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ENEMY OF ROMEThe great Carthaginian general Hannibal has never forgotten the defeat and humiliation of his father by Rome Now he plans his revenge and the destruction of the old enemySOLDIER OF CARTHAGEWhile Hannibal prepares for war the young son of one of his m. Initial thoughts More a 35 Stars but not uite enough consistency all the way through to round up give it a 4 despite it being a flowing read which is always a good signFuller review to follow Have been a hum a har over this reviewSo It s a fast flowing read strong on historical knowledge character developement the story is there its an easy fourBUT your 23rds of the way through the book yer hang on a tick I signed up for a tale of Hannibal where he be ok he s on campaign we ve met him at the seige of Sanguntum where he s been all charismatic a la Russell Crowe Master Commander stylee but we re on the FARM for the most part with the yoofs still Hanno uintus Aurelia I m reading a YA vibed book I feel tricked its getting a TWO BAHWhere s me elephants wheres the Alps the grand campaign up through Iberia Gaul into Italy I AM starting to wainAND then jus in the nick of timefor me the emphasis switches to Hannibal Hanno s siblings father who are highly regarded officers of Hannibal we re on campaign we still get glimpses of the Farm the Yoofs adventures but the main story now is on Hannibal not before time too With the story fully supplanted on the adults I m enjoying it a lot To sum it up for me its a 6040 book all good mind but perhaps not uite what you want or expect so I would say go in eyes open I mention YA but in reality its not likely designed that way its jus that the most part of the story revolves around characters who happen to be in the process of child to manhood coming of age they call it I will read on in the series as I DID enjoy the flow of the story cant say fairer than that really

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Ost trusted military commanders goes on an innocent adventure with his best friend and disappearsSLAVERYCaptured by pirates put up for sale in the slave market one of the boys is sold as a gladiator the other as a field slave They believe they will never see home. Rating 55 10Dear Ben Kane I want to like you I really do I abandoned your first novel The Forgotten Legion but gave you a second chance on Hannibal The Forgotten Legion was good daring and bold but it read too much like a first novel The structure jumped all over the place Taruinius spends about twenty pages reading the entrails of a goat and then drifts through ten years with a snap of the fingers in another chapter Here the structure is better though I probably would have structured the POV characters a little rigidly perhaps with each their own chapter It s the prose that does you in Mr Kane Her attractiveness was becoming apparent to Hanno every day It had been months since he d last had sexual relations as was made clear by his throbbing groin paraphrased Fluidity Mr Kane Write it the way people would speak it This should feel like a natural river not a series of lochs Hanno became aware of her beauty every day It had been months since he d fucked his cock was throbbing at the sight of her The story principally revolves around two characters of about the age of sixteen or seventeen Hanno the son of Carthaginian politician washed out to sea during a storm and sold into slavery by pirates and uintus the son of a Roman euestrian and landowner whom eventually buys Hanno at the slave market The story expands to include Hanno s older brothers Bostar and Sapho his father Malchus and uintus family his father Fabricius sister Aurelia and sister s betrothed FlaccusThe major players in the Second Punic War Hannibal Scipio Africanus Tiberius Sempronius Longus aren t introduced until well into the novel with Hannibal s introduction about a third of the way in This was much to my surprise as I am uite used to the works of Conn Iggulden whom makes Caesar his protagonist This is probably the best route to telling this story not through the eyes of Hannibal or Scipio themselves but through underlings associated with themThe structure although improved from Kane s Forgotten Legion is still rather uninspired Chapters are drawn at random points the chapter titles are superfluous although it is rather well balanced between the characters involvedAll things considered this is a bit of a tour de force of Roman sword and sandal with some problems The final climax became a little predictable and in a battle scene that left Rome ripe for the picking by the Carthaginians there are so few character deaths Only two of the major characters die in the end which means virtually every other one vanuishes death for themselves and their families on multiple occasionsI will continue with the rest of the series if a bit reluctantly Mr Kane good job but focus a little bit on your prose and structure

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Or family againA WORLD AFLAMEBut their destiny interwoven and linked with that of their Roman masters is to be an extraordinary one The devastating war unleashed upon Rome by Hannibal will last for nearly twenty years It will change their lives and history forev. Hannibal by Ben Kane A triumph of a novelSome time ago I read and reviewed with a very favourable review Ben s first trilogy the Forgotten Legion At the time those three books along with a few works by Anthony Riches Douglas Jackson and Simon Scarrow very much set the standard for Roman historical fiction Certain scenes from those books have stayed with me no matter how much other Roman fiction I read and that is most of what I read I consider a book that still has an effect on the reader a long time after reading to be a rousing successMove on one book and up a thousand notchesHannibal took me by surprise I have an interest in all Roman history but my knowledge of the Punic war period is considerably less than other eras I did understand beforehand that at this point the Roman army was of a Graeco Etruscan force than the military machine the world generally remembers drawn from citizen volunteers rather than a standing force I knew as does everyone about the crossing of the Alps Beyond that my knowledge of the conflicts and the peoples is almost entirely drawn from holiday visits to Spain Italy and Tunisia I was unsure what to expect with the book as I really didn t know how much of an enthralling tale Ben could spin out of the bare bones of what I knewThe upshot is that despite the title of this book the tale is not about Hannibal Oh it s about that campaign and Hannibal is in it even to the point of being an important supporting character But it is not about him Eually those events from the sacking of Saguntum through the crossing of the Alps and the first conflicts in Northern Italy are the central events around which the story hinges but they are not the story itselfThe story is actually the tale of a Carthaginian nobleman and his three sons and a RomanOscan family from near Capua It is a heart wrenching tale of friends and enemies experiencing the build up to and beginnings of a war between their peoples and the effects this has on their lives and relationships Don t get me wrong this is no family saga of the little old lady variety and includes just the right amount of warfare intrigue danger and adventure to make it a page turner in every respect but it has the refreshing aspect of being a family saga as well something I ve not seen done well in ancient novels beforeIn fact as I think about it the only book I can use to compare is Guy Gavriel Kay s Lions of Al Rassan and I consider this a high complement since GGK has been my favourite writer since my teens There is a similar doom between the books looking at friends separated by a gulf of nationality and fated to meet in those most unhappy of circumstancesEssentially I loved Hannibal and rank it up with my faves now I think it has seen Ben s writing take on a whole new strength and its particular draw for me is his depth of character and family on both sides the realism of the people and the sympathy and empathy the reader cannot help but feel Having read this I am now champing at the bit for the two Spartacus novels one of which is waiting on my shelf and the other is released shortlyBravo Ben Hannibal 2 now eagerly awaited


10 thoughts on “Hannibal Enemy of Rome

  1. says:

    Initial thoughts More a 35 Stars but not uite enough consistency all the way through to round up give it a 4 despite it being a flowing read which is always a good signFuller review to follow Have been a hum a har

  2. says:

    Actual rating is 35 starsThis takes place during the war between the Carthaginians and the Romans This novel is a

  3. says:

    I found Dr Kane’s novel a very entertaining and readable look at the beginnings of the Second Punic War Let me state what this novel is not It is not the story of Hannibal Barca He is at most a major supporting character i

  4. says:

    After the excellent Forgotten Legion Trilogy I wondered what Ben Kane would treat us to next and how long would it be before we can convince him to return to do book 4 of the Forgotten seriesWhen the Title was an

  5. says:

    Rating 55 10Dear Ben Kane I want to like you I really do I abandoned your first novel “The Forgotten Legion” but gave you a second chance o

  6. says:

    Ancient Medieval group read A novel with a strong adventure flavour that uses tactics of suspense At first the simplicity of the writing bothered me but plotting skills swept me up Simple needn't be bad in my book crude is bad and the world of the novel isn't crudely thought out I liked the presentation from both sides Carthaginian

  7. says:

    Hannibal by Ben Kane – A triumph of a novelSome time ago I read and reviewed with a very favourable review Ben’s first trilogy – the Forgotten Legion At the time those three books along with a few works by Anthony Riches Douglas Jackson and Simon Scarrow very much set the standard for Roman historical fiction Certain scenes from those b

  8. says:

    It’s been a good while since I read a Ben Kane however on the evidence of this magnificent enthralling captivating book I’ve rea

  9. says:

    Although I do own other books set in the Roman period this was not only the first I got around to reading but also my fir

  10. says:

    I truly loved this book enough in fact to search out the next in the series This is written about an era that does not actually grab mewhich makes my rating all the wonderful I loved the two boys Hanno and uintus and Aurelia was a girl after

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