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The third novel in The Forgotten Legion trilogy takes the main protagonists from North Africa back to Rome in the build-up to the assassination of Julius Caesar.

Having survived the perils of a journey across half the world, Romulus and Tarquinius are press-ganged into the legions, which are under imminent threat of annihilation by the Egyptians. Meanwhile in Rome, Romulus's twin sister Fabiola lives in fear for her life, loved by Brutus, but wooed by Marcus Antonius, his deadly enemy. Soon after, Romulus fights at Zela, the vicious battle where Caesar famously said, 'Veni, vidi, vici'. Tarquinius, separated from Romulus in the chaos of war, hides in Alexandria, searching for guidance. But mortal danger awaits them both. From the battlefields of Asia Minor and North Africa, to the lawless streets of Rome and the gladiator arena, they face death daily, until on the Ides of March, the twins are reunited and must decide either to back or to betray Caesar on his day of destiny.

©2010 Ben Kane (P)2011 Random House AudioGo LTD

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  • 11-25-12

A fourth book please.

An excellent book couldn't wait to read it after first two novels, anxiously hoping for a fourth book in the series in the near future. Narrator Michael Praed was easy to listen to and not Americanized and fake.will definitely be listening to some more books narrated by Mr Praed.

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  • Neil
  • 03-06-15

Excellent

This book will have you hooked from the start ! The long and hard travels across far off lands shrouded in the mists of antiquity. A must listen to for any history buff.

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  • Mr. G. Laing
  • 10-15-13

Excellent book with great narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Road to Rome to be better than the print version?

Impossible to say

Have you listened to any of Michael Praed’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Michael Praed is one of the best narrators I have listened to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I have now read and listened to all the Ben Kane books as I think his style of writing is excellent - this along with mp's excellent narration makes it a pleasure to listen to

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  • Good Grain
  • 09-22-17

Consistently gripping

To give an idea of what this trilogy is like, cross the epic scope of the movie Gladiator with the propulsive storytelling style of the show 24 and you will begin to have some idea of how gripping it is.

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  • 03-21-17

final bit

not as good as the first two parts but well worth a listen. Great epic overall though and the author certainly knows ancient Rome.

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  • CT
  • 12-07-16

A Great trilogy

An excellent conclusion to the trilogy which mixes fact and function into great entertainment. I hope Ben Kane will do a fourth book in this Forgotten legion series as there are still plot lines to follow and questions awaiting answers.
I thoroughly recommend it and I have listened to many in this genre.

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  • siestatime
  • 07-24-15

Action packed with a heart and attention to detail

Where does The Road to Rome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a memorable audiobook along with the first two books in the trilogy. It stands out from other books of this genre due to the great narration and the historical information weaved into a great story.

What did you like best about this story?

There was an enjoyable mix of action and narrative . The characters really came alive.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

So many scenes could be pictured vividly in the minds eye...some of them horribly gory but have to be a true representation of the horror of war.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book kept me interested from start to finsh

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  • 04-29-15

Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant!!

What made the experience of listening to The Road to Rome the most enjoyable?

Clever dual story concept, great narration and very likeable main characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Road to Rome?

The linking of the three main people, Rommulous, Brennan and Tarquinnious.

What does Michael Praed bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The thing that all good narrators bring - Atmosphere

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

Always seek justifiable vengeance.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next book.

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  • S. Jewry
  • 04-14-15

Wonderful

Book 3 and this one made me cry. Loving this book series and can't wait for the next one, especially now I'm really getting to know the characters. Magic.

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  • 08-06-14

Hurried ending

What did you like best about The Road to Rome? What did you like least?

I think Michael Pread was an excellent choice as narrator. Silky voice excellent pronunciation. However, we went from the deeat of Scipio and other battles to Caesar's death too quickly. Its as if the second Gallic war, the defeat of Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra and finally the first forrays into Brittania were brushed over. It just felt that the author ran out of ideas in his haste to finish the story. I will read and listen again, but not a patch on Simon Scarrow. Well done all the same...thoroughly enjoyed all three audio books.

Has The Road to Rome put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all. Love em.

Which character – as performed by Michael Praed – was your favourite?

I was disappointed that he couldn't keep a few characters going. But overall, I thought his depiction, maturing and ultimate opposites of the twins was very well done.

Do you think The Road to Rome needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Difficult. As mentioned before, there are a few campaigns and more politics that could have been involved for both twins. To finish the story with the twins having the ultimate realisation could have been enhanced, including Caesar accepting certain realities, without a unrealistic historical slant.

Any additional comments?

Goodonya Ben Kane. I still think you should ressurect this story. The death of Ceasar brought interesting times to Rome and I still think you have ample room to fill in the gaps for the twins......including bringing back one or two characters........French, perhaps, and perhaps a slave girl in the Ludus???? What a fabulous story that would be especially if you include the twins and the haruspex!!!!<br/>

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