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  • Irene Hahn
    Jim, looking forward to the next book. Please keep me in mind again for a review copy. Irene ... From: Jim D To:
    Message 1 of 10 , Apr 26, 2006
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      Jim,

      looking forward to the next book. Please keep me in mind again for a review
      copy.

      Irene
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Jim D" <jim@...>
      To: <Roman_History_Books@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 4:34 PM
      Subject: [Roman_History_Books] Re: Recommendation request


      > I'll address all three comments in one fell swoop here...
      >
      > Sally:
      >
      > Thanks for the kind words about Sand of the Arena. Glad you enjoyed
      > the book. Coincidentally, I just delivered Book 2 (Fight For Rome) to
      > the publisher a few days ago. The release date was originally set for
      > October 2006, but I hear they might postpone it a few months. I think
      > the paperback version of Book 1 may be coming out around the same
      > time, so perhaps they don't want the two to interfere with each other
      > (?).
      >
      > Based on some of the posts here a few weeks ago, Book 2 would
      > probably also interest a few folks on this board. It takes place
      > during AD 69, the Year of the Four Emperors. The primary gladiator
      > characters from Sand of the Arena are "recruited" to fight as an
      > auxiliary unit for Otho under Macer. I've taken all the key events of
      > the year and woven the characters into various roles in those events.
      > Anyone who knows the story of the Otho/Vitellius/Vespasian chain of
      > events will probably get a kick out of this novelized version.
      >
      > ---
      > Irene:
      >
      > Sorry to hear that it wasn't Sand of the Arena up for discussion. I'd
      > love to sit in on any such discussion of Sand. Always good to hear
      > feedback directly from readers-- especially readers like this who
      > know their stuff! If you do schedule it anytime soon, please let me
      > know.
      >
      > ---
      > Masae:
      >
      > Thanks for ordering the book. I hope you enjoy it as much as Sally &
      > Irene. Regarding the "courteous assessment" of the film "Gladiator",
      > I have to say that any high profile film that increases interest and
      > awareness in ancient Rome is okay by me. Also, since I have a film
      > and television background, I did appreciate the "spectacle" of it
      > all. However, as we all know, the history was way off, and certainly
      > the technical aspects of the gladiator fights (armor, weapons,
      > pairings, etc. etc) was also out in left field. But I look at it as a
      > springboard to spur further discussion on the topic.
      >
      > Thanks for everyone's feedback.
      >
      > --Jim Duffy
      >
      >
      >
      > --- In Roman_History_Books@yahoogroups.com, Sally Winchester
      > <bcuthill@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > I *love* this book!!! You make readers feel like they're in the
      > arena
      > > and various other place. Few writers capture the feel of ancient
      > Rome
      > > as well as you do. When does the next volume come out (I gather
      > it's
      > > the first in a series).
      > >
      > > Best,
      > > Sally
      > >
      > > At 12:40 AM +0000 4/25/06, Jim D wrote:
      > > >Masae:
      > > >
      > > >I don't know how many other authors are members here, but if I may
      > be
      > > >so crass, you might want to take a look at "Sand of the Arena" by
      > > >yours truly. It's available at Amazon or your local bookstore. It's
      > > >not as "literary" as Graves, but if you like action/adventure set
      > in
      > > >the early Empire, and have an interest in the real lives of
      > > >gladiators, you'd probably enjoy it. Got a good review by Irene
      > here
      > > >at Roman History Books, Publisher's Weekly, and some kind words
      > from
      > > >other ancient-world writers like John Maddox Roberts and Nick
      > > >Nicastro.
      > > >
      > > >Don't mean to be so self-promoting, but if someone asks for a
      > > >suggestion on an ancient Rome novel, I can't help but toss my own
      > > >labor of love into the ring. Thanks for indulging me.
      > > >
      > > >--Jim Duffy
      > > >
      > >
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