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"Is it better to be a bad man and accomplish great things, or be a great man and accomplish nothing?"
Quintus Sertorius has spent the first 20 years of his life training horses on his family farm, but this must end when his father dies and his village's political connections to Rome are severed. For the sake of his family, Quintus must leave his village for the Eternal City.
If he succeeds, his people will be fed. If he fails, his people will starve.
He begins his political career under the most influential men in Rome, but soon discovers that those in the Senate are less inclined to help him than he had hoped. His journey takes him from the corrupt and treacherous Forum to the deadly forests of Gaul, making powerful friends and enemies along the way.
But it will take more than allies to succeed. He will have to decide what compromises he is willing to make, and what risks he is willing to take, if he is to secure a future for himself and his people.
©2017 Vincent B. Davis II (P)2017 Vincent B. Davis II
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5 out of 5 stars
By DrakeStonecastle on 09-08-17

Your first person view of the Roman Republic

What did you love best about The Man with Two Names: A Novel of Ancient Rome?

An an amateur Roman History fan -- I loved how you are really experiencing, first-hand, in first person, how the Marian reforms affects every day roman life.

What did you like best about this story?

Gaius Marius in the flesh. Great dialogue and characterization of such a brash and interesting historical figure.

Any additional comments?

It wasn't long enough :). I want more. I really hope to see this materialize into a multi-book series with scrolls spanning everything from the Gracchi to the the rise of Augustus and beyond. Keep it up, very good stuff.

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3 out of 5 stars
By GGO on 09-21-17

Narrator Was Miscast

This book could have been much more enjoyable if the narrator's voice wasn't monotonous and if it did not sound as if he was a San Fernando Valley native. It was a distraction to the story such that I would pass upon any other book he has narrated. As for the story, it was only moderately interesting with little character development beyond the main two characters. Without giving away the ending, I was surprised when it arrived and felt like the author simply became tired and stopped writing.

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