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From the author of the widely praised Pride of Carthage, the superb fictional rendering of Hannibal's epic military campaigns against Carthage’s archenemy Rome, comes the perfect follow-up: an equally superb novel of the legendary gladiator Spartacus and the vast slave revolt he led that came ever so close to bringing Rome, with its supposedly invincible legions, to its knees.

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In this thrilling and panoramic historical novel we see one of the most storied uprisings of classical times from multiple points of view: Spartacus, the visionary captive and gladiator whose toughness and charisma turn a prison break into a multi-cultural revolt that threatens an empire; his consort, the oracular Astera, whose connection to the spirit world and its omens guides the uprising's progress; Nonus, a Roman soldier working both sides of the conflict in a half-adroit, half-desperate attempt to save his life; Laelia and Hustus, two shepherd children drawn into the ranks of the slave rebellion; Kaleb, the slave secretary to Crassus, the Roman senator and commander saddled with the unenviable task of quashing an insurrection of mere slaves; and other players in a vast spectacle of bloodshed, heroism, and treachery.

In The Risen—the term the slaves in revolt have adopted for themselves—an entire, teeming world comes into view with great clarity and titanic drama, with nothing less than the future of the ancient world at stake. No one brings more verve, intelligence, and freshness to the novel of the classical age than David Anthony Durham.

"[Steven Crossley's] female characters, children, and the ancient toothless ones are outstanding. Grassus is a deadly snake. Spartacus is persuasive and intelligent, a hero who dies fighting in a noble cause. The novel is highly recommended as is its narration." ---Sound Commentary Starred Review

"[W]ell-done. . . .[A] competent piece of historical fiction." ---Kirkus

"This was an entertaining read for those who love historical fiction. I highly recommend this book to those who love Spartacus and also accounts of the Roman Empire."---Oh My Shelves
Sound Commentary Review

The Risen

A Novel of Spartacus

Author David Anthony Durham

Narrated by Steven Crossley

Publication date May 3, 2016

Running time 22 hrs 8 min

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