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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Caesar, Cicero & Cleopatra is a great historical novel. I like reading about ancient Rome and comparing it with America. I also like reading interesting books about exceptional people. Caesar certainly qualifies as exceptional and Arthur J. Paone brings Caesar and his contemporaries to life in this novel. We get an inside look at the thinking of the great man, based on real historical research. Make no doubt about it, Caesar, Cicero & Cleopatra is about Caesar. However, we get a glimpse into the lives of Cleopatra, Cicero, and other people of that era, mostly through Caesar's eyes. Arthur J. Paone has done his research and his perceptions of iconic characters like Pompey, Cleopatra, Cicero, and others who have come down to us through history books rings true yet fresh.
Arthur J. Paone seems a natural at writing about the Romans and I hope he writes other books about Rome. I found the characters in Caesar, Cicero & Cleopatra to be realistically portrayed without all the overly dramatic passages that you usually find in books of this genre. I like Arthur J. Paone's style and I hope to see it again as he teaches us and entertains us about the life and people of ancient Rome or any other era he is knowledgeable about. Mr. Paone has that rare gift of being able to make history come alive for the reader and in Caesar, Cicero & Cleopatra he brings the ancient world to us and lets us visit it for a while.