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The First Man in RomeFrom the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds comes a masterpiece of historical fiction that is fascinating moving and gloriously heroic The reader is swept into the whirlpool of pageantry passion splendor chaos and earth shattering upheaval that was ancient Rom. This book is justa collosal achievement The Thornbirds is just eh for me her take on PP made me really appreciate her as a skilled author and storytellerbut THIS book makes me revere and idolize her as one of the best authors in existanceThis is an almost 1000 page book about the ancient Roman senate and I was addicted to every single word How awesome is that I was terrified to start it when I glanced over the almost 300 page glossary all I could think was man what if I'm not smart enough to read this I shouldn't have worried All you have to do is trustingly place yourself in McCullough's hands and her book will entertain as well as inform She made this story so captivating that I was on the edge of my seat than once over such things as a massive grain shortage and the passing of a bill to grant basic Roman citizens the 'Head Count' landThese people with their 3 and 4 word ridiculous names will uickly become real people and by the end you'll feel like you've been reading about them for yearsTotally awesome

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review The First Man in Rome 103 ☆ From the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds comes a masterpiece of historical fiction that is fascinating moving and gloriously heroic The reader is swept into the whirlpool of pageantry passion splendor chaos and earth shattering upheaval that was ancient Rome Here is the story of Marius wealthy but lowborn and Sulla aEnts and mortal frailties it is peopled with a vast and vivid cast of unforgettable men and women soldiers and senators mistresses and wives kings and commoners combined in a richly embroidered human tapestry to bring a remarkable era to bold and breathtaking lif. McCullough is superb on ancient Rome and genuinely does bring it to life without resorting to any spurious and trite fictional claims that the Romans were just like us She has read all the sources and sticks to them simply fleshing out the characters and events so that they make narrative sense This isn't by any means an easy read since she delves into the intricacies of Senate debates and internal politics but it is uite unlike anything else that has been published on RomeThis is the first volume of her massive 7 book series and probably covers the least known period of Republican history the rise of Marius and Sulla and the transformation of the Roman army arguably the first steps towards civil war and the fall of the RepublicThere are times where in this book the characters slightly tend to soap opera but they are few Overall a superb read This only lost 1 star because the middle books are even better

Colleen McCullough ☆ 3 summary

E Here is the story of Marius wealthy but lowborn and Sulla aristocratic but penniless and debauched extraordinary men of vision whose ruthless ambition will lay the foundations of the most awesome and enduring empire known to humankindA towering saga of great ev. Monthly group read with Historical FictionistasA solid four stars which will probably get bumped up to five once I get a chance to reread this in its entirety rather than listening to the abridged audiobook Don't get me wrong the audiobook is fantastic but abridged shrugs DOS did a fantastic job reading as I knew he would and McCullough's research shines through each of these characters I don't know how much of each character was made up and how much was historical fact aside from Gaius Marius ruling for six unprecedented terms and to be honest I really didn't care because that's how good the story was Excited to reread this and I've already got book two on the shelf at home DAVID OGDEN STIERS READS THE AUDIO HELL YES