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ISBN13: 9780440240945
ISBN10: 0440240948
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Rarely, if ever, does a new writer dazzle us with such a vivid imagination and storytelling, flawlessly capturing the essence of a land, a people, a legend. Conn Iggulden is just such a writer, bringing to vivid life one of the most fascinating eras in human history. In a true masterpiece of historical fiction, Iggulden takes us on a breathtaking journey through ancient Rome, sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething passions. What emerges is both a grand romantic tale of coming-of-age in the Roman Empire and a vibrant portrait of the early years of a man who would become the most powerful ruler on earth: Julius Caesar.

On the lush Italian peninsula, a new empire is taking shape. At its heart is the city of Rome, a place of glory and decadence, beauty and bloodshed. Against this vivid backdrop, two boys are growing to manhood, dreaming of battles, fame, and glory in service of the mightiest empire the world has ever known. One is the son of a senator, a boy of privilege and ambition to whom much has been given and from whom much is expected. The other is a bastard child, a boy of strength and cunning, whose love for his adoptive family–and his adoptive brother–will be the most powerful force in his life.

As young Gaius and Marcus are trained in the art of combat–under the tutelage of one of Romes most fearsome gladiators–Rome itself is being rocked by the art of treachery and ambition, caught in a tug-of-war as two rival generals, Marius and Sulla, push the empire toward civil war. For Marcus, a bloody campaign in Greece will become a young soldiers proving ground. For Gaius, the equally deadly infighting of the Roman Senate will be the battlefield where he hones his courage and skill. And for both, the love of an extraordinary slave girl will be an honor each will covet but only one will win.

The two friends are forced to walk different paths, and by the time they meet again everything will have changed. Both will have known love, loss, and violence. And the land where they were once innocent will be thrust into the grip of bitter conflict–a conflict that will set Roman against Roman...and put their friendship to the ultimate test.

Brilliantly interweaving history and adventure, Conn Iggulden conjures a stunning array of contrasts–from the bloody stench of a battlefield to the opulence of the greatest city in history, from the tenderness of a lover to the treachery of an assassin. Superbly rendered, grippingly told, Emperor, The Gates of Rome is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.

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This critically acclaimed novel takes the reader on a breathtaking journey from the grandeur of Rome to the savagery of its most far-flung provinces, as one of history's greatest narratives unfolds.

About the Author

Conn Iggulden is the author of Genghis: Birth of an Empire, the first novel in the series, as well as the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar: Emperor: The Gates of Rome, Emperor: The Death of Kings, Emperor: The Field of Swords, and Emperor: The Gods of War, all of which are available in paperback from Dell. He is also the co-author of the bestselling nonfiction work The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives with his wife and three children in Hertfordshire, England.

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beadmahn, October 28, 2008 (view all comments by beadmahn)
This book was given to me as a gift by someone who enjoyed it a great deal. My wife also liked it. But to me it was just another attempt to make "history" more entertaining. This is the story of how "Gaius" and his pal, "Marcus", survive the helter-skelter world of Rome in the shadow of the conflict between Sulla and Marius. "Gaius" is, of course, Gaius Julius Caesar, and "Marcus" is Marc Antony. There's a slave girl that they both love, a couple of extremely old guys who are still very physically powerful and mysterious, and it just goes from there. I recommend that if you want to read about these two that you find a good history book. Of course, you could always just watch the miniseries "Rome."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440240945
Author:
Iggulden, Conn
Publisher:
Dell
Location:
New York
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Heads of state
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Emperor
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20040203
Binding:
Undefined
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.85 x 4.15 x .95 in .5 lb

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