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The City War (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Sam Starbuck
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Senator Marcus Brutus has spent his life serving Rome, but it’s difficult to be a patriot when the Republic, barely recovered from a civil war, is under threat by its own leader. Brutus’s one retreat is his country home, where he steals a few precious days now and then with Cassius, his brother-in-law and fellow soldier—and the one he loves above all others. But the sickness at the heart of Rome is spreading, and even Brutus’s nights with Cassius can’t erase the knowledge that Gaius Julius Caesar is slowly becoming a tyrant.

Cassius fears both Caesar’s intentions and Brutus’s interest in Tiresias, the villa’s newest servant. Tiresias claims to be the orphaned son of a minor noble, but his secrets run deeper, and only Brutus knows them all. Cassius, intent on protecting the Republic and his claim to Brutus, proposes a dangerous conspiracy to assassinate Caesar. After all, if Brutus—loved and respected by all—supports it, it’s not murder, just politics.

Now Brutus must return to Rome and choose: not only between Cassius and Tiresias, but between preserving the fragile status quo of Rome and killing a man who would be emperor.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 95 pages
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  • Editeur : Riptide Publishing (17 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00A9JFD04
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Terrific writer, anything of his grips you, makes you laugh and makes you care for his characters. I didn't know anything about this book but I had read others, and was not disappointed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Historically Thought Provoking & Romantic... 21 novembre 2012
Par J. Faltys - Publié sur
Sam Starbuck has made history fun in this steamy interpretation of the downfall of Julius Caesar. With its insightful look into characters we only know by name he succeeds in drawing us into this world and feeling compassion for those put into an untenable position.

Where before we found Brutus a bloodthirsty traitor, we now see a conflicted soul. Conflicted as to his ongoing relationship with Cassius as well as being drawn into the assassination plot. We end up feeling sympathetic towards him and relish any moments of happiness he can find. He tries to be an honorable man but gets drawn into a plan that he finds lacks honor.

His relationship with Cassius is one that remains hidden from the public but gets the tacit okay from their wives. The encounters are playful yet sexy and you can sense all the weight of the world being lifted off him at these moments. Considering how happy he makes Brutus I wish Cassius came off as more likable. He gave the impression of being a jealous child constantly prodding at Brutus to do the bloody deed he's too weak to do. That's why it was nice that Brutus was able to draw comfort from the "transgender" Tiresias. Tiresias gives unwavering support to Brutus at a time when he's doubting everything and everyone. Considering the important part she/he plays in Brutus' life I wish we'd had more insight into the character.

The City War perfectly blends historical and emotional facets into an entertaining and satisfying history lesson. The many names dispersed throughout the story does become a bit overwhelming at times but the vivid and realistic imagery fully immerses the reader into this brief glimpse into Roman life. Sam Starbuck has created an emotional and thought provoking story and I'm greatly intrigued by what he'll create for us readers next.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting take on a familiar event 14 avril 2014
Par Anne M. Kleinginna - Publié sur
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Sam Starbuck is an excellent writer with a sensitive touch toward LBGT issues. In this novelette, Brutus and Cassius are lovers faced with Julius Caesar's growing threat to the authority of the Roman Senate. Cassius pushes for his assassination, while Brutus is reluctant to commit murder, even in the interest of Rome. We all know how it ends, but the real story here is the well-told account of the conflict Brutus experiences, and his anguished realization that Caesar must die.

An added complication is the growing relationship between Brutus and his loyal and loving transgendered young servant boy Teresias, who has his own complexities to handle.

Overall, the story is more political than sexual, and the encounters are not described in an overly graphic way, but people who are offended by gay relationships will not enjoy this. I did.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great, fast read 7 avril 2014
Par Nicole Pellegrini - Publié sur
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Definitely one of the better m/m-themed novels I've read in ages. Great detail in the setting and historical background, characters that were believable (and acted like MEN), an interesting plot AND some seriously hot sex scenes. I only wish it had been longer!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent LGBT historical novel 21 février 2014
Par Jules Jones - Publié sur
Roman Senator Marcus Brutus is a patriot, devoted to the Republic. Many of his days are spent actively working for the Republic, protecting the system he believes in. His main respite is the occasional trip to his country villa in the company of his dearest friend, and lover, Cassius. But his tireless work may not be enough, not when the consul Julius Caesar is taking more and more power to himself. When Cassius first proposes a drastic solution, Brutus rejects the idea, but as the months go by, it becomes ever more obvious that given enough time, Caesar will overthrow the Republic and make himself emperor.

I bought this because I love Sam's fanfic, and expected him to do a good job of original fiction drawing on historical fact. I wasn't disappointed. This is one of those novels where I think it can be enjoyed both by readers who know nothing about the historical characters, and by readers familiar with the historical story, or with Shakespeare's play. There's a solid story here that fleshes out the basic facts and brings Brutus to life as a real person, a decent, honorable man faced with a choice between evils. His decision is not a simple one, and is made over the course of months, as more and more evidence accumulates of what Rome's future could be if Caesar is not reined in.

And it's not just Brutus who's brought to life here. There's a good exploration of Cassius and his motives. In addition, there's a brief but lovely portrait of Brutus's wife Porcia, and a marriage that is a loving partnership and friendship, not just a useful front for a gay man. Along with the historical characters, there's original character Tiresius, a teenage runaway taken on by Brutus as a horseboy. Tiresius has secrets to hide, but as Brutus discovers more about the boy's troubled relationship with his father, it provides him with insight into his own troubled relationship with Caesar, a man who may or may not be his biological father. The interactions between the characters create a rich portrait of a situation where there is no easy right and wrong.

One of the problems with writing historical fiction is that historical people could have very different moral values and beliefs, often ones that don't sit well with a modern reader. In trying to make a lead character synpathetic, it's easy to slip into the trap of turning him or her into a twenty-first century person in fancy dress. This book does a superb job of presenting the characters in their proper context, with believable explanations for their attitudes and beliefs about various issues.

It's not a romance, because it follows Marcus Brutus and his relationships with Cassius and others in the months leading up to the assassination of Julius Caesar, and anyone who's familiar with either the history or Shakespeare's play will know that Things Do Not End Well for the conspirators. But well researched as far as I can tell, beautifully written, and I'd recommend it to someone looking for historical fiction with an LGBT theme.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The City War 8 décembre 2012
Par Vanessa - Publié sur
The City War by Sam Starbuck depicts the tale of the assasination of Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman tyrant. Brutus, Republican Senator and friend of Caesar is drawn into a deadly web of deceit by fellow patriot and lover, Cassius. Cassius, on the subterfuge of protecting the Republic, approaches his lover with the plans of the assassination.

The depiction of Brutus was enthralling and genius. History has told us that Brutus was a violent man, bloodthirsty, but Mr. Starbuck's characterization portrayed Brutus as the tortured soul, seeking life and love in the arms of his lover. Cassius's character, although amiable, was manipulative in his treatment of Brutus. Brutus displayed a conscience that was tested amid the love of the Republic and the love of Cassius. Although both men are married, their affair is glossed over by their wives as they meet for friendship and sexual gratification.

Additionally, the character of Teresias was well done, yet I would have liked to learn more about him. I was intrigued as to his complexity and the nature of his existence. His devotion to Brutus was apparent as he strived to assist him in his time of need.

The City War crosses lines of love, lust and friendship. The blurred lines are further complicated by a sense of nationalism, lies and deceit. Patriotism is tested when the patriots truly believe in the cause but others do not. An emotionally charged story that will have you cheering for the murderer as opposes to the one being murdered.

book provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review
reviewed by Zafira
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