- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1477 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Publisher: Reckless Books (5 July 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008I592Q2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book could be seen as a coming-of-age story but to call it that would do it a great misjustice. When the story opens Malco has already come-of-age, or has just done so, and the story focus on the years that end up defining Malco for the rest of his life. In fact one could propose that the four years or so that this novel encompasses describe Malco in a liminal state but not necessarily one that is typically described as a coming-of-age state. This is a period that depicts a growing sense of disillusionment with his homeland and a growing sense of love for his dearest friend. These two forces work on Malco in ways that are often emotionally exhausting and Kean does a brilliant job intertwining these emotional journeys.
Along the way Malco gets in many scrapes and saves more lives, while his is saved more than once by his now adjutant of choice, the humble and ever faithful Nessus. Already schooled in the art of love with men by his nineteen year old adopted cousin, Malco soon finds love amongst his comrades, including a young guardsman Trebon who hopes to capture his heart.
Thunderbolt is a gripping fictionalised account based around Hannibal's campaign, it is also a great adventure of the very courageous and most resourceful young man, Malco, and a touching love story. There are great battles, much loss of life, political intrigue, acts of courage and great loyalty, a humiliating rape, tender explicit love scenes, and much more. It is also very enlightening as we learn much of an historical nature, and here I am trusting to the writer who has also authored history books. However there is an anachronism in the expression, "cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey" which he ascribes to "a crude Roman saying"; while of uncertain origin as far as I can discern the expression is thought to originate from the early nineteenth century, while a few suggest possible the C17th, whatever, it does seem out of place - or maybe I have more to learn. Nonetheless this is well written and a most enjoyable read about some very likable characters.
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