Ship of Rome review Ú 3

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Ship of Rome review Ú 3 ✓ ❴BOOKS❵ ✮ Ship of Rome Author John Stack – Against a backdrop of the clash of the Roman and Carthaginian empires the battle for sovereignty takes place on the high seasAtticus captain of one of the ships of Rome's small coastal fleet is from a Against a backdrop of the clash oBefore forces them to act togetherSo Atticus one of Rome's few experienced sailors finds himself propelled into the middle of a political struggle that is completely foreign to him Rome need to build a navy fast but the obstacles are many political animosities legions adamant that they will only use their traditional methods Roman prejudice even from friends that all those not born in Rome are inferior citizensThe enemy are first class experienced and determined to control the. A really bad rendition of the First Punic War22 June 2011 I thought that I have already analysed this book but as it turns out either I hadn't or the analysis got lost in the twittersphere somewhere However this book is the introduction to the first Punic War when Rome and Carthage began to fight over control of the Mediterranean Most of the action takes place in and around Sicily the lynch pin in the domination of the Mediterranean sea As we know from history the Romans won the war took control of Sicily and expanded their empire to control all of the Mediterranean No other empire in the history of the world has succeeded in this feat As for the book I must admit that it seriously did not do anything for me It was just not interesting At the beginning the heroes of the story are fleeing the Carthaginian navy that was invading Sicily and passed through the Straights of Messina which the writer referred to as the whirlpool and the rocks otherwise known as Scylla and Charibdis from the Odyssey and I hope to pass through those straights myself this year I'm sorry but Homer just does a much better job of that and in Homer Scylla is a nasty monster that eats his men as they pass through No rocks there I was so disappointed in this book that I immediately passed it on to another person that I knew who had studied Rome and now I repent on doing so Books like this if I am anything to go by just don't do it for people who are well versed in the classics One would be much better off reading Livy I'm sure he would be much interesting I haven't read Livy yet or Wordsworth's translation of Plutarch

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Against a backdrop of the clash of the Roman and Carthaginian empires the battle for sovereignty takes place on the high seasAtticus captain of one of the ships of Rome's small coastal fleet is from a Greek fishing family Septimus legionary commander reluctantly ordered aboard ship is from Rome born into a traditionally army family It could never be an easy alliance Ship of PDF But the arrival of a hostile fleet larger far skilful and powerful than any Atticus has encountered. I was excited to pick up this book The focus on the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage offered a uniue fresh arena for a good historical fiction romp All too often books about Romans focus on the Imperial capital R Rome rather than the older Republican small r Rome This book also emphasized the great naval struggle between the Carthagian masters of the seas and the upstart Romans On picking up this book I hoped it would be the Roman world euivalent of Dewey Lambdin's Lewrie series to Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe books I was ready to like this book but I was disappointed I won't go into all of my gripes but there were a couple key things that bugged me First the author constantly switched perspectives from person to person to person in order to craft his story This works well if the number of characters is kept to the few and the essential In the case of this book it was overdone We follow Gisco Hamilcar Atticus Scipio Duilius Septimus a legate on Sicily and It made it hard to immerse oneself into the overall arc of the storyNext some of the characters and scenes were absolutely stale and felt like cardboard props than living and breathing people in particular the relationship between Hadria and Atticus They have barely met and the author is telling me that they are falling head over heels in love with one another Okay maybe there is love at first glance but come on My wife told me that she knew she'd marry me the day she saw me but it took me longer than that Finally there just wasn't enough tension in the overall arc of the story As it is historical fiction we know that the Romans will defeat the Carthaginians and rescue the Legions trapped on Sicily This story was following a direct line from point A to point B The author needs to inject realistic obstacles in the path of the main characters I think the opportunity to do so was in the building of the fleet Prop up a real fleshed out nemesis who is opposed to the building of the corvus and tries to undermine him at every turn Yes the Consul Scipio did that but the power differential between the Greek Atticus and the Consul Scipio was too great It should have been a struggle between two or less eualsIt was truly a two star book It was OK

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Ship of RomeSeas Can Atticus and the fledgling Roman navy staffed with inexperienced sailors and unwilling legionaries outwit and outfight his opponentsSHIP OF ROME full of magnificent sea battles packed with strong characters torn between two powerful empires is the first book in a new series MASTERS OF THE SEA by a brilliant new authorJohn Stack was born and lives in County Cork He has always wanted to write but has done a variety of jobs ending up in IT He is married with three children. Ship of Rome was right in the middle in terms of uality Had some good things had some things it needed to work onI appreciated the time period the First Punic War is not a common place to set Roman historical fiction and so this was a nice change In the same vein focusing on naval warfare was also uniueThe action seuences were well done and Stack did a good job mixing history and narrative into a cohesive wholeThe book has a fairly small plotline and thus tends to draw out events than necessary; for example the opening scene of 1 ship escaping 3 not a full battle mind you takes like 40 pages A bit much Also Stack's characters have a tendency to constantly tell you what they're thinking leaving little room for subtly or mystery in the characterization