The second book in the epic Masters of Rome series.
Rome. 97 BC. Gaius Marius is one of the greatest generals Rome has ever known. under him, Rome has conquered the Western world, withstood invasion and crushed its enemies.
But when the ageing Marius grows weak, the stability of the mighty Republic looks uncertain.
Ambitious, tormented Lucius Cornelius Sulla, once Marius's right hand man, withdraws from his commander's circle to prepare his own bid for power.
Marius is determined not to relinquish his control over the Republic, but with his closest ally now his most dangerous rival, the stakes are higher than ever before. And as a deadly enmity develops between the two men, Rome must fight its own battle for survival.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1072 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/08/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099462491
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Review by surreality
Plot: The time between Marius' sixth and seventh consulship, several interlocked focus points and a few ventures offroad that do not matter much to the main plot in this book, but chronologically slot in here and are too important for the future to be ignored. Characters: There is less character development here than before, which is notable especially with Marius. Side characters are deftly sketched, and again everyone's motives are made clear. Style: Exhausting at times due to the level of detail, but engaging. Plus: Accuracy, attention to detail. No character is a direct villain or an absolute angel.Minus: At times it is simply too long. As with <i>The First Man in Rome</i>, the pictures are unnecessary, as are some of the maps.Summary: Not quite as good as its predecessor, but still well worth reading. More politics and social issues, and less battle.