The Antagonists (2020)

The Antagonists An exuberant historical tale which returns to the days of heroes larger than life silhouetted against the desert sky above the rock of Masada Eleazar ben Yair General Flavius Silva the antagonists in
  • Title: The Antagonists
  • Author: Ernest K. Gann
  • ISBN: 9780451078995
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • An exuberant historical tale which returns to the days of heroes larger than life silhouetted against the desert sky above the rock of Masada Eleazar ben Yair General Flavius Silva, the antagonists in that brief conflict when the Romans were pursuing the last remnants of resisting Jews, shared the common nobility of men who face impossible odds Eleazar confronted tAn exuberant historical tale which returns to the days of heroes larger than life silhouetted against the desert sky above the rock of Masada Eleazar ben Yair General Flavius Silva, the antagonists in that brief conflict when the Romans were pursuing the last remnants of resisting Jews, shared the common nobility of men who face impossible odds Eleazar confronted the overwhelmingly superior military force of Rome Silva, a sensitive, intelligent man, faced the subtler threat of spiritual physical impotence Then there is Sheva, a Jewish beauty determined to save her people Jael fashion the influential Roman Falco with his two pretty boys noble Masadians grousing Romans It all ends with a Roman desert victory entailing their psychic defeat Within its traditional frame, some convincing commotion the publisher anticipates a strong commercial success Kirkus
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    1. 3.5 5 I was excited to find this novel after having seen on Netflix the old Peter O Toole Masada television drama 1981 which I had missed when shown on television originally Both the original novel and its adaptation covered the siege of Masada and its shattering climax through the eyes of both the Roman and Jewish commanders, the titular antagonists After a long introduction to the setting and characters, the story moves quickly and inexorably to the siege from both Roman and Jewish sides and i [...]

    2. Originally released as The Antagonists, Ernest K Gann s fictional account of the battle for Masada He creates an antagonist and protagonist who become of the same person as the story progresses Gann s speculation that General Lucius Flavius Silva s fall from grace was fueled by his sympathy for the Sicarii is intriguing Silva s name and likeness were stricken from Roman history during the Damnatio memoriae or condemnation of memory Gann s follow up to Masada is The Triumph which brings General [...]

    3. I did NOT like this book at first The author seemed heavy handed while establishing characters but then the plot took off and it got better However I think most of what I liked was the story which really wasn t the author s doing the story was written 2000 years ago as opposed to the writing A better author could have written a much better book, but this one was okay My problem with historical fiction is I always want to know where the research ends and the fiction begins Maybe I ll read somethi [...]

    4. Masada is an older book from 1980 I remember it as the mini series with Peter O Toole when I was a kid I didn t watch it because it seemed scary and serious In other words, too adult I didn t know it was also a novel until I happened to look for it a couple of years ago.Masada is a historical novel that is about the Roman siege of Masada, an isolated fortress in the middle of the desert in 73 AD It was the site of the last stand of 900 Jews who, after the fall of Jerusalem, resisted the Romans f [...]

    5. I read this up at the Michigan cottage during the fall when one had to heat the living room with the wood burning stove I believe it may have been left up there by Dad s former wife, Lin In any case, it is a fair reconstruction of the taking of the final Jewish stronghold during what they came to call the first Roman War the one Josephus reported and participated in, albeit in Galilee The characterizations are a bit too modern perhaps, but the material facts are held to well enough The sympathie [...]

    6. Excellent and well written, this historical piece of fiction captures one of the momentous events that took place during rebellion in Judea during the reign of the emperor Vespasian, and how a people valiantly refused capitulation to their Roman conquerors.

    7. Several years ago we had the chance to visit Israel and of course one of our tours was to Masada Walking among the ruins it is hard to imagine what they must have felt while the Romans were building that ramp.

    8. About human courage stupidity stubbornness never giving in to principles Very good, dramatic, fantastic ending.

    9. An intriguing tale of two men and a woman And history The characters are well developed and ending is stunning, even though you know it s coming.

    10. Truly a riveting book I enjoy books that explore first century Rome and Israel This book has both with an epic clash.

    11. Wow Having no knowledge of the history of Masada, I was taken away Reading, I could feel the heat and smell the dust of that great desert and, let me tell you, I was not expecting what became of the Jews Such a great book, this one is

    12. Ernest K Gann s fictional account of the battle for Masada He creates an antagonist and protagonist who become of the same person as the story progresses Gann s speculation that General Lucius Flavius Silva s fall from grace was fueled by his sympathy for the Sicarii is intriguing Silva s name and likeness were stricken from Roman history during the Damnatio memoriae or condemnation of memory Gann s follow up to Masada is The Triumph which brings General Silva back to Rome as a hero but he turn [...]

    13. About half way through this book I set it aside because I became so engrossed with China Mi ville s The Scar Couldn t put it down I finally finished picked up Masada again couldn t deal with its talk, talk, talkiness after Mi ville s flowing epic Two a half stars on the first half I managed to finish.

    14. The book started a little slow, but then got better as the plot progressed However, this book has one of the best endings I have ever read I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good war story and an even better character drama.

    15. This book was extremely short for me, only 275 pages, but it took me FOREVER to get through it I have great interest in the subject matter but the way this one was written it did not evoke a rush to read It was just too matter of fact and boring.

    16. Sooo my mom gave me a stack of books she read before she went to Jerusalem, and this was one of them Tragic story of which I knew nothing about It was interesting but so sad and disturbing at times all in the name of religion or politics.

    17. Rarely do I like a movie or miniseries than the book it s based on, but this is the exception It is a good story, but not particularly well written My favourite part was when it was written from the point of view of Falco, a patrician fop and Silva s nemesis.

    18. Este es uno de esos tristes casos en que la pel cula o la miniserie, en este caso es mejor que el libro Me pareci una novela con un tremendo argumento, pero muy mal escrita.

    19. A novel based on the story of Masada Like the actual tale, it s pretty powerful, with a great deal of pathos 3 and a half stars.

    20. I actually thought the TV mini series was much better than this, Gann s novel I harbored a lot of dissatisfaction with this book.

    21. Much as I liked this book, I have to say the mini series was far superior Of course it starred Peter O Toole the book s general lacks his fire and passion.

    22. Gann takes the bare bones of the Masada story as told by Josephus and fashions a gripping, believable narrative This is refreshingly a secular novel, not faith fiction.

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