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Carausius is born into a savage life.His father was a respected warrior chief, a leader of men.But as a boy, Carausius witnesses his violent death.As the boy grows into a man and then a soldier, he dedicates himself to the cause of Rome.As a centurion in the Empire's mighty Army, he earns the respect of his men: soldiers who will fight, and die if necessary, at his commandCarausius is born into a savage life.His father was a respected warrior chief, a leader of men.But as a boy, Carausius witnesses his violent death.As the boy grows into a man and then a soldier, he dedicates himself to the cause of Rome.As a centurion in the Empire's mighty Army, he earns the respect of his men: soldiers who will fight, and die if necessary, at his command.But, just like his father before him, he is surrounded by enemies - both within and without.He must manoeuvre his way through battle, knowing who to trust and who to put to death; not easy when paranoia among the ruling elite is so rife.Will Carausius emerge victorious where so many before him failed and earn the great title of all.Augustus.Or will he meet an early, violent death, as his father did before him.Arthur Britannicus is a vivid and memorable portrayal of the life of a Roman champion....

Title : Arthur Britannicus
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ISBN : 9781523387960
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Number of Pages : 276 Pages
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Arthur Britannicus Reviews

  • Leo
    2019-02-16 22:17

    I was given this to review for a book club... I was glad to hand it back. Interesting idea, but I say this knowing that this is the author's debut novel and he has had a career attached to writing.... 'Mr Bannister, learn to write creatively then re-write Arthur Britannicus (it's an idea worth reading). A solid grasp of the history may illuminate those not aware of the history, but poor and 'childish' prose kills any credibility in the story telling. This was a terrible book to read...

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-12 20:20

    Could not get into it

  • Mike
    2019-02-28 18:25

    Fun, flawed. A compelling suggestion that the mythical King Arthur was a very real Belgian Roman named Carausius who attempted to free Britain from the yoke of Roman rule. Grounded in historical evidence documented at the end of the book, Arthur Britannicus is a pretty good novel that offers solid blood and guts action and authentic Roman flavor surrounding a fairly straightforward plot that sees our hero Carausius on his way to becoming Arthur, uniting Britain and usurping the Empire.For me, Carausius was never in enough peril and his plans never in enough true danger to make the book terribly gripping. In fairness this is the first book of a trilogy so perhaps things become more dire as we move forward. However I can't rate this higher based on two other books I haven't read yet. Also on the negative side I felt there were some jarring anachronisms and implied magical/mystical plot devices that really could have been done without.Note this book and the two others in the series are available to borrow for free from the Kindle Lending Library if you have a Kindle and Amazon Prime.

  • Boulder Boulderson
    2019-03-09 23:03

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author as part of a Goodreads firstreads giveaway.Have to say that I actually enjoyed this book, in spite of everything...I initially assumed that it was a first novel but it turns out that the author has written as least three other books. It seems none have benefited from the services of an editor, or much of a redrafting process. There's lots of sloppy typos, such as '/' instead of '?'.Realistically, to improve his work, Bannister needs to spend more time and, if he continues with the self-publishing route, more money on each work, on professional editors who will help him to improve the flow of the story and the sense of the characters, rather than simply pumping out as many as possible - three a year for the last few years.Overall, while it is an enjoyable read superficially, the sense of confusion in the plot and the repetition of information and plot points detract from a book that could have been a new Conn Iggulden or similar.

  • Dawn Dorsey
    2019-03-06 21:10

    Thorough research enables Bannister to write a good story that reads as plausible history. He includes those details of daily life so often glossed over, answering the reader's curious questions as to how people!e lived their daily lives. Skilfully woven into the story are details of a Roman foot soldier's day, his equipment and clothing. When we get to the sea battles, we have already learned about the various ships used, and even a landlubber like me can have some understanding of the tactics, seamanship, and currents described. I read the fourth book in this series before I found this first one, and it worked well by itself, but I so enjoyed the writing style and the story that I was anxious to read the whole set, and this novel did not disappoint. Now to find the rest of them.Like ∙ flag

  • Patricia
    2019-03-07 23:24

    I really liked this book-- lots of history, superstition, and a bit of magic. Carausius was a real person who served as a Roman soldier, charismatic leader, admiral and the man who united the various group in Britain to defeat the Romans in the late 3rd century.The author's notes at the end give additional information and dates. He believes the Caraausius and his lover Guinevia and the druid Myrddin are a basis for the legends about king Arthur. The dates of various events are included in the notes but it would have been very helpful if a few had been included in the chapter heading which already included the names of places where the action occurred or the names of main characters.I would rate it 4.8No sexThis was a bloody and violent period so there are brief mentions of beheading, crucifixions, murders.Ordinary human life wasn't valued.

  • Robert
    2019-03-17 01:19

    A good effort, but, this fell a bit short of the mark for me. It seems that Mr Bannister did his research well, and that the workd he creates is convincing. However I had two problems with this book: 1 the characters never felt fully developed and 2; there were many instances where major shifts of character or of plot development happened off the page. One chapter a major event is happening, the next its all resolved and we are in another local.I do like his premise of using a real but little known contemporary king from the time when Arthur may have lived to set the story in. Only 3 stars, but i will read the next book "Arthur Imperator."

  • stormhawk
    2019-03-06 21:57

    Mr. Bannister clearly has done a great deal of research on Rome, warfare, and Ancient Britain. He tells a good story, but unfortunately, didn't engage me as a reader in a way that I like to be reached. The story marches from one bloody battle to another, with occasional dose trips to torture, murder, and random mayhem. Life was nasty, brutish, and short in those days, but the work would benefit fron a bit more style. It's an epic tale being told, I had just hoped for a bit more of an epic feel, I guess.

  • Francisco
    2019-03-01 01:59

    Me reconozco un fanático exaltado de la leyenda de Arturo.Y aunque este libro es extremadamente riguroso en contar la historia de la figura real que inspiró la leyenda,no me satisface, no llena mis expectativas el autor se esmera en ser preciso pero a cambio sacrifica la leyenda en sí. Nos deja un Carausius- Arturo muy descafeinado, brutal y astuto, pero no el Rey que inspiró la búsqueda del Grial. Buena aventura romana, mala leyenda.

  • Cyn Carpenter
    2019-02-26 01:02

    Enjoyed the premise. Did not enjoy the repetitive explanations of this character being a Druid, etc. Maybe once, near the beginning of the book, but not over and over, at least once a chapter if that particular character came up.

  • Donald Houston
    2019-02-21 00:24

    History at its best...!Bannister HSS done his homework dredging up the real bones of what we call "Brittanic History" from that time clouded in the fog of time. His explanation of what we call the Arthurian legends is most noteworthy!

  • Jarod
    2019-02-21 21:59

    I received this book as part of Goodreads First Reads program.This book was really more of a history than a story. There was quite a bit of interesting information about Roman history, tactics, and general life. I enjoyed learning about this particular period of Rome.

  • Neil Ward
    2019-03-11 00:07

    An easy read and a slightly different twist on the normal in this genre and subject. Uninspiring prose and descriptive writing but worth a read if its on offer.

  • Patrick
    2019-03-17 01:21

    Very good storyline and a new theory on the origins of the Arthurian myths. Had never heard of this roman general previously.