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Paperback  Æ Blood Forest PDF Ê A bloody page turner Mail on Sunday They call him Felix A lost soldier without a memory and now a brutal battle to win For fans of Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane and Conn Iggulden, a spectacular debut where honour and duty, legions and tribes clash in bloody, heart breaking glory ADFifteen thousand battle hardened Roman legionaries strike deep into dense forest Awaiting them are deadly, hostile Germanic tribes In a clearing they find twelve massacred and strung up legionariesIs this a threat, or a warning There is just one bloodied, broken survivor He has no idea who he is Only that he is a soldierAnd now he must fight As the legions are mercilessly cut down, the nameless soldier joins a small band of survivors trapped in the forest If they fight together they have a slim chance of staying aliveBut whose side is the soldier on And is it the right one Gives Rome s legionaries a contemporary voice brutal, audacious and fast paced Anthony Riches, author of Empire series Historical fiction written by a real war veteran who knows all there is to know about blood and bonding in battle An earthy and powerful read Sport Blood and guts, but also a clever exploration of the moral ambiguity of war and loyalty to a flag Mail on Sunday La trama di questo romanzo d esordio di Geraint Jones, veterano di guerra che ha partecipato a missioni in Iraq e Afghanistan, in realt molto semplice, in quanto ruota tutta attorno ad un singolo episodio della guerra contro le trib germaniche nel tentativo dell impero romano di sottomettere anche questa ampia regione del nord Europa.Durante l avanzata nella foresta germanica, l esercito romano formato da quindicimila legionari viene fermato da uno spettacolo alquanto macabro dodici soldati La trama di questo romanzo d esordio di Geraint Jones, veterano di guerra che ha partecipato a missioni in Iraq e Afghanistan, in realt molto semplice, in quanto ruota tutta attorno ad un singolo episodio della guerra contro le trib germaniche nel tentativo dell impero romano di sottomettere anche questa ampia regione del nord Europa.Durante l avanzata nella foresta germanica, l esercito romano formato da quindicimila legionari viene fermato da uno spettacolo alquanto macabro dodici soldati romani sono stati massacrati e impiccati solo uno sopravvissuto, interamente ricoperto di sangue e il trauma subito gli ha fatto perdere la memoria, non ricordando neppure pi il proprio nome Viene ribattezzato col nome di Felix e andr a far parte della seconda centuria, dove conoscer nuovi compagni i veterani Tito, Tronco, Luna, Rufus, Galletto e i due giovanissimi Cneo e Micone Da l in poi, tutto ci che accade narrato in prima persona da Felix stesso.Purtroppo ho trovato questo romanzo alquanto noioso e ho faticato davvero a leggerlo per tre motivi principali prima di tutto perch ripetitivo nelle scene descritte, sempre uguali a se stesse, sempre fatte di corpi macellati, budella che fuoriescono dai corpi, sangue che scorre a fiumi, parolacce che escono dalle bocche di questi soldati Direi che si nota molto bene il fatto che l autore egli stesso un veterano di guerra, tanto che durante la lettura erano pi le immagini di uno dei tanti film cruenti di guerra che si possono vedere ora al cinema o alla televisione a venirmi in mente, che un esercito dell antico impero romano.Secondo motivo perch non c abbastanza attenzione alla temporalit delle azioni compiute cio non si capisce mai se giorno o notte e in quanti giorni avviene tale campagna militare.Terzo e forse anche pi importante motivo la mancata costruzione del protagonista nel farsi della vicenda l autore cio secondo me avrebbe dovuto inserire di volta in volta degli elementi biografici che aiutassero il lettore a ricostruire la vita e la personalit di Felix in modo da capire meglio il perch di molte delle sue azioni e chi fosse in realt invece l autore lascia la spiegazione solo alla fine, proprio nelle ultimissime pagine del romanzo, creando cos una sorta di disorientamento del lettore, che per tutto il romanzo si chiede chi sia il legionario traditore del titolo e soprattutto perch abbia tradito.Ecco, proprio le ultime pagine direi che sono le migliori, in cui finalmente c la chiave di lettura di tutta la vicenda Roma era un bullo che si spacciava maestro Un esattore mascherato da filantropo Un boia assetato di sangue che faceva la parte del guardiano Roma era un veleno E poi l unione fra commilitoni data dalla condivisione di prove tremende e non dall idea di Roma o dell impero, il trovare nell esercito la propria famiglia.Forse se l autore avesse dedicato almeno un centinaio di pagine in meno alla ripetizione sempre uguali di descrizioni cruente e brutali di corpi fatti a pezzi e avesse invece approfondito e dettagliato meglio questa visione dell impero romano come nemico fin dalle prime pagine, sicuramente il romanzo sarebbe risultato meno noioso e molto pi interessante, anche dal punto di vista storico e culturale Prior to reading this book, I knew nothing about the battle of Teutoburg Forest view spoiler A deceitful masterful win by a traitor to the Roman Empire, Prince Arminius a German born and very highly respected officer of the Empire, who cunningly led 17K of Governor Varus s soldiers into a massacre in Germanic tribal lands, guarded fiercely by people who opposed Rome and their conquering ways hide spoiler In writing this story, the author has focused on the lives of the soldiers who marc Prior to reading this book, I knew nothing about the battle of Teutoburg Forest view spoiler A deceitful masterful win by a traitor to the Roman Empire, Prince Arminius a German born and very highly respected officer of the Empire, who cunningly led 17K of Governor Varus s soldiers into a massacre in Germanic tribal lands, guarded fiercely by people who opposed Rome and their conquering ways hide spoiler In writing this story, the author has focused on the lives of the soldiers who marched into this battle to be faced by a deep and dense forest in which their training was useless Roman armies perform at their best in flatter land charging with the force of a battalion behind them, choreographed by lots of repeated training maneuvers until they become natural and instinctual In the forest, one on one against enemies who had traps and instilled fear into the Romans with gory deposits of Roman mutilated bodies hung and strewn about, they literally poo d their pants If I was better read in non fiction, I may have been tempted to question some bits of this story perhaps but that would achieve nothing for me or for the author who has set out to tell a story where the life of a soldier is the same for all, no matter what side they fight for, which century they fought in or which weapons they use And in the end, so much death The soldiers usually are left with little reward and many scars The book deals with what we know today as PTSD and if I had to see and stomach half of what these guys went through on both sides then I would definitely have been institutionalized.Not recommended for those who dislike blood, spilt guts and vivid descriptions of tortured victims Powerful, intense novel on Teutoberg Forest Massacre, 9 AD, as told from a legionary s viewpoint, rather than the officers They are only tangential to the story, except for Arminius, who drives the action, and to a lesser extent Prefect Caeonius, whose actions bear on the protagonist, Felix, several times and whose final decision concerns the whole army Although the Teutoberg incident has been recounted several times in novel form recently, it s always interesting to see how each author tells Powerful, intense novel on Teutoberg Forest Massacre, 9 AD, as told from a legionary s viewpoint, rather than the officers They are only tangential to the story, except for Arminius, who drives the action, and to a lesser extent Prefect Caeonius, whose actions bear on the protagonist, Felix, several times and whose final decision concerns the whole army Although the Teutoberg incident has been recounted several times in novel form recently, it s always interesting to see how each author tells the tale A wounded soldier is found in a grove, his companions all having met ghastly deaths at the hands of the Germans He claims to have remembered nothing beforehand Rescued, he is sent to Legion XVII as a battle casualty replacement and is given the name Felix, meaning Lucky The story concerns him and his contubernium called herein a section The novel smolders until the final conflagration battle with the Germans near a defensive wall of withy branches the Germans have erected and the shattering conclusion at the marching camp Through the novel, we get tantalizing bits of Felix s past and how he came to be there until the final reveal At the marching camp, he has a choice to make that will affect the rest of his life.The action was gruesome and blood saturated all through but nothing felt gratuitous here The author went overboard on the profanity, and I wish it could have been toned down somewhat, e.g., f word as gerund over and over I did get a view of a common soldier s life back then in all aspects in garrison life and group dynamics, on the march dodging Germans hit and run tactics, traps, and obstacles, as well as battle I also got into the soldiers heads their thinking, psychology, and emotions The members of Felix s section fit the stereotypes of a group of soldiers the brute and bully but de facto leader the raw recruits the disillusioned, dispirited old soldier the super religious and ultra patriot the loving family man and others The story easily could have been moved to another era, say, World War II The author lays out the possibility of a sequel, but I feel the story could have ended here The writing was top notch and the cover fantastic The figure of the crow on the cover and its symbolism become apparent on reading the story I felt the whole prologue was a waste and added nothing to the story, which could have begun easily with Chapter One, dispensing with the prologue entirely.Highly recommended The trickiest reviews to write are the ones about books I have read that are already on the back foot for being a setting I am not interested in It makes it hard, because I have to work out why I am not really getting into the story Is it because I just don t like the setting in this case Roman Or is it because I just did not like the book I thought long and hard about Blood Forest while I was reading it and after I finished it In the end, this is what I came up with I am not a keen reade The trickiest reviews to write are the ones about books I have read that are already on the back foot for being a setting I am not interested in It makes it hard, because I have to work out why I am not really getting into the story Is it because I just don t like the setting in this case Roman Or is it because I just did not like the book I thought long and hard about Blood Forest while I was reading it and after I finished it In the end, this is what I came up with I am not a keen reader of Roman historical fiction, or swords and sandals if you will And yet I do read it and enjoy it if the setting is beautifully and skilfully done For example, the M.C Scott Roman historical fiction books There is some skill at times in the Blood Forest settings, but my issue was that the main setting was the squaddie comraderies I needplot and storyline than all the walking, talking, gutting, grunting, stabbing, walking, talking, sleeping, sh tting, spitting, talking Not that it isn t loved by many It simply isn t something I get in to Not my fault, nor the fault of the author.So, there was that And it was an obstacle to get over, for me I don t care about the gore or the swearing I used to as so much of it in swords and sandal books, is not for the betterment of the read, it is only for shock value but now I expect it from these squaddie grunt comraderies books and I have learned to live with it, to a degree If it is done in mature way.My problem with Blood Forest was that after a promising start, the comraderies became all the book was about and the plots and sub plots were absent or presented in such a fleeting way that if you blinked you d miss them I even forgot sometimes that Felix had some back story to come out and that he had supposedly lost his memory I have noted other reviewers commenting on absence of plot too and I think to many who are looking for , then it is quite distracting.War for many soldiers can be boring A lot of sitting around waiting for orders to come down, waiting for transport, waiting to move out Waiting, waiting, waiting Digging latrines Talking about women s body parts Sleeping Cleaning weapons And for some, very little or no combat or action Sometimes not getting a shot off or getting shot at So, if it is boring for real soldiers, imagine how documenting this life can be boring for readers who don t need that detailed insight Who already know about it perhaps or wish to read adventure in their stories not only action.I think that covers it My issue was both The roman squaddie grunt setting dominating plot devices and suspense And my general disinterest in Romans and dislike for them as a people.Simple Not simple Yes In saying all that Make up your own mind on this book I read it for a book club read, so I was already swimming out into unfavourable seas My opinion is compromised

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