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Blood in the Forum

A Novella of Ancient Rome
Narrated by: Joshua Saxon
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Politics. Betrayal. Assassination.

Rome, 133 BC.

Gaius Marius is back from war in the West. They fought for the peace and prosperity of Rome, but the legions return to find the Eternal City far less peaceful and prosperous than they had hoped.

People are starving, homelessness abounds, war after war has overtaxed the legions. And the revolutionary tribune, Tiberius Gracchus, thinks he has a solution for everything.

Political parties are developing, the people are up in arms, the senate is enraged. And Tiberius is at the center of it all.

Before Marius has a chance to re-acclimate to civilian life, he’s thrust into this political upheaval in Rome. His allegiances are put to the test as Rome is almost brought to the brink of civil war. For the first time in the history of the Republic, blood will be shed in the forum.

©2019 Vincent B. Davis II (P)2019 Vincent B. Davis II

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Good story!

This is the second book (novella) I’ve listened to by this author. Like I said in my first review, going back this far in time and reading/listening to stories of that period (whether fiction or non) is new to me. I love stories with a historical aspect. My go-to eras seem to circulate around the Victorian and Colonial times. So this was much more different.

While the names were a little confusing and getting jumbled in my mind for a bit, I found this story much better, more engaging than the first one. There seemed to be more going on. I can’t wait to start listening to the novel “The Noise of War.” I haven’t looked at the blurb for any of these, but I’d love to learn more about what Gaius Marius did during his life. I enjoyed this story and had a hard time putting it down. I can't wait to hear more.

The narrator was okay. Just joking! He did a great job! I love his voice and would definitely recommend him to others!

I received a free audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Enjoyable tale of Ancient Rome

I read Davis’ The Man with Two Names, which is Sertorius Scrolls # 1. Logistically I should have been reading Sertorius Scrolls # 2 after that, but got sidelined with Blood in the Forum, which is actually Marius Scrolls #2. All the novels are set in Ancient Rome, which is the main attractor for me, and seem to have an episodic quality that works well with going out of order or experiencing them as standalones. This one was just a novella, I listened to it on audio and it lasted for two nice walks. The plot has to do with Marius, freshly back from war, trying to acclimate to Rome and its politics during the momentous rise of Tiberius Gracchus and the subsequent tragedy that’s responsible for the title. Not sure I was quite in the mood for it, but it was enjoyable and interesting. The author does a good job of bring the past to life in all of it complexity. For me, the book did more as a historical lesson then as a fictional narrative. But either way, it was well worth a listen. The narrator did a good job with it. The character voices weren’t really distinct enough, but he does have the gravitas necessary for this sort of story. Fans of Ancient Rome would enjoy this one. I received this audiobook gratis through Audioboom for reviewing purposes. Many thanks for the listen, the world is so much more bearable with a book in your ears.

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Long Live the Republic

It’s been a few years since I read Roman historical fiction and this novella made me yearn to read more of this amazing time period again. The Narrator did such a great job with both his inflections and gravity in his voice to meet with the subject matter. During this time period returning warriors are being pulled into the political climate of the Times.
I look forward to listening to more of the series as this was so well written and wonderfully performed. It stirred my imagination and helped me to recall my love of Roman Times.

***I received a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review

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I must read more from this author

Blood in the Forum. . I liked this novella. Narration is excellent and gives the feel of life in the Roman Empire - Gravitas and Intrigue. .
It is well written and has an interesting storyline.
I want to read more from this author.
A great novella.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review.

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Enjoyable historical fiction about ancient Rome.

This was an enjoyable historical fiction short story about ancient Rome. The author covers events that actually happened and the way he blended it with the fiction portion was well done. This story is part of a larger series, but I still fully enjoyed the story without having read the other books. Because this book takes part in the middle of a series, the author didn’t really get into the characters background, but I still became attached to the characters. The narrator does an excellent job with the characters voices and you can hear the emotion when the characters are talking. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and plan on listening to the other books in the series. Highly recommended if you enjoy ancient Roman history.

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