Titus Pullus, the hero of the 10th Legion and the Marching With Caesar series, tells his story from the very beginning of his life, starting with his relationship with his father, how his friendship with Vibius Domitius began, and how their burning ambition to join the Legions was helped by a veteran nicknamed Cyclops. Enlisting in the 10th Legion, raised in 61 B.C. by Gaius Julius Caesar, Birth of the 10th Legion recounts the first campaign ever conducted by Julius Caesar as a commander, when he quells an insurrection in Hispania, as seen through the eyes and from the perspective of the men like Titus and Vibius who actually did the fighting.
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Outstanding story of a young Roman legionaire
I always enjoy stories about ancient Rome. This book was especially interesting because it's written from the perspective of a very young man who early on dreams of marching with the Roman army, a dream that keeps him going in the face of a father who hates his son. Learning about the actual development of a young soldier going through training and his first combat experiences was fascinating.
I would say his first battle.
Actually no, but that's not a problem. It's the kind of book that you want to keep going back to, expecting to hear more and more.
I will surely look for more books by R. W. Peake.
Superb history and pulse pounding excitement.
Haven't read the print version but the audio version was well read, exciting and vastly informative. Most Roman history, at best, gives slight reference to the lives and the world the common citizen and Roman Legionary lived and fought it. Mr. Peake brings his own military experience along with extensive knowledge of the political and social world of ancient Rome that Titus Pullo lives and fights in. Mr. Peake effectively brings the marble men incised on the ancient monuments to life, flesh and not an inconsiderable amount of blood. A great read an outstanding book. Highly recommended.
Titus Pullo. The trajectory of his life before and after joining the X legion is the stuff of great literature. The real Titus Pullo was mentioned by Caesar in his commentaries. He must have been an extraordinary man. This book is fiction but so well researched and written that Titus emerges from the pages, 3-dimensional and very, very human and equally Roman.
No, but found his performance first rate.
If I had the time probably!
I see that this book, alone of the series, has been turned into an audio book. The rest of the series needs to converted to audio format ASAP! This author deserves it and this reader, for one, will be very thankful.
- William H. Harrington "nhtemplar"