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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The second, bigger one, was that Casey had been fighting for two thousand years, ever since that day on Golgotha when he put his lance into the side of the Man on bary Cross.

Then that you shall remain until we meet again. He becomes The Eternal Mercenary.

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Paperbackpages. Published August 15th by Jove first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Eternal Mercenaryplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Eternal Mercenary. Lists with This Book. Apr 06, Tucker rated it really liked it. I could not get enough of this series when I was younger. Yeah, that’s right, not much.

Alright, for clarification, a fifth grade chunky nerd boy. Bros who like flexing while reading. You know that Jesus fella?

Son of God, crucified for the sins of the world, rose from the dead? Well, the Bible records a Roman soldier piercing His side with a spear to make sure He was dead. In this series, Jesus condemns Casca to remain as a soldier until the Second Coming. The Eternal Mercenary opens during the Vietnam War, where some medical professionals are examining a soldier with a severe brain injury.

Given that this soldier has fragments of a mortar shell lodged in his brain, he should be dead, but upon closer inspection, his skull and brain seem to be healing themselves. Most of the novel, however, is a flashback of how Casca came to be.

So the women in the novel: Sure, she could be the type of broken woman who just happens dasca fall into that category, but not with how the rest of the women rare as they are are in this novel. When it comes to different races, you have the stereotypical Asian mentor. If you like descriptions of muscular men, Casca has you covered, too. You should probably flex while reading this book.

Sadler had his crew of ghost writers. The guy who took over? He has ghost writers, too. It seems like a lot of words to stem from… this. May 29, Mark C. Pleasantly surprised with this author and his book! I loved his music, and his bravery and patriotism, but this expands that respect and admiration. He puts, in my opinion, a new facet into historical-fiction novels.

The writing is smooth, and easy to understand and follow, even the Latin portions. There are not a lot of characters or sub-story lines to follow, so that allows the reader to stay attentive. He is articulate and imaginative.


I found myself actually looking forward to book Wonderful! I found myself actually looking forward to book 2 while only half-way through 1! I have recommended this book to my son, a high school history teacher because of the historical-fiction, and his love and respect of the military.

Casca is a warrior that I would love to meet today! That is how real Barry Sadler made the hero to me! Well done, good and faithful servant, well done! Nov 24, Justin rated it it was amazing Recommended to Justin by: This story is quite amazing. Casca Rufio Longinus is the Roman soldier who pierced Jesus’ side with a spear. For this, he is cursed with immortality. This book spans the first years following his curse, much of it spent in slavery.

wadler Part sadleg Casca’s curse is that he’ll always be a soldier, too. The rest of the series focuses on different points in military history all across the world, from ancient times to the present. What strikes me about the story is the bittersweetness.

He establishes frie This story is quite amazing. He establishes friendships and romances that can never last, and the characters he meets in each book will likely never return in a later story. All he has are his own memories. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. Casca is straight up casac shlock. It’s non-apologetic about it, and keeps a decent pace, which are probably the only things I’ll find to compliment this book on. Certainly not the prose, which is functional at best.

The book has many occasions where 70’s slang wreck the suspension of disbelief in this Roman-era story. I know we don’t know how people actually sounded in the first few centuries of Rome, but the least an author can do is try to minimize how much the characters sound like people fro Casca is straight up pulpy shlock. I know we don’t know how people actually sounded in the first few centuries of Rome, but the least an author can do is try to minimize how much the characters sound like people from the year the book was written.

Sdler I definitely can’t compliment the research or barry accuracy. Barry Sadler appears to care about ancient fighting and Asian philosophy, and that’s about it. Everything else comes off as a bit slipshod, using little saadler than a half-remembered history class anecdote or a perfunctory flip through an Encyclopedia.

All these issues would leave me with a humorously cheesy 2 – 3 star read, were in not for the reality that Sadler appears to be a huge bigot.

Looking through reviews, Vasca found it interesting how many pulp enthusiasts bring up the sexism and racism, only to sort of shrug it off with excuses, like saying it was just a sign of the times.

Saadler was a huge racist at the time of this books writing, bargy he’s an even bigger racist now. And it’s all in the most cliched terms popular with macho writers of the era. There’s heavy orientalism all over casfa place, because the only Asian in the story of course teaches him martial arts. The sections featuring the “yellow man” seem fitting with all the guys in the 70’s and 80’s who loved to exoticize everything from the far east, or the “orient” as they probably prefer. I imagine a lot of crappy tea sets and wall scrolls purchased in China town, a dog-eared copy of the book Shogun, and some cheap replicas of terracotta soldiers.


It seems weird for a guy who actually served in Vietnam, but I’m guessing he mostly enjoyed the prostitutes.

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Also, the only black character in the whole story is the sort of stereotype I expected from an African character written in the ‘s, not the ‘s.

The black character, Shubala, literally reminisces about raping and sacrificing a blonde white girl and sacrificing her to his dark gods. And what’s saler is they still get more personality than any woman in the story.

The women in Casca have two functions, being whores and getting raped, often both. Only one woman in the whole story who he enters into a relationship with is met sdaler he debates whether or not he should let bandits rape her, and decides to intervene mostly because she has nice legs. He generally doesn’t even say her name, mostly referring to her as woman, probably because Sadler kept forgetting her name.

So I don’t really feel compelled to read more of these, and I don’t think it’s okay to just ignore all the problematic elements. There’s tons of great adventure stories, many of them predating Sadler’s work, that are not horribly bigoted, so there’s no excuse for muddling through Sadler’s awful opinions. This book is like trying to watch a movie while a racist old man gives his opinions on every actor that’s not a white male.

It’s not like Sadler even came from a specific point of view with a thesis that you could argue with, just off-handed, lazy stereotypes littering the entire novel. There bary better ways to get your pulp fix.

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Unless you’re just a fan of vintage racism. For those who are curious what quotes really got to me, I found myself highlighting provocative passages as I read for my book club. I have sorted them below by category: On people of other races: But the yellow man was something else — and fair game.

Cssca was a necessary virtue for survival in his tribal lands. He waited and prepared. He made sacrifice to his gods, those terrible casda of the night and the jungle.

Two days before, when he had been permitted to go out on the town, he had cornered a young blonde prostitute of no more than fourteen years… He felt a shiver of pleasure run over him as he relived the moment when after he had taken his pleasure of her and she lay at his feet whimpering and bleeding she had looked up through tear-streaked eyes and asked for the denarius he had promised.