Spartacus by Ben Kane
The Gladiator

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"Gritty, passionate and violent, this thrilling book is a real page-turner and a damn good read. It brings Spartacus--and ancient Rome--to vivid, colorful life." --Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire

Long the stuff of legends, Spartacus is known to most modern readers through the classic Kubrick film version of Howard Fast's novel. Now bestselling historical novelist Ben Kane returns to the source material and presents a lively and compelling new vision of the man who was Spartacus--Roman army auxillary, slave, gladiator and ultimately the leader of an army of slaves who nearly brought Rome to its knees. Ben Kane's brilliant novel begins in the Thracian village to which Spartacus has returned after escaping from life as an auxiliary in the Roman army. Jealous of his attachment to Ariadne, a Dionysian priestess, the Thracian king betrays Spartacus to the Romans who take him, along with Ariadne, into captivity and to the school of gladiators at Capua.

Against the background of the unbelievable brutality of gladiatorial life, Spartacus and Crixus the Gaul plan the audacious overthrow of their Roman masters. They escape and flee to Vesuvius, where they recruit and train an army of escaped slaves that will have to face the conquerors of the known world, the most successful deadly army in all of history in a battle that will set in motion the legend that is Spartacus.


About Ben Kane

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BEN KANE is the author of a trilogy set in ancient Rome that comprises The Forgotten Legion, The Silver Eagle and The Road to Rome. He has traveled widely and is a lifelong student of military history. He lives in North Somerset, England, with his family.
Published June 5, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 480 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I was fortunate enough to read Spartacus the Gladiator by Ben Kane relatively late, which meant when I reached the end that promised more, I could move straight onto Spartacus: Rebellion Spartacus has led his group of slaves to victory after victory over the Roman legions.

Aug 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Spartacus: The Gladiator

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Given Ben Kane's tendency to write strong characters who rebel against their Roman leaders, it's perhaps slightly predictable that he should take on the story of Spartacus, who led a slaves' rebellion against Rome.

Aug 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Spartacus: The Gladiator


With the triumphant Spartacus and his army of slaves now giving Roman senators sleepless nights the embarrassed empire prepares to strike back with renewed ruthlessness.

Aug 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Spartacus: The Gladiator

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Bestselling author Ben Kane is going on a North American Blog tour with his new book Spartacus, which will be out in June 2012.

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