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29 April 2010 The Forgotten Legion Chronicles (Book 2)

The Forgotten Legion fought against almighty odds at the very edge of the known world - and lost.

Now Brennus the Gaul, Tarquinius the Etruscan soothsayer and Romulus, bastard son of a Roman nobleman, are prisoners of Parthia. They dream of escape, but in the brutal fighting which lies ahead, only two will survive.

Meanwhile, Fabiola, Romulus's twin sister, is caught up in the vicious eddies of Roman politics. Hunted by slave catchers she flees, hoping to find her lover, Brutus, bound for Alexandria with Caesar.

Ben Kane's brilliant second novel plunges his characters into a cauldron of war and terror, as Caesar and the Roman Republic hurtle towards their day of reckoning.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; Reprint edition (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848090137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848090132
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'History is more than facts on a pages. It's the sounds, the smells, the people, the passion. History should make you think: "I was there."

My books are born from my obsession with Roman history. I've followed Spartacus' trail across Italy. I've stood at Cannae and imagined Hannibal's army meeting the massed legions of Rome. I've watched the sea lapping against the fortifications of Syracuse, which were besieged by the Romans for almost two years. I've walked Hadrian's Wall in full Roman military dress, including hobnailed boots.

Immerse yourself in these incredible stories and - like me - remind yourself why the legend of Rome endures.' - Ben Kane

'Who is the rising star of historical fiction? I say Ben Kane.' - WILBUR SMITH

To find out more about Ben Kane, his world and his novels visit:
Twitter @BenKaneAuthor

(The image of Ben with the sword on Hadrian's Wall was provided by North News & Pictures, and the one with authors Anthony Riches and Russell Whitfield on Hadrian's Wall by Dr. Mike Bishop.)

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"The Forgotten Legion marches again. On an epic scale, Ben Kane vividly captures the heat and the dust, and the despair of the survivors of a defeated Roman army now forced to fight for their savage captors in the barbarous lands of the east. Three men with nothing left to live for but each other and the memories of a life they fear they will never return to. Tarquinius, Romulus and Brennus battle for their very existence in the face of impossible odds while, back in Rome, Romulus's sister Fabiola is threatened by the same political forces that threaten to destroy the Republic. The Silver Eagle is an utterly engrossing combination of historical fact and believable fiction that draws the reader in and holds his interest to the last page." (Douglas Jackson, author of Caligula)

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In a maelstrom of war and treachery, the men of the Forgotten Legion are fighting for their lives.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The continuing adventures 23 Aug 2011
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I have taken a long while to get round to this, it's been in my reading pile for a couple of years. I very much enjoyed the first one but for some reason this kept being pushed to the back of the pile, along with the follow up which is also in there. Well that was my mistake, because this is good stuff.

Following on from The Forgotten Legion (captured Legionaries being forced to fight for the Parthians) we find the soldiers far out to the East protecting the Parthian borders against the likes of the Scythians (nomadic tribesmen). The focus is on Romulus a Roman, Brennus a massive Gaul and Tarquinius a soothsayer. Mistrusted by their Parthian masters and some of their fellow Legionaries, the trio are desperate to get home and hope that Tarquinius's visions will keep them alive and help them realise their destinies.

Back in Rome, Romulus's sister Fabiola is the lover of Brutus who is away in Gaul with Caesar at a time where violent gangs are running wild in Rome and the Roman empire itself is on the edge of anarchy.

The best historical fiction does not just place characters in an era, but involves them in significant events of the time and has peripheral characters we will recognise. Ben Kane has done the research to provide a real and vibrant background to his story. The balance of the battles out in the East and the politics of Rome is an interesting one and although on one or two occasions the author does build up an interest in characters, only to then discard them, the story remains interesting and unpredictable.

I enjoyed it and am surprised at some criticism in other reviews, this is a good follow up to The Forgotten Legion and Ben Kane continues to be an author to watch.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for 3rd book 8 Aug 2009
By cholser
I qualify my review by saying I haven't read Iggulden, Scarrow et al, so I came to this series with no benchmark in the genre. The closest my usual interest gets is in reading military history, where my bias lies in accounts of the experiences of the foot soldiers, and that aspect is what drew me in to this excellent series.
Where the Forgotten Legion introduces the characters and plot, from the sweat and dust of the arena to the intrigues of the brothel - the Silver Eagle picks up where the action left off and brings it to another level. The action is relentless and it's scope is epic, blending the wars and politics of the Republic to adventures at the edges of the known world. The characters develop well as the twins mature and become more world-wise and Tarquinius is more dark and ambiguous. This book has been greatly enhanced by the addition of a very informative glossary.
The bottom line for me is that I'm hooked and can't wait to find out what happens next - the mark of a great book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too many visionaries 1 July 2009
By Sagan
I bought the Forgotten Legion on e-book and read it on holiday-I enjoyed it . The Silver Eagle is also enjoyable but the slight element of mysticism in the first book has now been somewhat overplayed-several characters now have visions of the future .I would prefer Ben Kane to stick more to gritty historical fiction-but that is just a personal opinion (I will still buy the next one !)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Makes the action-packed boring 24 July 2012
By Enquirer VINE VOICE
I never thought that I would find an action-packed military novel boring, but this time I did! I can see why sales for this kind of fiction are initially healthy and then demand suddenly tails off. Clearly, other reviewers enjoy Ben Kane more than me. Revealingly, one mentioned his lack of familiarity with the 'benchmarks' of the genre, authors like Conn Iggulden and Simon Scarrow. Both are twice as good. It's a case of thinking bad wine is good because you have never tasted the best.

Kane cleraly knows his Roman military topic well, and extensively explains at the back why he deviated so often from either fact or likelihood. All through the book I had assumed that it was pure ignorance producing the bloopers. I was outraged that he actually knew what he was doing!

What most of you care about is whether it is an exciting read. Well, the answer is no. The heroes fight too often in too similar a situation, usually when anyone with sense would and could avoid it. Every character is in just too much peril too much of the time. It becomes tedious. The motives of the key figures are too limited and not particularly believable. We are constantly reminded of them, as if the author doesnt quite believe they are sufficient either. I found the portrayal of Romulus's prostitute sister Fabriola the most unconvincing and the most irritating too.

Factually, I can stretch to Kane's claim that there is 'evidence' for women being allowed to worship the god Mithras in the east. (Although, in fact I'm pretty sure that it's incorrect.) But to make it acceptable among Romans in Rome, even before the cult really got established there, is unnecessarily pushing it. And why bother to do so, I ask? It's just to put the silly trollop into yet more self-created trouble she does not deserve to survive.

This could have been a good book with a third cut out and the action tightened up. Expect to regularly see on a market stall near you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Read 12 Jun 2011
With the Roman genre rapidly expanding it is not easy to keep up with all the new authors in the genre. It is also not so easy to know who is worth your and pence and who isnt.

Ben Kane is one i can assure you is worth it. after the first book i was hooked, his mix of fact fiction and Myth sets the book apart from the usual mundane, add in the pace and characterisation of the calibre of Scarrow and Riches and you get an idea of his skills.

Im well and truly left adrift at the end of each book gagging for the next one longing to know what will be the next episode in the lives of these new friends i have made (Romulus, Brennus, Tarquinius & Fabiola) add to that the tantalising hints at parentage the back drop of the Roman , Scythian, Etruscan and many other worlds and you can see why Ben Kane is a new power in this Genre, long may he remain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
An intense read. Never sure what was coming next in the story line. Keen to read on to see what happens next.
Published 20 days ago by Mrs. Christine Theresa De Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good read
Published 25 days ago by george reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story
Very good storyline, exciting from the first few pages, draws you into the history and atmosphere of Rome, cant wait to read the 3rd book
Published 1 month ago by P. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars splendid book
A great read, not as good as the first of 'the forgotten legion chronicles', the name of which eludes me at the moment
Published 3 months ago by Karl Lambley
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Book
The second part of the trilogy was very well written and followed on nicely from the first book. I like the way Ben Kane captures the harsh reality of life at that time in history,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by william garry west
5.0 out of 5 stars No forgetting this Legion
The continued story of the Forgotten Legion and the mascinations of the power brokers in ancient Rome is fascinating. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ROSS D J PILLING
5.0 out of 5 stars The silver Eagle
Excellent great story and cannot wait to see whet happens next
the jump from each character and event has been chosen well.
Published 5 months ago by david alan jones
4.0 out of 5 stars First one was better
Like what happens with every sequel this one fail a bit in comparision to the first one but its still a very good book
Published 7 months ago by Simon Buhagiar
5.0 out of 5 stars Only half way through the book !
I started this series By purchasing a tatty book from a charity shop .I`m now enjoying Silver Eagle which I purchased from amazon . Read more
Published 8 months ago by eff dubble u
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A really great read...highly recommend it. Suggest reading " The forgotten Legion" first, it gives important background to the story.
Published 9 months ago by Peter Donohoe
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