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Hannibal: Enemy of Rome: Hannibal 1 | [Ben Kane]

Hannibal: Enemy of Rome: Hannibal 1

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.
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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

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    David P. McGivern Vancouver, BC Canada 03-27-12
    David P. McGivern Vancouver, BC Canada 03-27-12 Member Since 2007

    retired litigation lawyer; I read history; historical fiction; literary fiction. Narrator ++ important. Story equally so

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    "" Almost" as good as Iggulden"

    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

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  • Steve
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Good start, shows promise"

    Having read the 3 book eagle series by Ben Kane I was keen to try his lasted

    Roman offering.

    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.

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  • fraser
    HITCHIN, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Ben kane brilliant writer"

    Ben Kane brilliant writer, and out of all of his books this one for me is the best

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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