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To Move the World by Brent Monahan

To Move the World

by Brent Monahan

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This is an historical novel of the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage in the Third Century B.C. from the point of view of the independent City State of Siracusa on the Island of Sicily.

The story is told by Leonides a soldier and champion of the city and nephew of Archemedes. It is thru his eyes we see the political intrigues between the factions who on one side want to side with Rome (their ally and trading partners of many years) and the others who want to side with Carthage (for purposes of greed and power lust). this story unfolds like a Greek Tragedy you see the errors of their ways and how their greed and intrigues leads to the destruction of their way of life.

The title of the book alludes to a quotation of Archemedes "For if I had a place to stand upon, I could move the world" , and he has a prominent place at the beginning and the end of the book.

The sub title is "An Historical Odyssey" This is played out by Leonides. At the start of the book he is a professional soldier and pentathlon champion of Siracusa. He can barley read or write and is forced into a political marriage to a Roman girl who is in love with all things Greek. It is her (a Roman) that teaches him to read,write and discover his culture. In doing this he changes his mind that being the best soldier and good at killing is not a glorious or proud profession, and sees the tragidy of a war that will only destroy his world.

The book isn't like most historical novels. Not full of sweeping sagas and larger than life characters. You see the characters as real people trying to do what they must. You see their faults and strengths and you can be sympathic to their plights.
Overall I would highly recommend this book all. ( )
  usnmm2 | May 3, 2008 |
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