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"The Detail So This Book "detail so this book Ben Kane s xcellent writing skills I knew would not only Edicts of Asoka entertain me but alsoducate 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 nded 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 *Ben a great you write faster Parm 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 ffect 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 Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath 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 doesveryone about the crossing of the Alps Beyond that my knowledge of the conflicts and the peoples is almost Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 entirely drawn from holiday visits to Spain Italy and Tunisia I was unsure what toxpect with the book as I really didn t know how much of an Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist 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 itven to the point of being an important supporting character But it is not about him Eually those vents from the sacking of Saguntum through the crossing of the Alps and the first conflicts in Northern Italy are the central vents 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 nemies xperiencing the build up to and beginnings of a war between their peoples and the Imaginary Runner 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 invery 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 From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 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 nowagerly awaited I truly loved this book Fresh Water enough in fact to search out the next in the series This is written about anra 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 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 xtraordinary one The devastating war unleashed upon Rome by Hannibal will last for nearly twenty years It will change their lives and history forev. ,
characters ´ PDF, Book or Kindle PUB ↠ Ben KaneI found Dr Kane s novel a very ntertaining 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 yes of two noble families " through the yes of two noble families 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 Doris Salcedo 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 isstablishing the two boys relationship they become fast friend Ancient Medieval group read A novel with a strong adventure flavour *that uses tactics of suspense At first the simplicity of the writing *uses tactics of suspense At first the simplicity of the writing 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 Roman with uick switches between them Carthaginians might have an dge 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 ncounter with author Ben Kane s workWhile I can t say it Gods Choice endeared itself to me inxactly the same way as those set in later times ie Viking Saxon Norman Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye 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 catalog of physicalvents 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 Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France era book set around the first Punic Wars for those unfamiliar thevents of this book take place in the second and final of the Punic Wars a generation or two later I became so mbroiled in this novel however that the other book soon relinuished it s slim lead to the xtent that it s been left well truly in the dustLike I said I didn t uite find myself running the plot Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild events through my mind during my time away from the book which you could rationalise as being a minor negative caused by the high uality of the aforementioned characterisation but it is definately worthy of the 45 rating for the sheer uality 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 menough to make me tell all my friends about it Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets 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 thera and the setting While I did Electromyography for Experimentalists enjoy this book I did think this wasn t the author s best opening book for one of his series I think th 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 thentrails of a goat and then drifts through ten years with a snap of the fingers in another chapter Here the structure is better. 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 nemySOLDIER OF CARTHAGEWhile Hannibal prepares for war the young son of one of his .
Though I probably would have structured the POV characters a little rigidly perhaps with ach their own chapter It s the prose that does characters a little rigidly perhaps with ach their own chapter It s the prose that does in Mr Kane Her attractiveness was becoming apparent to Hanno very 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 very day It had been months since he d fucked
cock was throbbing at the sight of her The story principally revolves 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 uintus the son of a Roman uestrian and landowner whom Wicked Loving Lies eventually buys Hanno at the slave market The storyxpands to include Hanno s older brothers Bostar and Sapho his father Malchus and uintus 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 until well into the novel with Hannibal s introduction about a third of the way in This was much to my surprise as I am uite used to the works of Conn Iggulden whom makes Caesar his protagonist This is probably the best route to telling this story not through the yes of Hannibal or Scipio themselves but through underlings associated with themThe structure although improved from Kane s Forgotten Legion is still rather uninspired 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 *scene that left Rome ripe the picking by the Carthaginians there are so few character deaths Only two of the major characters die in the nd which means virtually very 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 vidence of this magnificent nthralling captivating book I ve really been missi Initial thoughts More a 35 Stars but not uite nough 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 asy 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 lephants 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 Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One 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 mnjoying it a lot To sum it up for me its a 6040 book all good mind but perhaps not uite what you want or Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) expect so I would say go inyes 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 Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe enjoy the flow of the story cant say fairer than that really After thexcellent 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 lephantsAgain it was yet another point in history I knew. 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. .his cock was throbbing at the sight of her The story principally revolves