The fifth book in the epic Masters of Rome series. Gaul. 54 BC. Julius Caesar sweeps across Gaul, brutally subduing the united tribes who defy the Republic. But, at home, his enemies are orchestrating his downfall and disgrace. Vindictive schemers like Cato and Bibulus, the spineless Cicero, the avaricious Brutus. Even Pompey the Great, Caesar's ...Read MoreThe fifth book in the epic Masters of Rome series. Gaul. 54 BC. Julius Caesar sweeps across Gaul, brutally subduing the united tribes who defy the Republic. But, at home, his enemies are orchestrating his downfall and disgrace. Vindictive schemers like Cato and Bibulus, the spineless Cicero, the avaricious Brutus. Even Pompey the Great, Caesar's former ally. But all have underestimated Caesar. And when the Senate refuse to give him his due he marches upon his own country, an army prepared to die for him at his back. For rome is his destiny - a destiny that will impel him triumphantly on to the banks of the Rubicon, and beyond, into legend, as the noblest Roman of them all.Read Less
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Love this brilliant historical fiction about the downfall of the Roman Republic. Marvelous in detail and historic accuracy. Written by an extremely gifted author. I'm reading all seven volumes for the 2nd time.
Book condition excellent. I couldn't be happier. Will take this series to my grave.
Dec 22, 2011
A great read
The fifth novel in this series covers Caesar's campaigns in Gaul and his decision to cross the Rubicon
Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-13 The fifth book (after Caesar's Women) in McCullough's popular Masters of Rome series depicts Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul, his momentous decision to cross the Rubicon and his eventual defeat of rival Pompey at Pharsalus. Around these military events, McCullough constructs various synchronous plot lines, including the political machinations of the Roman senate, the complex entanglements (romantic and otherwise) of key Roman families and life in the Egyptian court of Queen Cleopatra. It is always Julius Caesar, however, who is the focus of attention, and although McCullough makes much of the great man's dignitas, she also lets readers into his most private tribulations. His overwhelming grief when his daughter Julia dies is just one of several instances in which he exhibits unexpected vulnerability. As usual, McCullough applies her historical research judiciously and skillfully, integrating details that drive her story forward. She deftly handles a large cast of characters and brings welcome humanity to such historical icons as the conniving Brutus, indecisive Pompey and young, charismatic Mark Antony. McCullough's legion of readers now dwarfs Caesar's own considerable army. This novel will increase the ranks. Glossary, maps and illustrations. BOMC, QPB alternates; audio rights to Simon & Schuster. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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