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Roman - The Fall of Britannia (The Roman Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) [Versión Kindle]

Kevin Ashman

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Britannia 43AD.

The last unconquered stronghold of the Celts and a land of gold and slaves. A dangerous place of men without fear, led by mystical Druid warriors, yet still to face the might of Rome in the unrelenting expansion of the Empire.

Four Roman legions have assembled in Gaul undertaking final preparations for the invasion of Britannia. Two young men are posted to a training cohort under the sadistic tutorage of a battle scarred veteran, Remus. The training is brutal but eventually the trainees find themselves involved in their first campaign,
The invasion of Britannia.

The legions invade in a frenzy of brutality and aggression, and one of the defending Celtic warriors is forced to flee the battle to embark on a frantic rescue mission the isle of Druids, where a young girl is due to be sacrificed.
Meanwhile a cohort of legionaries under the command of Remus, is tasked with finding the source of the Celtic gold.

The Romans find themselves in strange and unfriendly environment and, as they close in on their quarry, the fates of all four men become intertwined and a long held secret revealed, culminating in a savage and astonishing climax that affects the very future of Britannia..

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 5180 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 343
  • Números de página - ISBN de origen: 1503015807
  • Uso simultáneo de dispositivos: Sin límite
  • Editor: Silverback Books; Edición: 2 (15 de febrero de 2012)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B005ET4ZCQ
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Amazon.com: 4.2 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  56 opiniones
6 de 6 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Ok with a fair few 'buts' ... 4 de marzo de 2013
Por Steve - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
This is not a bad book, not a great one, but not the worst I've read - that's damning with faint praise I guess.

The good: the premise of the book is essentially solid - Roman-raised Prydain finds his roots amongst the 'noble savage' warrior peoples of 1st century Britain; if the book primarily focused on that storyline, rather than trying on 3 or 4 multiple ones, it may have been more successful as a cohesive story. It's also, for what it is, a fairly interesting plot.

But there were just too many holes for me to rate it any higher than 3.

Punctuation: cripes, Mr Ashman, you need a lesson in comma, question mark and exclamation mark usage, sir. There are numerous examples of simple misplacement of, commas which, for me, is, distracting (yes, I'm being ironic). Question marks were used where there was no question being asked; and the overuse of exclamation marks presents as being juvenile! (Yes, ironic again.) Also misuse of the possessive apostrophe ("trainee's" when it is "trainees") is not a good look for me. I can overlook one or two, I don't need perfection, but when these things combine, it really detracts from the professional level of the work.

Story: Mmmmm ... I dunno, the relationship between Cassus and Prydain doesn't ring true. They grow up 'friends' yet Cassus alternately seems to care for Prydain then in the same breath openly despise him; which is it? There was also an issue of 'casting' focus - Cassus is a focus for the first half then all but disappears in the 2nd. Prydain too is a focus then shifts to the background as the lens focuses on Gwenno and Gwydain. This is OK in a longer work, not in a shortish one.

Accuracy could have been tighter: during their escape from the island, Gwenno can suddenly understand Latin as she gets what Prydain is saying with no mention of Gwydain translating for her.
Reference to the 'Germina' legion which should be 'Gemina' (Twin); and a reference to a 'Germania' legion that, at least to my memory, was the 'Augusta' legion pages before. Use of the word 'okay' didn't work for me along with a few other 'chronomorphic' idiosyncracies I didn't go for. These sort of things meant that I felt that the author is, for me, not fully in control of what's going on within a tight story framework.

Better treatments in fiction of the Roman army are in William Altimari's 'Legion' or Anthony Riches' Wounds of Honour - in fact there are plenty, but they are quite good.
9 de 10 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Anothe Must Read 12 de diciembre de 2011
Por Gillsains - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle
The easy to read style of Kevin Ashman's books make them "must reads". The way he manages to bring history to life with real characters that you can easily relate to make his books compulsive reading. I would not usually have picked a book about the Roman invasion of Britain however having enjoyed other books by Kevin Ashman I decided to buy Roman and I am very glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. Kevin creates characters whose lives the reader really cares about. Well researched, well written and highly recommended.
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2.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Too many errors in Kindle 13 de febrero de 2012
Por Kenneth C. Cable - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda|Compra verificada
I purchased this book on Kindle and expected much more that I got. The story is interesting and somewhat plausable. But some of the sub-plots simply do not make sense: 1) it is highly unlikely that someone growing up in a tribe influenced by Druids (Gwenno) would not understand what the Druids wanted with a virgin! 2) the animus that Cassus held for Pryain was never explained nor was a foundation provided. 3) no foundation was provided for the sudden overthrow of Erwyn by Robbus.

The author chose to use modern American and British slang in the dialogue of his first century Romans. The word "okay" was used profusely; and, "sort them out" was an unlikely expression used throughout the story. These recuring usages were disruptive of the story.

Finally, the editing of the Kindle version was TERRIBLE!!!!! Often words were missused or misspelled. Punctuation was often a problem. These kinds of errors (frequent!) provide serious distrations to the reader.

Many authors have written good stories about the Roman legions. Ashman is the only one I have read who suggests that new recruits to a legion must somehow find their own way to wherever the legion happens to be deployed...at their own expense! Who did the research on this one??

Overall, a shameful distortion of what would have been a good story.
3 de 3 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Loved it! 4 de enero de 2012
Por Amazon Customer - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle
This is really not the type of book that i would usually read and i haven't started and finished a whole book in quite a while but i found with this i wanted to know what was going to happen next constantly. The way the book is written that it goes back and fore between the pathes of the different characters made the story that much more exciting than i imagine it would have been otherwise.

The characters came to life and after finishing the book i felt like i was going to miss my new friends as you really get to know the characters and care whats going to happen to them next, I know nothing of roman history but after reading this i am going to actively find out more about the era :)

The battle scenes are fantastic and i found myself flinching as i was reading because the descriptive writing is so good that you really feel part of the action.

Whether you are a fan of Roman history or not this is great story, well written and easy to read.

I've already started another book by the author, Mortuus Virgo, Mortuus Virgo - The Dead Virgins and am enjoying that just as much!
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The glory of Rome 11 de enero de 2012
Por Ronald Swisher - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
I felt the book was easy to read, the plot easy to understand, and the ending very surprising. In the miriade of books of Rome conquest of England (I say England only because this conquest did not extend to Scotland)most are very dry and similar to textbooks. This is not. In the ending, it is hinted that there will be following books. I for one hope so.
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