It is 54 B.C. Gaius Julius Caesar is sweeping through Gaul. While his victories in the name of Rome are epic, the conservative leaders of the Republic are not pleased -- they are terrified. Where will the boundless ambition of Rome's most brilliant soldier stop? He must be destroyed before he can overthrow the government and install himself as Dictator.
When Cato and the Senate betray him, Caesar resolves to turn his genius against his ungrateful country. Backed by a loyal and skilled army, he marches on Rome. But before reaching his goal, he must contend with Pompey the Great, a formidable adversary who underestimates the renegade Caesar.
These are tumultuous times -- for Caesar, who endures personal tragedies even as he wages war; for Pompey, who must wrestle with his fear that his greatness is at an end; for Cicero, whose luminous rhetoric is shattered by threat of violence; and for the citizens of Rome, whose destiny lies in Caesar's hands.
The fifth novel in Colleen McCullough's unforgettable Masters of Rome series, Caesar brings to life the passion and genius of an incomparable man.
"McCullough is on fire . . . Caesar is one of her strongest and most fascinating characters." (San Francisco ChronicleMore
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Not "Abridged" but "BUTCHERED!"
Seems most heavily abridged of them all
I have found the series very interesting so if they didn't care to invest the time reading, I would recommend the audio books to get an outline of the stories.
I thought Pompey was a marvelously drawn character. More dimensional than Caesar.
York is a wonderful reader. He gave Pompey a regional British accent to remind us of his origins outside of Rome and though it sometimes seemed a bit odd, it worked to remind me of this essential piece of information.
Perhaps something alluding to the civil war.
This one really suffered from the abridgment.