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The Silver Eagle (Forgotten Legion Chronicles #2)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,867 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
The Forgotten Legion fought against almighty odds at the very edge of the known world - and lost.

Now Brennus the Gaul, Tarquinius the Etruscan soothsayer and Romulus, bastard son of a Roman nobleman, are prisoners of Parthia. They dream of escape, but in the brutal fighting which lies ahead, only two will survive.

Meanwhile, Fabiola, Romulus's twin sister, is caught up in t
Paperback, 640 pages
Published April 29th 2010 by Arrow (first published July 14th 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
Julián Gómez
Aug 20, 2016 Julián Gómez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Hay varias cosas que decir de este libro, pero antes, es menester mencionar que me veo confundido con respecto a la calificación, no se si se merezca las 5 estrellas por ser excelente, o 4 estrellas por algunas falencias que encontré como lector.

The Silver Eagle o El aguila de plata es la segunda parte de la serie "La legión olvidada" que narra dos historias paralelas y que fácilmente enganchan al lector; afortunadamente NO es necesario haber leído el primer libro, "La legión olvidada", para em
Apr 23, 2014 Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, roman
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 did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: series, political, 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
Sebastian Janek
Jan 26, 2016 Sebastian Janek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rome
Książka napisana jest podobnym, sprawdzonym już, sposobem. Składają się na nią dwa główne wątki, których osiami są Fabiola i jej brat Romulus. Daje to ciekawy obraz Rzymu będącego pod wpływem druzgoczącej klęski na wschodzie. Wszystkie pisane powieści z epoki cesarstwa koncentrują się na jednym konkretnym miejscu. Tak działa np. Simon Scarrow, którego dzielni woje znajdują się zawsze w jednym miejscu (rejonie). Kane posłużył się większym kadrem. Objął nim zarówno Bliski Wschód jak i Italię, ale ...more
Lindsey Roberts
Jun 26, 2015 Lindsey Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Silver Eagle is the second book in Ben Kane’s trilogy, set in the Roman times where slavery was ripe and war loomed in far off lands. The book continues to follow the characters met in The Forgotten Legion as they struggle to find their place in the world, their way home and most importantly, each other.

Rommulus, Brennus and Tarquinus are stuck at the ends of the world, trapped in wars against enemies that simply don’t seem to stop coming. Tension is high in the barracks as Rommulus and Bren
Jun 05, 2013 Yossi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bailey Wallace
The second novel in the compelling Forgotten Legion trilogy is a 50/50 split of heart-racing can’t put down chapters and boring, unrealistic chapters. The story follows Romulus, Tarquinius, and Brenus as they continue fighting different enemies at the edge of the known world, Margiana, and within the Roman army. Back in Rome, Fabiola is living happily with Brutus, until he is called away to help Cesar with his campaign in Gaul and an incident with a group of slave hunters leaves Fabiola fighting ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slow start, say the first 150-200 pages (ebook format), which somehow had me hooked for tje rest of the book. I paused only once about 90 pages from the end to eat, and then continued to plow through it. I am not entirely sure why this book, and series has had that effect of slow start suddenly captivating me. I think it has something to do with the attention to detail in regards to the setting. The ancient world is very beautiful and Ben Kane's prose paints a lovely view of it. The characters ...more
Rupert Matthews
Sep 03, 2014 Rupert Matthews rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
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
Catherine Vera
Dec 11, 2015 Catherine Vera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 estrellas

El libro es simplemente espectacular!!!! Continua exactamente donde quedó La Legión Olvidada. Como el preámbulo y presentación de los personajes ya se trató en el primer libro, este desde las primeras hojas empieza con muchísima acción.

Guerras, luchas de vida o muerte, más intrigas y conspiraciones que acompañan a Romulus, Fabiola, Tarquinius y Brennus. La historia tal cual la conocemos no se ha modificado prácticamente en nada. César se mantiene peleando en la Galia y poco a poco s
Feb 17, 2015 Soho_black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, owned-books
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
Oct 11, 2014 Wayne Farmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2011 Nick Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2012 Simon Turney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2013 Keith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2012 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 11, 2015 Mick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2010 Gaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2013 John Salter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2012 Speesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-romans
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
Mar 13, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Gardner
May 09, 2016 Scott Gardner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic

My biggest problem with this story is that one of the greatest military minds in the history of the world is being portrayed as a rapist .

No where i have read has this ever been labelled at Julius Caesar , so it makes the books really hard to take seriously , with this story line , it makes the 3 rd book predictable , his assassination is going to be planned by Fabiola , using Brutus as her piece , nothing worse than predicting the plot half way through book 2 of a trilogy.

Hopefully i will be pr
Sep 09, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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David Elkin
Jan 17, 2012 David Elkin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 gag
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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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