THE WALLS OF ROME by ROBERT M KIDD.MY THOUGHTS ... What my grandad would call a rollicking good read.
For myself ...
Wonderfully rich in historic detail, the author seamlessly weaving background information into the story thus bringing it to life in glorious technicolour so to speak. However, much as I enjoyed The Walls Of Rome I think I may well have enjoyed it a lot more had I had an interest in weaponry and battle strategies which dominated the latter part of the book.
Superb in character development; Spax, a young man out to seek revenge for his parent's murders and a childhood spent a slave, a truly memorable character. However, as someone with a penchant for strong, feisty female characters, I found myself, not so much perturbed that there weren't more of them, as a bit disgruntled that, having introduced just such a strong, feisty female character in the early chapters of the book, the author did relatively little with her.
ABOUT ROBERT M KIDD ... When Cato the Censor demanded that ‘Carthage must be destroyed,’ Rome did just that. In 146 BC, after a three year siege, Carthage was raised to the ground, its surviving citizens sold into slavery and the fields where this once magnificent city had stood, ploughed by oxen.