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[Hannibal Enemy of Rome [BOOK] Free download TXT AUTHOR Ben Kane


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Hannibal Enemy of Rome

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. It s been a good while since I read a Ben Kane however on the evidence of this magnificent enthralling captivating book I ve really been missing out and is something I intend to rectify and uicklyFirst of all it s a long one it s a good 150 pages before the man himself puts in an appearance for example However there s hardly a sentence a word even wasted the whole way through I was glued to it the whole way through and by the end I found myself wishing it had been twice as long It s long but still too short Good then that it s the first volume in a trilogy Gooder stillthat I have the others lined up on the shelf over thereTo be honest sometimes even I can t uite put my finger on exactly why I thought a book was so good Then I think does it even matter No At those times maybe it s just best to sit back and enjoy the ride Then enjoy that s the point isn t it I read to enjoy a good story about something I m interested in Or not that makes me interested in it because it s a good book That s Hannibal So what did I enjoy Well Ben Kane does have the deserved reputation in my book anyway for writing battle scenes that are perhaps a cut above the others However excellent battle scenes apart it was the verbal cut and thrusts jabs straight to the heart and of course the final delivery of the death blow of the Senate debate scenes between Publius and Marcus Minucius Rufus that really impressed and will stay with me The crackle of tension the ebb and flow the poise and grace the delicate crikey it could go either way here balance leading us to the final coup de grace Superb writing is superb writing whatever the genre And this that is superb writingI thought the tension between the Carthaginian brothers was 99% believable There were a couple of minor occasions where they clearly in the real world have reacted differently In making the people different to us in that they lived 2000 odd years ago but clearly like us in many ways so we relate to them you surely have to as a reader and a writer stick with the thought what would I do in that situation Then when you re absolutely sure that you and anyone you know would have belted the other brother one for instance and he doesn t he says fair enough lets get on with it it sticks a little No matterCarthaginians and Romans are treated even handedly No good guys and bad guys I suppose there could have been a temptation to treat the Carthaginians favourably as the underdog perhaps the Romans less so I think Ben has avoided taking sides to free the story and himself from the reader s own perceived confines with one eye on how the rest of the story has to unfold Because the temptation of writing what at least I was expecting the plucky small guy up against the evil Empire must have been very greatI ve been incredibly fortunate in my time and especially of late to read some really exceptional books set at various points of the Roman era Hannibal Enemy of Rome continues that disturbingly good trend Highly recommendedMore world class reviews on Speesh Reads

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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

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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. 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 for a tale of Hannibal where he be ok he s on campaign we ve met him at the seige of Sanguntum where he s been all charismatic a la Russell Crowe Master Commander stylee but we re on the FARM for the most part with the yoofs still Hanno uintus Aurelia I m reading a YA vibed book I feel tricked its getting a TWO BAHWhere s me elephants wheres the Alps the grand campaign up through Iberia Gaul into Italy I AM starting to wainAND then jus in the nick of timefor me the emphasis switches to Hannibal Hanno s siblings father who are highly regarded officers of Hannibal we re on campaign we still get glimpses of the Farm the Yoofs adventures but the main story now is on Hannibal not before time too With the story fully supplanted on the adults I m enjoying it a lot To sum it up for me its a 6040 book all good mind but perhaps not uite what you want or expect so I would say go in eyes open I mention YA but in reality its not likely designed that way its jus that the most part of the story revolves around characters who happen to be in the process of child to manhood coming of age they call it I will read on in the series as I DID enjoy the flow of the story cant say fairer than that really

  • Paperback
  • 576
  • Hannibal Enemy of Rome
  • Ben Kane
  • English
  • 15 April 2017
  • 9781848092297

About the Author: Ben Kane

Ben Kane is a bestselling Roman author and former veterinarian He was born in Kenya and grew up in Ireland where his parents are from He has traveled widely and is a lifelong student of military history in general and Roman history in particular He lives in North Somerset England with his family



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

  2. says:

    Actual rating is 35 starsThis takes place during the war between the Carthaginians and the Romans This novel is a historical

  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

  4. says:

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

  5. says:

    Rating 55 10Dear Ben Kane I want to like you I really do I abandoned your first novel “The Forgotten Legion

  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 the novel isn't crudely thought out I liked the presentation from both sides Carthaginian and Rom

  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 Douglas Jackson and Simon Scarrow very much set the standard for Roman historical fiction Certain scenes

  8. says:

    It’s been a good while since I read a Ben Kane however on the evidence of this magnificent enthralling captivating book I’ve really been missing out and is something I intend to rectify and uicklyFirst of all it’s a long one it’s a good 150 pages before the man himself puts in an appearance for example However there’s hardly a sentence a word even wasted the whole way through I was glued to it the whole way through and

  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

  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 gi

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