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  1. SubscriberPonderable
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    So here we go:

    There might be some spoilers, even though I intend not to give away too much..

    The book is about Severus, no mistake here. It is a biography in form of a novel. The viewpoint chnages sometimes, but not consequently. So normally we follow Severus and learn about his inner dialogue.

    The story as such has a lot of dramatic elements, as is to be expected when we learn about a man who made his career soldiering. At some points the action seem to be a bit anachronistic, but there is the artistic license.

    The only figure which has been modelled and shows good development is the hero himself, which is quite natuaral, him being the hero of his own life.
    He has his breaks and turns, but all in all he feels and thinks that most of his deeds are consequent, even if the old Severus wouldn't approve of waht the yung did and the young Severus would have had a lot to critizise on the old man...
    The Roman court and the intrigues are well captured. The reader does get the feeling that it is difficult to navigate and even to survive there.

    All in all the reading was enjoyable.
  2. SubscriberBenjamin Barker
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    @Ponderable
    Thank you so much for your support and kind comments. Watch this space for "Caracalla: Son of Severus" coming soon!
  3. SubscriberBenjamin Barker
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    The audiobook version is in production now and should be launched just before Xmas.
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    @wolfe63 said
    You, kind Sir, are a true historian.
    I sincerely look forward to learning more.
    It's refreshing to have an authentic scholar in our midst.
    (Wolfe63 ignorantly flattered Benjamin Barker.)

    Here's the Amazon's author's page for 'Benjamin Barker' = Steve Exeter,
    the author of _Severus: Black Caesar_.

    https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Exeter/e/B07W769X87/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

    Here's Steve Exeter's apparent self-description:
    "Steve Exeter was born on May 30, 1971 in Pangbourne, Berkshire, England.
    He is a *film producer and writer*, known for Severus: The Black Caesar, Debussy's Slippers and Full Bodied.
    He has been married to Jennie since January 3, 2007. They have one child."

    Note that there's no mention of Steve Exeter's background (fantasized by Wolfe63)
    as an academic historian or scholar.

    The 'history troll' Wolfe63 shows that he's idiotic enough to confuse a writer of
    HISTORICAL FICTION (which Steve Exeter is) with being a 'true historian' or 'authentic scholar'.
    Of course, if Steve Exeter would recite some jingoistic US propaganda cherished
    by Wolfe63, that would 'prove' his stature as an exceptional 'scholarly historian'.

    By the way, I have met a bestselling author of historical romance novels.
    While she has read considerably about the social history of her favourite historical period
    for her novels, she (rightly) does not regard herself as a 'historian' or 'scholar' of any kind.

    Note that Steve Exeter himself has NOT made the claims that Wolfe63 has made for him.

    https://www.fullbodiedmovie.com/author/steveprogexus-com/

    Here's a webpage by Steve Exeter promoting his films.
    Note that it does not promote his (imaginary) scholarly historical books or articles.
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    @duchess64 said
    (Wolfe63 ignorantly flattered Benjamin Barker.)

    Here's the Amazon's author's page for 'Benjamin Barker' = Steve Exeter,
    the author of _Severus: Black Caesar_.

    https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Exeter/e/B07W769X87/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

    Here's Steve Exeter's apparent self-description:
    "Steve Exeter was born on May 30, 1971 in Pangbourne, Berkshire, England.
    He is ...[text shortened]... ng his films.
    Note that it does not promote his (imaginary) scholarly historical books or articles.
    Jealous?

    By the way, posting all of Steve's personal information here was not essential to the point you were trying to make. You've done this sort of thing before. It's uncalled for.

    Why do you feel so empowered? Because of your anonymity?
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    @wolfe63 said
    Jealous?

    By the way, posting all of Steve's personal information here was not essential to the point you were trying to make. You've done this sort of thing before. It's uncalled for.

    Why do you feel so empowered? Because of your anonymity?
    The troll Wolfe63 absurdly acts as if I somehow did an inappropriate investigation of Steve Exeter's private life.
    Of course, the 'history troll' Wolfe63 refuses to concede that he was wrong.

    In fact, 'Benjamin Barker', Steve Exeter, created this thread for the sole purpose
    of 'plugging' (his term) his book, citing links to Amazon about it.
    It's certainly fair to refer to what Amazon's author's page says about the author.

    No one has compelled Steve Exeter to create webpages (with personal details) promoting himself.

    Does it violate RHP's Terms of Service to create threads only for commercial promotions?
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    @wolfe63 said
    By the way, posting all of Steve's personal information here was not essential to the point you were trying to make. You've done this sort of thing before. It's uncalled for.
    What's more, it's against the law. Not the site conditions; the actual law. Yes, doxxing someone is both disgustingly right-wing virgin-boy 4channy and a real crime. If "Steve" or "Benjamin" or whoever he really is would think Duchess64whateveritis worth the trouble of filing a lawsuit, Duchess64whateveritis would get itself its guts and a gaping hole in its retirement fund handed on a platter.

    Frankly, I hope he will. This is beyond sub-human of you, Duchess64.
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    @shallow-blue said
    What's more, it's against the law. Not the site conditions; the actual law. Yes, doxxing someone is both disgustingly right-wing virgin-boy 4channy and a real crime. If "Steve" or "Benjamin" or whoever he really is would think Duchess64whateveritis worth the trouble of filing a lawsuit, Duchess64whateveritis would get itself its guts and a gaping hole in its retir ...[text shortened]... nt fund handed on a platter.

    Frankly, I hope he will. This is beyond sub-human of you, Duchess64.
    The hateful lying troll Shallow Blue makes an absurd accusation.

    Steve Exeter chooses to promote himself and his books or films through his own
    website or webpages in addition to an Amazon's author's page.
    All I did that was QUOTE or refer to PUBLIC information that Steve Exeter has VOLUNTEERED about himself.

    If I quoted a press release by a celebrity seeking publicity, the idiotic troll Shallow Blue
    presumably would accuse me of illegally violating that person's privacy.
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    @duchess64 said
    If I quoted a press release by a celebrity seeking publicity, the idiotic troll Shallow Blue
    presumably would accuse me of illegally violating that person's privacy.
    Did Steve send you a press release?
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    @duchess64 said
    The hateful lying troll Shallow Blue makes an absurd accusation.
    As an actual criminal as of this thread, it would behove you not to throw around such adjectives,

    Russ: criminals are prowling your forums. Clean them up, already.
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    @Shallow-Blue
    Did you not see the part where D64 sited data published on his own website?
    Doesn't sound like anything criminal to me. I would like a real critique of the main thesis, was this dude Sev like he says?
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    @sonhouse said
    @Shallow-Blue
    Did you not see the part where D64 sited data published on his own website?
    Doesn't sound like anything criminal to me. I would like a real critique of the main thesis, was this dude Sev like he says?
    (Sonhouse replied to ShallowBlue.)
    The hateful troll ShallowBlue has a long record of lying to make absurd attacks upon me.

    Steve Exeter writes historical fiction (novel), not scholarly history.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Septimius_Severus

    "Septimius Severus (/səˈvɪərəs/ sə-VEER-əs;[4] Latin: Lucius Septimius Severus Augustus;[a]
    11 April 145 – 4 February 211), also known as Severus, was Roman emperor from 193 to 211."

    "He had Italian Roman ancestry on his mother's side, and descended from Libyan ancestry on his father's side."

    'Libyan ancestry' could mean many things, but it's politically fashionable to claim black
    ancestry even when there's no definite evidence of recent sub-Saharan African ancestry.
    'Black Caesar' seems more sensationalistic (better for marketing) than 'Libyan Caesar'.
    (Was Muammar Gaddafi 'black'? )
  13. SubscriberBenjamin Barker
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    @Duchess64

    Wow! This seems a lot of heated words over not a lot - Ponderable is German and therefore writing in a second language - when he called me a "historical scholar" I think he meant it in the very loosest sense of the word!

    I've not claimed my book to be a historical text, it's a work of fiction that very closely follows the historical facts in every aspect except the ongoing speculations surrounding Severus (all well documented online).

    https://100greatblackbritons.com/bios/septimus_severus.html

    For even more info you can follow me on https://twitter.com/exeter_steve
  14. SubscriberBenjamin Barker
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    @duchess64 said
    (Wolfe63 ignorantly flattered Benjamin Barker.)
    To be honest I am not flattered to be referred to as a historic scholar - I would be more chuffed if people complimented the book for being a page turner and an exciting read than a dry historic text. I don't play fast and loose with the facts but I do use artistic license to make it more dramatic and of interest to an modern audience who would enjoy the likes of "Game of Thrones".
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    @benjamin-barker said
    @Duchess64

    Wow! This seems a lot of heated words over not a lot - Ponderable is German and therefore writing in a second language - when he called me a "historical scholar" I think he meant it in the very loosest sense of the word!

    I've not claimed my book to be a historical text, it's a work of fiction that very closely follows the historical facts in every asp ...[text shortened]... os/septimus_severus.html

    For even more info you can follow me on https://twitter.com/exeter_steve
    Benjamin-Barker has severely misunderstood what I wrote.

    "You, kind Sir, are a true historian. I sincerely look forward to learning more.
    It's refreshing to have an authentic scholar in our midst>"
    --Wolfe63

    I criticized Wolfe63, an arrogant American 'history troll' (with a jingoistic view of US history),
    who has a long record of hurling insults and lies to attack me.
    I have nothing in particular against Ponderable.

    By the way, my native language is not English and much more different than German is from English.
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