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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

MASTER OF GAUL by John Timbers

Bright Pen
Authors On Line Ltd
19 The Cinques, Gamlingay, Sandy
Bedfordshire SG193NU, England
Genre: Historical Military Novel
Rating: Very Good
ISBN: 0755201441, $14.95, 208 pp.

Quoting from the back cover: "This is the second in a series of five books that set out to tell the action-packed story of Julius Caesar’s protracted battles in Gaul - modern France and Belgium - and his struggle to force the Roman Republic to abandon its obsession with ancient and superstitious traditions, a system of government that favoured only its racist, corrupt and all-powerful nobility. Caesar, a man way ahead of his time, was determined to change the Republic into a multi-cultural meritocracy, fit to govern its growing empire for the good of all its disparate peoples. Caesar’s Tribune is a fictional character who is also way ahead of his time but in a very different way . . ."

In May of last year I reviewed the first book in this series, Caesar’s Tribune -please refer to my May 2006 reviews. This series is wonderful, entertaining and educational. If you like learning about history and historical figures in novelized form, you’ll enjoy how the author has taken Caesar’s Commentaries and turned them into richly textured, contemporary, intriguing military novels.

John Timbers is a consummate writer, and you won’t be disappointed in his style or the quality of his writing. The book is well edited and I highly recommend it, particularly to history buffs and readers who enjoy military strategy and intrigue.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - January 17, 2007


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