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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Antonius: Second in Command is a work of fiction in the historical and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Brook Allen. Written for adult audiences, the novel does contain some use of explicit language, scenes of a sexual nature, and some graphic violence that accurately reflects the brutality of the historical time. As the title suggests, the story follows Marcus Antonius, now positioned as a faithful second to the Roman leader Julius Caesar. But this lofty position comes with many costs, and Antonius learns of both political dangers and bloody battles. This novel forms the second book in the Antonius Trilogy.
Author Brook Allen has crafted a truly excellent work of historical fiction which takes the real history of the rise and fall of Caesar and brings it into full sensory life for us to experience and get immersed in. I enjoyed Marcus Antonius as the central focus, and the narration gives us a strong insight into the mind of this unique character, so that we may understand his ambitions and the decisions which he makes along the way. I felt that the book was appropriately adult though not overdone in its explicit moments, giving readers the realistic feel of a more brutal life, but also balancing this well with the political, social, and other calmer elements of the tale. The plot manages to deliver some surprises, even for those who know the history well, and overall I would certainly recommend Antonius: Second in Command to fans of Roman historical fiction and fact.