- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (16 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848092385
- ISBN-13: 978-1848092389
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hannibal: Fields of Blood (Hannibal 2) Paperback – 16 Jan 2014
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Ben Kane now belongs to one of those rare few authors who, when they have a book coming out you buy it. His skill as a writer has been proven time and time again, now its just enjoying the stories and people he writes, and how closely he gets his history to match the plot.
I have read and heard before about Hannibal Barca and Cannae, but never before in such vivid and at times gory detail This book is not called Fields of Blood for nothing.
As usual Ben's research is impeccable (the man would be harder on himself for getting it wrong than any reader could be). If there are any mistakes it will take a better person than me to spot them, and if you are such a person, make sure you read the authors note before you pick fault (it is fiction so tinkering is a must at times).
In this book we get to follow the ups and downs of Hanno, Quintus and Aurelia. All suffer hardships, all suffer the trials of adolescents becoming adults, and all do it in a world of upheaval When I think back to the moans my son gave and I did as a teen and compare them the trials of the ancient world.... well trivial comes to mind.
There are many flashes of emotion in the book, from elation at a relatives survival, to dark morbid brooding at being forced into an unexpected life, or the thoughts of imminent death through to manic bestial savagery just in the name of survival. In the next book I would like to see the main characters Hanno and Quintus suffering with some form of PTSD. They have both been portrayed as intelligent and compassionate men, at times quite emotive, and while it should not cripple them I would think that combination will colour who and what they become next after the horror of Cannae.Read more ›
Kane limits the number of characters which makes it an easy read but on the other hand you really can almost feel how it was like to fight in an army at that time. It's hard to imagine nowadays but it must have been horrible.
The centerpiece of Hannibal: Fields of Blood is the Battle of Cannae. This battle, fought in 216 BC, retains the dubious distinction, as Ben Kane informs us, of remaining one of the bloodiest battles of history, with over 50,000 Roman soldiers dead on the field. All paths here do indeed lead to Cannae, although we pass on the way skirmishes, raids and feats of daring on both sides, not least by Hanno and Quintus themselves.
While Hanno has to reassert his loyalty to the extraordinary Hannibal, proving that he is no friend of Rome, and attempting to find peace with his two brothers, Quintus has to prove himself to his father. No longer able to do this as a member of the elite equestrians, Quintus turns his back on his father and comrades and instead `re-enlists' as a common foot soldier. In this lowly position he has to fight for supremacy, even survival, in the small world of his tent men. Enemies are easily made here. A knife in the back is so easily explained away. Meanwhile, near Capua, Quintus' young sister Aurelia has to reassert her own independence against her mother who is intent on marrying her off to save the fortunes of the estate.Read more ›
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Superb story teller and historically very accurate - fiction blended with Ancient History. A joy to read
Ben goes from strength to strength with every book he writes. If you are interested in the era, no one brings it to life better than Kane.Published 3 months ago by Paul O'Brien
I reviewed volume 1 some years ago largely hoping it set the scene for what was to come and would deliver on the promise. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Fareham
I couldn't put this book down! Ben Kane is a wonderful writer & I can't recommend his books enough.
I really feel like I'm there, in the middle of a battle & can almost smell... Read more
I can't believe the research he does on this story it is so true to life and the story follows on from book 1. I think he is the best writer in fiction without a doubt. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adrian Austin
What I love about this set, is that we see the events through the eyes of, and happenings to, the young boys from book one, rather than just a blood and guts battle story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edna Russell