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When Rome transgresses upon his father's domain that lays between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Pacorus, a prince of the Parthian Empire, is sent to exact revenge. After a string of victories Pacorus and his men are captured in Cappadocia, clapped in chains and sent to Italy to live out the rest of their days as slaves. But fate intervenes and Pacorus and his companionsWhen Rome transgresses upon his father's domain that lays between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Pacorus, a prince of the Parthian Empire, is sent to exact revenge. After a string of victories Pacorus and his men are captured in Cappadocia, clapped in chains and sent to Italy to live out the rest of their days as slaves. But fate intervenes and Pacorus and his companions are saved from a living hell by a renegade gladiator named Spartacus. In gratitude, Pacorus agrees to help Spartacus build his army as Rome musters its legions to crush the slave uprising. And so begins an epic adventure of glory and savagery played out across the length and breadth of Italy, as Spartacus defeats the armies of Rome and Pacorus leads his horsemen to victory after victory. But will Pacorous and the slave army escape from Italy, and will he win the love of the fierce and proud Gallia before the most powerful man in Rome, Marcus Licinius Crassus, takes the field against Spartacus? A map of the Parthian Empire at the time of Pacorus (the 1st Century BC) can be found on the maps page of my website: "Darman has researched this novel extremely well, as one would expect with his military non-fiction background. This detail is meshed with great story telling which flows along with great gusto. Less for the fact that this book is about a Parthian rather than a Roman, I would describe it as a ‘Roman Sharpe’. Darman’s style is similar to and as good as Bernard Cornwell’s, one of my favourite authors." British Army Rumour Service review, June 2011...

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ISBN : 11529954
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Number of Pages : 529 Pages
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The Parthian Reviews

  • Chris Galford
    2019-03-25 05:39

    Let me preface this by saying I'm all for seeing more indie authors taking up the historical fiction mantle--I love the genre, but it remains one still largely in the realm of the traditional publishers. That said, I was quite excited when I happened upon Darman's work, particularly for the uniqueness of the setting. While Rome is certainly not unfamiliar to the genre, nor Spartacus (not now, anyway...), few take us to the sandy domains of the Parthian Empire.What resulted, however, was a bit of a let-down. This one was a well-intentioned book, and one with a good deal of potential, but likewise one that nevertheless fails to dazzle. My major complaint is that the author let his work fall to the very problem too many indie authors allow: a lack of editing. It is riddled with grammatical and spelling issues, as well as outright missing strands and unfinished thoughts. I dare say one can scarcely go a page in many areas without encountering such things, and definitely detracts. The story itself is a fairly typical young hero coming-of-age journey, with characters that can easily be shuffled into certain molds. Character development is...somewhat lax. The dialogue tends toward the more bland side of things, but the plot progresses at a good enough clip, and if you're more into the action end of things, Darman certainly does deliver. Additionally, the historical, geographical, and likewise information, when it comes through, is generally informative and interesting--it's apparent, certainly, that Darman did his homework there. The descriptive skill is there. I just can't help feeling the book should have had a bit more time with its author, and an editor, before it was released.

  • Frank Shumaker
    2019-04-03 03:41

    The people who rated this book poor must have had a different copy than me. Sure, there were about 100 or so proofing errors but this series was so good I read the 4 books in 4 days. Never have I read a David Gemmell-like historical fiction book about the Parthian empire and it's version of the wars with Rome. Maybe there is no history linking Parthia and Spartacus. But the whole point was to set up a reason for a hatred of Crassus. Pacorus and every major Parthian figure mentioned in the book independently acted as described in the books. Roman history writers want to blame it on miscalculations by Pompey and Crassus. How about they were a forerunner of tactics used by Genghis Khan centuries later. Darman is an expert on war, tactics, weaponry, and armor. His SAS (British Special Forces) books have won award after award and cited often. So those that didn't like the book spend the $3 apiece for Dawn, Vengeance, and Carrhae and learn what wikipedia hints at. At that time in history they were the biggest threat to Rome since Hannibal....shu

  • Tawseef Khan
    2019-04-03 08:06

    This book was a refreshing change from the plethora of Anglo-Roman heroes and novels that seem to be never-ending. I had been searching for many years to read something from the "other side", so to speak - a book that tells the story from the perspective of the enemies of Rome or Western civilisation. In that regard this has been completely worth my time. I enjoyed reading a story of somebody from the East who faces off against the might of Rome. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for something that represents the other side. The first in the series, the story is fast paced and there is hardly a dull moment. I was completely engrossed in the book and am already looking forward to start the second chapter in the series.There are tons of typos and proof-reading errors throughout the book which does diminish it's value. If you can overlook that then this will be an enjoyable read for history buffs. I look forward to the second part which delves into the politics and turmoil of Parthia as the empire battles through internal strife and also faces off the might of the Roman empire.

  • Jerry Mercer
    2019-04-14 06:00

    Excellent StoryThe travails of the Parthian, as a young Prince, a slave, and a leader of horsemen is a great story. His association with Spartacus provides an historical connection. Well-written, with a good plot, good descriptions, and believable dialogue.

  • Ian Dempsey
    2019-03-27 08:06

    Loved it This is the first book I have read by peter Darman and I loved it More like this please !!!

  • Mark D
    2019-04-01 08:56

    Well - going in I wasn't sure what to expect...I'm happy to announce I have found another series I put on par (maybe just below because Uhtred is one of my favorite characters ever) with the Saxon Chronicles.Told from 1st person, this book introduces us to Pacorus - a Prince who has been trained from a young age in the military art of war. At some points I was a little frustrated with how naive and "royal" he could be, but I guess growing up a Prince with most things handed to you...its bound to leave its mark.But Pacorus grows as you follow him, from his first battle to his last in this book you can see him bringing all his training and learning into use for his General Spartacus. Seeing it told from a Cavalry perspective was new to me, usually the books I've read from this time or near are told from the ground perspective and within the shield wall. Pacorus is always on the move within combat and it was cool to read about the Parthians and how their adapted their training for Spartacus' army. The side characters are also given some depth, especially Gallia. But Spartacus, Crixus, Cannicus...nice to see them included. I'm getting the next one as I need to finish his story, this one ends in a nice spot for Pacorus...(view spoiler)[All Hail the King! (hide spoiler)]

  • Joey Mestrow
    2019-04-09 04:47

    Okay, I'm a new to the whole historical fiction genre, but I have to say this was quite an original take on the Second Servile war, the very war Spartacus led against the Romans throughout Italy for nearly 3 years. Our protagonist, Prince Pacorous, is a bratty little shit from Parthia, an empire where Iraq is today. Well, long story short, Roman sends its legions led by Lucius Furius, a historical Roman General. Pacorous' cavalry loses the engagement, he's captured and subsequently sold into slavery and bound for Italy. He is then rescued by Spartacus and chosen by him to be cavalry commander. Pacorous, bound by his sense of honor, stays with Spartacus to the very bitter end. What I guess this story had going for it was a foreigners' prospective of the slave rebellion. This wasn't the Kubrick or Steven DeKnight interpretation, but somehow for me (as a history buff), it just worked. The book itself was a journey and very well paced and action packed. I'm seriously considering reading the 2nd novel in the Parthian series.

  • Steven Dentone
    2019-04-18 07:58

    Set in early Rome at the height of Roman empire's spread through out the world at that time. A Parthian Prince is captured and taken to Rome as a Slave. He is saved by Spartacus and his escaped slave army, where he becomes one of Spartacus' most trusted and capable leaders. There is plenty of action and the story is easy to follow. The author gives you an idea of what life was like for slaves at that time in Rome and the equipment, weapons, food, and clothing used at the time as well. I love historical fiction with action brutality and a hero. This book was right up my alley and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I have this book in the Kindle edition and it is rife with grammatical errors and misspellings. I wonder if anyone even looked at this book before making it available to the masses. I can only hope the hard copy of this book has been properly edited.

  • Robin Carter
    2019-04-19 02:43

    Have to say i was swayed into buying this based on the 2 existing reviews, and i really do read a hell of a lot of historical fiction, and review it too.I can only assume these other 2 have much lower standards? i a have read and given rave reviews from Scarrow to riches to cameron, but also to self published authors like Turney, i had hoped to add Darman to that list, but this book seems to have been written by akid sbmitting a GCSE essay quite apart from being riddled with errors its just really badly written, i was bored after 20 pages and after 50 almost gave up but stuck it out for another 50 to be able to review it.i could sit here and destroy each character on their own lack of merit... but the book was so poor i cant waste any more time on it.

  • Billy Martin
    2019-04-11 08:48

    There were several issues with this book. For one thing, it was not proofread. There were plenty of simple grammatical errors and typos that could have easily of been avoided, like how some "the" words left out the beginning T and said "he" instead. It was full of simple mistakes like that which made reading it difficult.The story was told well, but there was a lot of unnecessary scenes that dragged the book on much longer than it needed to be. This book could have easily of had 200 pages shaved off of it and it would have been much better for it. Otherwise, it's a sign of promise. This book, despite its errors, shows this author is at least going in the right direction.

  • BDT
    2019-03-29 07:39

    A solid addition to historical fiction by taking on the oft-forgotten Parthian Empire. Darman creates a universe with potential, yet does not fully develop many of his characters. For those seeking a read with 'conflicted' characters that are capable of sympathy and derision (often simultaneously), this work probably isn't for you. Additionally, this work was rife with grammatical and formatting errors - although that could be my particular ebook version. Probably would have given a fourth star if these errors were corrected, although they are frequent and quite distracting.

  • Brendan
    2019-04-21 06:04

    Not a bad first novel by Peter Darman; follows the historical story of Spartacus, told by his Parthian cavalry captain (Granted, there's no historical evidence that Spartacus's legions had horse cavalry). If you know Spartacus's story (I cheated a little bit and read up on it), nothing in the story really surprises you. However, Darman does bring the characters alive and in doing so, explains some of the rationale for the rebellion. All in all, not a bad book. I'll be reading the sequel.

  • Alex
    2019-04-25 08:46

    Yes an interesting take on the Spartacus lead slave rebellion. I enjoyed the read except for who ever did the proofreading and editing. So many errors (spelling etc) also the author repeated many things over and over, such as being the best with bows and the Parthian love of horses. The way he coddled Gallia, Ihated the foolish ending I may read Parthian Dawn or possibly a different Peter Darman books.

  • Ralph Halse
    2019-04-17 02:00

    Look out Bernard Cornwell & Simon Scarrow, Peter Darman is hard on your heels with his knockout Parthian series. Darman's exploration of the Roman culture through the eyes of historical enemies, slaves and a conqueror's perspective are dealt with by turning history into a damn fine, contextual read. I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy the Cornwell or Scarrow experience.

  • Ilona C. Harrigan
    2019-04-17 03:55

    Mixed Emotions/Quality ControlI thoroughly enjoyed the book again as I had read it many years ago. What I was very disappointed in was the quality of the proofing. I found numerous misspellings throughout and found that it took away my focus every time I came across one.

  • Edward Rosenfeld
    2019-03-28 10:05

    This would have been a really good read if it hadn't been such a miserable ebook...fill of typo's and gramatical errors...near unreadable. It behooves an author to see that his work survives the editors touch.

  • Liz
    2019-03-31 06:50

    This was so badly edited that I couldn't even get through it. I liked the historical detail and it seemed well researched. Too bad the publisher couldn't be bothered to pay an editor to do it properly.

  • Sam
    2019-04-05 06:56

    The novel didn't really engage me. The characters were shallow and unchanging and for God's sake, can we stop putting the "I want to marry for love" schtick in historical fiction novels already?

  • Margareth8537
    2019-04-12 09:41

    Another very good start to a series with an unexpected twist. You assume it will be set in the East, but it has another destination

  • Peter
    2019-04-21 01:54

    Awfull, boy's own adventure a third person account of "what he did on his summer holidays sacking Italy"

  • Jane
    2019-04-04 04:55

    Absolutely brilliant, can't recommend it highly enough.