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Fortune's Favourites by Colleen McCullough
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Fortune's Favourites (original 1993; edition 2003)

by Colleen McCullough (Author)

Series: Masters of Rome (3)

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Rome, 83 BC:

The Republic is disintegrating.

Ravaged by disease, tormented by vice, Lucius Cornelius Sulla has returned from exile determined to rebuild it, even if it means taking battle to the very walls of Rome and purging the city with blood.

There will be deaths without number or limit, but amid the chaos, three infinitely ambitious young Romans vie for greatness.

The young wolves are Pompeius Magnus, Marcus Crassus and the man the world will one day know by just one name: Caesar. Together, they are Fortune's favourites ?? an endorsement that will prove as much a blessing as a curse.

Please note: This ebook contains all the original maps and illustration.… (more)

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Title:Fortune's Favourites
Authors:Colleen McCullough (Author)
Info:Random House (2003), Edition: 9th Impression, 1056 pages
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Fortune's Favorites by Colleen McCullough (1993)

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    The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Suetonius' (extant) coverage of Julius Caesar begins partway through the events of "Fortune's Favorites".
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This historical fiction novel concludes the Marius and Sulla story arc that began in the first volume. Of course history is never so tidy as fiction, and McCullough insists on abiding by it, but she's able to muster a sense of closure. With Sulla's passing the spotlight smoothly shifts to Caesar and his destined rival, Pompey. This is also the volume that features the adventures of Sparticus, and McCullough does him justice.

The dialogue in this series remains as artificial and unlikely as ever, but maybe that's a sacrifice to maintain the narrative pace. Occasional oversights (Caesar forgetting to say farewell to his wife among the laundry list of others whom he takes leave of, etc.) pop up now and then. Possibly a sign that by the third book the author's confidence was growing and her care lessening? I was chastened at the end, reading the glossary, to be reminded how many smaller details McCullough did keep track of and incorporate to a painstaking degree. She was only occasionally overbearing when wielding her research, as when Sulla is describing his new laws in needless detail. For the most part it's all very well integrated and just enough is provided to move the plot forward.

What she's done in invoking Rome is a marvel. In fantasy we call this world-building, and that word is nearly applicable here for all that it normally applies to entirely fictional creations. This is an instance of world-REbuilding. This third book is my stopping point (and its ending allows for that very nicely, better than the second's would have), but I can understand why others carry on. After three enormous books, McCullough still delivers and the Republic's story is not yet at its close. ( )
  Cecrow | Mar 1, 2022 |
In this volume the author weaves a wonderful story around the demise of Sulla and rise of Julius Caesar. Mot interesting to me was how she handled how Caesar managed to escape the proscriptions and the threat that Sulla felt Caesar was going to be to him. Enjoyable, too, was reading Caesar's interactions with Nicomedes, his queen and Sulla the dog. ( )
  robeik | Aug 26, 2018 |
I really enjoyed it. It was hard to follow sometimes. Roman politics were very complex. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
Excellent continuation of her Roman series. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
The First Man In Rome centers on Gaius Marius. This book tracks the decline of Marius due to age and strokes. It also follows the rise of Sulla. He seeks to eclipse Marius and manages to do so. Despite his peculiar personal habits he manages to surmount everything and become Dictaor of Rome. Once there he introduces a new persecution to Rome called proscription. It is a police state move to rid the state of all Marian sympathizes, He then tries to return Rome to ancient times when everything was controlled by the Senate or the aristocracy. Due to the demands of Empire it is impossible for Rome to return to an earlier simpler time. Sulla tries to insure there will not be another "Sulla" or "Marius" in Rome. Instead, almost immediately we have Pompey, Crassus, and Caesar. ( )
  jerry-book | Dec 23, 2015 |
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Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:

Rome, 83 BC:

The Republic is disintegrating.

Ravaged by disease, tormented by vice, Lucius Cornelius Sulla has returned from exile determined to rebuild it, even if it means taking battle to the very walls of Rome and purging the city with blood.

There will be deaths without number or limit, but amid the chaos, three infinitely ambitious young Romans vie for greatness.

The young wolves are Pompeius Magnus, Marcus Crassus and the man the world will one day know by just one name: Caesar. Together, they are Fortune's favourites ?? an endorsement that will prove as much a blessing as a curse.

Please note: This ebook contains all the original maps and illustration.

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