Kindle ebook: The First Man in Rome: (Masters of Rome Series) - 99p
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Kindle ebook: The First Man in Rome: (Masters of Rome Series) - 99p

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Found 22nd Dec 2013
Seems a good price for this book, first book in Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series.

The following review was quite helpful for me to part with my 99 pence...

5.0 out of 5 stars First in a towering series 31 Jan 2008
By Iain S. Palin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Colleen McCullough is a first-rate storyteller, and her historical novels are particularly good. "The First Man in Rome" is the first in a series of large, readable, well-researched and satisfying novels chronicling the downfall of the Roman Republic. This is fascinating period in history and one well covered by writers weaving stories round the larger-than-life protagonists and the events they drive and are driven by. Recent examples include the detective stories of Stephen Saylor and John Maddox Roberts, and Robert Harris's "Imperium": one of the joys for the reader interested in this time is to compare and contrast the way the historical figures and events are treated by the different authors. McCullough's books are larger and more detailed than those of the other writers noted here, of course, their size and scope reminiscent of the novels of the late and much-missed James Clavell. Like Clavell's they have one big risk attached to them - that if you start reading you will quickly be hooked and find that you have no choice but to devote a large chunk of your life to reading as many of them as you can lay your hands on! In the McCullough "Masters of Rome" series, of course, it is important to do this in the right sequence - you will also be impressed that an author can maintain such a high standard of writing and reader-involvement over quite so many thousands of pages.

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