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Betrayed by his most trusted adviser, Roman Emperor Valerian has been captured by the Sassanid barbarians. The shame of the vanquished beats down mercilessly like the desert sun as the frail old emperor prostrates himself before Shapur, king of kings. Ballista looks on helplessly but vows under his breath to avenge those who have brought the empire to the brink of destruction with their treachery. But first he must decide what price he will pay for his own freedom. Only the fearless and only those whom the gods will spare from hell can now save the empire from a catastrophic ending. Ballista, the warrior of Rome, faces his greatest challenge yet.
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By Bonnie on 01-17-13
War is UGLY
Would you consider the audio edition of Lion of the Sun to be better than the print version?
Never read the print version and most likely wouldn't
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ballista, he is the main character and his character grows with each action he takes.
Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?
All the characters Stefan Fudnicki does are great, he's a fantastic narrator. He brings each character to life with just the right accents, and emotion
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Balista learns his wife and sons killed (or believed so)
Any additional comments?
War in ancient times be it in Rome or any other time when inhumanity shows its ugly face can be only expressed as in a book like this one. The descriptive horror of every action, and consequence of the actions, especially by anyone who has the ability to see right from wrong. is really shattering, when choices are taken away from people. That is what war does, and turns ordinary individuals to do things they would never do under other circumstances. Great story, full of action and can truly turn you off from war.
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By STEVEN on 08-13-15
Action, Action, Action
Where does Lion of the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's one of the all time favorites for me, but I'm in a bit of a zombie phase right now
What other book might you compare Lion of the Sun to and why?
The Genghis Khan series, equal in action
Which scene was your favorite?
don't recall, I liked it all though
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?