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Hannibal: Enemy of Rome (Hannibal #1)

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As Rome rose to power in the 3rd century BCE there was only one real rival in the Mediterranean—Carthage. In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage. Now Hannibal, a brilliant young Carthaginian general, is out for revenge.

Caught up in the maelstrom are two young boys, Hanno, the son of a distinguished soldier and confidant of Hannibal, and...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 9th 2011)
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Rabindranauth
Carthage, one of the most powerful states in the Mediterranean, second only to the Roman Empire herself. During the First Punic War, the Romans emphatically defeated Carthage. Now, a brilliant young Carthaginian general has an epic plan. Hannibal intends to go over Alps, and bring the fight to Rome.

It was just another day out on the water for Hanno when the storm swept in, taking the fishing boat he was in with his friend out to sea. Captured by pirates and sold into slavery, Hanno eventually st...more
Andy
Initial thoughts - More a 3.5 Stars but not quite enough consistency all the way through to round up & give it a 4 despite it being a flowing read which is always a good sign.

Fuller review to follow. Have been a hum & a har over this review....

So... It's a fast flowing read, strong on historical knowledge & character developement, the story is there & its an easy four.....BUT... your 2/3rds of the way through the book & yer hang on a tick....? I signed up for a tale of Hannib...more
Robin Carter
After the excellent Forgotten Legion Trilogy I wondered what Ben Kane would treat us to next (and how long would it be before we can convince him to return to do book 4 of the Forgotten series).
When the Title was announced : Hannibal Enemy of Rome, i was really pleased, I had recently watched the BBC drama on Hannibal's trail in which three Australian brothers - Danny, Ben and Sam Wood - set out cycling on the trail of Hannibal, the Carthaginian warrior who marched from Spain to Rome at the head...more
Zeke Chase
Rating: 5.5 / 10

Dear Ben Kane, I want to like you. I really do. I abandoned your first novel, “The Forgotten Legion”, but gave you a second chance on “Hannibal”. “The Forgotten Legion” was good, daring and bold, but it read too much like a first novel. The structure jumped all over the place. Tarquinius spends about twenty pages reading the entrails of a goat, and then drifts through ten years with a snap of the fingers in another chapter. Here, the structure is better, though I probably would h...more
Nick Brett
Set during the second of the Punic wars this book sits between Ben Kane's Forgotten Legion series and his new Spartacus series. Hard to tell if it is a stand-alone or if Mr Kane will return to the characters here. But this is the story of the rise of Hannibal, and his attack towards Rome via the Alps, told from the perspective of a group of participants on the Roman side and the Carthaginians side. Often in these books by weight of the central character you form a view of the good guys and the b...more
mixal
I've read this book straight after finishing Pride of Carthage by David Anthony Durham, so I can't but compare these two books. From the beginning to the end Kane's book seems to be better researched, the author obviously went into great length in his search for reconstructions of the places he describes and he used this knowledge with a great skill (in author's note he also points out all the liberties he took and what was their reason). In addition, the story is described from the POV of middle-class Carthaginians and Romans that ev...more
Paul
Although I do own other books set in the Roman period this was not only the first I got around to reading but also my first encounter with author Ben Kane's work.

While I can't say it endeared itself to me in exactly the same way as those set in later times - ie Viking, Saxon, Norman etc - that I prefer, I have to give significant praise for the sheer quality of the book.
Where a lot of historical fiction tends to focus itself far more squarely on the catalog of physical events that takes place, w...more
Bryn Hammond
Ancient & Medieval group read.
A novel with a strong adventure flavour, that uses tactics of suspense. At first the simplicity of the writing bothered me, but plotting skills swept me up. Simple needn't be bad, in my book: crude is bad, and the world of the novel isn't crudely thought out. I liked the presentation from both sides, Carthaginian and Roman, with quick switches between them. Carthaginians might have an edge in our sympathies but they commit atrocities too. The book is warm-heart...more
Dawn
Set during the Second Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage, this is a story of friends, enemies, brothers and war.

I am not a fan of young characters and puppy love but empires and war are definitely an interest. So the slave/master relationships were uninteresting and the teenage angst was even a bit annoying but the battles were realistic and the fighting was stellar.

This was a good book with some great history. I like the alternate stories from the Roman and Carthage sides, done without takin...more
Simon Turney
Hannibal by Ben Kane – A triumph of a novel

Some time ago I read and reviewed (with a very favourable review) Ben’s first trilogy – the Forgotten Legion. At the time, those three books, along with a few works by Anthony Riches, Douglas Jackson and Simon Scarrow, very much set the standard for Roman historical fiction. Certain scenes from those books have stayed with me, no matter how much other Roman fiction I read (and that is most of what I read). I consider a book that still has an effect on t...more
Liviu
When I heard of this book I was intrigued since the Punic wars are one of the historical events I read the most about from the original surviving texts (Livy, Polybius) to the surprisingly many modern ones; on the other hand my experience with the author kind of juvenile and mediocre first series kept my expectations in check and indeed on finishing this book, I just could not overcome my dislike for his style; wooden stock characters and dialogue, juvenile prose that makes this one YA in practi...more
Anne
I truly loved this book--enough in fact to search out the next in the series. This is written about an era that does not actually grab me,which makes my rating all the more wonderful. I loved the two boys Hanno and Quintus, and Aurelia was a girl after my own heart. I too was a tomboy and grew up riding horses and staging mock fights. Who wants to play with dolls? BORING! I am somewhat familiar with the wars between Rome and Carthage and remember from my Ancient History class in UNI that the Rom...more
Marina
Despite the misleading title, this is not another book about Hannibal, but the story of two young men - Hanno and Quintus - unlikely friends torn apart by war and family obligations.
I liked this book well enough, but the core of the story - the friendship between the Carthaginian and the Roman - was never fully fleshed out and neither were any of the characters, with the possible exceptions of Hanno's brothers.
It is a bit superficial, bordering on YA, lacking in depth and presenting no challenge...more
Mary
It's been a busy summer but I finally finished the first book in bestselling author Ben Kane's series about the Hannibalic Wars entitled "Hannibal: Enemy of Rome". As in his popular "The Forgotten Legion", Kane has used young men on the cusp of manhood as his primary characters.

We first meet Hanno, a young Carthaginian who hopes to become a soldier like his father, Malchus, once was. Now, Malchus serves on the council in Carthage and, although Malchus drags Hanno to the council meetings so he m...more
Nicholas
This first in what the author states is intended to be a series of novels set in the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage has all the hallmarks of excellence. It is clear that the book is well-researched, the historical details are accurate and the gaps that time has left in our knowledge about the war are plausibly filled in. The details of culture and daily life are also an excellent showcase of what must have been very comprehensive research.

Kane's approach to the story is not completel...more
Joe
Another excellent novel from Ben Kane. This time (and it's a first for me) we're introduced to Carthage, a place I had heard very little about. His description at the beginning of the book left me able to visualize it very easily. The rest of the book is also brought to life as you follow Hano, the main character around Europe and Africa.

Loved it, can't wait to read the next one. 5 stars.
Patty
I must admit that all I could call forward if you asked me about Hannibal was that he crossed the Alps with elephants. Beyond that I knew very little about him. As with most great figures in history they are remembered for their most audacious acts. Especially military geniuses. Mr. Kane is telling the tale of the Second Punic War where Hannibal led the combined armies against the might of Rome in search of revenge for the humiliation of the First Punic War.

This first book of the trilogy is more...more
Elisabeth Storrs
Ben Kane's Hannibal: Enemy of Rome describes three journeys. The trek of the famous Carthaginian general who leads his troops over the Alps to challenge Rome provides the genesis for the novel, but it is the coming of age of two teenage boys who are destined to face each other across the battlefield that drives the action. Kane deftly draws the character of the Carthaginian, Hanno, whose fate is irrevocably changed after a harmless act of rebellion results in him being cast adrift at sea as well...more
Paul Bennett
Aside from passing mentions in other Roman era fiction, this is my first in depth encounter with the Alpine traversing, pachyderm using scourge of Rome since I saw the movie Hannibal starring Victor Mature back in the late 1950's. This is not, however, my first encounter with the author Ben Kane having read his marvelous Forgotten Legion series.

The story here, while having many storylines filled with intrigue, revolves around two young men. Hanno is the son of a prominent officer in Hannibal's a...more
John Salter
Firstly, this is not a standalone book as I previously assumed it was it's the first in a series about the legendary Carthaginian General, Hannibal Barca of Carthage and the second Punic War against Rome during which he led his army of over a hundred thousand, including elephants over the Alps in order to take, the battle to Rome on their own soil, which lasted an incredible sixteen years.

If like me you are/were a fan of Ben Kane's Forgotten Legion Chronicles, then I am certain that you will enj...more
Mehmet
My knowledge of the 2nd Punic wars was very basic before i read the book, but i am very impressed the way Ben Kane managed to teach you the historical events with out it spoiling the story. So by the end of the book, being aware he twisted facts to make the story flow (the authors tells you which parts he changed and why at the end) i did come away with more knowledge then before.
So first point I did enjoy the book, i liked the characters and felt that Ben Kanes not only knows history but has t...more
Lindsay
This book is fantastic.

I have read Kane's Forgotten Legion trilogy and was incredibly impressed with it. And this carries on that feeling.

The book is historically accurate (as much as can be anyway) without becoming dry and boring. There is plenty of action , large battles and small skirmishes, plenty of gore to keep things interesting, but there is also a great deal of emotion portrayed in the characters. Kane explores both the relationship between the three Carthaginian brothers and their fath...more
David
This was one of Ben Kane's better works. Generally I have not always been impressed but this is worth the read. It's nicely written with some very good characterisation. the central character is good and he is certainly taken out of his comfort zone, which makes for an interesting read. The plot is lively with some good twists. It had the feel for the period and depicted Roman life well. Overall, a good read.
Paulinlong
This was recommended and it is tremendously detailed and well researched. Intriguing fictional plot adds domestic detail and personal feelings to what would be a series of battle descriptions otherwise. Kane does well to get across the horror of war, the cheapness of life, the nightmare of torture. It is little wonder men thought women got off lightly with arranged marriages and the boredom of domesticity. Of course, in some countries even now life goes on in much the same way, and many men wish...more
Ian
Based on events around Hannibal's advance from Iberia through Gaul and the Alps into northern Italy, but through the eyes of 'ordinary' soldiers on both the Carthaginian and Roman sides. The plot revolves around the unlikely friendship between teenage boys of the opposing sides, thrust together through fate, and how they eventually end up facing each other on the battlefield. Pace is rather slow, and while the descriptions of Carthage and Rome during those times are interesting, the detail will...more
Diggle30
I enjoyed this book to a degree, although I doubt the characters will stay with me for long. It took a while to get going and the story of the two young men wasn't really what I was expecting. The story is supposedly about a pair of Carthaginians who are capture by pirates and sold into slavery, the book jacket states "Captured by pirates, put up for sale in the slave market, one of the boys is sold as a gladiator, the other as a field slave. But their destiny - interwoven and linked with that o...more
James Rees
Absolutely fantastic read while delving into this book ben kane has found a way to make you feel like your there superb characters and brilliant start to a trilogy the knowledge ben has shows in how descriptive a read that this is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! !!!!
Jess Hughes
For those of you who read historical fiction as I do, I recommend you place, HANNIBAL: Enemy of Rome, on your reading list. Not only does this page turner take you into the period of the Second Carthaginian War, but gives insight what it was like to live in Carthage, Capua and Rome. Although we see Hannibal, the primary focus of the story is seen through the viewpoints of two families, one Carthaginian and the other Roman, primarily through the young Roman, Quintus, and the young Carthaginian, H...more
Barbara Ghylin
I have tried to read this one and just couldn't do it. For whatever reasons, this book just didn't catch my attention. Unfourntly, it bored me to tears. The really sad part is I really enjoyed "the lost legion trilogy" by this same writer.
DNF
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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.
More about Ben Kane...
The Forgotten Legion (Forgotten Legion Chronicles, #1) The Road to Rome (Forgotten Legion Chronicles, #3) The Silver Eagle (Forgotten Legion Chronicles, #2) Spartacus: The Gladiator (Spartacus, #1) Spartacus: Rebellion (Spartacus, #2)

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