Clash of Eagles
In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, a legion under the command of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly-discovered North American continent. But M ...more
WHAT IF . . . The Roman Empire had never fallen?
Better yet – what if the Roman Empire not only continued to exist but conquered Europe and then decided to invade the American Continent?
Sounds interesting, right?
Well, in Clash of Eagles that is exactly what Alan Smale sets out to explore.
In this “what if” world, Rome has continued to grow. In the east, it is confronted by the Chinese Empire. In the west, it has followed rumors of gold across the wide sea ...more
1218 AD. Gaius Marcellinus commands the 33rd legion as it marches across the newfound lands of Nova Hesperia after having disembarked in the bay of Chesapica. A series of violent encounters with various native peoples takes the Roman army deeper ...more
Alternate historical fiction in which Roman Empire never fell and now tries to conquer North American continent. Sounds amazing, right?
I cannot deny that premise for this novel was perfect. But where was world-building? Where was explanation of how such alternate world came to be? Where was engaging storytelling and character development? Without all of that even the best idea for story turned into one flat and boring novel.
If you are in mood for military oriented nove ...more
The last few pages of Clash of Eagles underscores what makes this book so great - the author's obvious passion for historical research. Smale shows a command of both Mississippian Native American culture and the military culture of the later Roman principate that realistically extrapolates this alternative history in a way that truly lives and breathes. If Rome *had* survived into the late Middle Ages, a ...more
well just finished this, in all it was a great story, well thought out and well written by an author who as done his research.
An alternative history fantasy so no magic or fantasy races.
Wished we had more on this version of the roman empire, but that may happen in future books.
The time is now, but the Roman Empire never fell. Leading a Roman expedition of conquest of what is obviously North America is Praetor Gaius Marcellinus. He's landed on the east coast, his goal to march west to discover the cities of gold across the mountains.
His force is already tired and stressed, but he has to march on, depending on indigenous guides in order to navigate the wild geography and unknown lands, before reaching the flood plains of the vast river that we re ...more
What a satisfying read. Imagine an alternate history where Rome didn't fall, and was responsible for leading the age of discovery into the New World. How would their early encounters with the Native Americans go?
This book turned out to be much more than a "what if?" situation, developing into a richly constructed historical fantasy. While the author mentions it as the first of a trilogy, the story here is pretty much self-cont ...more
Clash of Eagles tells of the tale of of an alternate world where the Roman Empire has not fallen, and the continent of North America has just been discovered. Hungry for land and gold, the Emperor has sent Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Roman Legion across the ocean to invade the newly discovered lands.
Marcellinus and his men expect an easy victory over the native inhabitants, but the 33rd Legion clashes with an unique civilisation armed with weapons and strategies that no ...more
Naturally, Rome sends out a legion to conquer that new land and bring back the riches, shipping the soldiers across the Atlantic on Viking ships. And less naturally, it turns out that some tribes across the Atlantic have discovered flight, so they can drop fire on th ...more
Clash of Eagles was an attempt f ...more
I read an advance copy that I received via Goodeads, and does not influence my opinion at all.
After I read the blurb I got an "Asterix et Obelix" vibe, and since I love that series this book had lots to live up to. Sadly it had a very flat delivery.
I was expecting something different. Cool tribes in America fighting the legions, I got a piece of white bread with no butter.
It felt odd since the legions lacked the advancement I expected of 121 ...more
And to be honest, I did not finish it. Alternate history is a tricky genre. The author needs to have thought through the consequences of all the differences that would exist from their chosen divergence from history. It also needs to be engaging and human.
Many alternate history authors are enamored of military history and want to talk about subjects like : what if the South had won the Civil War? What if America hadn' ...more
Good but not great.
As other reviewer(s) have noted, this ends up being a one-man show almost exclusively - Marcellinus, the Praetor of the XXXIII Legion, marching west across the Appallacians towards the mighty Mississippi years before Horace Greeley penned the phrase "Go West, young man.' The Romans, and their Norse scouts, encounter various Native Americans with startlingly advanced technology for a stone-age culture lacking even the wheel*.
Marcellinus is the only truly fleshed ...more
Praetor Gaius Marcellinus leads the 33rd Legion into the heart of America, landing at Chesapeake Bay. That was a very interesting concept. The Romans eventually run into the Cahokians who end up defeating them. Gaius is "adopted" by the tribe to teach them new methods of warfare as they battle the Iroquois.
That's the gist. Overall an interesting story an ...more
They say that the Roman Empire never truly fell - that it simply became the Roman Catholic Church. But what if the Roman Legion hadn't shifted its power to the theological? What if they continued their conquest of the world, taking under their wings nation after nation? That is the bare bones idea of Alan Smale's alternative history novel, Clash of Eagles, book one of the Hesperian Trilogy. He takes it a step further however. Had the world power that was the...more
Very interesting concept and the writing was good but I couldn't connect with it.. not a bad book, just not for me I guess:(
Go ahead if you are still curious, you may like it better than me
Excellent alternate history. Imperial Rome invades thirteenth-century North America in search of gold. Smale drops the reader into the story and supplies details as the Romans march west. Good character and plot development.
“Even when you were younger. Would you have spoiled her?” “You don’t have daughters, do you?” “No.” “Ask me again when you do.”
Lacks a believable antagonist after the ope ...more
The first thing that caught my eye when I scrolled through the available books on NetGalley was the cover. It is a fierce, very sharp cover that hints at an action-filled story centered on the Roman Empire. Historical Fiction is my second favourite genre next to SFF and I simply couldn’t resist. The story wasn’t anything like I had expected it to be, though it was action-packed and had something to do with the Romans. ‘Clash of Eagles’ was an interesting spin on Roman conquest and puts ...more
The Roman Empire never fell, and as the greedy bastards that they were, the mention of a new land with cities of gold were enough to send them across uncharted waters. Separated by thousands of miles of wat ...more
This is an alternate history: the Roman Empire didn't fall and is now set on conquering North America. I like the idea, but I thought the execution was not as good as it could have been. It was interesting and entertaining, though, so not bad.
The book was really slow at the beginning for me: too much terminology relating to military hierarchy, weapons, formations, etc., but I hung in there and it finally picked up. There were lots of action-packed battle scenes for those who like that ( ...more
When I picked up Clash of Eagles, I thought the idea had merit. The Roman Empire remained strong and alive past its original fall and finally managed to work its way over to the North American continent. Just like the Europeans from our history, they encountered the Native Americans who vehemently protected their native land from foreign invaders. Basically: Romans vs. Indians. Since the timeframe for this book was a few centuries after the original ...more
So far in my Alternate History travels I have ventured to the old Romans, Brits and Vikings. But these were mostly stories contained in their own Empires. Alan Smale's Clash of Eagles is something different, it is an Alternate History story featuring Romans, but with a twist. This story is about a what if scenario. Imagine that the Roman Empire never fell. Imagine them making the trek across the ocean to discover the land that is now ...more