Gr 4-7-Murrell presents famous warriors from Spartacus to Alexander the Great while reconstructing in rich detail the tumultuous, exciting worlds they inhabited. What makes these books an improvement over Rourke's "Warriors" titles is that they forego the story mode and instead provide concise treatments of castle life and the Bushido code, for example. While most of the focus of is placed on battles, tactics, armor, and weapons, the author makes a valiant effort to describe the cultural realms occupied by these warriors. Bold, comprehensible type and full-color and black-and-white illustrations; reproductions; and photographs will make this offering a hit with its target audience, including reluctant readers.[Page 59]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.