As a concept, the book is absolutely fantastic - I love the idea of seeing a citizen of the Roman empire suddenly thrust into the 21st century - but the execution for this novel was difficult for me to read. One of the things which can make or break this type of historical novel is the attention the author pays to historical detail. Pages and cover are clean and intact. His first novel was originally published in Australia as two separate books, 1994 and 1995. Equal parts well researched history and future speculation leads to a real feel of the spanning of centuries. About this Item: Tor Books, 1998. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
McMullen has a degree in and history from 1974 , a postgraduate degree in and , and a PhD in. Rated M for violence and infrequent coarse language. Although the book can drift a bit, its focus on the central character of Vitellan helps keep it from sprawling as badly as Souls in the Great Machine, the only other book by McMullen I've read. Customer service is our top priority!. Getting books from Australia must be very hard, which explains how difficult it is to find Sean McMullen's works here in the States.
The first hundred pages takes place during this time, where the method of time travel that forms the basis for the book is introduced. The settings for Sean's work range from the Roman Empire, through Medieval Europe, to cities of the distant future. Still, he helps the future Alfred the Great defeat the invading Danes and reintroduce scholarship. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. By chance, Vitellan acquires the last of the oil and retires to England, where he prepares a Frigidarium and consigns himself to sleep, knowing that the village of Durvas is devoted to serving him and preserving his ice cave.
In 1358 he stood with a few dozen knights against an army of nine thousand to defend the life of a beautiful countess. He is even more inventive with the sequences set in the 21st century; these are thrilling and allow more leeway for his wry sense of humor. Like many books from that era, it overestimates the rise of computer and nano-technology to point where it becomes very unbelievable that the advances described in the book will be with us before 2030. Put it down with a renewed interest in Latin and a thought of sampling the author's Greatwinter trilogy, which appears to have received better notices. I'm not entirely sure the first half of the book is necessary; it's more like an extremely long prologue, setting up the background so that the action can continue without breaking stride with exposition.
McMullen uses a simple writing style which doesn't get in the way of his story, although on some occasions, particular during the prologue, it almost make it feel as if he were writing a juvenile novel. McMullen keeps a reader guessing as to who is on which side of hard to pinpoint and define conflicts. Sean spent several years in student reviews and theatre, and was lead singer in three rock and folk bands, and spent two years in the Victorian State Opera before he began writing. The biggest difficulty with The Centurion's Empire is the inability for McMullen to create the necessary suspension of disbelief. In 1358 he stood with a few dozen knights against an army of nine thousand to defend the life of a beautiful countess. The books are much better than the execution with multiple time settings and characters.
The pacing made the exciting portions unexpected and confusing, and I had trouble I started this book in high school and remembered it being much more exciting than it was. This excellent time-travel saga begins with a young Roman soldier almost dying in a tempest in the year 71. Side characters and plots that go nowhere and a fair few unexplained events. Customer service is our top priority!. During one awakening he is somewhat horrified to find himself having to deal with barbarians the Brits , trying to bring some civilization to them from his time in Imperial Rome while keeping them alive, essentially by teaching them how to fight, based on his ancient experience. Unfortunately, he doesn't possess the antidote for the corrosive substance, so every time he is awakened, his body is more ravaged.
Now Vitellan has awakened in the twenty-first century, a bewildered fugitive, betrayed and hunted in a world where minds and bodies are swapped and memories are bought, sold, and read like books. I must not have finished it then, because I didn't remember anything about the ending when I read it this time around. Not, admittedly, up there with his Great Winter series, this is nonetheless and inventive and involving book with a rarely depicted, these days, although common in earlier ones, one way time travel plot. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Once our Hero finally reaches the 21st Century, which is about page 150 or so, the book is non-stop action and becomes incredibly fast-paced. He also raises issue of morals and, without this language, their social construction , loyalty, love and more. Vitellan captures your sympathy pretty quickly.
This book is square, solid, and unread, The dustjacket is sharp, lustrous, and in a protective mylar Brodart cover. First half Roman and medieval times is largely prelude and wordy back story. But I don't know why. About this Item: Tor Books, New York, New York, U. The Centurion is the last of the Temporians a I had never read any of McMullen's books before, but picked this up at my library's book sale and knew I had to have it as soon as I read the description. The Centurion himself is stoic, honorable, wooden, adaptable, dull.
Returning to the ice, Vitellan wakes again in 1358, in the middle of the England-France Hundred Years War, where he routs the marauding Jacquerie, rescues the noble Lady Anne, and acquires a bitter enemy, Jacques Bonhomme, who will also arrange to be frozen. While I enjoyed the book, it is evident that this book was written in the mid-90's. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Purchase this book in hardcover from Purchase this book in paperback from Return to Thanks to for webspace. Bright jacket with minimal edgewear and one tiny mended tear.