Masters of the Sea – Master of Rome
- Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
- Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-26-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Atticus, the young Greek captain, is now a commander of the growing Roman navy, blockading a port near Tunis, when the Roman legions suffer terrible defeat by the triumphant Carthaginian army, spearheaded by the elephant charges. He and his ships escape together with the main body of the Roman fleet out manoeuvred by the more skilful Carthaginians and then caught and almost completely annihilated by a terrible storm.
Atticus and his crew are among the handful of survivors and being the messenger of this news to the Senta in Rome brings Atticus into political troubles, almost as stormy as the sea. He begins to feel not only that a greek will never be accepted by the Romans but also that the behaviour of many, north politicians and soldiers, is such that he is not sure that he wants to be a Roman.
Full of dramatic battles by land and sea, led by tremendous characters on both sides, MASTER OF ROME is a powerful novel, the third in this bestselling series by a born storyteller.
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By Michael on 06-03-11
I wasn't sure I'd get this book, since it said book three of the series - I don't like to start at the end. But since the other ones are not at Audible right now, I said what the heck and downloaded this book. If you like classical historical fiction (I do very much), than it's a good choice. An extra bonus is it takes place during the First Punic War - against Carthage, but before Hannibal, so most people won't be familiar with the events that shaped the Western Mediterranean world.
There is a lot of action in the book, espically naval operations which determined the outcome First Punic War, something I have not really seen covered very well in classical fiction before. It does a good job of covering the politics that was driving both the Roman and Carthaginian worlds.
The storyline is easy to follow and the characters are developed enough to keep your interest. And the book stands on its own, you will not have to have listened to the other two books (if they become available, which I hope they do) to be able to follow the storyline. So if you like lots of action, with a fair amount of backstabbing thrown in for good measure you can't miss with this recording.
The narrator, whom I never heard before, Eamonn Riley, was excellent. He did espically well during the action segments of the book, you felt like you were part of that action.
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