Somehow it just doesn't have some adrenaline regardless of all the battles and various intrigues. Normally you have a picture of where the story might go, Tribune of Rome went above my expectations. A kind of problem solving Vespasian, still only 16, I checked is showing he has both the aptitude - and sometimes surprising for a 16-year old - the strength, for. I actually found myself enjoying how Robert Fabbri writes about the Roman social scene and the myriad of potential pitfalls they seem to have had waiting for them on their way to the top. They had never got on. I was therefore surprised and a little disappointed to discover as I read that this is a tale of the early days of the great man, long before the great events for which he's remembered.
Yes is the simple answer, in fact he does it in style, the book is very well written, well plotted, well paced, naturally great characters, and the fact blended with the fiction , to bring us Vespasian from Birth. However with only one foot set in Rome, Vespasian discovers that it's not all a life of glory in the big city and soon finds himself fleeing to safe his own life and that of others. They seem to talk in a slang that is more appropriate to our era than ancient Rome. Evidence of the treason of Sejanus is uncovered. What could he destiny be? But he discovers a city in turmoil and an Empire on the brink. But the unimaginative style and form, the very unlikely events maken this book sometimes very hard to accept. Then the book surprised me by turning around and pulling out a serious military novel instead.
I enjoyed it very much. I see other reviews criticising Fabbri for knowing too much history and telling us he knows; I have no problem with his explanations. I know some people may groan at the cranky sidekick-type character, but I find that it adds some much-needed humour to what might otherwise become a slog of politics and battles. But it's not only the battle action that is described in lively detail, also when Vespasian is on the rescue mission and subsequently being chased down there is a great pull on the reader to drag you into the story and similarly were the horse races. I found Fabbri's books because of a write-up on a historical fiction blog that indicated he was inspired by the women in Vespasian's life. But troubles find him even out there.
Je wordt meegesleept door het verhaal, en krijgt een gevoel voor de Romeinse samenleving in die tijd. Vespasian is out of his depth, making dangerous enemies and dangerous friends - like the young Caligula and soon finds himself ensnared in a conspiracy against Tiberius. Vespasian is totally out of his depth, making dangerous enemies and even more dangerous friends — like the young Caligula and soon finds himself ensnared in a conspiracy against Tiberius. As far as he is concerned, it is better to change the fictional plot of a book to fit real history than to change historical facts for the sake of making a fictional story more entertaining. This time, in the area of countryside around Rome. But even here there is no escaping the politics of Rome. Of course, history proves me wrong, but where and when they met is unknown.
He is an assistant director and has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. With the situation in Rome deteriorating, Vespasian flees the city to take up his position as tribune in an unfashionable legion on the Balkan frontier. Vespasian is 16 and is living on the family farm with his mother and father. Even here, rebellion is in the air and unblooded and inexperienced, Vespasian must lead his men in savage battle with hostile mountain tribes. Vespasian stood up, bowed his head in greeting and waited to be spoken to. Vespasian grows up, and becomes a lot more likable and decisive in the process, and I took it seriously despite the fact that he was still by age a youth.
Sidebottom, is an example that springs naturally to mind. Unfortunately in all of the books continued so. Talking of war, the battle scenes were brutal, bloody and graphic and no detail spared. So could this Robert Fabrri fella pull it off? Even the casual reader will find themselves running headlong through the detailed action, endeared to the believable and realistic characters. Unblooded and inexperienced, he must lead his men in savage battle with hostile mountain tribes - dangerous enough without renegade Praetorians and Imperial agents trying to kill him too. Often all at the same time.
I have been reading a fair bit of Roman fiction in the last months and they all are great but Tribune of Rome does something that I haven't encountered before. De schrijver doet zijn best om het Romeinse leven zo accuraat mogelijk te omschrijven, maar het is geen non-fictie dus soms worden de personages en gebeurtenissen uit het verleden wat verdraaid of aangepast. I have to say straight off the bat that this book surprised me. Equally, for someone not so familiar with the era, there might be more suspense. I am looking forward to the second book which I shall begin immediately. Robert Fabbri has written a story of style, well plotted with superb characters, with fiction and non-fiction brought together well.
But hopefully a lot lot less Sexually explicit. There are set piece battles, torture and executions galore and a sense of humour that's very squaddie like, that adds to the sense of believability. This is a highly recommended Debut. This is a great start to a promising storyline and more excellent books. The characterisation is excellent - though, really, Vespasian is a historical character who is so very perfect as a central character and made it into 's Cato and Macro series as a well-drawn secondary character.
But he discovers a city in turmoil and an Empire on the brink. I love historical fiction that takes place in ancient Rome, so this sounds right up my alley! I expect you to behave civilly to your brother this evening, though I doubt that anything has changed in the way you feel about him in the years that he has been away. I'd not even read the blurb before I bought it and started reading. As a fictionalised biography of the early life of a well-documented character this book is not a piece of high literature. Helaas was dat toentertijd in sommige kringen bittere noodzaak. The author plays fast and loose with history to a certain extant but there is no doubt that he has researched Roman life and military actions. Though they are at least troubles of the sort - attacks from local tribesmen, presumably not too keen on being another Roman frontier province - that can be solved more easily with a sword and a shield.
The book is simp To be honest, despite having a list of books to read that's a mile long, I bought this largely on the strength of the title, Vespasian being one of my favourite historical figures. Battles can be difficult things to write. I can't really put my finger on what kind of genre this book is supposed to belong to, and if I just lump it in with that bottomless pit known as 'Historical Fiction' then I feel I am giving up on it all together, because anything with that label basically screams at me not to read it. The story then jumps to a fifteen year old youngster who is intent on looking after his parents farm and lands from raiders. They seem to For the whole series I would give 3. A kind of problem solving Vespasian, still only 16, I checked is showing he has both the aptitude - and sometimes surprising for a 16-year old - the strength, for. And what if stolen silver from the Imperial treasury fu All power in the Empire derives from the Legions.