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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Sept. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EOVWFEK
Hannibal: Fields of Blood: Hannibal 2 Audio Download – Unabridged
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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 ›
Hanno is a Carthaginian officer (previously a Slave of Quintus's family) fighting for Hannibal, while Quintus was a Roman equestrian who joins the Infantry. Friends in the same battle, on opposite sides, both fighting for there very survival.
The book follows both of these characters on the path to Cannae. Along the way there is many Ambushes skirmishing and even time for Love to blossom. In typical Ben Kane style the fighting scenes are superb with just enough detail to not be too graphic. The detail to which the book covers both sides, how they formed up for battle, the armour they wore, even down to the Helmets & Spears is magnificent.
Like all of Ben Kane's books, this was excellently written and I always looked forward to reading the next page, next chapter and next book.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 21 days 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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago by Edna Russell
This is a little bit different to some of Ben's other books, it's very dark and heavy. This works extremely well and creates a story that is full of suspense and violent turmoil. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Casey Haynes
Second book in the Hannibal series covers the period up to the battle of Cannae, the Romans have recruited a massive army to confront the invasion of the Carthaginians. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr J P Redman