By David Warren
CreateSpace, 240 pages, $9.95
Roman Politics For The Beginner
Poor Servius Fulvius Flaccus. He has been given a farm and must turn it around. Young Master looks at the beginning of the political career of Servius and how he may one day be an important player in the world of Roman politics, if he survives the first few steps. He has made all of the right friends, and a few lucky events show that he can plan ahead, but that he is not afraid to act. He may even be able to turn his father’s farm around, given enough time, but those who have seen his plans are definitely impressed. He just needs to survive a few months in war-torn Hispania.
This book is set up like the first book of a series, with a cliffhanger at the end. If Warren delivers on that promise, this could make for a fine series. Young Servius is proof that Fortuna favors the bold and the prepared; although there is some luck in his career, it is how you deal with what you are given that makes the difference, and Servius makes the most of what he is given, even when it is a white elephant. He is definitely a hero to watch.
Be advised that this is not an action-filled book, and that is arguably what makes it a fun read. There is a glossary, and you will need it every so often, and the book slows down a bit, especially when new characters are introduced. However, the writing of the political scenes allows you to keep up without getting bored, and even the length of the names actually works to the book’s rhythm. For what is arguably one of the most realistic books on what happened really in Rome, this is a fun read.
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