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The Risen

The Risen by David Anthony Durham
May 03, 2016 | 496 Pages
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Praise for The Risen:

“On hand is David Anthony Durham’s new historical novel, THE RISEN, his take on Spartacus. DAD never disappoints, and Spartacus is another fascination of mine…”
George R.R. Martin

“This is a demanding novel, but a rewarding and ultimately compelling one. The Risen is full of blood, thunder and excitement. Spartacus is an inpiring, attractive hero. The Romans are dastardly villains, Crassus the most arrogant and horrible of all. There is no question which side we are expected to identify with and cheer on. Yet history can’t be denied…Though the Romans are unquestionably the villains in this novel, Mr. Durham nevertheless does justice to their tenacity and resilience. He has a chracter, questioning Spartacus’s judgment, point out that the Romans have often been defeated in battles, but do not lose wars. No doubt there will be other novels about Spartacus, even though one may think that Mr. Durham has made any unnecessary, for a long time anyway.”
—Alan Massie, author of Caligula and Augustus

“This powerful and harrowing depiction of Roman oppression is also the uplifting story of a two-year slave revolt against Rome that began in 73 B.C.E., led by Spartacus, an imprisoned gladiator of legendary strength, charisma and resolve. After a mass escape, Spartacus leads a slave army of myriad nations, clans, races and faiths through what is now Italy, collecting 40,000 combatants and many noncombatant followers along the way. They call themselves The Risen and seek alliances in an effort to attack and destroy Rome and its tyrannical political system, but Roman allies are not forthcoming. Spartacus leads his army south to  (what is now) Italy’s “toe,” intending to cross to Sicily but discovers they are trapped due to the betrayal of opportunists and a massive, coast-to-coast, hastily built wall. They begin a long, arduous trek in freezing temperatures over snow-covered mountains toward Brundisium, with Roman soldiers shadowing their march. Monumental in scale and rich in intimately portrayed characters, Durham’s (Pride of Carthage) brilliant rendering of slavery and the horrors of war gives the novel its emotional impact.”
Publishers Weekly

“Rousing…well-done…a competent piece of historical fiction. If everyone of a certain age carries in their heads the ideal of a ripped Kirk Douglas as the proletarian hero of the first century B.C.E., Durham turns in a portrait more suited to Brad Pitt or Channing Tatum. The conversation is breezy [and] that lightness of touch keeps the story moving at a steady pace toward its inevitable end—and, since those readers of a certain age will have another vision of how things will wind up, Durham wisely closes at a different moment that still embraces the horror.”
Kirkus Reviews

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