Perhaps with each their own chapter It s the prose that does you in Mr Kane Her attractiveness was becoming apparent to Hanno every day It had been months since he d last had sexual relations as was made clear by his throbbing groin paraphrased Fluidity Mr Kane Write it the way people would speak it This should feel like a natural river not a series of lochs Hanno became aware of her beauty every day It had been months since he d fucked his cock was throbbing at the sight of her The story principally revolves around two characters of about the age of sixteen or seventeen Hanno the son of Carthaginian politician washed out to sea during a storm and sold into slavery by pirates and intus the son of a Roman euestrian and landowner whom eventually buys Hanno at the slave market The story expands to include Hanno s older brothers Bostar and Sapho his father Malchus and intus family his father Fabricius sister Aurelia and sister s betrothed FlaccusThe major players in the Second Punic War Hannibal Scipio Africanus Tiberius Sempronius Longus aren t introduced ntil well into the novel with Hannibal s introduction about a third of the way in This was much to my surprise as I am The Superior Peninsula uitesed to the works of Conn Iggulden whom makes Caesar his protagonist This is probably the best route to telling this story not through the eyes of Hannibal or Scipio themselves but through nderlings associated with themThe structure although improved from Kane s Forgotten Legion is still rather ninspired Chapters are drawn at random points the chapter titles are superfluous although it is rather well balanced between the characters involvedAll things considered this is a bit of a tour de force of Roman sword and sandal with some problems The final climax became a little predictable and in a battle scene that left Rome ripe for the picking by the Carthaginians there are so few character deaths Only two of the major characters die in the end which means virtually every other one vanuishes death for themselves and their families on multiple occasionsI will continue with the rest of the series if a bit reluctantly Mr Kane good job but focus a little bit on your prose and structure 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 Sweet Potato Pie 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 linedp on the shelf over thereTo be honest sometimes even I can t Braving the Elements (Darkness, 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 leadings 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 The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales us in that they lived 2000 odd years ago but clearly likes 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 Medical Marijuana 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 tonfold Because the temptation of writing what at least I was expecting the plucky small guy p 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 Initial thoughts More a 35 Stars but not ite enough consistency all the way through to round Nicademus 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 Ost trusted military commanders goes on an innocent adventure with his best friend and disappearsSLAVERYCaptured by pirates putp 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.
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 Gone til November 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 familyintusRoughly the first half of the novel is establishing the two boys relationship they become fast friends This plays i Ancient Medieval group read A novel with a strong adventure flavour that Turning The Professor Into A Crossdressing, Sissified and Feminized Pet - A Tale of Forced Feminization! uses tactics of suspense At first the simplicity of the writing bothered me but plotting skills swept mep 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 Roman with ick switches between them Carthaginians might have an edge in our sympathies but they commit atrocities too The book is warm hearted and has a conscience about what people do in war It looks at prejudices and war hatreds It has a knack for skipping the boring bits and a flexibility in the telling It doesn t dwell too much on so called action than which nothing is dull What s not to like 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 ality of the bookWhere a lot of historical fiction tends to focus itself far suarely on the catalog of physical events that takes place what adds rich depth to this book is the gritty believability and sheer realistic feel of the relationships and interactions between the characters withinCoincidentally a few hours before I started reading this I d also started reading another Roman era book set around the first Punic Wars for those A Way Youll Never Be unfamiliar the events of this book take place in the second and final of the Punic Wars a generation or two later I became so embroiled in this novel however that the other book soon relinuished it s slim lead to the extent that it s been left well truly in the dustLike I said I didn tite find myself running the plot events through my mind during my time away from the book which you could rationalise as being a minor negative caused by the high Oracle Web Application Programming For Pl/Sql Developers uality of the aforementioned characterisation but it is definately worthy of the 45 rating for the sheerality of the work aloneFor all the complaining that s probably lurking below the centre here don t get me wrong this is a good worthwhile read though not one that moved me enough to make me tell all my friends about it etcIf you re into Roman period historical fiction definately read this book If you re into books centred in later historical periods give it a try anyway you might surprise yourself 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 Ben Kane s novels and I have yet to read a bad one One of the aspects I love about his novels is that I become immersed in the setting of that time A reader can tell that the author does his research and one of his goals is to really represent the era and the setting While I did enjoy this book I did think this wasn t the author s best opening book for one of his series I think the problem was that it was a little misleading as I was expecting Hannibal He was there but we really don t get to know the man Instead he is sed as the driving force for the drama that is present in this book Don t get me wrong I enjoyed the drama The relationship between slave and master was well developed and I found it really touching in one particular scene I also enjoyed the subplot between the two brothers that do not see eye to eyeI enjoyed this book and I will definitely continue with the series It did have some flaws though Basically I wanted background on Hannibal We get the infamous trek through the Alps but even that felt like it was skimmed This book isn t about Hannibal It is about the fictional characters and the message about how opposing forces aren t necessarily evil and the enemy They are human and things might be different if there were different circumstances 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 fingers in another chapter Here the structure is better though I probably would have structured the POV characters a little rigidly. 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
Ay through the book yer hang on a tick I signed p 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 Les Altaens : Peuple turc des montagnes de Sibrie 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 campaignp 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 The Possible Police up for me its a 6040 book all good mind but perhaps notite 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 After the excellent Forgotten Legion Trilogy I wondered what Ben Kane would treat A Letter To Pakistan 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 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 andp 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 Before Our Eyes 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 wasnsure 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 Death on Milestone Buttress 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 buildp 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 A Dark and Stormy Knight (Victorian Rebels, 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 mostnhappy of circumstancesEssentially I loved Hannibal and rank it Who Killed Mohtta 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 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 andintus and Aurelia was a girl after my own heart I too was a tomboy and grew p riding horses and staging mock fights Who wants to play with dolls BORING I am somewhat familiar with the wars between Rome and Carthage and remember from my Ancient History class in UNI that the Romans finally defeated Carthage and destroyed the whole town and seeded the land with salt so no one could live there for many yearsBen Kane has a wonderful was with writing and in spite of the small print I was fascinated with the whole story The characters were well developed and interesting the historical facts and the glossary very good Overall a teriffic read and Highly recommended. 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 nleashed pon Rome by Hannibal will last for nearly twenty years It will change their lives and history forev.
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