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It is settled. The boy is in your charge. You will train him to fight. He must be able to use the dagger, throwing-knife, staves and his bare hands. One day young Marcus may well become a gladiator in the arena. But you must also teach him the ways of the street.' Now a member of Julius Caesar's palace, Marcus's training continues in the city of Rome. The streets are plagued It is settled. The boy is in your charge. You will train him to fight. He must be able to use the dagger, throwing-knife, staves and his bare hands. One day young Marcus may well become a gladiator in the arena. But you must also teach him the ways of the street.' Now a member of Julius Caesar's palace, Marcus's training continues in the city of Rome. The streets are plagued by vicious gang war attacks, and Caesar must employ his own gang leader, who learns of a plot to murder him. Only Marcus can go in undercover. But he's in terrible danger. If the rival gang discover him the price will be fatal. Julius Caesar's isn't the only life at risk . . .


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It is settled. The boy is in your charge. You will train him to fight. He must be able to use the dagger, throwing-knife, staves and his bare hands. One day young Marcus may well become a gladiator in the arena. But you must also teach him the ways of the street.' Now a member of Julius Caesar's palace, Marcus's training continues in the city of Rome. The streets are plagued It is settled. The boy is in your charge. You will train him to fight. He must be able to use the dagger, throwing-knife, staves and his bare hands. One day young Marcus may well become a gladiator in the arena. But you must also teach him the ways of the street.' Now a member of Julius Caesar's palace, Marcus's training continues in the city of Rome. The streets are plagued by vicious gang war attacks, and Caesar must employ his own gang leader, who learns of a plot to murder him. Only Marcus can go in undercover. But he's in terrible danger. If the rival gang discover him the price will be fatal. Julius Caesar's isn't the only life at risk . . .

30 review for Street Fighter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Excellent and surprisingly realistic for a YA novel. So Marcus is taken to Rome where he is to become the bodyguard for Julius Caesar's niece. But when Caesar starts to have political issues he turns to Marcus to help. Other than how quickly Marcus masters the different weapons and fighting techniques, I was really surprised how realistic the book was. The fighting came across as very real. When Marcus gets punched he sees stars, his vision blurs, there is a real effect to getting punched. If Excellent and surprisingly realistic for a YA novel. So Marcus is taken to Rome where he is to become the bodyguard for Julius Caesar's niece. But when Caesar starts to have political issues he turns to Marcus to help.  Other than how quickly Marcus masters the different weapons and fighting techniques, I was really surprised how realistic the book was. The fighting came across as very real. When Marcus gets punched he sees stars, his vision blurs, there is a real effect to getting punched. If you get cut, you bleed and that weakens you. In so many books that doesn't happen.  Also, Marcus comes across as a very real character. Even though he's young, he has a strong character and that comes through very clearly. He does what he has to do so that one day he can gain his freedom and then find and free his mother.  As with most YA novels, the writing is simple and fast paced. The action starts right away and never lets up. The climax is rewarding and the end left me looking forward to the next book in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Valuevillage

    Bought this one for my son but then read it before he did. Loved it and want the next book out really soon!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    Dit boek was een voorspelbaar vervolg op het vorige boek. Ook het verhaal zelf loopt heel erg volgens de geschiedenis. Dit is op zich prima, maar persoonlijk vind ik dat er meer op de personages en minder op de geschiedenis gefocust mag worden. Verder vind ik dat er in de vertaling veel onnodige taalfouten zitten en sommige zinnen lopen hierdoor niet lekker. Nu ben ik iemand die de serie wel wilt aflezen als je begonnen bent en dit zal ik dan ook maar gaan doen.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anthony P. Radford

    Pretty great. Scarrow is an easy read and there were many gripping moments in this book. Some nice twists and turns and far less predictable than the first. Also it is easier to root for Marcus in this book. For an interesting read on the other perspective on Caesars actions during this time read Robert Harris’ books on Cicero.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Bakos

    The book was really exciting and full of fighting. There were a lot of parts where you didn't really know what was going to happen so you couldn't stop reading it. It is a great book/series for anyone that likes books about roman times and fighting. In the book you can find real historical characters who lived in Rome. (Caesar, Crassus, Bibulus, etc.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rock Pirih

    The second book in the series Gladiator is even better, because Marcus is shown as a person and his personality is alo further developed. I really like the narration which is very fluent so that the books just wants to be read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tommaso Cernecca

    3,75/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Oh my god, he would have inspired me if I lived in ancient Rome in the Roman era I loved this book and can't wait for next!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Colin Moore

    Good Read very interesting and keeps you enthralled. it is full of action and gives you a feeling or what it was like To live in that period.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kai de Lang

    'Gladiator: Street Fighter' by Simon Scarrow is the second book in the series 'Gladiator', and is a continuation of the first book 'Gladiator: Fight For Freedom'. 20 to 30 years before the story begins, a war between the slaves and Roman authorities took place. The leader of the slaves, Spartacus, was a notorious figure among the people of Rome - so feared that even after his death, it was said that his spirit would forever protect his followers, and he will return to claim the right/freedom of 'Gladiator: Street Fighter' by Simon Scarrow is the second book in the series 'Gladiator', and is a continuation of the first book 'Gladiator: Fight For Freedom'. 20 to 30 years before the story begins, a war between the slaves and Roman authorities took place. The leader of the slaves, Spartacus, was a notorious figure among the people of Rome - so feared that even after his death, it was said that his spirit would forever protect his followers, and he will return to claim the right/freedom of the slaves. Although it was 20,000 Roman soldiers against 2,000, the will power and the anger in the eyes of the unfortunate ran their blood cold, and allowed them to almost destroy the armies of Rome. Almost... The protagonist, Marcus, is experiencing a very sudden change in his life; first, his father (an ex-soldier) has been murdered by tax collectors because he owned them money, and Marcus and his mother were kidnapped to live their future as slaves. When Marcus escapes, he was forced to leave his mother behind but promised her that he'll find her. Angry and desperate for revenge, Marcus decided to train as a gladiator in a small town in Italy where he would find out something that changed his life forever: he was the son of Spartacus... Now, after going through hard training everyday, many obstacles have made it difficult for him to rescue his mother and take revenge on those who killed his "father"... Because he has discovered his true identity, his purpose has changed completely. Being around slaves more often has made him feel for them and slowly he decided to fulfill the legend of his real father, Spartacus. In this book, the second of the series, Marcus is promoted as the personal body guard of Julius Caesar's niece, Portia. However, his task isn't as easy as it sounded at first; because of the political issues and powers, Julius Caesar has created a few very dangerous enemies that will try anything to take his power away from him - even if it meant killing. Although I have read this book in a different language (Dutch), the use of terminology is informative for the reader and allows anyone to imagine that they're actually living in 69 B.C, in Rome. Sometimes very violent, yet accurate information is included. Personally, it is a very enjoyable book to read and is recommended for (especially) teenagers interested in the history of Rome as well as a little bit of tension. Because of the protagonists' young age, I think many will relate with the same feelings he experienced throughout the book, which makes it easier to understand the concept. The structure is outstanding - every detail is an important factor that leads to a clue later on. The writing style is easy to understand, however, (as I mentioned before) there are certain vocabulary words that we would not come across in our everyday life due to the setting in which the story takes place. Swords, action and betrayal in the old Rome - Simon Scarrow is a master in it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kimbleey Björklund

    Simon Scrow- Street Fighter [Gladiator#2] [Läsutmaning40] Plot. So I'm a huge fan of gladiators and especially the series of Spartacus, that brutal tv show with lots and lots of blood and sex. I just love the scenery in that serie, it's unnatural and fake in a gorgeous way. The blood scenes too, they're gorgeous.. ^^ That's the reason I picked up the first book in this book series, Gladiator, and I wasn't disappointed. It's written in a way that young kids can read it, but also adults. It's not as Simon Scrow- Street Fighter [Gladiator#2] [Läsutmaning40] Plot. So I'm a huge fan of gladiators and especially the series of Spartacus, that brutal tv show with lots and lots of blood and sex. I just love the scenery in that serie, it's unnatural and fake in a gorgeous way. The blood scenes too, they're gorgeous.. ^^ That's the reason I picked up the first book in this book series, Gladiator, and I wasn't disappointed. It's written in a way that young kids can read it, but also adults. It's not as brutally described as a adult book, but it contains the same ammount of violence ( not sex though) so it contains the logic of a dangerous and unfair world of old Rome. Characters. Marcus is strong and brave, and does anything to reach his goal of freeing his mother from a life of slavery. To do that, he has to gain his own freedom first, and to do so: saving the life of his master and the enemy of all slaves: Julius Caesar. So Marcus had to do a lot of hard stuff and see a lot of horrible things, but the situation is not described as terrible as it would in other books. It's strange, but at the same time a relief, to not have to read about an angsty teenager that you do all the time in YA books. So, it's weird, but it works, since Marcus is a bit used to living in a world where babies lies abandonded in the middle of the street and a corpse lies in the narrowest of allies along with dumpster and human feces. Marcus is all right- more than all right, he's friggin awesome. I don't fins anything about him that I don't like- good to go Scarrow! As always, I'm a big fan of male characters and male authors. Summary. So over all it's a entertaining book, slow at the begining, but very entertaining the other half. The language is a bit childish and immature, but I'm sure it's because I read it in Swedish since I found it at the library. Though, I am going to finnish the series in Swedish since I'm sadly not going to buy the final book when it comes out. #Lasutmaning40

  12. 4 out of 5

    SJH (A Dream of Books)

    This is the sequel to the bestselling 'Gladiator: Fight For Freedom' and is the second book in the series. The book follows Marcus who has been sold into slavery and now finds himself under the command of Julius Caesar. Assigned to be Caesar's niece's bodyguard, he's also being trained to become a gladiator of the future. However, what Marcus wants more than anything else is to gain his freedom and that of his mother while trying to conceal the secret of his true heritage from Caesar himself. This is the sequel to the bestselling 'Gladiator: Fight For Freedom' and is the second book in the series. The book follows Marcus who has been sold into slavery and now finds himself under the command of Julius Caesar. Assigned to be Caesar's niece's bodyguard, he's also being trained to become a gladiator of the future. However, what Marcus wants more than anything else is to gain his freedom and that of his mother while trying to conceal the secret of his true heritage from Caesar himself. Simon Scarrow brilliantly imagines the political intrigue and brutality of life in Ancient Rome. Slaves are brought and sold by the rich without any thought to the fact that they're human beings too and people are used as pawns in political mind games. The two factions of Julius Caesar on one side and Cato on the other are clearly depicted and Scarrow has obviously done his research well, as I found it easy to imagine myself in a bygone era where power is shared among the wealthy and influential, sometimes at the cost of other peoples' lives. What really sold this book to me though was the central character of Marcus. He's tough, resiliant, determined and intelligent. Born free, he has been robbed of his freedom and is set on winning it back, willing to do whatever he has to do to achieve his goal. I warmed to him immediately and found myself experiencing all of the highs and lows he goes through right alongside him. Scarrow also gives a voice to the many other slaves who feature in the book, humanising them and showing them as real human beings with thoughts and feelings and cares of their own. Strong bonds are established between many of them, although for those whose lives are tough, death is often shown to be a welcome release. Cleverly combining rich historical details of the period with an entertaining and enjoyable story, this book will particularly appeal to male readers who like their boy heroes tough and courageous. Having invested in Marcus's adventure, I can't wait to see where his journey will take him next!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Marcus has been bought by Caesar after saving his niece, Portia, from being killed during a gladiatorial battle. He is to be Portia's bodyguard, and he is treated better than he was at the gladiator school, but he still wants to be free in order to find his mother and save her from enslavement. Instead, he gets drawn into the political intrigue of the day, and when he finds out that Caesar's life is in danger, he goes undercover to spy on the men who are threatening him.There is a gang war going Marcus has been bought by Caesar after saving his niece, Portia, from being killed during a gladiatorial battle. He is to be Portia's bodyguard, and he is treated better than he was at the gladiator school, but he still wants to be free in order to find his mother and save her from enslavement. Instead, he gets drawn into the political intrigue of the day, and when he finds out that Caesar's life is in danger, he goes undercover to spy on the men who are threatening him.There is a gang war going on because of the political climate, but many in the gangs wish to go back to their lives of simple larceny and extortion. Even though he is about eleven, Marcus manages to save the day, but he is still not able to find his mother. Another book must be in the offing. Strengths: This sequel to Fight for Freedom is in hot demand-- I won a British copy and a student has been pestering me for it for a week. Lots of fighting, action, people getting stabbed AND a lot of political history. Even though I studied Roman history, I didn't know about the gang wars. Perfect for the 7th grade social studies curriculum. Weaknesses: Don't think this is available in the US in hardcover, and can't ascertain the title of third book. Personally, I didn't care for this one because of all the fighting. There were also a lot of present day values superimposed on this historical period-- kind of lost me when Marcus and Portia have a heart-to-heart and she is concerned about him even though he is a slave. Don't know that this would really have happened.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Reetta Saine

    Taistelen tähtien ja mielipiteeni kanssa. Tässä osassa peruskuvio on jo selvä (ja jestas, että sitä toistetaankin niin monta kertaa ettei kenellekään jää epäselväksi että isä on murhattu jajajaja *släp*), mutta taistelutaidoille löytyy uusia ottajia. Caesarin miehenä ja veljentyttären henkivartijana Marcus pääsee kurkistamaan suur-Rooman politiikkaan. Juoni on sommiteltu oikeinkin mukavasti Forumin ympäristöön ja oikeaan poliittiseen ilmapiiriin. Initiaatiot vedetään katujengien kanssa, Taistelen tähtien ja mielipiteeni kanssa. Tässä osassa peruskuvio on jo selvä (ja jestas, että sitä toistetaankin niin monta kertaa ettei kenellekään jää epäselväksi että isä on murhattu jajajaja *släp*), mutta taistelutaidoille löytyy uusia ottajia. Caesarin miehenä ja veljentyttären henkivartijana Marcus pääsee kurkistamaan suur-Rooman politiikkaan. Juoni on sommiteltu oikeinkin mukavasti Forumin ympäristöön ja oikeaan poliittiseen ilmapiiriin. Initiaatiot vedetään katujengien kanssa, soluttaudutaan vihollisen leiriin ja veri lentää jo aika hurjalla tavalla. Hiukan kaipaan tähän sarjaan toimivaa naishahmoa, jolla olisi jotain oikeaa tehtävää, mutta ehkä se olen vain minä. Eikä hitto puoli ihmiskuntaa :p.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adele Broadbent

    The 2nd in the Gladiator series. Marcus is now owned by Julius Caesar. Caesar is grateful to Marcus for saving his niece’s life and he also sees the potential Gladiator in him. Marcus is now being trained to be Portia’s bodyguard, but proves to be even more useful to Caesar as a spy in his political rival’s gang headquarters. Living in an adult's world of politics and murder, Marcus must keep alert. This helps him in his quest to find his mother.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia

    En ovanligt bra uppföljare som fortsätter i samma takt och anda som första boken. Ser redan fram emot nu att läsa nästa bok om hur Marcus kommer att klara av sitt uppdrag! Read my full review at Book Obsession

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mohamad Dahrouj

    انه الجزء الثاني من المحارب مشوقة وممتغة كثير من المغلمرات ادت اخيرا الى ان ينال الفتى ماركوس حريته لكن القصة لم تنتهي ويجب ان لا تنتهي هنا على ماركس ان يبحث عن امه المستعبدة ويحررها وينتقم ممن قتل والده وباعه وامه في سوق النخاسة في الرواية مبالغة واضحة في قدرات ماركوس لكنها تستحق القراءة.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steph Lam

    3.5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Great book

  20. 4 out of 5

    sakthidas

    average i would say ...given the legacy of spartacus i am not able accept the storyline anyway you cant expect much from a 14 year old boy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Afifa

    was ook een heel leuk boek, je werd echt in de leven van marcus getrokken

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hanaa

    Awesome book.the plot is clever. want to read the others

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elmediina

    *.* *.*♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Only one female character in the entire book, and she exists to be married off and to be rescued. Disappointing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Inge

    i think this is the best book of te 4 books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Smitha Sijju

    I think it is an amazing book about a boy called Marcus who is recruite

  27. 5 out of 5

    Margareth8537

    Enjoy the series but not his best.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Ross

    Loved the first book in this series and this one is equally as gripping. I think this series would be excellent read aloud to students from Year 4 up.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael McBride

    :O

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (Clover Hill Book Reviews)

    http://cloverhillbookreviews.blogspot...

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