Spartacus makes a nice contribution to the genre by focusing on one of Rome's foes - Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator who led a slave revolt against the Republic. This perspective is a nice change of pace. Unfortunately I had other problems with the book that dampened my immersion in the story. First and foremost too many of the characters felt under developed to me.
Both Crixus Spartacus' main slave rival and Crassus the richest and most powerful Roman in the Senate both felt as if they were propped up to be foils for Spartacus. This was especially so for Crassus who showed up only periodically, I guess, to show the impression that the slave leader made in Rome. Crixus only really felt "real" to me in the ludus where he led the main Gaulish faction that threatened Spartacus.
I think the author missed an opportunity here by not playing this thread out. More should have been made over the rivalry between the two leaders in the slave army. This doesn't even touch Carbo, the Roman who finds himself as one of Spartacus' chief henchmen.
Virtually every scene with Carbo in it felt artificial to me. Having said all of this, I thought that the interplay between Ariadne and Spartacus was nice.
Next, although the action scenes are great I recognize that the period was a brutal and hard one, but I cringed reading a couple of the scenes - exhibit A being where Carbo's woman is raped to death by Crixus and his crew. Was this really necessary? I don't shy away from violence but that was a little too much.
This sounds pretty bad so I want to stress that the book was a fun diversion. I did enjoy it and have already started the sequel. A solid three stars. Just my two cents. Oct 26, Jess Hughes rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Recommended to Jess by: I found it on my own, as I always search out new historical fiction. This is another excellent historical by Ben Kane.
He has become a master of stories from ancient Rome, especially, the Republican era. In Spartacus the Gladiator, using what limited information that is available a total of approximately 4, written words from ancient writings and produces in a very logical and methodical order about the life of this famous gladiator and rebel.
The characters of Spartacus, his wife, the Dionysian Priestess, Ariadne, Crixus, the vicious Gallic gladiator, and Carbo, the dispossed Roman who voluntarily became a gladiator are believeable. Unlike the tv mini-series, Spartacus, Blood in the Sand, which really stretches factual history, Ben Kane remains true or at least trie to in telling what probably happened This is the first volume in which we see Spartacus returning to Thrace after spending eight years as an auxiliary cavalryman.
He learns that his father and brother had been murdered by a usurper Thracian king, Kotys. He himself is betrayed and sold into slavery and sent to Rome to be trained as a gladiator. Ariadne follows him and what many readers don't realize is that women sometime did follow their men into this type of captivity. Carbo contracts himself to become a gladiator after his parents lose there farm and cannot repay their loan to Marcus Licinius Crassus, Rome's richest man.
Most of us know that ultimately Spartacus and the gladiators rebel and subsequently flee to Vesuvius where they hold off and defeat several Roman legions. I won't go into all the details, but Ben Kane follows very closely what is known about this time and does an excellent job of filling in the gaps. The first volume ends when the slave army defends a Counselor army of two legions in Northern Italy. Will Spartacus and his slaves be able to leave Italy?
That remains to be seen. This is an excellent effort and I look forward to reading the next volume. Jun 12, Anagha Uppal rated it really liked it. I have to say that although I like historical fiction, I've read very few novels like Spartacus: The Gladiator.
Ben Kane combines extensive knowledge about the period with a fast-paced, daring writing style, a strong, fierce hero and a powerful plot. You can tell he's an experienced writer with his confident writing - the action scenes could be easily understood, the romance was short and sweet and the characterization remained constant.
I loved how Ben Kane took the widely known facts about Spar I have to say that although I like historical fiction, I've read very few novels like Spartacus: I loved how Ben Kane took the widely known facts about Spartacus a step further by adding all these details that truly make the story believable and worthwhile.
Spartacus' arrogant attitude but caring personality shines through in every word Kane writes - from the first killing of the thieves to saving the priestess Ariadne from the kings' guards even though he could have been kiled in the process.
I didn't always like Spartacus because of his brashness and unemotional nature but nevertheless, he was a very well-rounded and well-developed character. All in all, this novel was a very entertaining read and I can't wait to see more of Spartacus.
Although I may not have read much in this genre, I can say with confidence that Ben Kane can be counted among the famous authors in literary merit. When it comes to historical fiction, Kane is a master!
This novel is for people interested in historical fiction, especially about Spartacus. At pages, it is definitely not an easy, fast read. There are violent scenes though not at all unnecessary or gross and rape scenes and profanity is prevalent throughout, so you should know what you're getting into if you read this book. I also recommend watching the TV show Spartacus along with this book and its sequel not out yet. May 02, Sean Buckridge rated it really liked it.
I received this book as a free giveaway, and I'm glad I did! Admittedly, I probably wouldn't have given this book a second glance if I saw it on the shelf. But, I have to say I loved it!
Like most people, I am only familiar with Spartacus from the Kirk Douglas flick and the cable series. This book hooked me early and kept me involved.
It has violence, political intrigue, romance, and a good deal of suspense. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but Spartacus returns from serving wi I received this book as a free giveaway, and I'm glad I did!
I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but Spartacus returns from serving with the Roman army to find out that his father The King of Trace and brother heir to the throne have been murdered. He had served with the Romans to find out about their training techniques and battle strategies so he could return home and lead a war against Rome. He plots revenge on the current king, but winds up being captured and sold to a gladiator training camp.
The thought of fighting for the entertainment of Rome is too much for him to bear, so he leads a revolt against the owner of the camp. From here, he is pursued across Italy by Roman legions that seek to quash his rebel army of former slaves and gladiators.
Also provided in the book are maps and a VERY helpful glossary for the terms used in the book. In his afterword, author Ben Kane explains that he DID take some liberties with the story since only about words survive about history as far as Spartacus is concerned. He also mentions that he is working on a sequel that is due out in late Kane, if you read this, thank you for opening my eyes to a different genre. I look forward to reading more from you in the coming years View all 5 comments.
I was given this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. This was my first go at Spartacus fiction, and my first Ben Kane read, and I was therefore very excited to dig in. But I had nearly reached a third of the way through the book when I had to abandon it.
I simply have no desire to read novels that include graphic, very explicit rape scenes. And from what I've read from some of the other reviews, there were several more even worse ones awaiting me.
As you might expect, this novel is very v I was given this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. As you might expect, this novel is very violent and graphic in nature. I anticipated that, and am no stranger to it in historical fiction, being a fan of Bernard Cornwell , Steven Pressfield , Robert Low , etc.
Even then, though, I felt the violence was gratuitous, or at least the description of it was. I was never fully engaged with the characters, never cared for Spartacus, and I didn't download his relationship with Ariadne. I looked forward, though, to following the two of them to see where Kane and the historical record would take us, but I'll have to delve elsewhere to get my answers.
It's a shame. I seem to be one of the few who are critical of this novel, so I don't want to dissuade anyone from trying it. Give it a go, but only if you're prepared for lots of blood, cursing f-bombs, etc.
View all 11 comments. Apr 01, Sheree rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ben Kane covers the well known story of Spartacus with a brilliant balance of historical detail and fictional flare bringing the story to life in fascinating, horrifying and brutal glory. Spartacus is known as one of the greatest military commanders in history, a master tactician, a man of strength, intelligence, honour, loyalty and while understanding the inhumanities and cruelties inflicted during war he possesse 4.
Spartacus is known as one of the greatest military commanders in history, a master tactician, a man of strength, intelligence, honour, loyalty and while understanding the inhumanities and cruelties inflicted during war he possessed a strong moral code. Skilled in Roman warfare from years spent in the Roman legions, Spartacus returns to his home village after a ten year absence to be betrayed, sold into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the Ludus in Capua.
He masterminds the escape from the Ludus and along with fellow gladiators trains and leads a growing army of slaves in rebellion against the might of Rome. Kane's vivid writing and graphic descriptions give an excellent sense of time and place. Not for the faint hearted; battle after battle, violence, pillaging, rape, carnage and the horror endured by women of this time was difficult to read but I couldn't get enough Spartacus and the 'Gladiator War'.
If I'm nit-picking my one query would be on the authenticity of the 'f-bomb' in 74BC?? After finishing what would have to be one of my favourite reads this year I cannot wait for the sequel, Spartacus: May 24, Holly P rated it really liked it Shelves: I am probably one of the few people where this novel is my first foray into the legend of Spartacus. In this book Ben Kane does a fantastic job in bringing to life the man that united slaves and common people alike to take on the mightiest army in the world.
We meet Spartacus as he is coming home to Thrace after spending several years fighting in the Roman Auxiliary.
Just because he I am probably one of the few people where this novel is my first foray into the legend of Spartacus. Just because he fought on the side of the Rome does not mean he is friend to the Romans though. His purpose in serving with the Romans is to learn all he can about their brilliant military tactics so he can build an army of his countrymen upon his return and take on Rome himself.
Spartacus finds things have changed in his absence though and the current ruler of Thrace recognizes Spartacus as a threat and sells him to a man looking to download slaves for a Gladiator school.
He is accompanied by the beautiful priestess Ariadne who decides she would rather take her chances at the Gladiator school as Spartacus' wife than endure the attentions of the repugnant Thracian King. I love characters that do not lay down in the face of defeat and Spartacus definitely fits the bill. While most people would resign themselves to a violent death at the hands of a fellow Gladiator, Spartacus sets about to earn the respect of his fellow slaves, unite them in revolt, and even more unlikely, to keep them united to face down the Romans.
The fight scenes both in the Gladiator school and against the Roman armies were really well done and I felt completely transported into the time period while reading them. He proves himself to be a brilliant general time and again. Also realistically portrayed was the havoc Spartacus' army of slaves wreaked on the countryside. This book has no shortage of blood, guts, and the horrors of war. This book does contain profanity, violence, sex scenes, and rape so be forewarned if you are squeamish about any of these.
I also liked the supporting characters as well including Carbo- a roman citizen who joins the gladiator school when his family falls on hard times and pledges himself to Spartacus and the aforementioned Ariadne.
There are also a wealth of other warriors among Spartacus' ranks including Crixus the Gaul-a thoroughly unlikable man who challenges Spartacus for power every chance he gets, and allies Atheas and Taxacis. I really wished to know more of these characters but I also realize that in a story with so many characters you can't give everyone their due and the book was already so large the author had to split the story into two books the second of which is coming out later this year.
The constant reference of Ariadne as Spartacus' wife was puzzling to me since there was no formal ceremony making this so. They just stated their intent to become man and wife and it was done.
After doing a little research, I discovered that mutual consent was really all it took to be married in the time period the book takes place. I wish this had been explained somewhere along the line.
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