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The Seven Hills (Hannibal's Children #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
John Maddox Roberts's provocative Hannibal's Children answered a fascinating question: What if Rome fell to Carthage, then rose again? Now, the Romans' victory is complete, but their legendary unity-and commander Marcus Scipio's leadership-will be tested...
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Ace Hardcover
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Aug 13, 2010 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
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Jun 22, 2011 Ty rated it it was ok
This book wasn't difficult to read. Nothing difficult or flowery about the prose that kept me from finishing it. But the fact that prose is easy to get through doesn't mean it's at all interesting, and this book wasn't sustaining my interest.

I got to almost the halfway point, and still no sign of conflict or battle or anything. Just various vignettes from the point of view of about 3 too many characters. Within this vignettes, usually but not always defined by chapter, there is a lot of the "his
Jan 06, 2013 Shane rated it liked it
A solid book overall, and a solid sequel and conclusion to "Hannibal's Children". In this alternate history, Carthage had defeated Rome, but Rome is storming back.
The battles were good, and I especially liked the two new main characters, Zeno and Izates, who are the unofficial narrators of the story. Parts did drag, however, and certain timeline things seemed confusing. Sometimes the prose made it seem like only a few days or weeks, but in that time frame an entire army has been raised, marched
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An interesting read of alternative history, the sequel to Hannibal's Children. It was a thoroughly entertaining book of Rome's return to their ancestral land and their continuing struggle against a powerful Carthage. The only gripe I would have with the book is the author's tendency to exaggerate the strength and greatness of Rome; certainly their legions were a powerful thing, but the picture that Roberts paints is one of a near invincible army of supermen that have no equal anywhere. Perhaps ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it
The sequel to HANNIBAL'S CHILDREN. The story of two prominent Romans, Marcus Cornelius Scipio and Titus Norbanus, who are scrambling to make names for themselves in a rebuilt Rome. One is from the "old families"--patricians who can trace their elite Roman status back generations. The other is from the "new families"--former Gauls or Germans who have been Roman for only one or two generations. Power plays, struggles for Senate positions, and machinations by leaders of countries around the ...more
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Jan 17, 2016 Nippy Katz rated it liked it
The Nova Roma series is a low point for Roberts. Like the SPQR series Roberts has done meticulous research. Unlike the SPQR series the characters are 2 D stereotypes that exist more for exposition than anything else. They are neither likable nor unlikable because they're just plain devoid of humanity. The constant glorification of The Roman Way quickly becomes tiresome. I'm not sure I want to learn any more about the Roman conquest of the Mediterranean in what is shaping up to be the Last, ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Boyd rated it it was amazing
A good follow up to Hannibal's Children. In this book the author gets more into the lives of individual characters, as Rome once again becomes a power in the ancient Mediterranean .
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Sep 30, 2012 Matthew Hoover rated it liked it
Continuation of an interesting premise...waiting for the next in the series.

Not as good as the original but quite entertaining.
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John Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series. The first two books in the series have recently been re-released in trade paperback. He lives in New Mexico with his wife.
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