Senior centurion Lucius Tullus finds himself in a cauldron of bloodshed, treachery and danger. His mission to retrieve his legion's eagle will be his most perilous yet....
AD, 98. Defences are weak as tribes rebel against Rome. It falls to Flavius Ferox, Briton and Roman centurion, to keep the peace....
It is December 1878, and war looms on the horizon in South Africa. British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle-Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus....
After the bloody trials of Alexandria, Sir William Gold is readying for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem....
King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd....
Thrilling, authentic, and action packed, this novel introduces soldier hero Marcus Valerius....
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.
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
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.
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Narration is excellent my favourite by far! I always look for him when listening to audio books. Great tale as well!
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Ben Kane brilliant writer, and out of all of his books this one for me is the best
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Loving the mix of historical figures and fictional characters in these books. The author really does capture the feel of the period and evokes fantastic visions of the time.
Really enjoyed good ripping historical yarn. looking forward to book 2.well done again Mr kane
story is great and the narrator is awesome!I wish I could pronounce my 'R's' like him, plus I regularly shat myself when he screamed at the top of his lungs, bravo!
If you could sum up Hannibal: Enemy of Rome in three words, what would they be?
Fast-paced, engaging, perfect.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The battle scenes - descriptively written and read magnificently with such expression, making you feel like you are there, in the midst of the battle with the soldiers.
Any additional comments?
Highly recommend for those who love adventure books mixed with a historic account of Hannibal's attack on Rome. Can't wait to hear/read the others in this series. Amazingly written and read equally well.