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The Silver Eagle (Forgotten Legion Chronicles #2)

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“A gripping blend of history, battles, gore, ancient politics, betrayals, consummate and casual cruelty, and sex....a pleasure for those who like history and great adventure.” —Library Journal on The Forgotten Legion

Trapped in Parthia by Crassus’s failed invasion, ten thousand legionaries are captured and marched to the edge of the known world—these men are the Forgotten
ebook, 480 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2009)
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Oh well, oh well, oh well...

How disappointed I was back in October 2011 when I first began reading 'The Silver Eagle'. I felt It had retained none of what had captivated me in 'The Forgotten Legion'.

Then however I determined I would restart the book and after another couple of months procrastinating, I grudgingly picked it up again. Obviously, back in October I was suffering from some kind of bowl loosening brain malady to have thought how I had! I fell straight back into the story as if it had
The thing that frustrates me most about Ben Kane's books is that picking one up can be such a hit and miss event.
There are books where you devour it with relish and really invest in the characters, yet there are others that are just the archetype of staid, wooden and cardboard devoid of anything of note.

The most baffling thing of such inconsistency is that Kane is notably talented as crafting realistic human emotion & characters and, most often seperately, one of the most consistently skill
A follow up to THE FORGOTTEN LEGION, and the second part of a trilogy. I wanted to like THE SILVER EAGLE, because I really enjoyed the first outing, but I have to admit that I struggled with this one. I get the impression that the author was struggling with "second book syndrome" at the time and that this one was a real chore to write. Sometimes it's a real chore to read.

The problems with the story are numerous. For instance, the female character, Fabiola, is exceptionally weak and merely exists
Janine Southard
Jun 22, 2011 Janine Southard rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: political, series, romans
I really wanted to like this one. It's got Romans. It's got former slaves who became prostitutes (and gladiators) and worked their wily ways to freedom. It's got a soothsayer whose prophecies come true. It's got travel throughout the Ancient world. Plus, I really liked the first book in this series, The Forgotten Legion.

Unfortunately, it doesn't have:
* character development
* suspense
* active verbs

Also unfortunately, it did have lots of "what has gone before" at the beginning. This is quite sensi
Mithris help me this book is a boring read. The writing style is never changing and after a while you can anticipate the next sentence (his heart sank, her heart rose). The story relies too much on "the gods" and too many coincidences. The characters are too perfect to be real - beautiful, smart, never failing. No real fun. I will probably finish the trilogy just from completeness sake, but Jupiter knows where I'll get the energy for that.
Rupert Matthews
I really enjoyed this book, right up to the final 12 pages or so. It is a well written and evocative look at the days of ancient Rome and the Roman army. The real historical people are woven into the fictional story line in a credible and non-jarring way, the plot lines are interesting and relatively non-predictable and so far as I could judge it is pretty accurate from a historical point of view. Thrilling chases, great battle scenes etc etc. But it was let down by the ending. I read to the end ...more
I found this to suffer very much from "middle book syndrome" - I wanted to love it more than I did, because I love the characters and the first part of the story left me wanting much more - but I found it fell a bit flat.

While I found the majority of the book to be acceptable tightly written, this one was much more loose, often meandering to the point of near frustration. Keeping your suspension of disbelief became taxing as well. As well, the loss of a main character - and the subsequent reacti
I thought Ben Kane's debut novel ''The Forgotten Legion'' was excellent, but that it ended a little abruptly, even with the knowledge there was more to come. Having now read that "more to come", I feel a lot better about it. The story is so relentless that there was no obvious place to pause between books.

Fabiola, having been bought out of prostitution by Brutus, one of Caesar's closest allies, is living on his estate in Pompeii. Life seems to be going well, but soon after her arrival she is inv
Wayne Farmer
Another enjoyable read from Ben Kane. I really enjoyed the first novel in this series and found that I couldn't put it down - this 2nd book was just the same. Ben has done a lot of research into the Roman period and it shows, I found the historical side of the story fascinating and funnily enough while I hadn't even heard of Mithras before these novels I happened to watch a documentary on the Roman War Machine when I was reading this and it which mentioned Mithras and even showed inside one of t ...more
Nick Brett
I have taken a long while to get round to this, it’s been in my reading pile for a couple of years. I very much enjoyed the first one but for some reason this kept being pushed to the back of the pile, along with the follow up which is also in there. Well that was my mistake, because this is good stuff.

Following on from The Forgotten Legion (captured Legionaries being forced to fight for the Parthians) we find the soldiers far out to the East protecting the Parthian borders against the likes of
i great sequel to the first, i believe Ben's writing has improved...

By the time you get to the second book you finally have an okay connection with the characters and are able to relate in a way. Most of this book is about the long journey south, further and further away from Rome. it seems hopeless until the last few pages that Romulus will ever see Rome again. Good battle scenes in this book but i wish they were more in depth, I realize there were several battle scenes and if they were all in
Simon Turney
The Forgotten Legion series is one of the strongest series set in ancient Rome that has been produced to date. The scope of the series in length of years, geographical reach, depth of character and intertwining some of the most tumultuous and important events in the history of he world with the life story of a small number of fictional characters is phenomenal. As a series, it is impossible not to pick up the next book and read on...

This, the second book in the series, is my clear favourite. The
This second volume of Ben Kane's series on the downfall of the Roman Republic and the forthcoming dictatorship of Caesar follows his first in the popular fiction series entitled: The Forgotten Legion. In this edition, one of the main characters of the Legion, the young hero Romulus, fights outrageous odds to find his way back to Rome, while in a parallel plot his beautiful twin sister, Fabiola is busy fighting her way out of Rome and the chaos of violent conflict and political revolution, all th ...more
So it took me tree full years (almost exactly) after finishing the first book of this series to get around to reading this one. Basically, when I read the first book, the second two weren't yet out, and eventually I forgot about the series. Well, I'm glad Amazon can peer deep into my soul and mine out my hopes and dreams and algorithm them into recommendations, because that's what threw these final two books into my face after so long away from the series.
Anyway, to the book. It was long! LONG!
It is 53 BCE, and Rome is in crisis. The consul Crassus has fallen, leaving bitter rivals Caesar and Pompey to battle over the fate of the republic. The former gathers his forces north of the river Rubicon, forbidden to enter Italy with his army but unwilling to disband it as the Senate demands. The latter, with the support of the Senate, has now been made sole Consul. As the capital city quickly descends into gang violence and lawlessness, it seems that civil war is inevitable.

The former prost
Elizabeth Sulzby
Historical fiction from the 1st Century BCE, divided into parts by smaller dates, by historical fiction writer Ben Kane (2009). A detailed description of a crucifiction of slaves and treasonous people, obviously designed to fit with the later christian accounts of J's death, circa 33 CE. A very fast, intriguing read; fits well with nonfictional accounts of the Roman emperors/"deified Caesars." This is Kane's second book, the first which I haven't yet read is The Forgotten Legion (but see below). ...more
The Silver Eagle continues the interwoven stories of Ben Kane's debut novel, The Forgotten Legion. The series is set in the Roman Empire and its outskirts during the time of Julius Caesar, Pompey, Crassus, and Brutus. These historical figures play critical roles in Ben Kane's plots, but the lead protagonists are far from the seat of power. The heroes are largely taken from the conquered peoples and slaves of the Roman Empire.

We encounter the three close friends and legionaries of The Forgotten L
John Salter
After reading The Forgotten Legion last week and having thoroughly enjoyed it, I decided to read the Silver Eagle this week (after a brief interlude with Simon Scarrows Gladiator: Fight for Freedom) to see where Romulus and company had got to and what had happened to them after they had had been captured by the Parthians and made to fight in their army.

Book two of the Forgotten Legion Chronicles finds the intrepid threesome in the frozen winter of Eastern Margiana operating out of a Roman style
This is an excellent read.At least on a par with Harry Sidebottom's 'Warrior of Rome' books.'The Silver Eagle', isnumber two in Ben Kane's 'Forgotten Legion' series.
The Forgotten Legion are one of the Roman Legions defeated after the battle of Carrhae. They are then captured and taken east by the victors, the Parthians. In the east, they are kept together and kept fighting, but under (name) control against their eastern enemies, ending with a huge battle in the far eastagainst an Indian army, in
Second in the Forgotten Legion series. I suppose when I read the first it was a library book, and they only had the first one. Romulus, Tarquinis, and Brennas are captured and forced to serve in the Parthian army on its Eastern border (Parthia is one of the many historical incarnations of the Persian Empire centered around today's Iraq's Tigris and Euphrates River valleys.) The border they are taken to is roughly in the area of today's Iran and Afghanistan. Eventually they escape to India, Arabi ...more
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David Elkin
A good military romp near the end of the Roman Empire. I liked it enough to plan on reading the first book in the series called the Forgotten Legion and the 3rd of the trilogy called The Road to Rome.

The history was pretty good, and the author takes time to explain why he used fiction and some alterations of history in his notes at the end of the volume.

The heroic efforts and escapes of the two main characters are fun, even if, at times, it stretches one's credulity. I picked up the volume in
Robin Carter
With the Roman genre rapidly expanding it is not easy to keep up with all the new authors in the genre. It is also not so easy to know who is worth your ££ and pence and who isnt.

Ben Kane is one i can assure you is worth it. after the first book i was hooked, his mix of fact fiction and Myth sets the book apart from the usual mundane, add in the pace and characterisation of the calibre of Scarrow and Riches and you get an idea of his skills.

Im well and truly left adrift at the end of each book g
This was a decent historical fiction tale set in the time of Brutus, Caesar, Crassus and the invasion of Parthia. The book is split in viewpoint between Italy and Parthia where survivors of the invasion of Parthia are trying to return to Rome. Will look for other volumes in the series.
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I persevered with this second novel in Ben Kane's trilogy because I was interested to read about the fate of Crassus' legions and to explore with the novel's protagonists the cultures of the first century to the east of the Roman Empire. I am still none the wiser. The novelist's lack of adequate research showed in his sketchy evocations of these places. It was also irritating to read of the 'crucifix' as a method of execution - a cross is surely the instrument of execution, a crucifix is an imag ...more
Richard Amor Allan
Without posting any spoilers: this is the second novel in the 'Forgotten Legion' trilogy, and where some second books suffer from fulfilling their role as bridging novels to progress the narrative from point A to point B, 'The Silver Eagle' is a strong novel in its own right. The multi-threaded story is skillfully progressed by author Ben Kane, intertwining historical fact with artistic licence, meshing fictional characters into documented events and places seamlessly. A real joy to read.
I liked it.
Historical fiction is a genre that is tricky to write; different people will prefer different authors. I enjoyed this one.
Part II of the Forgotten Legion trilogy. Don't start this novel without reading the first book as it picks up directly where the previous ended.

The story continues with our favorite cast of characters, but really evolves into the brother and sister tales of Romulus and Fabiola. Each chapter rotates between the two, leaving the reader on edge between chapters.

Similar to the Forgotten Legion, the storyline is a bit predictable - but Ben Kane's descriptions of Roman Life during this time period are
Linda Humberstone
Ben Kane is carrying on with a good story. The main characters have many more adventures as one would expect with this genre, although I do get tired with the female character nearly being raped or having to have sexual encounters as part of her role. This is my only criticism so far as this trilogy is proving to be what is intended, an adventure story with good against evil, the depressed against the Roman status quo, victory over seemingly insurmountable odds, etc. I've now started the last bo ...more
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Ben Kane is a bestselling Roman author and former veterinarian. He was born in Kenya and grew up in Ireland (where his parents are from). He has traveled widely and is a lifelong student of military history in general, and Roman history in particular. He lives in North Somerset, England, with his family.
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