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Casca: The Persian by Barry Sadler
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Casca: The Persian

by Barry Sadler

Series: Casca (6)

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The Eternal Mercenary enters the gates of the Persian Empire to become commander of Shapur II's royal forces. But a secret member of The Brotherhood has plans to end Casca's life.

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Sixth in the Casca series. It picks up immediately after the events of Casca the Warlord (Casca #3). It was nice to see the book build on the continuity established in the earlier book. Casca enters the service of Shapur II of Persia, leading some of Shapur's forces against the Huns in aid of his old comrade Jugotai. Casca is also anachronistically opposed to slavery, oddly enough. His interaction with a wilful female slave he purchases didn't quite ring true. He also, once again, falls afoul of the Brotherhood, and the resolution of that sub-plot is nice and creepy. The last third of the book -- his involvement with the Brotherhood -- is the book's strongest. Sadly, the earlier battle sequences and courtly goings-on are a bit on the boring side.

I have to describe this book as being bland and unforgettable. Though I've only read two other Casca books, I still await a truly awesome Casca book to explain its long-term popularity and cult appeal.

Review copyright 2008 J. Andrew Byers ( )
  bibliorex | Jul 26, 2008 |
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