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The Noise of War (A Tale of Ancient Rome)

The Sertorius Scrolls, Book 2
Narrated by: Joshua Saxon
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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The only survivor of a brutal battle, driven by a desperate need to see his family again....

Rome, 107 BC. Quintus Sertorius fought while the enemy slaughtered 90,000 of his brethren in the city’s bloodiest defeat. Battling night terrors and survivor’s guilt, he vows to preserve his beloved Rome and embarks on a covert mission deep into enemy territory. 

Sertorius grows his beard and disguises himself in the garb of a Gaul, all the while his stomach churns with fear of discovery. But in order to gain vital information about the invaders, he must sink deeper into their ranks. As he uncovers the depths of the barbarian’s depravity he alone will have to rise to Rome’s aid. 

Will Sertorius avenge his comrades and reunite with loved ones, or will the next massacre mark the end of the Republic? 

The Noise of War is the second book in the best-selling Sertorius Scrolls historical fiction series. If you like vivid backdrops, the courage of conviction, and a fight for survival, then you’ll love Vincent B. Davis II’s compelling saga.

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

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good book on ancient rome wars

good story great narrator good characters compelling plot line great battles and main and supporting characters

i got a free copy of this book but am now going to buy the first vol

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  • ellicott city, md United States
  • 10-18-19

Narrator Makes It

I enjoyed the story but had it figured out after the first few “scrolls.” In short, good story. Now for the best part- the narrator. I was so completely impressed by the narration, which made the book come alive. The narrator’s voice was engaging and captured all the emotions of the book in a natural way. Exceptional. I look forward to listening to other book narrated by Joshua Saxon.

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Very Gritty performance of war in 107 BC.

This ended up being a very realistic story about a Roman who was part of the great Roman slaugter that occurred in 107BC in Gaul. It was said that 90,000 Romans died and the fields were covered in bodies for miles. After the battle, the Roman, who is the main character, has to deal with the whole aftermath. He ends up trying to go under cover to find out information for his home city of Rome. I received this Audio book for free in exchange for an unbiased review. This Audio book with worth a credit! It was the type of story that sucks you in and you cannot get enough. Great Job Mr. Davis!

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Loved!

This is the third book that I've read by this author. Overall, while I've enjoyed these stories, this is the second one where I became a little confused with the names of the characters, as in following along with who was doing what. I don't know. I liked this one because it was longer than the two novellas I'd previously listened to, so there was much more going on. At this point, it's easy to tell that a lot of research went into this story; I love research, although I rarely have a reason for it. I'd love to know how much time went into this story in both the research and writing aspects. The descriptions made it very easy to imagine what the characters were experiencing throughout the story. I loved the relationship Quentus had with his horse and the slave (forgot his name). I'd definitely be interested in hearing more from this author.

I feel like I need to come up with more compliments for the narrator Joshua Saxon. The first time I heard his voice I knew he was a keeper. LOL

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

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I want to read more

The Noise of War. book 2
A great read/listen. So well written you feel as if you're there with the Tribune. At the battles and in the camp . I want to read book 1 now. although it didn't affect my enjoyment of this book.
Superb narration really makes you feel as if your in the middle of the Roman Empire.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review. .

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  • Al
  • British Columbia
  • 09-27-19

Top notch historical fiction set in ancient Rome

I received a free copy of the audiobook from the author in return for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinions.
The City of Kings is the newest novel in the First Earth Saga, in a world Rob J Hayes has been building for a long time. If you haven’t read the author’s work before, have no fear of jumping in here, as the standalone is written in a way that includes characters from previous books, without excluding new readers (although I believe it does add to experience), he’s gotten good at skills like that. Anyway…
The Wildlings are on the verge of regaining their home, eh, the Wilds, from the Blooded who have ruled with an iron fist for too long. One final city stands in their way, the Crucible, home of the Brekovich (probably spelt wrongly) family, the worst of the Blooded. Rose, Black Thorn and company have the fortress in their sights, but have the tall order of getting inside. Not only do they face the army of Crucible, but there are worse things in their way on the outside. Can the Wildling scale the walls and end the Blooded, or will they fall at their last and biggest hurdle.
Worldbuilding
If you like books about the Romans, then this world seem very familiar to you. More importantly, this world will feel very authentic. The Roman camps and city, the posturing of the various leaders (many of whom were real people), and also those of their enemies, both Celt and Germanic. If this is all utterly new to you, you’ll still enjoy the level of detail in a relatively short book.
Score - 4/5
Characters
It’s hard not to root for Quintus Settorius. We meet him just off the tragic battle of book one, and THEN he gets put through the ringer. Rather than throw in the towel, he fights for the one thing he has left to believe in - Rome. Rather than blindly buy into it, he does question how strong this belief is, such as when he meets weak tribunes or visits the slave pits. His own slave, becomes his friend, and their relationship doesn’t seem forced at any time. Even Quintus’ guilt for riding his horse into war seems genuine. While the other characters are likeable (even some of the enemy), Marius is also a force of nature, ruling with an iron fist, but not so harsh as to rule through fear. His soldiers believe in him, and the author paints an almost legendary portrait of the man. If the author missed out on one thing, he never covered how Quintus dealt with fighting the few comrades he made in the Cimbri camp, but a minor quibble.
Score - 4.5/5
Plot
The plot is great, as Quintus’ faith in himself and his country (city) is shaken to the very foundation, but his journey through the book is very much a voyage of rediscovery. This probably sounds cheesy, but I can honestly say I never felt this was the case. While the book is all about Quintus, many of the other characters have their backstory going on that we get to see through the eyes of our hero. It’s well fleshed out, and the book seems like a complete standalone, even though it’s a sequel and leaves room for future expansion.
Score - 4.5/5
Writing
The writing is top-notch, with wonderfully evocative despriptions of people, places and things, together with the skilled world and character building. His eye for small details in the biggest of events, and he paints sympathetic characters throughout, I think a real gem in this experience for me was narrator Joshua Saxon. This is the second JS book I’ve listened to out of the last three (No Sharks in the Med), and he has been stellar, even more so in this book. He captures the essence of Quintus well, from jaded to hopeful, and masters a large cast of characters. If you want to pick a flaw, he uses a variety of British accents, even when Quintus switches to his Gallic cover. This is a small thing though (did we expect it to be written in Latin), and we’ve put up with it for years on TV and in the movies.
Score - 5/5
Personal Enjoyment
The phrase “I couldn’t put it down” doesn’t really work with an audiobook, so let’s go with “I couldn’t turn it off” and worked my through it in a few days, whereas I often take longer with audio than reading. As I said, I love historical fiction, and this is one of my favourite eras, so it's a win-win for me. If you’re a HF fan, check this one out. If you’re not but you want to try, this could be a good jumping off point for you.
Score - 5/5
Verdict
A rollicking adventure through Roman Gaul.
Total Score - 23/25


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  • David
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 09-17-19

Outstanding work of historical fiction

I received this audiobook free at my request and am leaving this review voluntarily.

The Noise of War is an outstanding piece of historical fiction, artfully blending historical fact within Vincent B. Davis II's narrative. Highly engrossing and entertaining, I was captivated by the story from beginning to end. Joshua Saxon's narration was amazing as well. I hope that there will be more to come in this series!

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Highly entertaining and informative

The plot, the twists, the historical information and very detailed scenes made the story come alive for me. Once you familiarize yourself with the names and "Latinisms" you will feel immerse in the Roman army camp.

If you find Roman history interesting at all you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It is the second book in a series, and I must admit that I haven't had the opportunity to read the first one, but if it is anything like this one, I will love it! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good stuff

I received this in exchange for an honest review. Excellent listen. Detailed characters with great plot. Good background descriptions of Roman military life

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Excellent Ancient Roman Historical Fiction Novel

I’m going to plagiarize myself from a review I wrote for one of the novellas in this series because it’s relevant here as well. “This was an enjoyable historical fiction 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’ backgrounds, but I still became attached to the characters.” All that being said, I wish I had listened to book one first because this book starts out in the aftermath of a huge battle, but it was still enjoyable without having listened to the first book first. This book is more of a slow burner, leading up to the huge battle, but I still enjoyed it. The narrator does an excellent job with this book as well. One of the things he did that I found unique and I really appreciated was, he changed the character’s voices a bit to identify when they were speaking in a different language. Overall, this book was great, especially if you enjoy ancient Roman history, and I’m looking forward to listening to the next one.

This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • sm
  • 09-12-19

Brilliant 2nd instalment!!

This is a brilliant follow up to the 1st book, and enjoyed it immensely. I have read both books in the last week, and look forward to further books in the series to follow. Having read a lot of Roman Historical Fiction I would rate this very highly, and it is made more interesting based on the fact it based on a true persons memoirs.

I was given a free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.