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FREE READ ¿ Ship of Rome º ❰Ebook❯ ➠ Ship of Rome Author John Stack – Horticulturetrader.co.uk Against a backdrop of the clash of the Roman and Carthaginian empires the battle for sovereignty takes place on the high seasAtticus captain of one of the ships of Rome's small coastal fleet is from a Against a backdrop of the clash ofAgainst a backdrop of the clash of the Roman and Carthaginian empires the battle for sovereignty takes place on the high seasAtticus captain of one of the ships of Rome's small coastal fleet is from a Greek fishing family Septimus legionary commander reluctantly ordered aboard ship is from Rome born into a traditionally army family It could never be an easy alliance Ship of Kindle But the arrival of a hostile fleet larger far skilful and powerful than any Atticus has encounter. Well BT Infinity worksSo why a 2 rating when it's really only worth 15 A 1 would be a poor reflection on ME for actually finishing it so it's a two then those 15 marks would be awarded to the historical content only which to be fair Mr Stack has put some time effort into allbeit it's limited in many waysThe writing style I did not like 1 iota very little dialogue that at best is turgid with next to no emotion between the lead protagonists much of the narrative is throu the author relaying the charactors thoughts emotions which is ok from time to time but not ALL the time imo we've jus had one of the few exchanges of dialogue c'mon Mr Stack we DO get the nuiances the jib of the action reasons we CAN understand what's occuring It does become extremely annoying it's almost a case of dumbing down to the reader a poor expression I know on my part but it's the general feel throughout for me It's also a style that doesn't pull the story onwards it's a struggle a real struggle at times to not throw it across the roomWhere does it fit in to the Roman period Ok it's nautical thats refreshing it some ways but Mr Scarrow's duo of Macro cato were marines in one of the episodes he did a better job of it than this book in terms of an enjoyable bosh style of read There's exchanges in the senate which are in comparison with Mr Harris Cisero series embarassingly simplistic then of course the author pores forth in the next paragraph or three the conseuences in caseyep you got it you didnt grasp the plot There's romance well an attempt I really wanted to learn about Rome Carthage in that period i didn't It was emotional Absolutely NOT Not one shred of emotion throughout the read can't recollect a laugh a smile anger a book like a film needs to take you through a range of emotions for it to work this read for me evoked nowt that's what leaves me to not complete the series I dont normally do reviews it's a case of 4 or 5 stars with me YAHHHH really liked that made me laff weap rage empathise with the leads etc so you've been warned read at your peril He works in IT nuff said

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Ed before forces them to act togetherSo Atticus one of Rome's few experienced sailors finds himself propelled into the middle of a political struggle that is completely foreign to him Rome need to build a navy fast but the obstacles are many political animosities legions adamant that they will only use their traditional methods Roman prejudice even from friends that all those not born in Rome are inferior citizensThe enemy are first class experienced and determined to control th. I first read about Stack when an account of him writing this series about the Punic wars and getting a Harper Collins three book deal was published in the Irish Independent However I've been unable to get a copy of it till now due to financial constraints and a woeful lack of historical fiction in my libraryThe bad stuff first This is another author who insists on itlalicising every use of a Latin word which does get very annoying when it happens two or three times on a page I know it's a minor complaint but after explaining the difference between a Holplon Shield and a Scutum shield he shouldn't feel the need to highlight the fact that the word is Latin every time it is used I know it's not an English word and he kindly tells us what it means so there's no need to break flow in a fictional narrative to obey academic conventionsA love story between Hadria and Atticus is crowbarred into the plot but barely dealt with leaving a skeleton romance to be fleshed out in the seuels The manner in which he deals with this is extremely clumsy the counterparts barely meet then subseuently are separated for a long period of time Upon their reunion they assert their love for each other despite Hadria's only apparent uality being her beauty and they barely speak to each other up until this pointAnother scene which really got to me is the one in which Fabiola wife of the senior consul Scipio seemingly telepathically discovers the traitor in their servants who feeds information on Scipio's plans to the Junior Consul The information he passed on about an enemy fleet blockading Sicily was also known by the crew of an entire naval vessel and a maniple of soldiers none of whom were under orders to keep silent on the matter They were all in a dock not twelve miles away potentially full of spies and informants someone there could have easily heard the news and passed it on without Fabiola knowing but she dismisses this out of hand and just 'knows' that it was a servant listening on the other side of the door as Scipio told her the news She even knows which servant because when Scipio called for him he had to do so three times How could he not be a spy with psychic evidence like thatThere is some criticism of the historical accuracy in this novel but I don't think it's especially relevant as this is a historical novel some things have to be embellished invented or left out for the benefit of the narrative and his writing styleSome of his characterisation is stereotyped Scipio Gisco Hadria while some is excellent Atticus Duilius Septimus His main characters get the most development and detail so the few one dimensional characters don't drag down the story too much His writing style overall is excellent For a novel mainly concerned with war and strategy he paces it brilliantly balancing description and action so that one doesn't outweigh the other and neither is used when unnecessary to the story For the various battle scenes he chooses a few characters usually three with different roles objectives and allegiances and flicks between them in short passages so that we get a fully comprehensive picture without any unnecessary overlappingOverall the book is an enjoyable read and I will read the rest of the series

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Ship of RomeE seas Can Atticus and the fledgling Roman navy staffed with inexperienced sailors and unwilling legionaries outwit and outfight his opponentsSHIP OF ROME full of magnificent sea battles packed with strong characters torn between two powerful empires is the first book in a new series MASTERS OF THE SEA by a brilliant new authorJohn Stack was born and lives in County Cork He has always wanted to write but has done a variety of jobs ending up in IT He is married with three childre. Ship of Rome was right in the middle in terms of uality Had some good things had some things it needed to work onI appreciated the time period the First Punic War is not a common place to set Roman historical fiction and so this was a nice change In the same vein focusing on naval warfare was also uniueThe action seuences were well done and Stack did a good job mixing history and narrative into a cohesive wholeThe book has a fairly small plotline and thus tends to draw out events than necessary; for example the opening scene of 1 ship escaping 3 not a full battle mind you takes like 40 pages A bit much Also Stack's characters have a tendency to constantly tell you what they're thinking leaving little room for subtly or mystery in the characterization