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I have enjoyed the majority of Conn Iggulden’s historical fiction from the very beginning. As a “looks good” cover choice from Waterston’s, I picked up one of the “Rome” (sadly not in the right order) novels and have never regretted that impulse purchase.

His David Gemmellesque remakes of history I have always enjoyed and have looked forward to every new release.

Dunstan follows his normal format and style but he tackles here a rather repulsive character that removes Mr Iggulden’s usual verve and style, Relying more on history in this occasion rather than historical and heroic fiction I fear this book suffers when compared to his others. I do not mean to run it down in any way, Mr Iggulden brings to life a historical figure with his usual aplomb but this lacks, in my opinion, the majesty and grit of his many other books. Still a great read, it is not his best in my opinion.

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