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One of history’s most notorious assassinations sets the stage for a riveting tale of political intrigue, epic battle, and righteous retribution in a new novel of ancient Rome from number-one New York Times best-selling author Conn Iggulden.

Julius Caesar has been cut down. His blood stains the hands of a cabal of bold conspirators, led by famed general Marcus Brutus - whom Caesar once called a friend. Have these self-proclaimed liberators bravely slain a power-mad tyrant or brutally murdered the beloved Father of Rome? Hailed as heroes by a complicit Senate and granted amnesty, the killers eagerly turn toward plotting the empire’s future under their control. But Caesar’s death does not rest easily with all of Rome. For two men whose bonds of friendship, family, and fidelity to the emperor are unbreakable, the shocking assassination is nothing less than treason. And those responsible must pay with their lives.

Through countless battles and years of peace, Marc Antony has wielded a sword and raised a cup at Caesar’s side. Now, in the wake of the cold-blooded coup, he is powerless against the political might of Brutus and his treacherous senators. Yet, with no weapons other than eloquence and outrage, Antony will turn the tide of public opinion and spark a rebellion that will set the streets of Rome ablaze. At the same time, Gaius Octavian, adopted son and chosen heir of Caesar, has gained wealth beyond imagining and influence throughout Roman dominions. But the soul-deep wound of his father’s death will never be healed by gold or power. He will rest only with the blood of the killers on his blade.

Drawn together by their common cause, Antony and Octavian marshal their forces into an avenging army on a mission to reunite all that Caesar’s fall has torn asunder. Even as his cohorts flee for their lives - or fall prey to vigilantes - a defiant Brutus vows never to relinquish what his ruthless ambition has won him. As opposing legions join in mortal combat, the destiny of Rome will turn on which of their commanders is the mightiest and most cunning.

Marking the author’s triumphant return to the setting of his celebrated Emperor series, The Blood of Gods unfolds with unmatched power, electric with the high-adventure storytelling, captivating historical detail, and stirring battle scenes for which Conn Iggulden is renowned.

©2013 Conn Iggulden (P)2013 AudioGO

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HORRIBLE performance destroyed an interesting book

Don't waste your time and money. This performance is a disaster. It's so bad that it kills the book.

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Buy the book the performance sucks

Don't buy this audible book, the performance completely ruins it. Buy the book and read it until they get someone else to do a decent performance!

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  • 2Ponds
  • Somerset, CA United States
  • 07-08-13

Who needs Ambien with this narrator.

Would you try another book from Conn Iggulden and/or Michael Healy?

Yes Conn Iggulden, no Michael Healy

What other book might you compare Emperor: The Blood of Gods to and why?

Emperor, Gates of Rome

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Healy’s performances?

No!He should be made to listen to his performance.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Im upset with the overall effect of the narration in this otherwise stellar book

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  • G.Monie
  • Bethpage, NY, United States
  • 07-07-13

Obv. Separate Part of Series, Worth the read

I read the book & also in the process of finishing the book & I only downloaded it recently. The book obviously can't be about Caesar but after a 6-8 year hiatus Conn writes an excellent follow-up to the whole Emperor series... but unless he plans on expanding on Octavious (Augustus) Caesar who happens to be one of the longest serving Caesars as most people know, I think it was like 76 years which is unmatched, he can't really keep the series title of Emperor. Although I would love to hear more about the rule of Octavious but at the same time I think there was peace most of the time, well peace in Roman times, so maybe the books wouldn't be as action packed.

Conn does a great job of writing a novel that wraps up the effects Julius had on the people around him & u see the rise of Octavious, Marc Antony manipulations, Marcus Brutus & his crew of conspirators. His descriptions of large scale battles is excellent (on the scale of Cornwell, Ambercrombie, etc...), but I'm not telling u anything a Conn reader doesn't already know, he adds different viewpoints so u can always see why a character does what he/she does, & there is no real lag in the book.

I comparison to all the books Conn has written this book easily compares after the break between book 4 & 5, & I hope he writes more. I read the historical fiction for entertainment like most people I think, I get a bit thrown off when someones review starts off or has words like, well historically the book is highly inaccurate... thats why its fiction, u want the 'truth' as it was recorded read a 'real history book', but they are nothing like Conn, Cornwell, Scarrow, etc... Thats where the all the fun is & the imagination of an author plays part. Great book, not the same narrator which is not as good, but still good

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Narrator is not that bad

His voice is different but doable. I had to hit rewind several tines, not from misunderstandings, from my own mind wondering away... by part 2 I waa tuned in, hanging onto every word.
Great read!

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if you love the Roman Era...

then you will love this author. he winds narrative and history together masterfully that you don't notice when it is a history lesson or narrative, as it is all great reading.

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Leaves you wanting more!

If you could sum up Emperor: The Blood of Gods in three words, what would they be?

Although it it varies from reported history, I didn’t find that troubling because any history is flawed by the amount of reliable sources and the natural human limitations of bias and limited abilities to analyze and perceive what was the true motivations of the people in the grip of action.

The story is captivating and my only disappointment is that, as the author says at the end of this last book of a series where all the books are very good, there’s a number of more books he could write to complete the span of the usual popular history of the characters. I wish he had done so.

His imagination far outweighs the few variations on supposed fact from popular concepts and accepted conclusions of what is truely unknowable in detailed and certain facts at a distance of 2000 years.

What other book might you compare Emperor: The Blood of Gods to and why?

The author’s books on the Kahan series. They have the same great descriptions of a story that has great, but not too long description of the back story and character motivations that lead up to very clear and sometimes quite moving action scenes.

What does Michael Healy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice was clearly understood and gave the appropriate emotion and timing of pauses and emotional emphasis that was needed for a very good entertainment experience. Unlike the narrator of some of the previous books in the series, he correctly pronounced all, not just most, of the Roman names.

If you could take any character from Emperor: The Blood of Gods out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Agrippa. I would like to know more about his invention and strategy/tactics as they were crucial in winning the wars.

Any additional comments?

The author is a great writer. I hope he returns soon to 2000 year old history. I am looking forward to upcoming books on the time of the creation of the English empire.