|Plot Summary of The Centurion's Empire|
|"Vitellan always knew that he felt safe in the cold, but he did not realize that it would alter his life forever. Vitellan is a Roman citizen who has been sent to a special assignment, without his own knowledge, because the Temporians, who are ancient Etruscans who freeze themselves in order to live for centuries, want to recruit him. But the Temporian stronghold is penetrated which makes them send Vitellan away. Interestingly, the thief that broke into the stronghold escapes with the potion for using to freeze oneself, and gives the potion to a chemist who eventually meets Vitellan and administers the potion to Vitellan to begin his journeys.
The story reenters into the ninth century with the recent revival of Vitellan. The superstitious Anglo-Saxons see Vitellan as a resurrection of an ancient hero, throwing Vitellan into leadership roles in the army. Because of the potency of the potion, Vitellan has ruined his stomach and is dying; therefore, he desires be frozen again and continue his journey through time.
Next, Vitellan awakes into the fourteenth century when England and France are at the height of the Hundred Year's War. Again, Vitellan gets leadership roles in the army, but his main goal for going to France is to find a new site for his body to be frozen. In this century, Vitellan falls in love, but he leaves her to be frozen yet again.
Finally, Vitellan awakes in the mid-twenty first century, where he finds that religious cults have sprung up revering the men and women who have been frozen in time (others have been discovered). His journey comes to a close as he battles his way to stay alive and disprove these new cults."
Christopher, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Centurion's Empire|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 30%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
- largely forwards/future
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Time Travel story?
Story largely takes place in
- Early future (mid 21st century)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- mostly dialog
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