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The Gladiator

(2012)
(The first book in the Spartacus series)
A novel by

 
 
Long the stuff of legends, Spartacus is known to most modern readers through the classic Kubrick film version of Howard Fast's novel. Now bestselling historical novelist Ben Kane returns to the source material and presents a lively and compelling new vision of the man who was Spartacus - Roman army auxillary, slave, gladiator and ultimately the leader of an army of slaves who nearly brought Rome to its knees. Ben Kane's brilliant novel begins in the Thracian village to which Spartacus has returned after escaping from life as an auxiliary in the R oman army. Jealous of his attachment to Ariadne, a Dionysian priestess, the Thracian king betrays Spartacus to the Romans who take him, along with Ariadne, into captivity and to the school of gladiators at Capua. Against the background of the unbelievable brutality of gladiatorial life, Spartacus and Crixus the Gaul plan the audacious overthrow of their Roman masters. They escape and flee to Vesuvius, where they recruit and train an army of escaped slaves that will have to face the conquerors of the known world, the most successful deadly army in all of history in a battle that will set in motion the legend that is Spartacus.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Gritty, passionate and violent, this thrilling book is a real page-turner and a damn good read. It brings Spartacus - and ancient Rome - to vivid, colorful life." - Steven Pressfield


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Used availability for Ben Kane's The Gladiator

Hardback Editions

November 2012 : UK Hardback

Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator
Author(s): Ben Kane
ISBN: 1-4713-0887-1 / 978-1-4713-0887-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor
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June 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator (Spartacus Chronicles)
Author(s): Ben Kane
ISBN: 1-250-00116-1 / 978-1-250-00116-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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January 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: (Spartacus 1)
Author(s): Ben Kane
ISBN: 1-84809-340-3 / 978-1-84809-340-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Preface Publishing
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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator
Author(s): Ben Kane
ISBN: 1-4713-0888-X / 978-1-4713-0888-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paragon
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February 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: A Novel (Spartacus Chronicles)
Author(s): Ben Kane
ISBN: 1-250-02156-1 / 978-1-250-02156-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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June 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: (Spartacus 1)
Author(s): Ben Kane
ISBN: 0-09-956192-1 / 978-0-09-956192-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: (Spartacus 1)
Author(s): Ben Kane
ISBN: 1-84809-341-1 / 978-1-84809-341-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Preface Publishing
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Audio Editions

January 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: Spartacus 1
Author(s): Ben Kane
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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January 2012 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: Spartacus 1
Author(s): Ben Kane
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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January 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: Spartacus 1
Author(s): Ben Kane
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: Spartacus 1
Author(s): Ben Kane
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: A Novel
Author(s): Ben Kane
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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January 2012 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Spartacus: The Gladiator: (Spartacus 1)
Author(s): Ben Kane
Publisher: Preface Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU