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The Pillars of Rome : Republic Series : Book 1 - Jack Ludlow

The Pillars of Rome

Republic Series : Book 1

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With barbarians at the gate and enemies within, two men must fight for the soul of the Republic and the greatest empire in the world.

A cave hacked out of the rock, lit by flickering torches...two young boys appeal to the famed Roman oracle for a glimpse into their future. The Sybil draws a blood-red shape of an eagle with wings outstretched. An omen of death.

As they flee from the cave in fear, Aulus and Lucius make an oath of loyalty until death. An oath that will be tested in the years to come.

Thirty years on and Aulus, now Rome's most successful general, faces his toughest battle. Barbarian rebels have captured his wife, and are demanding the withdrawal of Roman legions from their land in return for her life. It is unthinkable for Aulus to agree, and he fears her life must be forfeit to Rome.

Meanwhile, Lucius has risen to high rank in the Senate; a position he uses and abuses. But when Lucius is suspected of arranging a murder, the very foundations of the Republic are threatened.

Lucius and Aulus soon find themselves on very different sides of the conflict - perhaps the prophecy of the eagle will come true after all.

History and adventure, brutality and courage combine to powerful effect, making The Pillars of Rome an outstanding opening to the Republic series.

About the Author

Jack Ludlow is the pen name of writer David Donachie, who was born in Edinburgh in 1944. He has had a variety of jobs, including selling everything from business machines to soap. He has always had an abiding interest in the naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which he drew upon for the many novels he has set in that period. The author of a number of bestselling books, he now lives in Deal with his wife, the novelist Sarah Grazebrook.

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3.0

THE PILLARS OF ROME

By Akkers

from Perth

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Pros

  • Captures Time And Place
  • Easy To Understand
  • Original Story

Cons

  • Difficult To Follow
  • Limited Appeal

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    Comments about The Pillars of Rome:

    a bit convoluted and the story flows badly in my opinion, not a book to put down and pick up several days later

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    4.0

    Great characters, well written

    By Al the GOF

    from Brisbane, Qld, AU

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    Pros

    • Captures Time And Place
    • Interesting Characters
    • Original Story
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Roman identities confuse

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    Comments about The Pillars of Rome:

    Great characterisation, believable scenerios.
    "Flowery" Roman names confuse slightly at times but still add authenticity.
    Have now read sequels Sword of Revenge and Gods of War as well and definitely will reread all three within next 3-4 weeks

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    ISBN: 9780749080198
    ISBN-10: 9780749009472
    Series: Republic Ser.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 524
    Published: 1st August 2008
    Publisher: Allison & Busby
    Dimensions (cm): 17.475 x 11.582  x 3.912
    Weight (kg): 0.376