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Publisher's Summary

Rome's Vengeance. In the year A.D. 9, three Roman Legions under Quintilius Varus were betrayed by the Germanic war chief, Arminius, and destroyed in the forest known as Teutoburger Wald. Six years later, Rome is finally ready to unleash her vengeance on the barbarians. The Emperor Tiberius has sent his adopted son, Germanicus Caesar, into Germania with an army of 40,000 legionaries. They come not on a mission of conquest, but one of annihilation.
With them is a young legionary named Artorius. For him the war is a personal vendetta; a chance to avenge his brother, who was killed in Teutoburger Wald. In Germania Arminius knows the Romans are coming. He realizes that the only way to fight the legions is through deceit, cunning, and plenty of well-placed brute force. In truth he is leery of Germanicus, knowing that he was trained to be a master of war by the Emperor himself.
The entire Roman Empire held its collective breath as Germanicus and Arminius faced each other in what would become the most brutal and savage campaign the world had seen in a generation; a campaign that could only end in a holocaust of fire and blood.
©2006, 2012 James Mace (P)2014 James Mace
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3 out of 5 stars
By Justin on 01-23-17

No research whatsoever went into this book.

What disappointed you about Soldier of Rome?

At least read an entire Wikipedia article about an event before writing about it. The historical inaccuracies in this book are just astounding. I am 1 hour in and can not go on because of the poor research. 1. They were fighting Germans, not Celts, the Germans did not paint themselves blue. 2. The battle was 3-4 Days, not one afternoon. 3. 14,000 dead, not 20,000. 4. Tiberius did not rush madly to the Rhine in 4 days to stop the Germans, hell he did not go there for almost a year. 5. The soldiers who survived the battle lost their Roman citizenship, and could not re-enter the Italian peninsula. So the scene where the soldiers go tell the family of the fallen soldier could not have happened either.

I found 5 massive glaring errors in the first hour of reading.

What was most disappointing about James Mace’s story?

The incredible lack of research.

What didn’t you like about Nigel Patterson’s performance?

Hum drum at best, not inspired.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Soldier of Rome?


Any additional comments?

I realize that its historical fiction and is not peer reviewed, but some effort could have been made, this book feels like the author just vaguely heard of the battle of Kalkriese.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jack on 11-01-14

Enjoyable story but lacking in sophistication

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I like the Roman historical novel. This one was interesting but do not expect a refined literary style. Descriptions are simple, characters predictable.

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1 out of 5 stars
By G. Goodwin on 12-01-14

Worst listen so far!

What disappointed you about Soldier of Rome?

I love historical fiction (Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow etc) and have been very lucky so far with those I have bought from Audible. I started with really high expectations for this but Soldier of Rome disappointed me. The author switches between modern and 'Shakespear' English which breaks up the narration and some of the historical background is doubtful. I was certainly under the impression that the rank 'of 'Sergeant' is relatively modern but the legion seems packed with them and it doesn't work for me.

The narration also gave me problems. This is the first book I've heard done by Nigel Patterson and I can imagine how difficult it is to get a dramatic flow going when the source material you are reading from is poor but Nigel's voice just seemed too forced, often I felt with emphasis in the wrong places.

Has Soldier of Rome put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all. I would pay more attention to listening to samples beforehand though.

How could the performance have been better?

It needed a more authorive, deeper voice in my view. Nigel's just came across as too bubbly.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and confusion.

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