The period of the Roman Empire was found to have many new inventions come to the world. The Romans were master architects and used much of their knowledge to make their empire greater. Their empire only grew through a well-disciplined army that was conscripted when Roman needed them it was an army for peace, and an army for war.
The eventual outcome of all the battles fought is that good men died. Men that were someone’s brother, uncle, best friend and many cases some young boy’s father. This will take us to the main character of authors Marshall Best’s book, Guiamo (The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo).
The book starts with just what can happen to a young man that is orphaned by the death of his father, while at war. The unfortunate death of his mother and other family from a disease sets him to live with his uncle. A man who cares a bit more about his drink, and his wife who has no real love for the young Guiamo. So it should come as no shock he is left at the side of the road after awakening from a short nap on the back of a car. The young boy only questions what has happened to him and in a show of great will walks up to a fisherman and asks for a job. This simple request will start a live for the young boy that will lead him on many new discoveries.
This brief opening should show a potential reader of the type of character you are about to read about. The book is a taste of life of what Guiamo goes through to earn his right to be a man of Rome. A man that by the appropriate age will have created some great inventions and used a love of learning to make a nice amount of money for himself, and others. His inventions may turn up helping the fisherman and those he calls friends. He will also learn some basic life skills as he lives with the fisherman and he grows older and a bit wiser.
The story will continue on and the reader is introduced to many great characters that immediately see the greatness in this young boy. The fisherman who gives him his first job, to the steel smith who teaches him a career and helps him earn this fortune. It’s a story with vast characters that in some way will touch Guiamo, but at the same time he touches their lives. A life that will have him travel part of the empire and meet a long lost family member.
The story not only takes the reader into the boy’s world, but a world that has been lost for centuries. You get an introduction into the lives that were lead during the period and how people lived. There are those who enjoyed the simple life, to those who lived in splendor in a proper villa. There is also a look at the perils of war and what comes of the victors, and the losers. A view of what land ownership could bring those with influence along with how not all slave owners in the period mistreated their slaves.
Guiamo (The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo) is a great entry into what appears to be a great series of books. The one thing that the reader will find throughout the book is how people call the boy special. As you read you get an idea of just “how” special he may be. There will be introductions to the different Gods of the era and a different religion. The most important thing is as you read the book you grow with the young man and those around him. It’s a book that engages the reader on many levels and should leave you asking, “What’s Next”.