The Fall of Rome A Novel of a World Lost a d The Roman Empire riddled with corruption and staggered by centuries of barbarian onslaughts now faces its greatest challenge not only to its wealth and prestige but to its very existence In

  • Title: The Fall of Rome: A Novel of a World Lost
  • Author: Michael Curtis Ford
  • ISBN: 9780312333621
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 476 a.d The Roman Empire, riddled with corruption and staggered by centuries of barbarian onslaughts, now faces its greatest challenge not only to its wealth and prestige, but to its very existence In his riveting novel The Sword of Attila, Michael Curtis Ford thrilled readers with his recounting of a cataclysmic clash of ancient civilizations Now, in The Fall of R476 a.d The Roman Empire, riddled with corruption and staggered by centuries of barbarian onslaughts, now faces its greatest challenge not only to its wealth and prestige, but to its very existence In his riveting novel The Sword of Attila, Michael Curtis Ford thrilled readers with his recounting of a cataclysmic clash of ancient civilizations Now, in The Fall of Rome, he takes on the bloody twilight of empire, as the legacy of Attila once thought destroyed on the battlefield emerges again to defy the power of the Western World.In this powerful saga of Roman warfare, the sons of Attila s great officers wage battle with one another as the dramatic confrontation between Rome s last emperor and Rome s barbarian conqueror leads to the thrilling d nouement that becomes the fall of a mighty empire.Pulsing with intrigue, saturated with historical detail, The Fall of Rome brings readers to new places pressed into the trenches as catapult bolts fly overhead, lurking within the palace where betrayal is plotted, imprisoned in a tower stronghold where an emperor turns mad.Once again, Ford demonstrates his mastery as a chronicler of battle, honor, and ancient worlds in this masterfully plotted epic novel that will leave readers begging for Praise for the Novels of Michael Curtis Ford The Sword of Attila Supremely well executed again, Ford offers solidly researched and lustily violent military historical fiction Kirkus Reviews The Last King Michael Curtis Ford s love for the ancient world emanates from every page in his magical settings and spectacular re creation of monuments and landscapes, in his bold portraits of the protagonists, and in his intriguing and swiftly moving plot Valerio Massimo Manfredi, author of the Alexander Trilogy and Spartan This is Ford s best so far, and only those who have read his first two know just how good that makes this book The Statesman Journal Gods and Legions Powerful and passionate A truly compelling story one not just of gods and legions but of men Library Journal starred review Thanks to the author s excellent research of both his subject and era, the reader experiences this great man s transformation step by determined step Highly recommended The Historical Novels Review The Ten Thousand A worthy successor to Steven Pressfield s Gates of Fire Library Journal starred review Michael Curtis Ford s moving account of the fighting and dying of these heroic Greek mercenaries is not only historically sound, but very human, in making Xenophon s tale come alive in a way that no ancient historian or classicist has yet accomplished Professor Victor Davis Hanson, author of The Soul of Battle

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    1. 2 stars. I was not very impressed when there seems to be so much to work with at that time in history. Attila has just choked to death after a drunken fest and his subordinates and offspring are left to bury him while plotting to seize power. The book goes on to cover several decades as various characters move about the Roman empire or the periphery of that empire. The key figures are real but this book simply places them in a different location every few years for a brief episode. Nothing to fi [...]

    2. -Una más.-Género. Novela histórica.Lo que nos cuenta. La muerte de Atila es un respiro para las fronteras del Imperio Romano de Occidente a mediados del siglo V, una sombra del que antaño fue. Entre los caudillos del ejército huno, de diferentes etnias y tribus, no todos tienen las mismas ideas de futuro e incluso uno de ellos, Orestes, saquea la tumba de Atila y usa las riquezas para comprar un puesto para él y sus familiares directos dentro de las fronteras de Roma. Odoacro, un huno, jur [...]

    3. I took two classes on Roman history in college, which I enjoyed but that's my only memory. Although I do have a pretty firm grasp on the whole Julius Caesar tragedy / Anthony & Cleopatra relationship (thanks to multiple Shakespeare classes & related movies). I had no previous knowledge of Michael Curtis Ford, but I recently started reading Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom series, so I thought I would give Ford a go too.And he provides an interesting story. You primarily follow the adventu [...]

    4. 2.5Cómo me costó terminar este libro. Aunque la sinopsis lo diga, a mí no me pareció ni tan espectacular ni tan vivaz. Me siento hasta un poco estafada. He leído muchos libros con contexto histórico y muchas donde hay batallas, y a éste no lo sentí bien logrado. No logré mantenerme interesada, a pesar de que el argumento y el título prometían mucho.Empieza interesante con la muerte de Atila, pero luego va perdiendo fuerza y dinamismo y sólo se recupera un poco sobre el final, cuando [...]

    5. Solid and entertaining with good battle sequencesPublished by Thomas Dunne books in 2007While not as strong as Stephen Pressfield in Gates of Fire, Michael Curtis Ford makes a strong contribution to the burgeoning collection of historical fiction books set in ancient times.In this case, we follow Odoacer (433-493 A.D.), a real-life German/Hun who variously fights against and fights for the Roman Empire in its last days. The fight sequences are strong and with the exception of a couple of slow sp [...]

    6. Michael Curtis Ford did a great job on this book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is into reading about the Roman Empire. What I really liked about this book is that it was written from the perspective of the "barbarian" who caused the demise of the Empire. Perhaps because I never paid any attention in class I always envisioned the barbarians as a nearly sub-human race barely clad in animal skins who overthrew the noble Romans. It is well known that the Empire was rotten to the core a [...]

    7. This was pretty decent historical fiction, covering the years from the death of Attilla the Hun to the fall of the last emperor of the old Roman Empire and rise of the first "King of Italia." Probably the most noteworthy thing were the several battles, each one being unique and the author doing a pretty good job of building the tension to the resolution. Overall was worth reading, if only because this is a period of time I know next to nothing about. It was very interesting to realize that by th [...]

    8. Boring. Lots of great historical detail but no character development at all. No relationships, no intrigue, just battle after battle. Abandoned it.

    9. A story about treason, betrayal and vengeance.It is divided in three sections.I think the first part is very interesting and I felt drawn by it immediately. The second part goes by slowly and there is so many descriptions of the battles (for my taste), at one point I dropped it and thought I'd never be able to finish it. Boring.Lucky for me I decided to continue, because the third part was utterly dynamic and had a great end. (perhaps predictable but great anyway)If I could, I would give it 3.75 [...]

    10. This story of the last 25 or so years of the western roman empire and the battles fought, is historical fiction. I liked the book; was interested in the subject. I especially liked the last few chapters; could not put down. I was a little antsy in the beginning few chapters to get to end. Reading about remote battles not seemingly related to the fall of Rome near the beginning seemed off subject till it later all came together. Thought maybe the author could have started the story near the end, [...]

    11. When I look at the title of the book & continue to remind myself, that this book was about the fall of Rome well, then, I can kinda cut the book some slack. It just wasn't the book for me. I wanted more character development & a more continuous story line. (It would continue for a short while, then there would be a gap of 3-4 years, before the characters would show up somewhere else in their lives.)

    12. I discovered that Rome, towards the end, was a melting pot. The barbarians that overthrew the regime were all part of the Roman world, albeit malcontents. It is said that history repeats itself. Is this the future for the current world empire? It was pretty cool to learn more about Attila the Hun - speaking of which I better add that book to my list of to-reads.

    13. An interesting take on the end of the Eastern Roman Empire. I feel that the author could have expanded some of the stories a bit more. The book is short for such a weighty subject. But an enjoyable read nonetheless.

    14. I enjoyed this walk back into the invasions of Rome. The characters and story made it come alive. The feelings between the Romans and invaders were well written. Looking for another of his books to read next.

    15. Nice to get some historical fiction that captures an era of Roman history isn't the fall of the Republic. It is based on sound historical fact and gives you a good view of the state of the very late Empire and some of the causes that lead to its ultimate fall.

    16. It was slow at the beginning. I found a few historical and statistical errors. It got better at the end.

    17. Nice little introduction to an era I didn't know much about. Well, if you can consider a fictional book an intro to history anyway. One of Ford's better works.

    18. historical fiction that both drew me in and helped me understand a bit about the era I'll definitely be looking for other of his books :)

    19. Starting out a little rough - the pace is slow with a complicated set of relationships between the forces of germania, the huns, etc. Didn't get any better. Put it down after 100 or so pages

    20. Not deep, but a terrific introduction to late Roman Empire. It's got adventure, drama, and a strong sense of 'place'

    21. Not the greatest historical fiction I've read, certainly not on the level of Pressfield or "The Killer Angels". Was an ok page turner for the bus, but not the level of detail I like.

    22. A good story and a fun read, but I was never really gripped by this one. I will probably try another of Ford's Roman period novels as this was a good intro to his work.

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