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E soldier on And is it the right one'Gives Rome's legionaries a contemporary voice brutal audacious and fast paced' Anthony Riches author of Empire series'Historical fiction written by a real war veteran who knows all there is to know about blood and bonding in battle An earthy and powerful read' Sport'Blood and guts but also a clever exploration of the moral ambiguity of war and loyalty to a flag' Mail on Sunday. Original Review HereAnything set in the Roman era instantly grabs my interest I was looking forward to reading Blood Forest by Geraint JonesThe first thing to say about this book is it is not for the sueamish or if you dislike swearing Films have ratings on them and this book made me think that the same should be true for novels There were some graphic gory scenes scattered throughout that would not be appropriate for younger readersThe story is told from the first person narrative by a soldier the reader only knows as Felix After being found at a scene of carnage Felix is taken in by the army But he doesn t remember who he is or how he came to be at that site in the first placeAt least that is what the characters are led to believe From the reader s perspective we know he remembers than he is letting on But just like his friends we re left in the dark about what haunts himWhile this is an effective techniue you want to keep reading just to discover what Felix is hiding never mind everything else it also means that I struggled to connect with the characters When you know the main character is hiding something big that terrifies him every night it s hard to relate and connect to himPartly due to Felix s reluctance to get to know his new comrades and partly because of their nicknames it also took me a while to figure out who was who out of everyone else For at least half the book I felt detached from the story because I didn t feel anything for any of the charactersThe second half of the book is stronger Despite his intentions Felix does start to bond with the men Not only does this make him a relatable character it also clarifies the personalities of the othersThe majority of the book is either the camp marching from one location to the next or a battle Or rather the army being harassed and loosing When I think about it there isn t a lot to the plot than that despite Felix s mysterious past Once you get to know the characters however the battle has weight because you re willing these men to survive The second half certainly gripped me than the firstIt isn t the level of violence that I found uncomfortable in this book it s the intimacy of it The men who are supposed to be the good guys are prepared to commit acts as atrocious as the bad guys Again this makes it hard to relate to the characters and empathise with their plightThe ending left me bemused Without spoiling anything you do find out Felix s past But I personally found it so far fetched with everything else that was happening I was bemused rather than shocked by the revelationAn enjoyable read that was too heavy at times to be considered entertainment Jewish Life era instantly grabs my interest I was looking forward to reading Blood Forest by Geraint JonesThe first thing to say about this book is it is not for the sueamish or if you dislike swearing Films have ratings on them and this book made me think that the same should be true for novels There were some graphic gory scenes scattered throughout that would not be appropriate for younger readersThe story is told from the first person narrative by a soldier the reader only knows as Felix After being found at a scene of carnage Felix is taken in by the army But he doesn t remember who he is or how he came to be at that site in the first placeAt least that is what the characters are led to believe From the reader s perspective we know he remembers than he is letting on But just like his friends we re left in the dark about what haunts himWhile this is an Sex Toys 101 effective techniue you want to keep reading just to discover what Felix is hiding never mind The Joy in Business everything Stuffed else it also means that I struggled to connect with the characters When you know the main character is hiding something big that terrifies him Cotas Claim every night it s hard to relate and connect to himPartly due to Felix s reluctance to get to know his new comrades and partly because of their nicknames it also took me a while to figure out who was who out of The Captured Princess (Taken by Vikings, everyone Pamięć - brzemię i uwolnienie. Niemcy wobec nazistowskiej przeszłości (1945-2010) else For at least half the book I felt detached from the story because I didn t feel anything for any of the charactersThe second half of the book is stronger Despite his intentions Felix does start to bond with the men Not only does this make him a relatable character it also clarifies the personalities of the othersThe majority of the book is Fakers, Forgers Phoneys either the camp marching from one location to the next or a battle Or rather the army being harassed and loosing When I think about it there isn t a lot to the plot than that despite Felix s mysterious past Once you get to know the characters however the battle has weight because you re willing these men to survive The second half certainly gripped me than the firstIt isn t the level of violence that I found uncomfortable in this book it s the intimacy of it The men who are supposed to be the good guys are prepared to commit acts as atrocious as the bad guys Again this makes it hard to relate to the characters and Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia empathise with their plightThe Doing Without Concepts everything Radio Free Europe and the Pursuit of Democracy else that was happening I was bemused rather than shocked by the revelationAn But I Survived enjoyable read that was too heavy at times to be considered A Passion for More entertainment

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Blood Forest

'A bloody page turner' Mail on Sunday They call him Felix A lost soldier without a memory and now a brutal battle to win For fans of Bernard Cornwell Simon Scarrow Ben Kane and Conn Iggulden a spectacular debut where honour and duty legions and tribes clash in bloody heart breaking glory AD 9 Fifteen thousand battle hardened Roman legionaries strike deep into dense forest Awaiting them are deadly hostile Germanic. Powerful intense novel on Teutoberg Forest Massacre 9 AD as told from a legionary s viewpoint rather than the officers They are only tangential to the story except for Arminius who drives the action and to a lesser extent Prefect Caeonius whose actions bear on the protagonist Felix several times and whose final decision concerns the whole army Although the Teutoberg incident has been recounted several times in novel form recently it s always interesting to see how each author tells the tale A wounded soldier is found in a grove his companions all having met ghastly deaths at the hands of the Germans He claims to have remembered nothing beforehand Rescued he is sent to Legion XVII as a battle casualty replacement and is given the name Felix meaning Lucky The story concerns him and his contubernium called herein a section The novel smolders until the final conflagration battle with the Germans near a defensive wall of withy branches the Germans have erected and the shattering conclusion at the marching camp Through the novel we get tantalizing bits of Felix s past and how he came to be there until the final reveal At the marching camp he has a choice to make that will affect the rest of his lifeThe action was gruesome and blood saturated all through but nothing felt gratuitous here The author went overboard on the profanity and I wish it could have been toned down somewhat eg f word as gerund over and over I did get a view of a common soldier s life back then in all aspects in garrison life and group dynamics on the march dodging Germans hit and run tactics traps and obstacles as well as battle I also got into the soldiers heads their thinking psychology and emotions The members of Felix s section fit the stereotypes of a group of soldiers the brute and bully but de facto leader the raw recruits the disillusioned dispirited old soldier the super religious and ultra patriot the loving family man and others The story easily could have been moved to another era say World War II The author lays out the possibility of a seuel but I feel the story could have ended here The writing was top notch and the cover fantastic The figure of the crow on the cover and its symbolism become apparent on reading the story I felt the whole prologue was a waste and added nothing to the story which could have begun easily with Chapter One dispensing with the prologue entirelyHighly recommended Spark (Stronger, except for Arminius who drives the action and to a lesser Wonder Woman and Philosophy extent Prefect Caeonius whose actions bear on the protagonist Felix several times and whose final decision concerns the whole army Although the Teutoberg incident has been recounted several times in novel form recently it s always interesting to see how Sozialismus Und Kapitalistische Gesellschaftsordnung each author tells the tale A wounded soldier is found in a grove his companions all having met ghastly deaths at the hands of the Germans He claims to have remembered nothing beforehand Rescued he is sent to Legion XVII as a battle casualty replacement and is given the name Felix meaning Lucky The story concerns him and his contubernium called herein a section The novel smolders until the final conflagration battle with the Germans near a defensive wall of withy branches the Germans have Sponsor. Tom 1 (Sponsor, erected and the shattering conclusion at the marching camp Through the novel we get tantalizing bits of Felix s past and how he came to be there until the final reveal At the marching camp he has a choice to make that will affect the rest of his lifeThe action was gruesome and blood saturated all through but nothing felt gratuitous here The author went overboard on the profanity and I wish it could have been toned down somewhat Dragons Bride (The Dragon and the Scholar eg f word as gerund over and over I did get a view of a common soldier s life back then in all aspects in garrison life and group dynamics on the march dodging Germans hit and run tactics traps and obstacles as well as battle I also got into the soldiers heads their thinking psychology and Absolute Banking English emotions The members of Felix s section fit the stereotypes of a group of soldiers the brute and bully but de facto leader the raw recruits the disillusioned dispirited old soldier the super religious and ultra patriot the loving family man and others The story Jewish Life ended here The writing was top notch and the cover fantastic The figure of the crow on the cover and its symbolism become apparent on reading the story I felt the whole prologue was a waste and added nothing to the story which could have begun Sex Toys 101 easily with Chapter One dispensing with the prologue The Joy in Business entirelyHighly recommended

Review Blood Forest

Tribes In a clearing they find twelve massacred and strung up legionariesIs this a threat or a warningThere is just one bloodied broken survivor He has no idea who he is Only that he is a soldierAnd now he must fight As the legions are mercilessly cut down the nameless soldier joins a small band of survivors trapped in the forest If they fight together they have a slim chance of staying aliveBut whose side is th. Until I saw it in action I didn t realize just how rare and special the first person tense has been in military fiction The only examples I can recall are Bernard Cornwell novels and even he uses third person for most of them And the reasons for that are obvious in a complicated world of warfare a single narrator can never truly understand all of what s occurring Third person lets you flit between many different viewpoints and understand the whole battle What you get with first person is a greater intimacy but at the cost of a much narrower range of vision It means you can never see than a narrow slice of the whole battleBut this book runs with that and runs hard It seriously plays up the suad or in the Roman case contubernium or tent mates and we spend very little time outside their company As such we get an intimate view of army life that feels authentic even if I often found myself wondering what was meant by certain terms What Latin term does uartermaster mean for example Pay food and euipment should all be handled differently and often be decentralized to lixae sutlerscamp followers or the suad s slaves And I don t think they d have had extra sets of armor just lying around on campaign But people aren t likely to notice that and in general his understanding of the army s structure is good The tentmates are all uniue characters with different ways of handling the stresses and tedium of army life There s a certain degree of cliche involved but on the whole they feel like uniue characters and not just archetypesProbably the best element of the book and one that distinguishes it from the competition is the sense of mystery about the lead It s very hard to write a first person story where your viewpoint character is keeping secrets from you It s not that he s an unreliable narrator exactly he s recording his current experiences accurately and with great clarity But he only vaguely alludes to his past and he s also suffering from a sort of PTSD amnesia that means he only remembers part of it which he s not sharing with you And the main thing that s clear is that he s a traitor He just wants out and he fully plans to abandon his newfound suad ASAP and flee to independent Britain So if army life is sucking him in it s against his will It s a uniue choice and one that draws you in better than if you were following generic grunt 1562This book was written by a vet You can never doubt that for a moment and the sense of a military memoir reverberates throughout The upside of having a personal connection to the story being told is the same as the benefit of telling a story in the first person it makes it intimate and personal You can tell that this guy understands the real bond between suadmates and the relationship between the individual and the army The banter seemed real except when it seemed too real No plan survives contact with an officer goatfrs Ever thought of running for the Senate Err what century is this again It s actually almost distressing how easy it is to refocus modern soldier talk around rapine and plunder without losing the essence of itThe downside of having a deeply personal connection to the story is that you become less detached and able to consider facts that fall outside your particular experience Which brings us to the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest the main focus of the book and it botches it The actual massacre has numerous issues but the most obvious one is that it s very much a modern infantry army that gets annihilated in a very modern way Instead of the whole army falling under attack individual suads are sent out and annihilated piecemeal until there s nothing left That s not how heavy infantry works You form the entire unit up in a solid line and bash your way through whatever comes And the reason the Romans lost this one is because the terrain prevented them from doing that Think about it splitting into small independent units reduces the power concentrated on the front line and makes them vulnerable The only reason we stopped using massed formations is that modern weapons like machine guns and high explosives make them easy targets But here they actually reach open ground on which to deploy only to lose anyway because they re outnumbered Or something I m actually not sure why they lose And because there s no clear reason to feel they re threatened the situation doesn t seem particularly bad It actually took me some time to realize the battle had started I thought we were still seeing skirmishes Even when I realized the battle was underway I couldn t see why the Romans were so screwed They seemed to just be acting stupidlyThe other big and obvious anachronism is that the Roman suads are constantly running into boobytraps I can t think of a single example of a boobytrap used in Roman warfare beyond caltrops and defensive ditchesfortifications Maybe siege warfare had some but the main focus was always countering their men with your own And the reason they didn t use such tactics aside from the lack of explosives from which most boobytraps are constructed was because again the army fought as a whole Not as individual suads It is possible to write a Roman army story where the soldiers are forced into acting as small units The first part of the book does pretty well at it Romans ambushed while on repair duty would have responded similarly to modern soldiers ambushed on patrol So would soldiers on guard duty Or serving as scouts though why would you use legionaries for that But that ability to function as an independent suad ends once you enter massed combat and the book s poorer for not recognizing that I feel like this is a case where we get some excellent storytelling put into a situation where it can t be deployed The Teutoburg Forest was just no place for small unit warfare A small band breaking out and fleeing the battle on the other handAnd on a closely related note the downside of telling a story in the first person is that there are certain things you can only keep from the reader by keeping them from the character as well Facts that he could not possibly have not known important relationships he couldn t have forgotten and a whole bunch of thoughts that are in retrospect pretty silly Which is another way of saying that the selective amnesia he suffers from is just too convenient to believe When we got to the big reveal and it becomes apparent that he should have anticipated everything that happened but forgot to well frankly I rolled my eyes and kept on rolling them through the final pages The answers to his mystery are frankly unbelievable as well Just try transplanting that story onto the modern day and see if you can get it to make even emotional senseI don t know how other readers will feel but to me this wasn t just inauthentic it felt inauthentic As if it was written as an Afghan War memoir and then had only the character names and locations changed And that really ruined it for me He s right to say that all professional soldiers act in similar ways but that doesn t mean they fight the same Imagine if he d stretched out a bit and showed a massed unit attacked repeatedly by skirmishers Pinpricks here and there hit and run attacks and the army lacks the cavalry to drive them off He could still have kept his low level suad focus The enemy retreats small suads break discipline to pursue them and get annihilated The enemy gets in between the cracks and it s down to the suad level as the army disintegrates Or just show us the Romans attacked in column unable to form up in files and have everything reduced to the suad level That s pretty close to the way it was and its too bad it ended this way because the first half was one of the most exciting and original accounts I ve ever read It felt utterly authentic in a way the second half just didn t And it felt personal and fascinating as well I am despite it all looking forwards to his seuel As I intimated it makes perfect sense for a suad fleeing pellmell to act like modern soldiers But the massacre itself was a poor choice of focusI m still hoping to find a good Teutoburg Forest book Maybe Kane s bookwill do the trick He really gets Roman warfarePlot 6 Great initially but loses believability over timeCharacters 8 Distinct and interestingAccuracy 6 Details are often right but tactics are all modern How Could She? examples I can recall are Bernard Cornwell novels and Words on Words even he uses third person for most of them And the reasons for that are obvious in a complicated world of warfare a single narrator can never truly understand all of what s occurring Third person lets you flit between many different viewpoints and understand the whole battle What you get with first person is a greater intimacy but at the cost of a much narrower range of vision It means you can never see than a narrow slice of the whole battleBut this book runs with that and runs hard It seriously plays up the suad or in the Roman case contubernium or tent mates and we spend very little time outside their company As such we get an intimate view of army life that feels authentic Finding Magic (Downside Ghosts, even if I often found myself wondering what was meant by certain terms What Latin term does uartermaster mean for Half My Blood (Dartmoor, example Pay food and Ja - Ty - My euipment should all be handled differently and often be decentralized to lixae sutlerscamp followers or the suad s slaves And I don t think they d have had Diamond Grill extra sets of armor just lying around on campaign But people aren t likely to notice that and in general his understanding of the army s structure is good The tentmates are all uniue characters with different ways of handling the stresses and tedium of army life There s a certain degree of cliche involved but on the whole they feel like uniue characters and not just archetypesProbably the best The Poisoned Honey Cake (Roman Mystery Scrolls, element of the book and one that distinguishes it from the competition is the sense of mystery about the lead It s very hard to write a first person story where your viewpoint character is keeping secrets from you It s not that he s an unreliable narrator Katyně exactly he s recording his current Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods experiences accurately and with great clarity But he only vaguely alludes to his past and he s also suffering from a sort of PTSD amnesia that means he only remembers part of it which he s not sharing with you And the main thing that s clear is that he s a traitor He just wants out and he fully plans to abandon his newfound suad ASAP and flee to independent Britain So if army life is sucking him in it s against his will It s a uniue choice and one that draws you in better than if you were following generic grunt 1562This book was written by a vet You can never doubt that for a moment and the sense of a military memoir reverberates throughout The upside of having a personal connection to the story being told is the same as the benefit of telling a story in the first person it makes it intimate and personal You can tell that this guy understands the real bond between suadmates and the relationship between the individual and the army The banter seemed real How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck? except when it seemed too real No plan survives contact with an officer goatfrs Ever thought of running for the Senate Err what century is this again It s actually almost distressing how Craft easy it is to refocus modern soldier talk around rapine and plunder without losing the Król życia essence of itThe downside of having a deeply personal connection to the story is that you become less detached and able to consider facts that fall outside your particular Dangerous Promise (Promises experience Which brings us to the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest the main focus of the book and it botches it The actual massacre has numerous issues but the most obvious one is that it s very much a modern infantry army that gets annihilated in a very modern way Instead of the whole army falling under attack individual suads are sent out and annihilated piecemeal until there s nothing left That s not how heavy infantry works You form the Red Skies Falling (Skybound, entire unit up in a solid line and bash your way through whatever comes And the reason the Romans lost this one is because the terrain prevented them from doing that Think about it splitting into small independent units reduces the power concentrated on the front line and makes them vulnerable The only reason we stopped using massed formations is that modern weapons like machine guns and high William (Enemies to Lovers, explosives make them From Irenaeus to Grotius easy targets But here they actually reach open ground on which to deploy only to lose anyway because they re outnumbered Or something I m actually not sure why they lose And because there s no clear reason to feel they re threatened the situation doesn t seem particularly bad It actually took me some time to realize the battle had started I thought we were still seeing skirmishes Even when I realized the battle was underway I couldn t see why the Romans were so screwed They seemed to just be acting stupidlyThe other big and obvious anachronism is that the Roman suads are constantly running into boobytraps I can t think of a single A May to December Romance example of a boobytrap used in Roman warfare beyond caltrops and defensive ditchesfortifications Maybe siege warfare had some but the main focus was always countering their men with your own And the reason they didn t use such tactics aside from the lack of Moravagine explosives from which most boobytraps are constructed was because again the army fought as a whole Not as individual suads It is possible to write a Roman army story where the soldiers are forced into acting as small units The first part of the book does pretty well at it Romans ambushed while on repair duty would have responded similarly to modern soldiers ambushed on patrol So would soldiers on guard duty Or serving as scouts though why would you use legionaries for that But that ability to function as an independent suad Herman Hertzberger ends once you Family Secrets enter massed combat and the book s poorer for not recognizing that I feel like this is a case where we get some Wolves Among Sheep excellent storytelling put into a situation where it can t be deployed The Teutoburg Forest was just no place for small unit warfare A small band breaking out and fleeing the battle on the other handAnd on a closely related note the downside of telling a story in the first person is that there are certain things you can only keep from the reader by keeping them from the character as well Facts that he could not possibly have not known important relationships he couldn t have forgotten and a whole bunch of thoughts that are in retrospect pretty silly Which is another way of saying that the selective amnesia he suffers from is just too convenient to believe When we got to the big reveal and it becomes apparent that he should have anticipated Writing Fight Scenes everything that happened but forgot to well frankly I rolled my Włosy Mamy emotional senseI don t know how other readers will feel but to me this wasn t just inauthentic it felt inauthentic As if it was written as an Afghan War memoir and then had only the character names and locations changed And that really ruined it for me He s right to say that all professional soldiers act in similar ways but that doesn t mean they fight the same Imagine if he d stretched out a bit and showed a massed unit attacked repeatedly by skirmishers Pinpricks here and there hit and run attacks and the army lacks the cavalry to drive them off He could still have kept his low level suad focus The Caring for Victor enemy retreats small suads break discipline to pursue them and get annihilated The Un matrimonio americano (AdN) (Adn Alianza De Novelas) enemy gets in between the cracks and it s down to the suad level as the army disintegrates Or just show us the Romans attacked in column unable to form up in files and have Omkara everything reduced to the suad level That s pretty close to the way it was and its too bad it AMSG ended this way because the first half was one of the most Who Killed Hazel Drew? exciting and original accounts I ve A Whole New League (Briarwood High Book 2) ever read It felt utterly authentic in a way the second half just didn t And it felt personal and fascinating as well I am despite it all looking forwards to his seuel As I intimated it makes perfect sense for a suad fleeing pellmell to act like modern soldiers But the massacre itself was a poor choice of focusI m still hoping to find a good Teutoburg Forest book Maybe Kane s bookwill do the trick He really gets Roman warfarePlot 6 Great initially but loses believability over timeCharacters 8 Distinct and interestingAccuracy 6 Details are often right but tactics are all modern


10 thoughts on “Blood Forest

  1. says:

    Prior to reading this book I knew nothing about the battle of Teutoburg Forest view spoiler A deceitfulmasterful w

  2. says:

    Powerful intense novel on Teutoberg Forest Massacre 9 AD as told from a legionary's viewpoint rather than the officers' They are only tangential to the story except for Arminius who drives the action and to a lesser extent Prefect Caeonius whose actions bear on the protagonist Felix several times and whose final decision concerns the whole army Although the Teutoberg incident has been recounted several times in novel form recent

  3. says:

    The trickiest reviews to write are the ones about books I have read that are already on the back foot for being a setting I am not interested in It makes it hard because I have to work out why I am not really getting into t

  4. says:

    Until I saw it in action I didn’t realize just how rare and special the first person tense has been in military fiction

  5. says:

    Most of this novel takes place among a contubernium of eight men of the Seventeenth Legion deployed across the Rhine in not uite pacified Germania It all begins when a scrawny naked man covered in blood is disco

  6. says:

    I so enjoyed Blood Forest? I'm not sure if that's the right word I admired the writing found the story brutal gritty moving and surprising despite the commonly known history I literally felt by the end as if I w

  7. says:

    This novel by this new author Geraint Jones is for me an absolute stunning debut bookAs a debut this novel has been a revelation for me in a very positive way and I hope that this author can remain this high level of writing for the immediate future and beyondThe book contains a well drawn map of the Roman Empire in c AD 9 and a superb documented structure of the Imperial Roman LegionStorytelling is of a very superb uality and t

  8. says:

    A debut novel set in the Roman Empire and fictionalises the battle between the Romans and the Germans It sounds epic It sounds amazing and it sounds bloody It was definitely bloody  It is AD 9 In Northern Europe

  9. says:

    Original Review HereAnything set in the Roman era instantly grabs my interest I was looking forward to reading B

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    Initially I thought this was a superb read; gritty and realistic At the centre is a mystery who is our hero what is his se

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