I did understand beforehand that at this point the Roman army was more of a Graeco-Etruscan force than the military machine the world generally remembers, drawn from citizen volunteers rather than a standing force. Since Rome now controls the northern Mediterranean Sea the problem is how to get there. The first in a brilliant new series set during the Second Punic War, from the bestselling author of The Forgotten Legion Chronicles. Is that what you mean? Another excellent novel from Ben Kane. The former is bought by Quintus a young Roman who is hoping to join the army. Captured by pirates, transported to an Italian slave market, one of the boys is sold as a gladiator, the other as a field slave.
Most customers will have their books dispatched within 48hrs from one of our warehouses on Weekdays and 72hrs if there is a weekend. Firstly, this is not a standalone book as I previously assumed it was it's the first in a series about the legendary Carthaginian General, Hannibal Barca of Carthage and the second Punic War against Rome during which he led his army of over a hundred thousand, including elephants over the Alps in order to take, the battle to Rome on their own soil, which lasted an incredible sixteen years. Desalniettemin is er veel plezier te beleven althans voor mij! The trek of the famous Carthaginian general who leads his troops over the Alps to challenge Rome provides the genesis for the novel, but it is the coming of age of two teenage boys who are destined to face each other across the battlefield that drives the action. Kane deftly draws the character of the Carthaginian, Hanno, whose fate is irrevocably changed after a harmless act of rebellion results in him being cast adrift at sea as well as in life. It is not the story of Hannibal Barca.
Will Hanno become a high ranking officer like his brothers? Here we have the events leading up to and the beginning of the Second Punic War including that famous journey through the mountains. His addiction to pathology grew after this event. Their castle became an orphanage for young children like him. All things considered, this is a bit of a tour de force of Roman sword and sandal, with some problems. Sommige leerboeken kunnen erg saai zijn, vol met details, die ons veel vertellen over de structuur, de politie en de gebruiken van de klassieke samenleving, maar erg weinig over de echte mensen die zo lang geleden leefden. His skill as a writer has been proven time and time again, now its just enjoying the stories and people he writes, and how closely he gets his history to match the plot.
It looks at prejudices and war hatreds. His early screenplays include Underworldand Rawhead Rex but after witnessing the disappointing picturization of his work, Barker went on to discover the art of filmmaking on his own. But dangers face him from within his own ranks as well as from the enemy - who include his former friend, the Carthaginian, Hanno. With the story fully supplanted on the adults I'm enjoying it a lot more. The author tells his story through the eyes of two noble families. Write it the way people would speak it. Well, you need not worry along those lines as the sequel is out and ready to draw you further into the lives of the characters and the struggle for the supremacy of the Mediterranean world.
The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's. Conflicts of loyalty not only to one's home and leaders but conflicts of intense loyalty to one's family and friends. Caught up in the maelstrom are two young boys, Hanno, the son of a distinguished soldier and confidant of Hannibal, and Quintus, son of a Roman equestrian and landowner. Hannibal took me by surprise. Coincidentally 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 unfamiliar, the events of this book take place in the second - and final - of the Punic Wars, a generation or two later. Now a brilliant young Carthaginian general, called Hannibal, is out for revenge.
Under the merciless Sicilian sun, a city is at war. Where a lot of historical fiction tends to focus itself far more squarely 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 within. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. With him is a young soldier, Hanno. When you add to the mix that Aurelia's father was killed by the Carthaginians and her brother was fighting against them, makes the Kane's story impossible to enjoy. I am not a fan of young characters and puppy love but empires and war are definitely an interest.
Then I think, does it even matter? Europe it is 15 working days. It will be a long wait for book two. Great work Ben keep it up. At the time, it was home to more than a million people; it was a metropolis that dwarfed every other city not just in Europe, but the world. Also pleased that you noticed the attention to detail in Hannibal! Het is ook een schuldig plezier om enkele dagen door te brengen in een café met het lezen van teksten en het maken van aantekeningen. By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. These characters usually lack depth and realism.
For me this was a bit of a diversion for the author, a more rounded and complex story than his other works and I have seen some reviews that were not fond of some of the pace or detail, but it worked for me. Kane does battle sequences well and draws the reader into the action. In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage, their only serious rival for power in the Mediterranean. I liked this book well enough, but the core of the story - the friendship between the Carthaginian and the Roman - was never fully fleshed out and neither were any of the characters, with the possible exceptions of Hanno's brothers. And have recently purchased the first two Spartacus books which I look forward to reading! Send an e-mail to site orderofbooks. The 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.
For Defective items please contact us in advance informing us of the damaged item so that we can give you return instructions. Livy seems to think that Scipio's wound gave the entire authority to Sempronius, but immediately after the battle Scipio commanded an army marching from his camp to Placentia. We shall try our best to rectify this situation. If you fail to comply with this obligation, we may have a right of action against you for compensation. I hope your book continue much more years after this battle. The story expands to include Hanno's older brothers, Bostar and Sapho, his father Malchus and Quintus' family — his father Fabricius, sister Aurelia and sister's betrothed Flaccus.