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Carthage (Carthage Trilogy 3) [Kindle Edition]

Ross Leckie
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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I fought the Romans once. It no longer seems a prudent thing to do. Carthage concludes the internationally acclaimed trilogy that began with Hannibal and continued with Scipio. Here, Ross Leckie tells of the final Punic War: the story of a great city and a people’s utter eradication under the relentless rise of Rome. But its chief characters, one the bastard son of Hannibal, the other of Scipio, would have wished it otherwise. Both seek peace, but are caught up in war. As they struggle between duty and belief, they stand to lose everything in the face of their fathers’ devastating legacies. Written as a series of letters and entries, the multiple voices of the novel are woven into a masterful exploration of human drives, political intrigue and the process of history making itself.

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Leckie's Rome is certainly alive and kicking ... a fine achievement, a thoughtful and stylish piece of historical fiction (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

A truly remarkable novel in the class of I, CLAUDIUS (Allan Massie)

Admirably done, full of interest ... Leckie's narrative of action is masterly ... and all the battle scenes are terrific (LITERARY REVIEW)

A gripping account of the city's downfall...a novel with real historical depth. (THE TIMES)

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* A vivid recreation of the epic struggle between the powers of Rome and Carthage, sure to appeal to fans of authentic historical fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847671012
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #343,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant end to a brilliant trilogy 16 Aug. 2001
For anyone who has read the other two books in this series (Hannibal and Scipio) this book is a must.
It is every bit as beautifully written as the others, making the classical events it deals with accessible for modern readers with very little ostensible effort. Some authors will put modern coloquialisms and forms of speech into the mouths of their historical characters, which I find jar on the ear at times. However, Leckie is so subtle with his choice of language that you feel truly immersed.
Carthage provides a nice sense of closure to the series as the two sons of of the previous heroes confront each other to enact the final destruction of Carthage. Starkly and brutally described as ever, this huge event is taken onto a deeply personal level as Leckie puts you right into the minds of his main characters. Carthage is written entirely in the form of diary entries; so the characters' voices come striaght to the reader, seemingly without the author's intervention. This heightens the sense of realism even further.
On the whole I would say it's a great, well crafted book. It's just a shame there isn't more of it as I raced through it in a day.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Historcal fiction with no history! 18 Dec. 2007
I was somewhat surprised by the format of this book - a series of letters and extracts from "Borstar's journal" - and my first reaction was that it was more like a school composition exercise than a novel. But, as I read it, I had to agree that it is well written. However, as I ploughed through it, I became more and more confused. A bastard son of Scipio Africanus? No such figure existed in history and no Roman would recognise such an illegitimate son born to a none Roman mother (even Caesar drew the line at this, adopting Octavius as his heir rather than recognise Caesarion, his son my Cleopatra). There was a Scipio at the fall of Carthage, but he was the grandson and Scipio Africanus - why make up another Scipio? Then it struck me - it is a device to join up the other two novels to this third and final one. The problem is, that to do so, the author has to conflate time, bringing the final destruction of Carthage a generation closer to the campaign of Hannibal. I presume he chose to do this because he couldn't bring himself to push Hannibal forward in time. However, whichever way you cut it, this is an historical novel without that vital ingredient - history. Just to cap it off he also invents an illegitimate son for Hannibal - Hanno - and leaves to one side the actual defender of Carthage - Hasdrubal - on the grounds that little is known about him.

As such this book is actually a complete waste of time and carelessly throws away the chance to write a really good account of the fall of Carthage. Disappointing doesn't even begin to describe it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carthage 4 Nov. 2012
By Robbo
Absolutely one hundred percent spot on I was over the moon with this book it was just what I was looking for and the seller was true to their word
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3.0 out of 5 stars short! 29 Sept. 2013
This book is comprised of various letters, memoirs and other documents apparently written by a selection of those involved in these incidents. I liked the format but at times was confused by who was writing to whom and when. The book is much shorter than the other two and I felt I never really got to grips with some of the characters. I knew nothing about this era in history before I started on the trilogy and suspect I am probably no better informed at the end of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow 1 Oct. 2013
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ross leckie delivers yet again with a book that loads up on fact and fiction that sit hand in hand what a great writer this man is i hope he does more 10/10
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