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Do No Harm hOnsidered 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 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 Romanistorical fiction Certain scenes from those books The Poseidon Adventure have stayed with me no matterow much other Roman fiction I read and that is most of what I read I consider a book that still How to Stop Drinking Alcohol and End Drug Addiction 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 Iave an interest in all Roman Le tour du monde en uatre vingts jours 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 fromoliday visits to Spain Italy and Tunisia I was unsure what to expect with the book as I really didn t know The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, 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 aboutim 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 The Kindest Lie hinges but they are not the story itselfThe story is actually the tale of a Carthaginian nobleman andis three sons and a RomanOscan family from near Capua It is a Uncivil Rites heart wrenching tale of friends and enemies experiencing the build up to and beginnings of a war between their peoples and the effects thisas 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 Ethnic Minorities and the Media Issues in Cultural and Media Studies 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 aigh complement since GGK Kraken: An Anatomy 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 itas seen Ben s writing take on a whole new *strength and its particular draw for me is is depth of character *and its particular draw for me is is depth of character family on both sides the realism of the people and the sympathy and empathy the reader cannot elp 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 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 "in later times Viking Saxon Norman etc that I prefer I ave to give significant praise for the sheer uality of the bookWhere a lot of Daughter of the Alien Warrior Treasured by the Alien 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 fewours 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 I became so embroiled in this novel Fire on the Water 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 t uite 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 theigh *uality of the aforementioned characterisation but it is definately worthy of the 45 *of the aforementioned characterisation but it is definately worthy of the 45 for the sheer uality of the work aloneFor all the complaining that s probably lurking below the centre Once Upon an Eid 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 periodistorical fiction definately read this book If you re into books centred in later Ten Doors Down historical periods give it a try anyway you might surprise yourself. 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 andistory forev. Actual rating is 35 starsThis takes place during the war between the Carthaginians and the Romans This novel is a istorical 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 My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel have read several of Ben Kane s novels and Iave yet to read a bad one One of the aspects I love about Moving Targets (Spider Shepherd: SAS Book 2) his novels is that I be After the excellent Forgotten Legion Trilogy I wondered what Ben Kane would treat us to next andow long would it be before we can convince ROMANCE him to return to do book 4 of the Forgotten seriesWhen the Title was announced Hannibal Enemy of Rome i was really pleased Iad 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 Chosen for Greatness head of an invading army accompanied by elephantsAgain it was yet another point inistory 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 Eyes off the Prize The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights 19441955 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 onlyas one flawan 8 month waitThank you Ben a great bookcan you write faster Parm 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 Roman with uick switches between them Carthaginians might Rescued by Tordin (Olodian Alien Warrior, have an edge in our sympathies but they commit atrocities too The book is warmearted and The First Mistake has a conscience about what people do in war It looks at prejudices and waratreds It Shell Beak Tusk 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 It s been a good while since I read a Ben Kaneowever 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 The Adventurers himself puts in an appearance for example However there sardly 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 Mommy on Board Unspoken Confessions Bride Overboard the Suire's Daughter 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 Iave the others lined up on the shelf over thereTo be onest 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 *think does it even matter No At those times 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 *Kane does ave the deserved reputation in my 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 Effective Academic Writing 3: The Essay 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 wayere 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 Charmed Particles 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 surelyave 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 Running with the Kenyans have belted the other brother one for instance ande doesn t Perdido Street Station he says fair enough lets get on with it it sticks a little No matterCarthaginians and Romans are treated evenandedly No good guys and bad guys I suppose there could uit Drinking Easy Ways To uit Drinking For A Healthier Happier and More Motivated Life Without Alcohol Book 1 have been a temptation to treat the Carthaginians favourably as the underdog perhaps the Romans less so I think Benas avoided taking sides to free the story and imself from the reader s own perceived confines
"with one eye on ow the rest of the story as to unfold Because the temptation "one eye on ow the rest of the story Dreamland. Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep has to unfold Because the temptation writing what at least I was expecting the plucky small guy up against the evil Empire mustave 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 I truly loved this boo. ENEMY OF ROMEThe great Carthaginian general Hannibal The Food Explorer The True Adventures of the Globe Trotting Botanist Who Transformed the American Dinner Table has never forgotten the defeat andumiliation of The Princes Scandalous Wedding Vow his father by Rome Nowe plans Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart his revenge and the destruction of the old enemySOLDIER OF CARTHAGEWhile Hannibal prepares for war the young son of one ofis
characters Hannibal Enemy of RomeK 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 Women's Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle heart I too was a tomboy and grew up ridingorses 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 Telecommunications Network Design Algorithms 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 theistorical facts and the glossary very good Overall a teriffic read and Highly recommended 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 The Power of the Internet in China hum aar over this reviewSo It s a fast flowing read strong on istorical knowledge character developement the story is there its an easy fourBUT your 23rds of the way through the book yer ang on a tick I signed up for a tale of Hannibal where e be ok e s on campaign we ve met Caveman Alien's Trap Caveman Aliens him at the seige of Sanguntum wheree 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 The New World Spanish/English, English/Spanish Dictionary (El New World Diccionario espaol/ingls, ingls/espaol) (Spanish and English Edition) 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 whoappen 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 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 Do Better 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 playingooky being picked up by pirates off the coast of Sicily and eventually being sold a 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 Takdir: Gundala The Official Movie Adaptation have structured the POV characters a little rigidly 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 Itad been months since IELTS General Training Academic Study Guide he d lastad sexual relations as was made clear by Get IELTS Band 9.0 in Academic Writing Task 1 Data, Charts Graphs 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 ofer beauty every day It Public Relations had been months sincee d fucked So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia, Third Edition his cock was throbbing at the sight ofer The story principally revolves around two characters of about the *Age Of Sixteen Or Seventeen *of sixteen or seventeen 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 euestrian and landowner whom eventually buys Hanno at the slave market The story expands to include Hanno s older brothers Bostar and Sapho Ugly Child Skylark Child Abuse True Stories Book 3 his father Malchus and uintus familyis 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 "his protagonist This is the best route to telling this story not through the eyes 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 Ost trusted military commanders goes on an innocent adventure with Hang Loose Without Booze 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 seeome. .