Hannibal: Enemy Of Rome

Paperback | February 27, 2012

byBen Kane

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The first in a brilliant new series set during the Second Punic War, from the bestselling author of The Forgotten Legion Chronicles.

In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage, their only serious rival for power in the Mediterranean. Now a brilliant young Carthaginian general, called Hannibal, is out for revenge. 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. A disastrous adventure will see Hanno sold into slavery and bought by Quintus's father. Although an unexpected friendship springs up between the two boys -- and with Quintus's sister, Aurelia -- the fortunes of the two warring empires once again separates them. They find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict and an alliance forged through slavery will be played out to its stunning conclusion in battle.

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The first in a brilliant new series set during the Second Punic War, from the bestselling author of The Forgotten Legion Chronicles. In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage, their only serious rival for power in the Mediterranean. Now a brilliant young Carthaginian general, called Hannibal, is out for...

BEN KANE was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin but after that he travelled the world extensively, indulging his passion for ancient history. Now he lives in NorthSomerset, where he researches, writes and practises as a small animal vet.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7.78 × 5.04 × 1.08 inPublished:February 27, 2012Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781848092297

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hanibal enemy of Rome The book is slow to start but then moves along at a good pace . Very interesting and good on Historical content. I am reading the next in line now.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An awesome story of Ancient Rome Ancient Rome in the 2nd century is the setting of this tale of two friends whose countries are at odds with each other as they prepare for the Second Punic War. Hanno is the youngest son of a wealthy Carthaginian. He contravenes his father’s wishes to attend a political meeting, and instead, goes fishing with his best friend, Suni. The pair are rescued by a band of unscrupulous pirates and sold into slavery. Hanno is purchased by a Roman land baron named Fabricus whose overseer hates Carthaginians, and Suni is to become a gladiator. Hanno is befriended by his owner’s children, Aurelia and Quintus. When he saves Quintus’ life, a bond is formed between them. One day, Quintus helps Hanno escape, and the two part to fight in the 2nd Punic War on opposite sides – Hanno to fight with Hannibal and Quintus to fight for the Romans. Poignant relationships, and vividly real battle scenes color the pages of this gripping novel. I enjoyed every moment of this book. The writing is clear and invisible, the research impeccable, and the poignant hardships faced by the characters made for a very engrossing story. The storyline is touched with realism and took many interesting twists and turns. Although the battle scenes were numerous, which will greatly appeal to male readership, this does not detract from holding the interest of female readers. There is something for all in this tale. The story continues with two more installments in this new series. Ben Kane is a talented, best-selling author, and I love the way he can weave a complex tale. Most definitely, I will be reading more of his work. This is a fabulous book that I read in the span of 24 hours. Yup, it was that good!
Date published: 2014-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hannibal enemy of Rome I thoroughly enjoyed this book , it was in the same stylised historically correct fashion as Conn Iggulden whom I also enjoyed reading , it was very hard to put down and the characters were easily pictured in my mind through their thoughtful descriptions, an easy read.
Date published: 2013-12-03

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"An epic tale, triumphantly told."
—Giles Kristian, author of the Raven series