The Sword of Attila: A Novel of the Last Years of Rome

For centuries, Rome had ruled from Africa to the wilds of Britain Now, from across a broad plain of waving grass, a new enemy had poured out of the East to be led by a man whose goal was not just victory in battle, but the end of an empireIn his novels of ancient warfare, Michael Curtis Ford captures the roar, clamor and horror of battle as well as the intimate momentFor centuries, Rome had ruled from Africa to the wilds of Britain Now, from across a broad plain of waving grass, a new enemy had poured out of the East to be led by a man whose goal was not just victory in battle, but the end of an empireIn his novels of ancient warfare, Michael Curtis Ford captures the roar, clamor and horror of battle as well as the intimate moments of human choice upon which history turns In his extraordinary new work, he brings to life the buckling Roman empire in 400 A.D a jagged, sprawling realm of foreign fighters, unstable rulers, and battle lines stretched too far At this pivotal moment, General Flavius Aetius is forced into a battle he does not want but cannot afford to lose Once Flavius lived among the wild Huns, rode their stout warhorses and became like a son to their king Now, he faces a man who once saved his life, a man he fears, loves and admires a man named Attila the most dangerous enemy Rome has ever known.
The Sword of Attila A Novel of the Last Years of Rome For centuries Rome had ruled from Africa to the wilds of Britain Now from across a broad plain of waving grass a new enemy had poured out of the East to be led by a man whose goal was not just vict

  • Title: The Sword of Attila: A Novel of the Last Years of Rome
  • Author: Michael Curtis Ford
  • ISBN: 9780312939151
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Sword of Attila: A Novel of the Last Years of Rome”

    1. Even though the author admitted he didn't use correct informations at all times, on a few points using superstitions or non-verrified facts, I loved every second of this book. I usually want my historical fiction to be accurate because most of the history I know comes from books and if I get mislead about an information I don't feel too good. But I do appreciate good writing, and I think Michael Curtis Ford is a good writer. The book is at its core the story of two men and the battle bewteen the [...]

    2. No one I have read is as good a teller of war stories than Michael Curtis Ford. However, everything else he writes seems just kind of there. I mean there is little romance in his novels and in general interpersonal relationships are pretty boring. However, in terms of war history, making battles and conflicts come alive, etc he is second to none.

    3. Decent book about the near-end of the Roman empire. I liked the parts set in the Hunnish community, but the battle scenes were really long

    4. HistóriaEm 450 DC, o Império Romano do Ocidente estava a perder, de uma forma gradual, o poderio militar assim como o controlo das suas províncias, entre as quais a Gália, a Bretanha, a Lusitânia, entre outras.De Oeste uma nova e poderosa força, alicerçada em alianças de povos que odiavam os romanos, os Hunos, liderados por Atila, avançam sobre Roma com um exército de 1 milhão de homens, algo nunca visto em toda a Europa.A liderar o exército romano estava o general Flávio Aécio que [...]

    5. The book is entertaining to read but I think it should have been named after Flavius Aetius as it focuses on him rather than Attila. I admire the effort of the author who does his best trying to remain loyal to the actual history. Depiction of the Hun riders and their fighting techniques are awesome. The narration makes the reader feel like watching a movie, especially during the passages of war. However, I may say that I am disappointed with the description of Attila and the way he is compared [...]

    6. Although the book was entertaining, I found it nowhere near as engaging or well-written as his first novel, 'The Ten Thousand.' Now, I'm not sure if that is because I read the earlier novel when it was first published, and his writing-style is much better suited to people around the age of 14 or 15. As Mr. Ford admits, he left out much of the information from both Atilla's and Aetus' lives in order to make the story shorter and more readable. Personally, I felt that I missed out on a lot of impo [...]

    7. Excellent novel of Attila the Hun and Aetius, the General of Rome who faced him down in a battle of epic proportions; one that many historians believe was a turning point for all of Western Europe. What makes this "story" fascinating is that Attila was a political hostage of Rome and Aetius, his Hunnish counterpart, so they were both more than familiar with the cultures they eventually fought against. Per this book (I am not well-versed with this chapter of history and this is the first book I h [...]

    8. The second novel I've read of MCF's ancient historical fiction epics and I can safely say he is a brilliant descriptive author. His ability to cause the reader to visualize the environment is his greatest strength, which also happens to be a major weakness. The lack of brevity in developing the setting distracts from the overall very strong storytelling. Another flaw is the campy dialogue that does not match the quality of descriptive prose. It's like watching Ben Hur with the cast and script of [...]

    9. Rated 0 stars“2nd book of MC Ford The story of Attila the Hun. Thanks to him Rome was diminished in 50 years of his conquest. It's one of the bloodiest fights Romans ever had to the extent that Europe was without able bodied men for over 4 decades. Everybody knows of Attila and his conquest to annihilate Rome, the man that stood between him and his victory was Atieus - Genral of Rome, not much has ever been spoken about him ever. He was Attila's friend and grew up among the Hun's and knew thei [...]

    10. This book was superb, from historical descriptions to characters and army battles. The way that battles are depicted, in this novel and the next volume that continues the story, is breathtaking and seems very real. Another aspect that I liked is the description of the way of life of huns and romans and the differences between the two very different cultures. And what is even most interesting is the clash between this two cultures and between the two leaders who were friends, raised and educated [...]

    11. Lexile: 1110Historical Event/Time Period: The Roman Empire around 500 A.D.Liked: The book was very engaging and exciting and showed interesting facts about two very different cultures.Disliked: At points the book was repetitive but for the most part it was really interesting.Summary: This book goes into the lives of two teenage boys, but these boys aren 19t regular teenage boys. These two boys are the sons of the Hunnish king and a great Roman general. The boys are traded to the other empire to [...]

    12. This retelling of the legend of Attila the Hun lacked primarily in the fact that too much time was spent following Flavius Aetius, the Roman who stopped the great warrior from conquering Rome. Fine I guess given that the book is told from his point of view, but if you are looking for more about Attila then this isn't the book for you. What was extremely well done, and Ford rarely does poorly with this, is the background. The detail he pours into every paragraph to help put the reader into the st [...]

    13. I really liked this book. It started with a scene near the end, then digressed to many years before, keeping me interested, wanting to get to the resolution of the first chapter. It kept my interest throughout; I did not want to put it down at times. Author constructed this historical fiction very nicely. Maybe a little disappointing was the final ending, but I guess that is how history happened.

    14. Another enjoyable read by the author. Follows the story loosely of Aetius and Attila. The author couldn't do a serious in depth book, but did a fair job overall, and then focuses on the Battle of Campi Catalaunici (Chalons). Other then the obvious need to skip over some of Attila's history and the impressive things he did, there were a few jumps that kind of left one wondering how it went from one view and action to the next.

    15. What did I think? First, eager to finish it, then desperate to finish it it was so much of a Hollywood movie script and so less of a historical novelwhat saved it was the author's last note where he acknowledged that lots of things shouldn't be regarded necessarily as historical facts. The thing that troubled me the most was the psychology of characters 20th century-like.

    16. You know, I'd really like to say I only casually enjoyed this book. I already read a book similar to it, so I didn't expect any surprises. But as I got into the thick of it, I became immersed in Aetius and Attilas' world. It was much better than I thought it would be. So I gave it a 4, because the story telling was masterful and it truly did impress me.

    17. Fascinating story and fascinating true events, but lost a little something in the telling. Some of the side plots, while interesting in their own right, didn't add to the main narrative. The main plot line itself was somewhat jumpy and those events didn't often flow together well. Still, I enjoyed the book.

    18. Yet another threat to Rome. Attila's goal was to end the roman empire. He went straight to the heart. General Flavius Aetius is called to face the horde. Attila was his childhood friend. Battles and drama ensue.

    19. Great story of friendship and conflict between the Huns and the Romans. Exciting and moving and well told.

    20. The book was really more about Flavius Aetius, the last of the Romans, and the slow collapse of the Western Roman Empire. A 4.5 rating, well worth the read.

    21. A decent novel that never quite hits the levels of great, much less good. Still, interesting to read about a conflict of which I had no previous knowledge.

    22. I feel like this book should have been titled "The Last Great Roman: Flavius Aetius." This is a superb book!

    23. Being that I love history I thought most of the facts in the book were accurate. I also liked how the author went in depth of the lifestyle of the Huns

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