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Editorial Review by: Margaret George, Bestselling Author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra & The Confessions of a Young NeroMarc Antony is the proverbial late bloomer, in that he doesn't enter the portals of popular history until he is in his forties, much- married, and takes up with Cleopatra. From then on "Antony and Cleopatra" become the most famous couple in history. But what of Antony himself? Who is he?The long personal journey to find himself is enthralling in its own right. Marcus Antonius started out behind the eight ball, due to family missteps, political enemies--not the least of them the formidable and venomous Cicero---and his own personal demons. In this first part of a planned trilogy, Brook Allen shines light on those early years of Marcus, as he becomes a soldier who commands respect, not least from his kinsman, Julius Caesar. The novel covers all aspects of his life---his immediate family, his failings, disappointments, and the triumph of being given the opportunity to show his military genius in the Near East under general Gabinius, proconsul of Syria. At the same time---and history bears this out---he was from the beginning a kind and generous person, slow to anger but impulsive in his decisions, although those were destructive to himself rather than anyone else, as cruelty was not in his nature---a rare trait in his environment.Allen deftly paints a vivid picture of Republican Rome (not the paradise later proponents worshiped), of its snake pit politics, of daily life in Roman households, and of the treacheries and shifting alliances in the eastern provinces.I am eager to read the story as it continues, for the life of Marcus Antonius is one of the most fascinating in history, on both the personal and public levels. And there is much more to come!

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