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57BC. The fearsome Belgae have gathered a great army to oppose Rome, and Fronto and the legions assemble once more to take Caesar's war against the most dangerous tribes in the northern world. While the legions battle the Celts in the fiercest war of Caesar's career, the plots and conspiracies against him, both at Rome and among his own army, become ever deeper and more da57BC. The fearsome Belgae have gathered a great army to oppose Rome, and Fronto and the legions assemble once more to take Caesar's war against the most dangerous tribes in the northern world. While the legions battle the Celts in the fiercest war of Caesar's career, the plots and conspiracies against him, both at Rome and among his own army, become ever deeper and more dangerous....

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ISBN : 9781484968970
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Number of Pages : 430 Pages
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The Belgae Reviews

  • Jane
    2018-09-03 21:51

    I'm enjoying the continuing story of Legate Fronto and his fellow officer friends during Caesar's Gaul campaign. The novel recounts how each individual tribe of the Belgae is subdued, either through diplomacy [I wish there had been more] or through the Roman Army's winning skirmishes and battles. I am disliking Caesar more and more for his unnecessary cruelty, just plain underhandedness, and his using of others for self-aggrandizement. His senior officers and particularly the engineering prodigy Tetricus, devise the clever ideas for victory. I'm glad the killing of prisoners scene was not graphic; we can certainly use our imaginations. Ex-Prefect Paetus works with the barbarians to bring down Caesar, in revenge for wrongs done him by Caesar, and finally faces an uncertain fate at the end of the novel. I enjoyed the discussions of tactics and strategy and the badinage between Fronto and his retinue. Fighting was described well, and I liked the whole layout of the novel. Each section was fairly extensive so I saw what was happening with a certain group of people. Then spacing of several lines between each section would take you to another group. It's as if you got a 'birds eye view' of the entire action. The novel had an almost cinematic feel. The battles became wearying to me after about half-way through. I am enjoying most Fronto's character development through the series. His friends are developing too, as well as some of the less important characters, such as the capsarius, Florus. I thought the maps and diagrams were helpful, as well as the Dramatis Personae. I question such an important man as a Legate leaping into danger as often as Fronto seems to do, but he IS the hero. The most prominent example is the infiltration of the last oppidum. He does seem to recover quickly from serious wounds. The dialogue was well written with a minimum of profanity and crudeness.I shall certainly continue with this series, but I personally can't read one installment right after the other with so much fighting crammed into each story. There will have to be a few different books in between each.

  • mixal
    2018-08-29 21:52

    Excellent book. It picket up right where the one before ended and with the same levels of wit, writing skill, and expertise. I am sure the author always has to spent lots of time over maps and perhaps models when he is planning the book. I've read quite a bit of Roman military historical fiction, but this series is quickly becoming one of my favourites!

  • Neale Aslett
    2018-09-15 22:18

    As with all of the author's works this is excellent!

  • Lawrence Duma
    2018-09-10 20:17

    extremely interestingThe author's sense of humor had me literally doubled over with laughter when one of the tribes marched out to meet Caesar and his legions playing what I assume were very early bagpipes'. Romans apparently never heard the sound before, and when Caesar exclaimed 'what the hell is that sound?' one of his staff replied, 'sounds like a hundred men farting in a cave.' I laughed for a good ten minutes, tears rolling down my cheeks. Even now, as I write this, two days later, I still can't stop chuckling whenever I think about it. Nevertheless, the book is outstanding, worthy of several re-reads in the future.

  • Robin Carter
    2018-09-05 15:51

    This review is from: Marius' Mules II: The Belgae (Kindle Edition)Product Description57BC. The fearsome Belgae have gathered a great army to oppose Rome, and Fronto and the legions assemble once more to take Caesar's war against the most dangerous tribes in the northern world.While the legions battle the Celts in the fiercest war of Caesar's career, the plots and conspiracies against him, both at Rome and among his own army, become ever deeper and more dangerous.ReviewThis author keeps improving with every book, you would no longer know that this is a self published title, its well edited, well written, the characters have grown since the last book which is a must for any author.The action flows across the page and across the country, My fav part being the light in which Caesar is portrayed, not the golden haired hero but a power hungry political animal, we have no idea what he really was as he wrote his own history and destroyed everyone else.Its about time the big publishing houses sat up and took not of this author, but if they don't im sure he will happily keep rewarding the loyal Kindle audience with many more books of this quality and better.(Parm)

  • F.P.G. Camerman
    2018-09-09 19:50

    I know the 2nd part of Caesar's De Bello Gallico, on which this novel is based, very well so this was interesting to compare. The author takes Caesar's writings as gospel, even though historians mostly don't. Even the troop numbers of the Gauls and Belgae, which are almost certainly grossly exagerated to impress Caesar's audience back home, are taken at face value. The Gauls and Belgae are portrayed as uncivilised, dumb barbarians, and Roman soldiers are shown as slaughtering ten times their number of these dumb opponents while cracking jokes. Caesar is portrayed as a stubborn dimwit who only gets anything done when he follows the advise of legate Fronto, the novel's main character who knows everything best. I like my historic novels to be more... historic. This novel is 100% about the military conquest, so it gets pretty monotonous. Still 3 stars because the subject matter just interests me that much.

  • Roger Neilson
    2018-09-03 17:16

    Enjoyed the battle scenes which I think are captured well, enjoyed the interplay between the characters. However I do question just how superhuman the characters are, that's the second book where frankly I doubt if many of them would have survived one or two of the wounds they get. Putting that to one side they are well paced and hold my attention. I also like the way the Belgae are talked up as significantly less than the standard barbarian.Have to say the amount of drinking seems excessive for senior officersWould have appreciated:1. A map so I could visualise where things were moving to2. An organisation chart so I can see what the command structure is supposed to be

  • Pete
    2018-09-12 18:14

    What can I say? As good as book 1 in the series,No2 is better because if you've read the 1st book, you already knows the characters.So you go straight into the story, which kept me there till the end,not wanting to put it down.unfortunately I had to sleep.I'm a newcomer to reading books (last couple of years...now 50 yo)and I like the fictional history and if I keep finding books like to read it's gonna keep me going.if Roman fiction is your thing ,this for you.

  • Joe Corso
    2018-09-01 21:19

    I love Marius Mules books on Rome. I read two books in his trilogy of ancient Rome and I'm reading the third book of the trilogy and I'm feeling a little sad that it's coming to an end. I've grown to love the main character Leget Fronto one of Caesar's generals. It's through his eyes that the stories unfold.These books aren't for everyone. But if you like history and plenty of action then you'll enjoy these very well written books.

  • Pat Mizell
    2018-08-24 16:03

    I finished this book a while back but just now getting around to reviewing it. It's better than a good read; it's informative and insightful about this fascinating time. I went to Belgium three years ago just to find out what and why the place is all about. The beer was really good and the politics were curious; after reading about it in Turney's book I think I can see why. Good job Mr. Turney. I'm chasing you and will be current soon.

  • Lisa
    2018-08-23 18:12

    I loved this book. This writer keeps the action flowing and introduces some interesting characters. If you are a Roman-o-phile or just like intrigue and swords, you will like this series and this book.

  • Dan
    2018-09-07 13:53

    I read this a few years ago, a good solid read, great if you enjoy the "sword and sandal" style book although this focuses more on the military command side of things. Easy to read, will definitely look up more of this series.

  • Edward Rosenfeld
    2018-08-31 18:58

    Enjoyable from start to finish...

  • Margareth8537
    2018-08-26 14:14

    Turney has written an excellent Roman series

  • Mark
    2018-08-25 14:49

    development from book 1 giving a broader charracter development

  • David Gott
    2018-09-19 18:54

    Better then the first book. Only for people who like historical fiction.

  • Robert J.
    2018-09-10 14:04

    Another good tale of Legate Fronto and Legio X.

  • Ralph Halse
    2018-09-20 17:52

    A great read if you enjoy historical fiction, well researched and presented in an entertaining way. Top Marks all round for this great piece of work.

  • Brian
    2018-08-29 17:10

    I am really starting to get into this series; excellent all-around.