Editorial Review (the full book):
Author and historian Patrick Parrelli creates a spellbinding, historically exacting work of creative nonfiction in the historical novel, “Octavian: Rise to Power.” An adventurous undertaking, this meticulously researched epic is cross-referenced with the ancient writings of Appian, Suetonius, Plutarch, and Dio. It chronicles the story of the rise to power of Octavian, Julius Caesar’s eighteen-year-old great-nephew, Octavian. After Caesar is assassinated in 44 BC and Octavian learns that Caesar adopted him as his son in his will, he sets out on a path of vengeance that doesn’t end until he takes his place. With engaging subplots that chronicle key figures like Antony, Cleopatra, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, Agrippa, Sextus Pompey, and Herod the Great, this series also details with in-depth insight the military battles of Mutina, Philippi, Perusia, Naulochus, and Actium and serves as possibly the most readable narrative to unravel the complex story of how Octavian came to be Caesar Augustus, Rome’s first emperor.