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5.0 out of 5 stars When is book two due?, 15 Jun. 2011
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Wow, where do I begin with this one! This is an example of some of the very best of historical fiction on offer at the moment and a testament to an author who is consistently producing inspirational reads. If you loved Ben Kane's earlier series, then you will need to get a copy of this, his latest book as soon as you can. It's one of those books that will have you reading late into the night and almost missing your bus stop! It's that good.

Rome is at war with Carthage and as may be expected, this is a story told from both sides of the equation with Quintus and Aurelia largely representing Rome and Bostar, Sapho and Hanno largely representing Carthage. There are numerous other sub-characters including other family members and the infamous Hannibal, but these are the main protagonists around whom the story is mainly centred. Quintus and Aurelia who are brother and sister represent an aspiring equestrian Roman family and Bostar, Sapho and Hanno are brothers from a noble Carthaginian family. The story is located around the Mediterranean, across Gaul and into Italy itself.

This book is so good and its interweaving themes of slavery, injustice, aspiration, love, oaths, brutality, enmity and anguish certainly draws the reader straight in from the first page. As always, Kane's descriptive ability is superb, I truly felt like I was trailing Hanno and Sunni through the streets of Carthage in the first chapter. I could have been stood within the Carthaginian column as it wound its way through the treacherous Alps or sat within the Curia when the Senate met to question its returning Consul in an electrifying political setpiece. The enmity between Bostar and Sapho was brilliantly captured and certainly created a firm foundation on which to base the next book. I for one can't wait to see what will happen to the squabbling pair.

Everything about this book is excellent: the characterisation, the description, the battle scenes, the level of research, the prose, the suspense, the relationships... I could go on! When I read the initial chapter at the end of the last book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of the first of the Carthaginian series. Now I am in the same position as I desperately await the second instalment. It can't come soon enough for me!

Whether you are new to Ben Kane or a seasoned fan, this book is recommended to all lovers of those sorts of books that truly transport you back in time. Fans of all things Roman or students of the Carthaginian Wars should likewise obtain a copy and delve into a world of bitter rivalries. I'm certain that you won't be disappointed with the first instalment to what appears to be an epic new series.

Recommended wholeheartedly.
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2011 09:23:32 BDT
Ben Kane says:
What a stunning review - thank you so much. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2011 10:52:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jun 2011 19:09:44 BDT
J. Cooper says:
My pleasure, it was a damn good book and I just hope that other people pick it up and give it a go!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2011 18:32:26 BDT
Mike Mac says:
Great review. Have you thought of writing a novel? You seem to understand the 'formula' very well. Good luck if you do go down that path.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2011 17:05:46 BDT
J. Cooper says:
Thanks for the comment Mike. I would love to write a novel. But other than setting pen to paper, I would have absolutely no idea on how to go about it.

Posted on 11 Feb 2012 11:40:37 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 19:52:15 GMT
ADB says:
what is the title of the second book on the series???????... why is there easy to find number three... and no trace of number two... a puzzled fan!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2013 17:00:21 GMT
Ben Kane says:
@ADB: Apologies - there has been a mistake by Amazon in the listings. Fields of Blood is book two - I have no idea why they've named it as book three. I've already emailed my publishers, and it should be sorted very soon. Meanwhile, you can pre-order Fields of Blood! ;-)
Many thanks
Ben

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2013 17:15:00 GMT
ADB says:
Just as I thought!... the Travelling Wilbury's trick again...
Cheers
ADB
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