In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage, their only serious rival for power in the Mediterranean. Now a brilliant young Carthaginian general, called Hannibal, is out for revenge. Caught up in the maelstrom are two young boys, Hanno, the son of a distinguished soldier and confidant of Hannibal, and Quintus, son of a Roman equestrian and landowner. A disastrous adventure will see Hanno sold into slavery and bought by Quintus's father. Although an unexpected friendship springs up between the two boys - and with Quintus's sister, Aurelia - the fortunes of the two warring empires once again separates them. They find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict and an alliance forged through slavery will be played out to its stunning conclusion in battle.
©2011 Ben Kane (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
retired litigation lawyer; I read history; historical fiction; literary fiction. Narrator ++ important. Story equally so
This was my first Ben Kane novel, ( at the start f the year I listened to the complete "Emperor" series, 4 novels by Conn Iggulden, so I am comparing Kane to Igguldon as a frame of reference) and there are many things to like. The idea to tell the story of Hannibal through the eyes/stories of young soldiers was an interesting ( and good) choice; the narration ( Michael Praed) is excellent; the Catheragian story as engaging as Rome ( and instructive, as most of the novels these days are about Rome). If I have a criticism, it is that the actual battle descriptions ( both leading up to and the actual battle) are somewhat difficult to follow by listening, as opposed to reading ( with assistance of maps). Otherwise, worth the credit. I will purchase " Sparticus" by the same author and narrator
"Good start, shows promise"
Having read the 3 book eagle series by Ben Kane I was keen to try his lasted
An interesting start showing different sides of Roman life, how a high born man can accidentally become a slave of Rome.
Pretty good book overall, just need to see the next and I trust it will be just as good a listen.
"Great Story and very well told!"
Narration is excellent my favourite by far! I always look for him when listening to audio books. Great tale as well!
"Ben kane brilliant writer"
Ben Kane brilliant writer, and out of all of his books this one for me is the best
"Good but predictable."
not a bad book by any means but having read the first quarter you'll be able to describe the plot of the latter three.
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