Casca 45 review anyone?

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January 14, 2017 at 9:16 am #2518
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Tony Roberts
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Not had an entry yet for Casca’s latest adventure – amazon reviews have been generally favourable, but what do you forum readers think?

May 19, 2019 at 12:22 pm #2856
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Gerrykn
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A Casca novel by Tony Roberts that is a direct continuation of Casca #37. This novel is ok, but it is somewhat of a disappointment. It continues Roman Mercenary #37, but it has little to do with the previous story, other than a couple references, and the fact that Flavious is still following him around. The combat was good, and it was still a good read, but this story seemed to be all over the place. It seems like Tony wrote this one on the side while he was writing a book from one of his other series, and would write more whenever he had time. It starts out with them joining up with a military unit that is reminiscent of how they ran the legion of old. He gets assigned as an Optio to train recruits, and sets about building a fine unit. Then all of a sudden, they yank him out to perform some kind of secret mission, and all of the characters we spent a few chapters getting to know are gone, never to be heard from again. This mission is to break in somewhere, and recover an artifact, as if he is some kind of 200 lb., scarred cat burglar. He also works as a bodyguard/ hired muscle for a merchant. There is no real war in this one. I just don’t get the purpose of this book. I noticed a couple editorial mistakes. The cover Art is good. The Casca character looks like he is described for once, except he is dressed as a gladiator for some reason, which is never mentioned in this book. Over all, a good read, but not Tony’s best work.

May 20, 2019 at 6:04 pm #2859
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Tony Roberts
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Yeah general opinion it its not my best one. Liked studying the history background and thought it would be a decent background for a Casca story. I also left the ending open for a subsequent adventure with the lass he took with him at the end.

May 22, 2019 at 10:11 am #2860
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Gerrykn
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I would have really liked to know what happened to that squad he was training, especially what happened to the rich kid. I think an adventure with him and a Gal-pal going around raising hell would be good. Where she is using her own spear in battle instead of only taking his spear…..at night…. You get what I mean? The problem is, there is no significant wars for many years. The time line says “AD412 (immediately after 45) Takes odd jobs between Africa and Spain” That might work, but it might be hard to keep it interesting. We don’t need another book full of beating up rubes, and thugs. Maybe they can run into the rich kid and some others that deserted, and start their own mercenary band. You have 23 years to play with until Helsfjord.

May 22, 2019 at 2:40 pm #2861
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Tony Roberts
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I find it an alternative to sometimes doing these ‘odd jobs’ in between large wars. Casca 51 is the Crusade period and there’s a right old war there, Casca 52 is going to be about the American-Spanish war of 1898, Casca 53 will be about the Turkish-Ottoman war with the Byzantine Empire.

There are always small jobs to do in between big wars so its good to mix it up. We had this discussion years ago about whether to have Casca books written in consecutive order or to jump about. Most readers wanted to mix it up so we have a sword-era story followed by a gun-era story etc.

May 27, 2019 at 6:50 am #2862
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Those all sound great. Can’t wait to read them. Sure, I agree about the odd jobs as long they don’t stray too far from the lore. What I meant was, since there isn’t a war, it might be harder to keep things interesting. This book started out really interesting, and next thing I know I’m wondering what we are doing, and how we got there. Also what I mentioned above, would be something I would like to see in the future. I like the jumping about also.

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