He was an I loved this book…I really did. He was an enemy of Rome and a force to be reckoned with. It was about the thousands of men that joined him in the fight and the relentless training they endured. My only complaint is that the book was riddled with grammatical errors that in my opinion should have been caught by the editor and the use of the word unsurprisingly over and over again. I'd recommend this book to any fan of Spartacus, Rome, and the word unsurprisingly.
View 2 comments. This is an epic story of a Thracian who was betrayed and sold to the ludus to become a gladiator. This is a story of a brave man who led thousands of slaves in an uprising against the Roman Republic. This is a magnificent story of survival and loyalty. This, is a story of Spartacus.
My first encounter with Ben Kane was in his collaborative work with five other authors in A Day of Fire: a novel of Pompeii. His story was about an ex-legionary who staked his entire future on a 4 magnificent stars! His story was about an ex-legionary who staked his entire future on a gladiator bout destined never to be finished. I was deeply fascinated and truly enjoyed the vivid description of the bout itself even though the main focus was about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
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I was looking for another male HF authors who could write epic battle scenes after reading and enjoying David Gemmell's Troy series, and thus decided to give Spartacus a try. While the battle, bouts, and melee scenes were very well done, I find that Ben Kane lacks David Gemmell's flair for writing. But hey, who am I to pass such judgement. Spartacus was written in third-person narration. The major part of the story alternates between the three main characters: Spartacus, Ariadne, and Carbo, and at times we got the perspectives of the Praetors and Consuls. The latter gave a different perspective of the battle and that, I thought, make the plot more three-dimensional.
Typically, a switch of viewpoint are done at chapter boundaries. Unfortunately, it wasn't like that for Spartacus. Most times, the switch of viewpoints for the MCs were done at paragraph boundaries instead! How confusing is that!
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In fact, if I remembered correctly, the viewpoints switched within the same paragraph!! Oh gosh. Nevertheless, I quite enjoy Ben Kane's portrayal of Spartacus.
My journey with this book was really fantastic cos I kept adding all those fake yet gruesome gifs of the tv series along with my status updates! I got flagged for one of the updates cos it was too violent for some. Conclusion: If you can stomach multiple mutilations, I suggest you get your hands on Spartacus. Can't wait to pick up Rebellion! View all 4 comments. Jan 29, Nick Brett rated it really liked it. Ben Kane does what research is possible on a real historical character and shapes it to his narrative, most of which follows the known history of Spartacus and the slave rebellion.
Mr Kane makes Spartacus an leader, tactician and a unemotional killing machine but holds back on real character beyond that. Instead he uses a Roman fellow gladiator to provide deeper characterisation and to give us a slightly different perspective and view on the events as they unfold. Most of what we read here Ben Kane does what research is possible on a real historical character and shapes it to his narrative, most of which follows the known history of Spartacus and the slave rebellion.
Most of what we read here happened and most of the significant characters are based in reality too, but as always the author knows his stuff and sucks us in to a very entertaining historical romp, with at least one book to follow. Roman actioners have been popular for a while now and Ben Kane has firmly established himself as one of those that are well worth reading, easily mixing it with the currently more famous names.
Ben Kane's advantage is that while he plays in the era, he does not feel the need to stick with characters that he uses every time. This makes his books fresher and less predictable. May 05, Diana rated it it was ok Shelves: , historical-fiction. In this book: Crixus and Spartacus were not bros. Gannicus and Oenomaus were not bros.
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And Gannicus was so serious all the time. The characters felt flat, I didn't like any of them. Women were helpless and useless. They got raped by men or were their lovers, they did nothing else. Oh, and the main female character had to get pregnant, of course. What the fuck?
The action scenes were good, though. View all 3 comments. Jun 28, Karen Jackson rated it it was amazing. Remarkable book by Ben Kane. A must read or watch for anyone who love the TV series. May 04, Robin Carter rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. Spartacus: Ben Kane has been able to deliver and deliver and deliver when it comes to Historical Fiction, His excellent and i hope not finished Forgotten legion Series, the wonderful Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, and now Spartacus.
At first i was a little reticent about someone doing this in tandem with the TV series, The TV series that while it had started off with the style filming soon settled in to a great portrayal of an iconic character, Andy Whitfield soon came to be the face that came to Spartacus: Ben Kane has been able to deliver and deliver and deliver when it comes to Historical Fiction, His excellent and i hope not finished Forgotten legion Series, the wonderful Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, and now Spartacus. At first i was a little reticent about someone doing this in tandem with the TV series, The TV series that while it had started off with the style filming soon settled in to a great portrayal of an iconic character, Andy Whitfield soon came to be the face that came to mind when the name Spartacus was uttered, Kirk Douglas fast becoming a face from the past.
As usual the book is written with the powerful plot and pace that Ben is well known for, but Spartacus: The Gladiator takes it further, deeper and more emotive than the TV series, it does not rely on gliz glamour, blood and guts, Tits and ass. This is the first book in a series that will take the Man and the Myth to a whole different level, and by the end of the series leave us with one of Historical Fictions Iconic series. This Book as with all Ben Kanes books comes Highly recommended. But one man is making the long and weary last stage of his way home. Large parts of his homeland, Thrace, a land north of Greece, has fallen under the hated power of Rome.
This Thracian has fought in the Roman legions for nearly a decade. Skilled, hardened in battle, a sophisticated fighter. A new king sits on the throne. Treacherous and cunning, he has seized the crown by murder and he will hold on to it by violence. When a Roman slave tradercomes to the village in search of men who will fight as gladiators,Spartacus is betrayed and sold.
His odyssey has begun. HERO The legend that is Spartacus has come down to us through the centuries - the story of a man who took on the might of Rome and nearly brought her down. Jun 25, Mr. Matt rated it liked it Shelves: hf-roman , Historical fiction focused on the Roman era is to no great surprise usually focused around Romans.
The period has much to offer - the discipline of the legions, treacherous Senatorial politics, the transition from Republic to Empire, warlike barbarian tribes, religious ferment, almost an entire continent under one power, a span of hundreds of years, and more.
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Ben Kane's Spartacus makes a nice contribution to the genre by focusing on one of Rome's foes - Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator who Historical fiction focused on the Roman era is to no great surprise usually focused around Romans. Ben Kane's Spartacus makes a nice contribution to the genre by focusing on one of Rome's foes - Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator who led a slave revolt against the Republic. This perspective is a nice change of pace. Unfortunately I had other problems with the book that dampened my immersion in the story.
First and foremost too many of the characters felt under developed to me. Both Crixus Spartacus' main slave rival and Crassus the richest and most powerful Roman in the Senate both felt as if they were propped up to be foils for Spartacus.
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This was especially so for Crassus who showed up only periodically, I guess, to show the impression that the slave leader made in Rome. Crixus only really felt "real" to me in the ludus where he led the main Gaulish faction that threatened Spartacus. I think the author missed an opportunity here by not playing this thread out. More should have been made over the rivalry between the two leaders in the slave army. This doesn't even touch Carbo, the Roman who finds himself as one of Spartacus' chief henchmen. Virtually every scene with Carbo in it felt artificial to me. Having said all of this, I thought that the interplay between Ariadne and Spartacus was nice.
Next, although the action scenes are great I recognize that the period was a brutal and hard one, but I cringed reading a couple of the scenes - exhibit A being where Carbo's woman is raped to death by Crixus and his crew. Was this really necessary? I don't shy away from violence but that was a little too much. This sounds pretty bad so I want to stress that the book was a fun diversion. I did enjoy it and have already started the sequel. A solid three stars. Just my two cents. Oct 26, Jess Hughes rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
Recommended to Jess by: I found it on my own, as I always search out new historical fiction. This is another excellent historical by Ben Kane. He has become a master of stories from ancient Rome, especially, the Republican era.
In Spartacus the Gladiator, using what limited information that is available a total of approximately 4, written words from ancient writings and produces in a very logical and methodical order about the life of this famous gladiator and rebel. The characters of Spartacus, his wife, the Dionysian Priestess, Ariadne, Crixus, the vicious Gallic gladiator, and Carbo, the dispossed Roman who voluntarily became a gladiator are believeable.
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