The Parthian by Peter Darman Online

The Parthian
Title : The Parthian
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Language : English
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Number of Pages : 529

When Rome transgresses upon his father's domain that lays between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Pacorus, a prince of the Parthian Empire, is sent to exact revenge. After a string of victories Pacorus and his men are captured in Cappadocia, clapped in chains and sent to Italy to live out the rest of their days as slaves. But fate intervenes and Pacorus and his companionsWhen Rome transgresses upon his father's domain that lays between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Pacorus, a prince of the Parthian Empire, is sent to exact revenge. After a string of victories Pacorus and his men are captured in Cappadocia, clapped in chains and sent to Italy to live out the rest of their days as slaves. But fate intervenes and Pacorus and his companions are saved from a living hell by a renegade gladiator named Spartacus. In gratitude, Pacorus agrees to help Spartacus build his army as Rome musters its legions to crush the slave uprising. And so begins an epic adventure of glory and savagery played out across the length and breadth of Italy, as Spartacus defeats the armies of Rome and Pacorus leads his horsemen to victory after victory. But will Pacorous and the slave army escape from Italy, and will he win the love of the fierce and proud Gallia before the most powerful man in Rome, Marcus Licinius Crassus, takes the field against Spartacus? A map of the Parthian Empire at the time of Pacorus (the 1st Century BC) can be found on the maps page of my website: www.peterdarman.com "Darman has researched this novel extremely well, as one would expect with his military non-fiction background. This detail is meshed with great story telling which flows along with great gusto. Less for the fact that this book is about a Parthian rather than a Roman, I would describe it as a ‘Roman Sharpe’. Darman’s style is similar to and as good as Bernard Cornwell’s, one of my favourite authors." British Army Rumour Service review, June 2011


The Parthian Reviews

  • Chris Galford

    Let me preface this by saying I'm all for seeing more indie authors taking up the historical fiction mantle--I love the genre, but it remains one still largely in the realm of the traditional publishers. That said, I was quite excited when I happened upon Darman's work, particularly for the uniqueness of the setting. While Rome is certainly not unfamiliar to the genre, nor Spartacus (not now, anyway), few take us to the sandy domains of the Parthian Empire.What resulted, however, was a bit of a [...]

  • Frank Shumaker

    The people who rated this book poor must have had a different copy than me. Sure, there were about 100 or so proofing errors but this series was so good I read the 4 books in 4 days. Never have I read a David Gemmell-like historical fiction book about the Parthian empire and it's version of the wars with Rome. Maybe there is no history linking Parthia and Spartacus. But the whole point was to set up a reason for a hatred of Crassus. Pacorus and every major Parthian figure mentioned in the book i [...]

  • Tawseef Khan

    This book was a refreshing change from the plethora of Anglo-Roman heroes and novels that seem to be never-ending. I had been searching for many years to read something from the "other side", so to speak - a book that tells the story from the perspective of the enemies of Rome or Western civilisation. In that regard this has been completely worth my time. I enjoyed reading a story of somebody from the East who faces off against the might of Rome. You will not be disappointed if you are looking f [...]

  • Jerry Mercer

    Excellent StoryThe travails of the Parthian, as a young Prince, a slave, and a leader of horsemen is a great story. His association with Spartacus provides an historical connection. Well-written, with a good plot, good descriptions, and believable dialogue.

  • Ian Dempsey

    Loved it This is the first book I have read by peter Darman and I loved it More like this please !!!

  • Mark D

    Well - going in I wasn't sure what to expectI'm happy to announce I have found another series I put on par (maybe just below because Uhtred is one of my favorite characters ever) with the Saxon Chronicles.Told from 1st person, this book introduces us to Pacorus - a Prince who has been trained from a young age in the military art of war. At some points I was a little frustrated with how naive and "royal" he could be, but I guess growing up a Prince with most things handed to yous bound to leave i [...]

  • Joey Mestrow

    Okay, I'm a new to the whole historical fiction genre, but I have to say this was quite an original take on the Second Servile war, the very war Spartacus led against the Romans throughout Italy for nearly 3 years. Our protagonist, Prince Pacorous, is a bratty little shit from Parthia, an empire where Iraq is today. Well, long story short, Roman sends its legions led by Lucius Furius, a historical Roman General. Pacorous' cavalry loses the engagement, he's captured and subsequently sold into sla [...]

  • Steven Dentone

    Set in early Rome at the height of Roman empire's spread through out the world at that time. A Parthian Prince is captured and taken to Rome as a Slave. He is saved by Spartacus and his escaped slave army, where he becomes one of Spartacus' most trusted and capable leaders. There is plenty of action and the story is easy to follow. The author gives you an idea of what life was like for slaves at that time in Rome and the equipment, weapons, food, and clothing used at the time as well. I love his [...]

  • Robin Carter

    Have to say i was swayed into buying this based on the 2 existing reviews, and i really do read a hell of a lot of historical fiction, and review it too.I can only assume these other 2 have much lower standards? i a have read and given rave reviews from Scarrow to riches to cameron, but also to self published authors like Turney, i had hoped to add Darman to that list, but this book seems to have been written by akid sbmitting a GCSE essay quite apart from being riddled with errors its just real [...]

  • Billy Martin

    There were several issues with this book. For one thing, it was not proofread. There were plenty of simple grammatical errors and typos that could have easily of been avoided, like how some "the" words left out the beginning T and said "he" instead. It was full of simple mistakes like that which made reading it difficult.The story was told well, but there was a lot of unnecessary scenes that dragged the book on much longer than it needed to be. This book could have easily of had 200 pages shaved [...]

  • BDT

    A solid addition to historical fiction by taking on the oft-forgotten Parthian Empire. Darman creates a universe with potential, yet does not fully develop many of his characters. For those seeking a read with 'conflicted' characters that are capable of sympathy and derision (often simultaneously), this work probably isn't for you. Additionally, this work was rife with grammatical and formatting errors - although that could be my particular ebook version. Probably would have given a fourth star [...]

  • Brendan

    Not a bad first novel by Peter Darman; follows the historical story of Spartacus, told by his Parthian cavalry captain (Granted, there's no historical evidence that Spartacus's legions had horse cavalry). If you know Spartacus's story (I cheated a little bit and read up on it), nothing in the story really surprises you. However, Darman does bring the characters alive and in doing so, explains some of the rationale for the rebellion. All in all, not a bad book. I'll be reading the sequel.

  • Alex

    Yes an interesting take on the Spartacus lead slave rebellion. I enjoyed the read except for who ever did the proofreading and editing. So many errors (spelling etc) also the author repeated many things over and over, such as being the best with bows and the Parthian love of horses. The way he coddled Gallia, Ihated the foolish ending I may read Parthian Dawn or possibly a different Peter Darman books.

  • Ralph Halse

    Look out Bernard Cornwell & Simon Scarrow, Peter Darman is hard on your heels with his knockout Parthian series. Darman's exploration of the Roman culture through the eyes of historical enemies, slaves and a conqueror's perspective are dealt with by turning history into a damn fine, contextual read. I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy the Cornwell or Scarrow experience.

  • Ilona C. Harrigan

    Mixed Emotions/Quality ControlI thoroughly enjoyed the book again as I had read it many years ago. What I was very disappointed in was the quality of the proofing. I found numerous misspellings throughout and found that it took away my focus every time I came across one.

  • Edward Rosenfeld

    This would have been a really good read if it hadn't been such a miserable ebookll of typo's and gramatical errorsar unreadable. It behooves an author to see that his work survives the editors touch.

  • Liz

    This was so badly edited that I couldn't even get through it. I liked the historical detail and it seemed well researched. Too bad the publisher couldn't be bothered to pay an editor to do it properly.

  • Sam

    The novel didn't really engage me. The characters were shallow and unchanging and for God's sake, can we stop putting the "I want to marry for love" schtick in historical fiction novels already?

  • Margareth8537

    Another very good start to a series with an unexpected twist. You assume it will be set in the East, but it has another destination

  • Peter

    Awfull, boy's own adventure a third person account of "what he did on his summer holidays sacking Italy"

  • Jane

    Absolutely brilliant, can't recommend it highly enough.