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Emperor: The Gods of War by Conn Iggulden
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Emperor: The Gods of War

by Conn Iggulden

Series: Emperor (4)

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This was the end to a great series about Julius Caesar. Rather than just describing Caesar's impressive accomplishments, Conn Iggulden describes the passions and foibles of Caesar and his companions. Great author!

Here is my review for Audiojukebox:
http://allearsaudiobooks.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/emperor-the-gods-of-war-by-con... ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
This was the 4th & last in the Ceasar series. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous ones. Most of the book was spent on Ceasar chasing Pompey and then we all know how it ends. The author's next 4-book series is about Ghengis Khan. That should be interesting as I'm not as familiar with him. ( )
  TomWheaton | Jul 19, 2011 |
The past was comforting because it was safe. It was also dead and gone; there were no mysteries to be found there. Facing the future, with all its uncertainty, took courage and strength... He had been terrified when he felt Pompey's gaze on him from across the camp, but there was no shame in being afraid, only in what followed. Men could still stand while they sweated in fear. They could resist pain and exhaustion and weakness. The could beat it all down inside and stand their line. That was Rome's strength and his men know it as well as he did.

This final installment to Iggulden's Emperor series was worth the journey. Unlike the third book, this one did not get too bogged down in the emotions of Julius and Brutus, but instead went right for the action. I was a little worried when 2/3 of the way through, Julius was still in Greece - I was afraid that Iggulden wouldn't have the time or space to deal with events in Egypt. But in fact, he handled them well and the story didn't seem rushed at all. It was actually kind of sad to see the series end, as I would love to have read Iggulden's take on the exploits of Octavian after the death of Caesar. ( )
1 vote philosojerk | May 24, 2011 |
Loved it, love the interaction and development of the friendship and subsequent betrayals (yes, plural) of Marcus Brutus. I thought the last section was rushed though, I can sort of understand it, you have this legendary climax and you want to get to it! But I still think the Cleopatra era could have been better developed to fit the tone of the rest of the series.
Unfortunately, the most that most people will ever know of this writer is the bloody Dangerous Book For Boys.
It's like only knowing Mario Puzo for the Runaway Summer of Davy Shaw. ( )
  Neilsantos | Oct 8, 2010 |
I loved learning more about Caesar's life, and was especially grateful for the notes at the end of each book clarifying where the author deviated from history. This entire series was a great read. ( )
  yrthegood1staken | Sep 22, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044024160X, Mass Market Paperback)

The year is 53 B.C. Fresh from victory in Gaul, Julius Caesar leads battle-hardened legions across the Rubicon river–threatening Rome herself. Even the master strategist Pompey is caught unprepared by the strike, and forced to abandon his city. The armies of Rome will face each other at last in civil war, led by the two greatest generals ever to walk the seven hills. Thus begins Conn Iggulden’s towering saga of Julius Caesar as he approaches his final destiny—a destiny that will be decided not by legions but by his friend Brutus and an Egyptian queen named Cleopatra, who will bear his only son....

For Caesar, the campaign against Pompey will test his military genius and his appetite for glory to their limits, as the greatest fighting machine the world has ever seen divides against itself in a bloody conflict that will set brother against brother until victory or death. But for Caesar, another kingdom beckons—a world of ancient mysteries and languid sensuality, where a beautiful, bewitching woman waits to snare his heart.

The Gods of War follows Julius Caesar through politics and passion, ruthless ambition and private grief, and into the corruption of power itself. Those he has loved will play a part in his triumphs—as will the jealousy and hatred of his enemies.

From the spectacles of the arena to the whispered lies of conspirators, Conn Iggulden brings to life a world of monumental drama. And at its heart is one extraordinary friendship—marked by fierce loyalty and bitter betrayal, with dark events shrouded in noble ideals.


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The fourth volume in the acclaimed 'Emperor' series, in which Conn Iggulden interweaves history and adventure to recreate the astonishing life of Julius Caesar - an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal.

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