Caesar, Paperback Book
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The fifth book in the epic Masters of Rome series. Gaul. 54 BC. Julius Caesar sweeps across Gaul, brutally subduing the united tribes who defy the Republic.

But, at home, his enemies are orchestrating his downfall and disgrace.

Vindictive schemers like Cato and Bibulus, the spineless Cicero, the avaricious Brutus.

Even Pompey the Great, Caesar's former ally. But all have underestimated Caesar. And when the Senate refuse to give him his due he marches upon his own country, an army prepared to die for him at his back.

For rome is his destiny - a destiny that will impel him triumphantly on to the banks of the Rubicon, and beyond, into legend, as the noblest Roman of them all.


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Plot: The first half closely follows Caesar's <i>Commentarii de Bello Gallico</i>, while the second half deals with the civil war up to Pharsalus. The two central plots give the story better momentum than the previous two volumes and provide a framework for the omnipresent side plots. Overall the book is streamlined in comparison to its predecessors. Characters: The cast has narrowed down, which makes it relatively easy to keep everybody straight. Caesar is too idolized and perfect to really enjoy him. Everybody gets plenty of attention and it's made plain why they take their respective sides. Dithering between sides is glossed over.Style: The book had moments when it got lost in details, especially towards the end. Good descriptions of battles and senatorial debates. Information from the past books is brought in little bits that are just manageable without becoming too obnoxious. The prose is nice and fluid to read.Plus: There's a constant feeling of movement about the book. The usual attention to detail and consideration of small gossipy incidents. Minus: The maps should have been collected at the back. A family tree is missing, while the drawings don't add anything. Caesar is too perfect and his motives aren't questioned enough. Summary: This book is entering well-known territory and can be read without knowledge of the previous volumes. Solid narration, but the characterization is a touch too black-and-white.

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McCullough is a wonder! Historical detail is staggering. Puts you in the twilight of Republican Rome from the first page - the power people, the pulsing life of the city, the religion and much more.

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