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Spartacus: Rebellion: 2 Paperback – 13 May 2014
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Spartacus and his ragtag army take on the mighty Roman army in Ben Kane's brilliant recreation of one of the best-known epics of the modern era
Spartacus has already done the impossible--not only has he escaped from slavery, he and his seconds have created a mighty slave army that has challenged Rome and defeated the armies of three praetors, two consuls, and one proconsul. On the plain of the River Po, in modern Northern Italy, Spartacus has defeated Gaius Cassius Longinus, proconsul and general of an army of two legions. Now the road home lies before them--to Thrace for Spartacus, and to Gaul for his seconds-in-command, Castus and Gannicus.
But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon. One of Spartacus's most powerful generals has defected, taking his men with him. Back in Rome, the immensely rich Marcus Licinius Crassus is gathering an unheard-of Army. The Senate has given Crassus an army made up of ten legions and the authority to do whatever it takes to end the slave rebellion once and for all.
Meanwhile, Spartacus wants to lead his men over the Alps and home, but his two seconds have a different plan. They want to march on Rome itself and bring the Republic to its knees. Rebellion has become war. War to the death.
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (13 May 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250036267
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250036261
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.63 x 21.59 cm
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In this book that will end in the year 71 BC, we see Spartacus and his army of slaves and rebels marching victorious all over the Roman Republic.
After having defeated three praetors, two consuls, and one proconsul, Spartacus and his army are heading towards the Alps and freedom.
Arriving at the Alps, storm clouds are gathering, and during this time of indecision, several groups will mutiny from this army of slaves, and one of these is the Gaul Crixus who will defect to Gaul, and taking all his men from Gaul with him, and so diminishing Spartacus's army of rebels.
Within the rebel slave army of Spartacus dissent is brewing, especially when it becomes known that Crassus, the richest man in Rome, is raising a most formidable army himself to protect Rome and take the fight and war to Spartacus.
Spartacus will have to make an ultimate decision on what to do, and when he does, instead of crossing the Alps and freedom, he will take on Crassus in an attempt to destroy Rome's stranglehold on power, once and for all.
What is to follow is a last stand by Spartacus against the forces erected by Crassus, and in this bloody conflict not only Rome's future will be decided, but most importantly it will tell the legendary Spartacus's heroic end and the consequences that will ensue for his fellow slave fighters all the way to Rome.
Highly recommended, for this is a spectacular finish of this amazing mini-series, and that's why I like to call this final episode: "A Superb Spartacus Conclusion"!
As usual Ben creates a host of credible supporting characters, and the ones who need three dimensions generally get them). These include a partner for Spartacus, Ariadne, a priestess of Dionysus, and an assortment of Romans, Thracians, Gauls and Scythians. Ben’s meticulous research means he gets the facts right about a wide range of national/ethnic groups in terms of dress, weaponry, customs and religions. The fight scenes are terrifyingly good, but he doesn’t overdo the violence or the general concoction of ancient military stuff, such as drinking and whoring. In this novel we get some other aspects of ancient life, such as childbirth, animal sacrifice and marital harmony and disharmony. Great stuff!