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Hannibal Enemy of Rome

ENEMY OF ROMEThe great Carthaginian general Hannibal has never forgotten the defeat and humiliation of his father by Rome Now he plans his revenge and the destruction of the old enemySOLDIER OF CARTHAGEWhile Hannibal prepares for war the young son of one of his m. I found Dr Kane s novel a very entertaining and readable look at the beginnings of the Second Punic War Let me state what this novel is not It is not the story of Hannibal Barca He is at most a major supporting character in the novel What this novel is the story of the opening moves of the 2nd Punic war the RomanCarthaginian fight in Iberia Hannibal crossing the Alps and the first few battles between the Carthaginians and the Romans in the north of the Italian PeninsulaThe author tells his story through the eyes of two noble families One Carthaginian and Roman He begins the novel with the youngest son of the Carthaginian family Hanno being swept out to sea while playing hooky being picked up by pirates off the coast of Sicily and eventually being sold as a slave to a Roman family He then becomes a companion to the son of the purchasing family uintusRoughly the first half of the novel is establishing the two boys relationship they become fast friends This plays into some of the events in the second half of the book when they face each other on the battlefield The story of the two sons is interrupted by scenes of what is going on in Carthage Since Hannibal is doing well in Iberia Hanno s father Malchus and two brothers join him Upon arriving Malchus becomes one of the senior officers in Hannibal s army Hanno s two brothers are also give responsible assignments befitting their social status As the siege of Saguntum winds down Hannibal proposes a plan to invade Italy and attack Rome At this time Hanno also shows up He has been release by uintus and after returning to Carthage continues on to join his family and the army Since Rome now controls the northern Mediterranean Sea the problem is how to get there What Hannibal proposes is an overland invasion through the Alps For me this is where the novel really takes offDr Kane does a superb job of telling the story of the crossing of the Alps He illustrates the problems the army had with native Celtic tribes who the Carthaginians assumed would be automatically their allies The weather esp the cold and snow it excellently drawn to say nothing of getting the elephants over the passes and down into what became Northern Italy He also tells of the struggles with the paths crossing the Alps They were narrow and often blocked The ingenuity that enabled the army to just get to Italy is very well portrayedOnce the Army arrives in Italy Dr Kane does an excellent job of describing both the Roman and Carthaginian strategies as well as the political problems that beset the Roman generals Basically there was a hubris in the Roman Senate that could not abide a Carthaginian Army anywhere on the peninsula and it didn t matter what the generals thought would be the best way to fight they had damn well attack and drive them off It didn t work to well and Hannibal destroyed each and every Roman Army that came against him Dr Kane ends the novel before Hannibal s classic and crushing victory at Cannae I would presume this will be taken up in the next novelAs Hannibal descends the Alps into Italy uintus and his father join the army As always Dr Kane does battle seuences well and draws the reader into the action His descriptions of the tension between the two Roman commanders a feature of Republican armies was that there was no overall commander command was passed between two commanders daily is well drawn and enlighteningFinally one word about the structure of the novel The author really doesn t pick sides in the narrative He shifts between the Roman and Carthaginian world freuently and doesn t seem to have a favoriteThis novel was a solid 4 star read for me I definately plan on reading the other novels in the series

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Ost trusted military commanders goes on an innocent adventure with his best friend and disappearsSLAVERYCaptured by pirates put up for sale in the slave market one of the boys is sold as a gladiator the other as a field slave They believe they will never see home. After the excellent Forgotten Legion Trilogy I wondered what Ben Kane would treat us to next and how long would it be before we can convince him to return to do book 4 of the Forgotten seriesWhen the Title was announced Hannibal Enemy of Rome i was really pleased I had recently watched the BBC drama on Hannibal s trail in which three Australian brothers Danny Ben and Sam Wood set out cycling on the trail of Hannibal the Carthaginian warrior who marched from Spain to Rome at the head of an invading army accompanied by elephantsAgain it was yet another point in history I knew a little about but not the detail so this book and Ben Kane s excellent writing skills I knew would not only entertain me but also educate me and this book delivers both of these things in spades I read this book in a single sitting and was hugely upset when the book ended a book full of Ben s usual great characters great pace fantastic writing of dialogue couple all of that with the fantastic fights scenes that Ben writes and any book Ben writes just leaps off the pageThe next book Spartacus due in Feb 2012 only has one flawan 8 month waitThank you Ben a great bookcan you write faster Parm Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, really pleased I had Homewrecker read this book in a single sitting and was hugely upset when the book ended a book full of Ben s usual great characters great pace fantastic writing of dialogue couple all of that with the fantastic fights scenes that Ben writes and any book Ben writes just leaps off the pageThe next book Spartacus due in Feb 2012 only has one flawan 8 month waitThank you Ben a great bookcan you write faster Parm

Ben Kane ☆ 3 review

Or family againA WORLD AFLAMEBut their destiny interwoven and linked with that of their Roman masters is to be an extraordinary one The devastating war unleashed upon Rome by Hannibal will last for nearly twenty years It will change their lives and history forev. Hannibal by Ben Kane A triumph of a novelSome time ago I read and reviewed with a very favourable review Ben s first trilogy the Forgotten Legion At the time those three books along with a few works by Anthony Riches Douglas Jackson and Simon Scarrow very much set the standard for Roman historical fiction Certain scenes from those books have stayed with me no matter how much other Roman fiction I read and that is most of what I read I consider a book that still has an effect on the reader a long time after reading to be a rousing successMove on one book and up a thousand notchesHannibal took me by surprise I have an interest in all Roman history but my knowledge of the Punic war period is considerably less than other eras I did understand beforehand that at this point the Roman army was of a Graeco Etruscan force than the military machine the world generally remembers drawn from citizen volunteers rather than a standing force I knew as does everyone about the crossing of the Alps Beyond that my knowledge of the conflicts and the peoples is almost entirely drawn from holiday visits to Spain Italy and Tunisia I was unsure what to expect with the book as I really didn t know how much of an enthralling tale Ben could spin out of the bare bones of what I knewThe upshot is that despite the title of this book the tale is not about Hannibal Oh it s about that campaign and Hannibal is in it even to the point of being an important supporting character But it is not about him Eually those events from the sacking of Saguntum through the crossing of the Alps and the first conflicts in Northern Italy are the central events around which the story hinges but they are not the story itselfThe story is actually the tale of a Carthaginian nobleman and his three sons and a RomanOscan family from near Capua It is a heart wrenching tale of friends and enemies experiencing the build up to and beginnings of a war between their peoples and the effects this has on their lives and relationships Don t get me wrong this is no family saga of the little old lady variety and includes just the right amount of warfare intrigue danger and adventure to make it a page turner in every respect but it has the refreshing aspect of being a family saga as well something I ve not seen done well in ancient novels beforeIn fact as I think about it the only book I can use to compare is Guy Gavriel Kay s Lions of Al Rassan and I consider this a high complement since GGK has been my favourite writer since my teens There is a similar doom between the books looking at friends separated by a gulf of nationality and fated to meet in those most unhappy of circumstancesEssentially I loved Hannibal and rank it up with my faves now I think it has seen Ben s writing take on a whole new strength and its particular draw for me is his depth of character and family on both sides the realism of the people and the sympathy and empathy the reader cannot help but feel Having read this I am now champing at the bit for the two Spartacus novels one of which is waiting on my shelf and the other is released shortlyBravo Ben Hannibal 2 now eagerly awaited


10 thoughts on “Hannibal Enemy of Rome

  1. says:

    Initial thoughts More a 35 Stars but not uite enough consistency all the way through to round up give it a 4 despite it being a flowing read which is always a good signFuller review to follow Have been a hum a har over this reviewSo It's a fast flowing read strong on historical knowledge character developement the story is there its an easy fourBUT your 23rds of the way through the book yer hang on a tick? I signed up f

  2. says:

    Actual rating is 35 starsThis takes place during the war between the Carthaginians and the Romans This novel is a historical fiction novel In this one we follow two young Carthaginians as they go fishing one day and get lost at sea Their whole lives change as they are captured and sold into slavery in ItalyI have read several of

  3. says:

    I found Dr Kane’s novel a very entertaining and readable look at the beginnings of the Second Punic War Let me state what this novel is not It is not the story of Hannibal Barca He is at most a major supporting character in the novel What this novel is the story of the opening moves of the 2nd Punic war the RomanCarthaginian fight in Iberia Hannibal crossing the Alps and the first few battles between the Carthaginians

  4. says:

    After the excellent Forgotten Legion Trilogy I wondered what Ben Kane would treat us to next and how long would it be befor

  5. says:

    Rating 55 10Dear Ben Kane I want to like you I really do I abandoned your first novel “The Forgotten Legion” but gave you a second chance on “Hannibal” “The Forgotten Legion” was good daring and bold but it read too much like a first novel The structure jumped all over the place Taruinius spends about twenty pages reading the entrails of a goat and then drifts through ten years with a snap of the f

  6. says:

    Ancient Medieval group read A novel with a strong adventure flavour that uses tactics of suspense At first the simplicity of the writing bothered me but plotting skills swept me up Simple needn't be bad in my book crude is bad and the world of

  7. says:

    Hannibal by Ben Kane – A triumph of a novelSome time ago I read and reviewed with a very favourable review Ben’s first trilogy – the Forgotten Legion At the time those three books along with a few works by Anthony Riches Dougl

  8. says:

    It’s been a good while since I read a Ben Kane however on the evidence of this magnificent enthralling captiva

  9. says:

    Although I do own other books set in the Roman period this was not only the first I got around to reading but also my first encounter with author Ben Kane's workWhile I can't say it endeared itself to me in exactly the same way as those set in later times ie Viking Saxon Norman etc that I prefer I have to give significant praise for the sheer uality of the bookWhere a lot of historical fiction tends to focus itself far suarely on the catal

  10. says:

    I truly loved this book enough in fact to search out the next in the series This is written about an era that does not actually grab mewhich makes my rating all the wonderful I loved the two boys Hanno and uintus and Aurelia was a girl after my own heart I too was a tomboy and grew up riding horses and staging mock fights Who want

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