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Onyx, 2000 - Fiction - 229 pages
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Once a great hero of the Roman Empire, General Maximus Meridas has led a lifetime of battle in loyal service to his emperor. But when the emperor's jealous heir, Commodus, murders his way to the throne, he forces Maximus into exile and savagely slaughters his family. Captured and sold into bondage by slave traders, Maximus is forced to learn a new type of warfare--as a gladiator.Fighting for his life and his honor, Maximus soon becomes one of the most feared gladiators in the empire. But when his enemy Commodus orders a great gladiator spectacle in Rome, Maximus' struggle for survival becomes a fight for revenge...revealing that one power stronger than that of the emperor is the will of the people.

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I loved this film so much I saw it three times in theaters and then naturally bought the DVD. I don't know exactly why I loved this film so much. I won't make a claim it's one of the great films of ... Read full review

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Gladiator a Hero Will Rise is one of the best stories and they made a movie of this story. The story was talking about the commander of the roman's army, he was brave and honest for his duty. Yousef ... Read full review

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William Nicholson is the author of the acclaimed Seeker and Jango, books one and two of the Noble Warriors trilogy; the Wind on Fire trilogy; as well as the screenplays for Gladiator and Shadowlands, both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. He lives with his wife and their three children in Sussex, England.

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