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Fight for freedom / Simon Scarrow.

By: Scarrow, Simon, 1962-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Scarrow, Simon. Gladiator: 1.; Scarrow, Simon. Gladiator: #1.; Scarrow, Simon. Gladiator: 01.Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Puffin, 2011Description: 329 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780141339740 (pbk.); 0141339748 (pbk.).Subject(s): Cato, Quintus Licinius (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Macro, Lucius Cornelius (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Young adult adventure stories | Soldiers -- Young adult fiction | Justice Young adult fiction | Rome Army Officers Young adult fiction | Gladiators Young adult fiction | Rome (Italy) -- Army -- Officers -- Fiction | Crete (Greece) -- History -- 67 B.C.-826 A.D -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Young adult fiction. | Teen fiction.DDC classification: Young Adult Subject: Rome, 61 BC. Recruited as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior. But Marcus cannot simply forget his past. His father lies murdered by soldiers and his mother has been kidnapped and forced into slavery. Marcus is determined to find his father’s old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free. Yet, unbeknown to him, Marcus is hiding a life-threatening secret. And if the Romans discover it, there will be no escape.
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This is your new home. Forget your past lives. All that remains is to learn how to fight and survive.

Rome, 61 BC

Recruited as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior.

But Marcus cannot simply forget his past. His father lies murdered by soldiers and his mother has been kidnapped and forced into slavery. Marcus is determined to find his father's old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free.

Yet, unbeknown to him, Marcus is hiding a life-threatening secret. And if the Romans discover it, there will be no escape...

Rome, 61 BC. Recruited as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior. But Marcus cannot simply forget his past. His father lies murdered by soldiers and his mother has been kidnapped and forced into slavery. Marcus is determined to find his father’s old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free. Yet, unbeknown to him, Marcus is hiding a life-threatening secret. And if the Romans discover it, there will be no escape.

Ages 13+

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Followed by: Street fighter.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This action-packed adventure set in ancient Greece and Rome follows the travails of 10-year-old Marcus Cornelius Primus, who manages to escape from the vengeful moneylender who has killed the man he always considered his father and kidnapped his mother. Determined to seek justice from his centurion stepfather's former commander, General Pompey, Marcus flees toward Rome, only to be sold into slavery and imprisoned in a gladiator training school. As his sense of social justice is awakened by the barbaric treatment meted out to him and the other students, Marcus learns more about Spartacus, the leader of the great slave rebellion so viciously put down by Pompey and other Roman leaders a decade earlier. When it comes time to put his training to the test in a climactic fight, he earns himself a position in Caesar's household by virtue of his great courage and skill-traits that it turns out he has inherited from his biological father, Spartacus. This heavily foreshadowed reveal, coming as it does in the final pages of the book, sets the stage for a sequel. The well-paced plot does not skimp on gore and savagery. Nor does Scarrow shy away from depicting the horrors of slavery, as Marcus's sense of personal unfairness begins to expand into a larger understanding of the injustices on which his society is founded. Mature readers who can handle the violence and bloodshed will also absorb well-integrated factual information about topics such as the different kinds of gladiators and the rivalry between Athens and Sparta.-Kate Hewitt, Far Brook School, Short Hills, NJ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

In this opener to the Gladiator series, the (supposed) son of a retired Roman centurion is kidnapped and sold to a lanista (trainer). Dedicated to Rosemary Sutcliff and written in a similar style (though with explicit descriptions of brutal fights and occasional trips to the latrine added), the tale opens with the slaughter of Spartacus' army, then cuts to an attack 10 years later that leaves Marcus' father dead, his mother a slave, and he himself forcibly transported to a school for gladiators. Determined to free himself and rescue his mother, Marcus survives a harsh training regimen and acquits himself so well in his first fight that he is sold away to be a bodyguard for Julius Caesar's daughter. He also learns something about his true background that leaves him with a wider perspective on the evils of slavery. Scarrow doesn't try as hard as he might for period flavor ( I'll be sure to pass on the customer feedback, says one character), but generous doses of violence will appeal to video game-hardened readers, and Marcus proves to be a courageous and resourceful fighter. Stay tuned.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist

Horn Book Review

After Marcus, son of a Roman centurion, witnesses his father's death, he and his mother are sold into slavery. Marcus is sold to a trainer of gladiators and learns to fight, but he never loses sight of his goal to avenge his father's death. Marcus must come of age quickly as he follows the traditional hero's path of righting a world turned upside down. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.