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Outlander of Rome: A tale of ancient Rome (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ken Farmer

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A tale of the ancient Republic.

Mare Internum. Mesogeios. The Mediterraneus. That sea has been known by many names since the creation of the world. To the people living around its shores, it was the entire world.

Myron had no use for the myriad of gods that the people of his village worshiped - and cursed. And it was obvious to himself that those immortals, in turn, had no interest in a young man whose future would be bound by the reed pools and swamps of the Nilos delta. His disinterest was such that he seldom even bothered to bash the ears of whichever deity was supposedly responsibility for the daily misfortunes of an orphan.

Then came the evening when the marauders struck...

Had he been given even a glimpse of his future from that moment on, he would have dismissed it as the ravings of a drunken myth weaver. In fact, the story might have been similar to the tales that were told on occasion, around the evening fires, by an itinerant bard who entertained the village in return for a bone to gnaw and a jar of bitter beer to quaff.

But, sanctioned by the gods or no, his future would take him to the far reaches of the known world. And his rise from the lowest drudge to the command of men was certainly not derived from bending his knee to some vaporous deity, but by innate skill and the ability to take the measure of a man. Indeed, his story was the kind of tale that a bard loved and would cause his listeners sit in total silence to hear. After all, why would a man in reality, who had fought his way to power and riches, would give them up for a mere woman and an uncertain future?

Of course, only the gods knew of his unique gift...

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 798 pages
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Value for a Buck 11 juillet 2014
Par Peter Hibbert - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This story is not informative historical fiction but a rollicking good story set before and during the Third Punic War. I was half way through the book when Cato and Scipio Africanus Aemilianus were introduced to confirm the time period. As in all books of this type one must suspend a little credibility at the scrapes that the hero gets into and out of. The book, though long, is a page turner and very difficult to put down. I was surprised to see that the author has a very low opinion of Roman Consular armies but then they did have a number of spectacular defeats. For all pedants, the editing is above average for the genre and to repeat the headline, great value for a buck.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Slave, gigolo and pirate - an intoxicating infusion 29 juillet 2014
Par Dr. W. H. Konarzewski - Publié sur Amazon.com
This novel is set in the 2nd century Bc. It is the story of a young slave who gets kidnapped by pirates and becomes a pirate himself. The story is fast moving and full of action, with plenty of sex and violence.

There were one or two issues that detracted somewhat from the quality of the book. Myron, the hero, is equipped like a stallion and obsessed with women who all swoon with excitement at the sight of his "verpes". His indiscriminate sexual activity in the first part of the book is overcooked and it got to the point where one just wanted him to keep his "verpes" in his loincloth. The other main problem, at least for me, is the quality of the writing. Ken Farmer is very lucid, but he has a tendency to over explain everything; which might make life easy for some readers, but which inevitably slows down the action and eats into the tension.

But leaving aside those negatives, Ken Farmer has plenty of imagination and researched his subject well. I look forward to more books by him.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Would have been much better if the author was not so fixated on sexual ... 16 juillet 2014
Par Mark twain - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Would have been much better if the author was not so fixated on sexual encounters. The repeated discriptions and allusions added nothing to an otherwise interesting tale.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Almost empathetic hero, but mostly mixed bag of a misogynist story line interlaced in an exciting historical adventure. 17 août 2014
Par 15 Korinth - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've currently read about 73% of the book "Outlander of Rome", but I am wavering with finishing the book.
1) The Kindle version has many editing flaws that distract from the content-- words like "though" when it should be "through" or "they they". There are more errors in the second half of the book versus the first half.
2) While I generally liked the storyline, the way the author writes the female characters smacked strongly of misogyny. Females were objects that cooked, cleaned, and were sexually used. Smart women were to be married off and beaten regularly by their husbands. Maybe the author aspired to authentic language, instead the novel comes off like a Sidney Sheldon novel straight from the 1970's. Distasteful!
3) The characters in general are poorly developed. In place of character development we get no more than physical descriptions.
>>>Warning-- possible spoilers<<< 4) I really liked the idea of the orphan doing good despite his circumstances. Yes, he is a pirate, but an "honest" one and mostly likable. The action scenes are exciting. Then the hero kidnaps his former slave masters and through an elaborate scheme takes over as heir of their esteemed Roman House. That storyline did not sit well with me. The main character became detestable. There was nothing to redeem his actions. It started off like a Greek myth origins story of a hero, but the hero is really the villain.
5) The only reason to finish the book is OCD. I might just skip to the end and skim backwards just to know how it ends. I hope the main character gets his just desserts.
(Updated 8/22/2014) So I did finish the book. The last quarter of the book was action packed and a pager turner.
In the end, it was 99cents worth of entertainment. I hope I am not duller for having read it. <unhappy face>
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outlander of Rome a good read 12 août 2014
Par Anthony Dibbs - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and hope that Ken Farmer will follow it up with a sequel. I enjoyed the premise of following the hero from a callow oversexed youth thinking only of his own pleasure through to a grown man taking on the role of leader of men and notable citizen of one of the ancient worlds leading (although ultimately doomed) nations.

I found the thought processes of the lead character to be entirely plausible given the time and circumstances that he finds himself in. In fact I would suggest that young men of current times think similarly. Wine, Women and song predominately dominating their waking and sleeping thoughts.

I found the battle descriptions on land and sea to be well written and the various supporting characters to be well fleshed out. I can understand that some readers will take exception to the numerous sexual encounters throughout the book but I did not find them out of context.

A very enjoyable Historical fiction book. Thank you Mr Farmer and as I said, I hope you follow this up with another installment.
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