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Caesar: Let the Dice Fly
(ISBN: 0-688-09372-6)

Author(s): McCullough, Colleen Pages: 752
Publisher: Morrow Date of Publication: 1997
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Brit,Gaul, Rome, Greece, Near East Period: 54-48 BC (Code: 5d)
Rome Setting: y/4 Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person: n
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Julius Caesar learns of the death of his daughter Julia (Pompey's wife), pacifies Gaul & Vercingetorix, crosses the Rubicon to start the civil war with Pompey, Cato et al. Book ends with the death of Pompey in Egypt.
Unique Qualities: 5th in Masters of Rome series. Sequel will pick up with Caesar in Alexandria with Cleopatra
Rating: Readers at amazon.com all like it, though some say it's not the best in her series. ...thoroughly enjoyable, giving details of Caesar's Gallic campaigns interspersed with Pompey's machinations outside Rome. One of McCullough's gifts is that she makes both Caesar and Pompey interesting and sympathetic. ... My only complaint is that McCullough has let her sentence structure decline - many of her sentences are grammatically incomplete! There is one rather heated sex scene, which is truly gratuitous (and not very interesting). However, this book is certainly worth reading. (R Breindel)

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