Raves and Reviews for Julius Caesar’s Centurion
“The ancient world of Rome and Julius Caesar comes to vivid life in this colorfully written and meticulously researched historical novel that covers a wide-ranging tapestry of fierce combat and rivalries, a touching love story as well as sexual manipulation, and pivotal political intrigue that led to subsequent epochal events in Rome’s turbulent history. Caesar’s strategies in achieving his great military victories, and his drive to political power, are memorably shown through the eyes of Marcus Pontius, his most trusted Centurion, who succeeds in his own incident-filled life marked by the tribulations of family life, overcoming a severe stuttering problem, and the upheavals of his love life. His many experiences as a soldier in one of Rome’s most famed Legions are shown with both verve and credibility as he rises in the ranks and receives both recognition and key missions from Caesar. The description of battle tactics in the Gallic Campaigns alone, abetted by helpful maps, is extraordinary. The dialogue, consistently striking a sound historical chord, illumines the characters’ mind-sets and motivations with a compelling immediacy. One can easily imagine all the intense and often brutal moments during the many dramatic situations that befall Pontius as he follows his separate destiny.
“In a well-organized novel that sustains interest throughout its pages , the author has woven together the lives of two Romans-one well known and the other a distinctive Centurion-to provide a genuinely captivating bounty of significant insights and heroic acts that provide an excellent portrayal of Roman life and culture, especially in its province in Spain and its battles in Gaul.
“This is a historical novel well worth reading.”
Jack Adler, an Editorial Critic for Writer’s Digest, has over 20 books published including several historical novels and nonfiction titles.
“Peter Wev’s main character, the eponymous centurion of Julius Caesar while the future dictator was stationed in Gaul, is a man named Marcus Pontius, a brave, intelligent man who has been afflicted with a stutter his whole life. Marcus Pontius first serves under Caesar in Spain, helping to put down rebellions by the Celts. Years later, the two men meet again in Gaul, when Marcus Pontius is a centurion with Caesar’s lucky Tenth Legion. But over the course of many campaigns, skirmishes, and major battles (all very effectively described by Wev, who has a real flair for action sequences), Pontius’s role gradually transforms from straightforward military to something more of a personal aide to Caesar himself, which allows Wev to use him as a narrative point-of-view character at all the meetings with Caesar’s top staff, including Marc Antony, and also present for confrontations with the charismatic rebel leader Vercingetorix.
“Wev does a wonderfully effective job dramatizing the mutual loyalty the grows between Caesar and Marcus Pontius, and he is also very skilful at creating a three-dimensional character for Caesar himself, a very effective combination of salty realpolitik and high-minded nobility. The book is well designed and intensely readable. Recommended.”
Lisa Sheehan, reviewer for the Historical Novel Society.
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