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[Read Ebook] ð Caligula: The Tyranny of Rome á A major new historical epic in the tradition of Conn Iggulden combines impeccable research and historical detailing with the power and pace of a great thriller As a young slave, Rufus grows up far from the corruption of Caligula s imperial court where excess, huge building projects, the largest gladiatorial battles Rome was ever to see men and animals killed in the hundreds conspiracies, assassination attempts, and sexual scandal were the norm When Rufus growing reputation as an animal trainer and his friendship with Cupido, one of Rome s greatest gladiators, attract the cruel gaze of the Emperor, Rufus is bought from his master and taken to the imperial palace as the keeper of the imperial elephant Rufus soon sees that life here is dictated by Caligula s ever shifting moods he is as generous as he is cruel and he is a megalomaniac who declares himself a living god who simultaneously lives in constant fear of the plots against his life Caligula s paranoia is not misplaced, and Rufus and Cupido find themselves unwittingly placed at the center of a conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor It s probably a little harsh rating this only two stars out of five but bear with me.While on the surface it s a good read and an interesting read, there isn t a great deal of depth to it It feels almost like a standard fare average Hollywood movie rather than something that ensnares you with it s intrigue or dazzles you with it s rich historic detail, especially as there s precious little of the latter at all.Overall it s a pleasant, easy read, just a little hollow You won t empathise with an It s probably a little harsh rating this only two stars out of five but bear with me.While on the surface it s a good read and an interesting read, there isn t a great deal of depth to it It feels almost like a standard fare average Hollywood movie rather than something that ensnares you with it s intrigue or dazzles you with it s rich historic detail, especially as there s precious little of the latter at all.Overall it s a pleasant, easy read, just a little hollow You won t empathise with any of the characters or particularly be gripped by the lukewarm pace of the action For a plot that relies quite heavily on intrigue, it s here where it falls shortest I can t quite put my finger on it but the twists and turns don t really get your synapses firing.Probably would have made a nice one hour special for a TV drama, something to turn on and leave in the background while you get on with something else As a book it s nowhere near the standard quality of historical fiction I m used to.Kind of like Port Vale or to the Evertons or Tottenham Hotspurs of the genre A gruesome but engaging story detailing life in ancient Rome under the rule of the mad Emperor.The main character in the story is Rufus, a slave singled out for his special ability to train various animals a useful talent in a time when gladiatorial bouts between man and beast were a common sight in the arenas Gradually, Rufus becomes drawn into Caligula s inner circle, while a combination of supporting characters gladiators, traders, dwarves, slaves, spies, seductresses are brought vivid A gruesome but engaging story detailing life in ancient Rome under the rule of the mad Emperor.The main character in the story is Rufus, a slave singled out for his special ability to train various animals a useful talent in a time when gladiatorial bouts between man and beast were a common sight in the arenas Gradually, Rufus becomes drawn into Caligula s inner circle, while a combination of supporting characters gladiators, traders, dwarves, slaves, spies, seductresses are brought vividly to life.Caligula himself is only a supporting character, but Jackson does well to capture his changeable moods and gives us a decent measure of the man Rufus humility makes him an engaging lead, and plot wise, the story picks up momentum, moving from an interesting opening to finishing with a bloodthirsty, history changing climax.Be warned there s some horrendous animal cruelty here, some of it occurring very early on I can read pages of limb lopping combat between men, but give me a poor defenceless creature being tortured and I find it hard to go on Still, it s worth perservering, because this makes for a meaty, substantial political thriller A sequel, CLAUDIUS, follows Caligula seems to be a mirror of what s happening in some countries right now A fantastic book told from the point of view of one of Caligula s slaves, with the odd insight from Caligula himself Human life has always been cheap, but neverso than during Caligula s reign and this book doesn t shy away from that fact The huge body count rivals that of some of Hollywood s goriest shoot em up movies.The book contains friendships, spies, wives, lovers, animals, and fallible human nature Li Caligula seems to be a mirror of what s happening in some countries right now A fantastic book told from the point of view of one of Caligula s slaves, with the odd insight from Caligula himself Human life has always been cheap, but neverso than during Caligula s reign and this book doesn t shy away from that fact The huge body count rivals that of some of Hollywood s goriest shoot em up movies.The book contains friendships, spies, wives, lovers, animals, and fallible human nature Living during the time of the all powerful Roman emperors was a lesson in keeping your head down, and not antagonising anyone least you be tortured for the smallest infraction a bit like what happens when you offer an opinion on social media these daysAll in all, another excellent Roman Empire read I absolutely loved the protagonist The author has done an exceptional job Caligula by Douglas Jackson receives three stars by me The positive aspects are that I felt that the author had thoroughly researched this topic Jackson delivers the sheer brutality of Caligula and his torturers so vividly in his book that I was shocked and felt deeply emotional at times I sympathized with the main characters, Rufus and Cupido and loved their relationship.It had a lot of personal growth I did feel the plot line was bleak and miserable too much in fact but overall this is a b Caligula by Douglas Jackson receives three stars by me The positive aspects are that I felt that the author had thoroughly researched this topic Jackson delivers the sheer brutality of Caligula and his torturers so vividly in his book that I was shocked and felt deeply emotional at times I sympathized with the main characters, Rufus and Cupido and loved their relationship.It had a lot of personal growth I did feel the plot line was bleak and miserable too much in fact but overall this is a book I generally liked