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The Sword of Carthage

The Sword of Carthage [Kindle Edition]

Vaughn Heppner
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For centuries, Carthage has ruled a sprawling maritime empire. Now, a Roman armada sails from Sicily, landing four legions onto Africa. The legionaries are hard-bitten veterans, men of middle height, with powerful chests and shoulders and bronzed faces. They carry javelins, short keen swords and heavy shields. Consul Regulus leads them. His goal is more than victory, but the end of an ancient empire…

In 256 B.C., the Carthaginian Empire is a seething, buckling realm of barbaric warriors, unstable generals and baffled seamen. At this pivotal moment, a young Hamilcar Barca thrusts himself forward. He befriends a canny Spartan mercenary and learns the intricacies of elephant warfare. Now, in a last, desperate battle, he faces the man who slew his brother, the conquering Roman who fights like a raving wolf.

THE SWORD OF CARTHAGE is the recreation of a historical campaign of bitter savagery, filled with the dust, sweat and roar of battle. It is 123,000 words in length by Vaughn Heppner.

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A sad indictment of a corrupt and profit striving cadre of privileged despots, who believed money and riches could buy anybody.
The hero of this story, the father of Hannibal, learns what it is to be a Roman and strive for domination, not profit.

This book will probably lead onto others and finally Hannibal's accomplishments, and I look forward to those and the development of the characters
However I know enough that Carthage's eventual decline and compete obliteration by the Romans was inevitable
Given the differences in their nations ethics

I enjoyed it
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Excellent. I had not read any of this authors books previously but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 27 Dec 2012
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Nice spin on history, good characters that I grew to care about. A very good book to lose yourself in for a while.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sword of Carthage 11 July 2012
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The Sword of Carthage

I rarely struggle with motivation to read a book but this story made me want to give up about a third of the way in. I got to the end but I had to force myself to finish it.
I don't know if it is translated from another language but clearly the proof readers had a day off from this one as it is full of spelling/grammatical mistakes which I found irritating.
The plot is pretty thin and there is a lot of (irrelevant) padding in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sword of Carthage 25 April 2012
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Excellent read explained a lot about the causes of the destruction of \Carthage. The book refers to the first of the Carthaginian wars with Rome I hope there is more to come.
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One does not bargain with a wolf. One does not attempt taming it, unless he desires the loss of his hand and arm and the eventual tearing out of his throat. There was only one defense against a raving beast, and that was to kill it. &quote;
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Aeneas the Tactician said it best in his Military Preparations: ‘During his first month, a trainee put into battle will cause the death of his trained companions. During the second month, he hinders retreats made necessary by his presence. And in his third month he is finally good enough to get himself killed in the first engagement.’  &quote;
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