Arthur Britannicus

Arthur Britannicus Carausius is born into a savage life His father was a respected warrior chief a leader of men But as a boy Carausius witnesses his violent death As the boy grows into a man and then a soldier he de

  • Title: Arthur Britannicus
  • Author: Paul Bannister
  • ISBN: 9781523387960
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • Carausius is born into a savage life.His father was a respected warrior chief, a leader of men.But as a boy, Carausius witnesses his violent death.As the boy grows into a man and then a soldier, he dedicates himself to the cause of Rome.As a centurion in the Empire s mighty Army, he earns the respect of his men soldiers who will fight, and die if necessary, at his commandCarausius is born into a savage life.His father was a respected warrior chief, a leader of men.But as a boy, Carausius witnesses his violent death.As the boy grows into a man and then a soldier, he dedicates himself to the cause of Rome.As a centurion in the Empire s mighty Army, he earns the respect of his men soldiers who will fight, and die if necessary, at his command.But, just like his father before him, he is surrounded by enemies both within and without.He must manoeuvre his way through battle, knowing who to trust and who to put to death not easy when paranoia among the ruling elite is so rife.Will Carausius emerge victorious where so many before him failed and earn the great title of all.Augustus.Or will he meet an early, violent death, as his father did before him.Arthur Britannicus is a vivid and memorable portrayal of the life of a Roman champion.

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    1. I was given this to review for a book club I was glad to hand it back. Interesting idea, but I say this knowing that this is the author's debut novel and he has had a career attached to writing. 'Mr Bannister, learn to write creatively then re-write Arthur Britannicus (it's an idea worth reading). A solid grasp of the history may illuminate those not aware of the history, but poor and 'childish' prose kills any credibility in the story telling. This was a terrible book to read

    2. Fun, flawed. A compelling suggestion that the mythical King Arthur was a very real Belgian Roman named Carausius who attempted to free Britain from the yoke of Roman rule. Grounded in historical evidence documented at the end of the book, Arthur Britannicus is a pretty good novel that offers solid blood and guts action and authentic Roman flavor surrounding a fairly straightforward plot that sees our hero Carausius on his way to becoming Arthur, uniting Britain and usurping the Empire.For me, Ca [...]

    3. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author as part of a firstreads giveaway.Have to say that I actually enjoyed this book, in spite of everythingI initially assumed that it was a first novel but it turns out that the author has written as least three other books. It seems none have benefited from the services of an editor, or much of a redrafting process. There's lots of sloppy typos, such as '/' instead of '?'.Realistically, to improve his work, Bannister needs to spend mo [...]

    4. Thorough research enables Bannister to write a good story that reads as plausible history. He includes those details of daily life so often glossed over, answering the reader's curious questions as to how people!e lived their daily lives. Skilfully woven into the story are details of a Roman foot soldier's day, his equipment and clothing. When we get to the sea battles, we have already learned about the various ships used, and even a landlubber like me can have some understanding of the tactics, [...]

    5. I really liked this book-- lots of history, superstition, and a bit of magic. Carausius was a real person who served as a Roman soldier, charismatic leader, admiral and the man who united the various group in Britain to defeat the Romans in the late 3rd century.The author's notes at the end give additional information and dates. He believes the Caraausius and his lover Guinevia and the druid Myrddin are a basis for the legends about king Arthur. The dates of various events are included in the no [...]

    6. A good effort, but, this fell a bit short of the mark for me. It seems that Mr Bannister did his research well, and that the workd he creates is convincing. However I had two problems with this book: 1 the characters never felt fully developed and 2; there were many instances where major shifts of character or of plot development happened off the page. One chapter a major event is happening, the next its all resolved and we are in another local.I do like his premise of using a real but little kn [...]

    7. Mr. Bannister clearly has done a great deal of research on Rome, warfare, and Ancient Britain. He tells a good story, but unfortunately, didn't engage me as a reader in a way that I like to be reached. The story marches from one bloody battle to another, with occasional dose trips to torture, murder, and random mayhem. Life was nasty, brutish, and short in those days, but the work would benefit fron a bit more style. It's an epic tale being told, I had just hoped for a bit more of an epic feel, [...]

    8. Me reconozco un fanático exaltado de la leyenda de Arturo.Y aunque este libro es extremadamente riguroso en contar la historia de la figura real que inspiró la leyenda,no me satisface, no llena mis expectativas el autor se esmera en ser preciso pero a cambio sacrifica la leyenda en sí. Nos deja un Carausius- Arturo muy descafeinado, brutal y astuto, pero no el Rey que inspiró la búsqueda del Grial. Buena aventura romana, mala leyenda.

    9. Enjoyed the premise. Did not enjoy the repetitive explanations of this character being a Druid, etc. Maybe once, near the beginning of the book, but not over and over, at least once a chapter if that particular character came up.

    10. History at its best!Bannister HSS done his homework dredging up the real bones of what we call "Brittanic History" from that time clouded in the fog of time. His explanation of what we call the Arthurian legends is most noteworthy!

    11. I received this book as part of First Reads program.This book was really more of a history than a story. There was quite a bit of interesting information about Roman history, tactics, and general life. I enjoyed learning about this particular period of Rome.

    12. An easy read and a slightly different twist on the normal in this genre and subject. Uninspiring prose and descriptive writing but worth a read if its on offer.

    13. Very good storyline and a new theory on the origins of the Arthurian myths. Had never heard of this roman general previously.

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