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Carthage (The Carthage Trilogy #3)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  97 ratings  ·  6 reviews
I fought the Romans once. It no longer seems a prudent thing to do. Carthage concludes the internationally acclaimed trilogy that began with Hannibal and continued with Scipio. Here, Ross Leckie tells of the final Punic War: the story of a great city and a people's utter eradication under the relentless rise of Rome. But its chief characters, one the bastard son of Hanniba ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Canongate Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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It ok. Not better or worse. Just, ok. Fine, average. I read the previous books ages ago, and didn't remember anything about the characters. But that was ok, it wasn't needed.

The structure of letters and diary entries makes it a bit flat. Rarely any section longer than four pages, so there's little momentum
Which is a shame as some bits are engagingly written. The final Punic war and destruction of Carthage is a great story, and this covers it in a short space. I'd read more by him, but he can do
Again my expectations were too high.
I was expecting to read more about the siege and the people's actions and feelings inside the fortress while the romans tried to get inside the city, but instead that part is narrated mainly in three pages and all we know about how they felt is through the reaction they had when the fortress was taken.
However the way the author decided to tell the story (though several kinds of documents) was original even if restraining.
Rupert Matthews
Another cracking tale, but for me it was spoilt by some very serious historical inaccuracies. THat said, a fun read.
This book piqued an interest in history pre-1800, which I had never really had.
Tim Dunn
The worst of the three novels, but still a decent read...quick if nothing else.
Chris Silvester
Good, but not as good as the previous 2.
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Since reading Classics at Oxford, Ross Leckie has worked variously as a farm labourer, roughneck, schoolmaster, and insurance broker. He is best known for his Carthage trilogy.

He is now a full time writer living in Edinburgh.
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Other Books in the Series

The Carthage Trilogy (3 books)
  • Hannibal (The Carthage Trilogy, #1)
  • Scipio Africanus (The Carthage Trilogy, #2)
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