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The ultimate Rome story

The Gates of Rome,The Death of Kings and now The Field of Swords tell the powerful, dramatic story of the friendship and enmity between the two men who ruled the Roman world.

Following the defeat of the Spartacus rebellion, Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus, who have been sent to run the Roman colonies in Spain, return to challenge powerful senators to become one of the Consuls of Rome. Political opposition, family quarrels, armed rebellions and corruption make this a highly contemporary scene, fuelled by the intrigue of the major characters, who are now developing as full adults.

As he takes the legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes, the imperious stand of Caesar and the leadership of his men, his new friendships with fellow leaders and his overwhelming ambition, begin to separate him from Brutus, the great swordsman and warrior. Their long friendship reveals ominous cracks under the strain. Although the Gallic conquests lead to Caesar's triumphal entry into Britain, the victories on the battlefield cause political rivalries at home, and ultimately the famous choice is presented to Caesar and Marcus Brutus. They must choose whether to cross the Rubicon – together or singly – and to take the fight to Rome itself.

Conn Iggulden is a brilliant storyteller. Characters jostle for space in the crowded streets, on the battlefields and in the corridors of the Senate. The friendship and rivalry between Caesar and Brutus provides compelling reading. Each book in the EMPEROR series causes readers to return to the previous novel, and ensures they also look forward hugely to the next.

©2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"If you liked Gladiator, you’ll love Emperor." ( The Times)

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  • 18-11-2018

An absolute cracker!

Although I read the second book first it was well worth going back to book one as it sets the relationship between Caesar and Brutus as children. I would recommend this book and the Emperor series to anybody who loves Roman history and fiction. This series really grabs hold and doesn’t let you go. My one disappointment is that this wasn’t read by Robert Glenister though Alex Jennings does an excellent job. Can’t have jam today and jam tomorrow I suppose ......don’t see why not !

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  • 26-02-2016

Feel like a roman!

the book was excellent, it was well narrated and a great follow-on from the previous 2. I would recommend anybody to read this as it Graves a great insight to Roman life and the way how Cesar operated. hooked for hours!

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