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Remmy Meggs
Historical Action Adventure
RWP Books
Oct 12, 2015
Papberback, Mobi, Epub

The Praetorian Guard was at its biggest in the days of the Emperors 321 AD, but history does not tell us when the guard actually started. This is my version of it.

Roman classes in 501 BC: Slaves, Freeborn, Citizen, Aristocracy.

Tarquinius exiled: History has not proven the exact year the last king of Rome was exiled, but presumably, it was between 509 BC and 497 BC depending upon what historical source you read.

The major thing people do not understand about Rome during this age through the Empire ages is that even though history is right, Hollywood movies are not. Most wars were fought with 9 to 11 year old boys on the front lines. Gladiators were not these well muscled sex symbols, they were obese men that could be slashed several times and nursed back to health. That is the true Rome.

This book puts it all into perspective. What you read you might not like, yet I wrote this for 13- and up so it is a YA novel, no bad words, no sex, but like all boys it is talked about, there is violence, but only when it fits what is going on at the time. Enjoy this book for the historical facts that it presents to a modern world.

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War is always brutal, but particularly so in Ancient Roman times. The story opens with the playfulness and carefree life of typical twelve-year-old Roman boys. Born of noble blood with few cares in the world, discovering the delights of Roman society—trips to the city for sumptuous meals in fine restaurants, the hustle and bustle of the city market and the slave auctions, shopping trips for fine clothes. But this trip also has more serious endeavors as Dante is tasked with procuring supplies and staff for his first adult venture of sheepherding and helping his mentor, Don Fedele, with the purchase of arms for his father’s newly commissioned army. On this trip, Dante takes his first step into manhood as he is called to defend his father’s honor. And this experience lays the foundation of Dante’s future persona as a military commander—the keeper of swift, hard, cold justice.

A subsequent trip to the city (to accompany his father to a meeting of the Senate) is interrupted as the Republic is attacked and Rome is at war. The young boys are summoned to their fathers’ sides on the battlefield to observe the waging of war, lessons all Roman boys must learn. The Romans are victorious in their first battle against the Eutruscian and Latin forces, but the victory is short-lived as a surprise attack throws the outing into chaos. The boys are sent away with their bodyguards, but unwittingly are drawn into the battle as they have to fight for their very survival and are plunged into the atrocities of war; friends and fathers are lost in the most brutal ways. Broken-hearted warriors are the most fierce and vicious. The brutality of this attack pushes Dante over the edge and he emerges as a man… a warrior. “Vengeance has made the boy a man.”

But this is merely the beginning of the story. Follow Dante’s expeditions into the grim underbelly of war as he discovers that the enemy does not always wear a different uniform or fly a different standard. Treachery runs deep as son betrays father, countrymen betray countrymen, and friends betrays friends.

Grab a front row seat to this action-packed story. Witness boys becoming men in the harshest of ways. This book is jam-packed with amazing characters and the brutal atrocities of war, but it is also a story of friendship, loyalty, and love. Very well researched and realistically portrayed. A must read. – Melissa Leach

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4 Thoughts on “Review by Melissa leach – Legacy – Grapes of Rome

  1. Mel Leach on May 8, 2017 at 4:59 pm said:

    I love this book. It’s even better the second time around.

  2. Remmy2013 on May 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm said:

    Thank you for that wonderful review.

  3. Steven F on May 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm said:

    That was a very good and comprehensive review. I’ll have to read the book again.

  4. pauly10 on May 13, 2017 at 8:56 am said:

    That was an awesome review, lots more sales now hopefully 🙂

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