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The Forgotten Legion: Forgotten Legion Chronicles 1 | [Ben Kane]

The Forgotten Legion: Forgotten Legion Chronicles 1

Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman on his way home from a good night out. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines. Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion.
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Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman on his way home from a good night out. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines.

Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion.

Brennus is a Gaul; the Romans killed his entire family. He rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day - and mentor to the boy slave, Romulus, who dreams night and day of escape and of revenge.

The lives of these four characters are bound and interwoven in a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus, and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds.

©2011 Ben Kane (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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  • Mr
    Bicester, United Kingdom
    10/28/11
    Overall
    "Jumpy, Frustrating but Good"

    Great story lines, I really enjoyed Hannibal and the start of this book makes you think that it’s going to be just as good however there are a few story lines in this book spread over different time periods e.g. Rome 9 years later...you get the idea. This technique allows the storylines to avoid dreary parts when we’re waiting for people to grow up but unfortunately just gets a bit to frustrating when a story line is developed and then moves on to another when really it would be great if it just carried on a little longer.

    Majority of the book is good but the ending seems as though the author had a few more hundred pages up his sleeve and then ran out of time. I guess there might be a follow on to come.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • D. Menashy
    Bushey, London United Kingdom
    6/5/13
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    "There'll be no Kane mutiny by me!"

    It was a guy on the train reading "Hannibal" that tipped me off on Ben Kane. Can't believe that I hadn't heard of him before. I decided to start at the beginnig & having just finished listening to Michael Praed's excellent rendition of the novel I 'm happy to report that it was excellent! I can't wait to rip through the rest of Kane's novels.
    Who can resist the allure of classical Rome during the Late Empire? If an author can conjure up some interesting characters and write a good battle scene he's up and running. Add in some wider background history with some speculative twists, wrap it all in a layer of myticism and voila, an instant success! Of course if it was that easy we'd all do it, so kudos to writers like Ben Kane who actually deliver!
    Got book 2 "The Silver Eagle" in my basket right now - don't hesitate....



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    Kettering, United Kingdom
    2/16/12
    Overall
    "Roman epic"

    Good story and also a good history lesson about the Roman harsh way of life. Bit gory in places but Michael Praed's reading was good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Ringwood, Australia
    7/16/14
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    "Excellent story and very well presented."
    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Legion the most enjoyable?

    I don't want to compare but after listening to Simon Scarrow's Cato and Macro, I love the Roman stories, so I was looking for another author to continue my interest....now I have two!! Two things with this. First, excellent choice Michael Pread as narrator and an excellent way to start something with two young people whose characters grew just in the first book. Love your work Mr Kane. Keep it coming!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the idea that the story starts with two children born into slavery and how they will strive to better themselves from a terrible start. Looking forward to how Mr Kane develops the characters.


    What about Michael Praed’s performance did you like?

    Love his rich English voice.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'd keep it pretty close to the Lost Legion.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed this...more, please!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    london, United Kingdom
    1/22/13
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    "Interesting story"

    Ben Kane has done his research on Roman life and history. The writing style is that of Jeffrey Archer. You might prefer to read Imperium by Robert Harris.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord
    United Kingdom
    2/27/12
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    "Wasn't sure but turned out to be a great listen"

    I wasn't too sure when i got this book I was kinda going into it blind having never read or listened to anything by the author before but it was in 3 for 2 at the time so I got it. It turned out to be a great listen. It starts a little slow as it introduces you the characters but after an hour or so it's great.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • claire
    newbury, United Kingdom
    2/14/12
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    "Brilliant to follow!"

    Really enter the whole genre of that age in all its ups and downs of life for the different classes. Just riviting!!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy
    Inkberrow, United Kingdom
    1/12/12
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    "A great escape"

    If you're looking for a historically based, great work of fiction, brilliantly narrated - this will captivate you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    6/26/13
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    "Predictable"

    Really wanted to like this book. The predictable story and clunky dialogue made it impossible to get along with. Found myself not caring about any of the characters or wanting to buy any of the sequels.Shame.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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