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Eagle and Empire

(Clash of Eagles #3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  410 ratings  ·  63 reviews
The award-winning author of Clash of Eagles and Eagle in Exile brings his masterly alternate-history saga of the Roman invasion of North America to a stunning conclusion.

Roman Praetor Gaius Marcellinus came to North America as a conqueror, but after meeting with defeat at the hands of the city-state of Cahokia, he has had to forge a new destiny in this strange land. In th
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Del Rey Books
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May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Eagle and Empire is the stunning conclusion of a detailed, realistic re-imagining of world history. A fast-paced epic adventure which brings to life the nearly forgotten Native American civilizations, and casts a colorful cast of characters into a brutal war between Mongol hordes and Roman legions. Every chapter filled with clash after clash, leaving one breathless as Alan Smale fills the pages with a war for the New World!

For those unfamiliar with the Hesperia
This conclusion to the Clash of Eagles trilogy was excellent. The world war between the Roman Empire and the Mongol Empire in North America begins and ends. There's a cast of thousands, and some very well done battle descriptions. Marcellinus stays the course, but some more minor characters get short shrift, but then, there's only 500 or so pages. Even if they are pretty dense reading.

Great stuff, with an ending that's not a let down. The only thing is, that there was another great empire at thi
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've thoroughly enjoyed this series. Well done. My only complaint is that it's now over. I want more!
Margaret Fisk
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

Once again, I have been captivated not just with the cultural elements new to me but the rocky coming together of different people. The misunderstandings, both deliberate and not, and the respect given when lies or manipulations are found out, give this story a complexity that makes it feel true to life. This book is similar to the two previous ones in bare summary, and yet, each time the scope is bigger and the risks higher. Not only that, but because
A brilliant ending to an exceptional alternate history trilogy. Eagle and Empire pits the combined might of the Roman army and the Hesperian League (various North American tribes) against the invading Mongols. Led largely by Gaius Marcellinus and his close Cahokian allies, the lines between Roma and Cahokia blur in the berserker blood fueled haze of battle. The fighting is frenetic and so well articulated you feel like you standing with Gaius as he faces down the menacing horde. Take note, Eagle ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Eagle and Empire" is a fine ending to a fine trilogy—the best alternative historical work I've read. The series is driven by serious research, interesting ideas about an alternative history for North America (as well as for Rome and the Mongol Empire), and really effective writing. It is fully fleshed out and presents people (GaaiusMarcellinus first among them) who seem real.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.2 stars
Charles Bronson
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Smale’s warfare and epic battle scenes are truly peerless! ‘I have spoken!’
Ken Papai
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Superb - excellent - perfectly written -- historical in its own way. I cannot recommend Alan Smale's trilogy any HIGHER ENOUGH. I am a hard science fiction person, by Alan Smale nails it about his alternate history of N. America and Rome.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Boy I love this series. My only quibble is the length of the battle sequence in this final book; a third of the story dedicated to one long fight was a tad much for me. But the ending of the series was exactly what I would have wanted for Marcellinus and the others and was very well written and laid out. A very enjoyable read.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** I received an advance reader copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. **

Okay, so I gave this book to my son to read as he loves historical fiction/historical fantasy/alternate histories. He started the book but within an hour was back informing me I had to go buy him the first two books in the series because while he loved the writing and the ideas, he felt a little lost without the background provided in previous books. I bought him the rest of the series and after flying through it,
In brief: Gaius Marcellinus is uneasily towing the line between loyalty to the Roman Empire, the Cahokians and their Hesperian League, and himself when news arrives that the Mongols are, at last, coming. Third in a trilogy.

Thoughts: This was another fun read and a very good close to the trilogy. Smale didn’t disappoint on anything, from continually raising the stakes and throwing Marcellinus into hot water and the threat of the Mongols and the grandness of the battle against them, to his consist
Ernest Spoon
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the oddities of our ¨dimension´s¨history--if one accepts string theory-- is the fact that the so-called ¨old world¨ took so long in stumbling upon the ¨new world?¨ I wonder if Julius Caesar thought, after subduing the maritime Veneti tribe of Gaul, as he stood looking out west over the Atlantic Ocean, ¨is there anyone out there? NASA astronomer Samle must have wondered too.

And in this rousing close to his Clash of Eagles trilogy not only are the legions of the Roman Empire marching acros
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eagle and Empire (Clash of Eagles #3)
by Alan Smale
This is an amazing book, looking at a collision of cultures that never met, the author takes his series from Rome to Cahokia, to the plains of America through the canyons of the southwest. This new story looks into the idea of Chaco, and the dying culture of religious belief that created Pueblo Bonito, with a sampling of the Mongol Horde.The mongols have a way of spreading the news of their power in a curious way... how can you pass on the messag
Clay Kallam
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Alan Smale concludes his alternate history Clash of Eagles trilogy with “Eagle and Empire” (Del Rey, $30, 512 pages), and the mashup of Native American culture, the Roman Empire, hang gliders and the 13th century was just as successful and enjoyable in the concluding volume as it was in the first two, “Clash of Eagles” and “Eagle in Exile.” (As is most often the case with trilogies, reading the first two books is a must for maximum pleasure.)

The setup is that the Roman Empire survived rather tha
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
By far the best book of the series as it has the most action. Early on Marcellinus and friends head out to SW America to try to get The People of the Hand (Hopi's?) as allies in the North American alliance against the Mongols who've landed on the west coast. Spoiler alert...... They get ambushed by the Mongols and dragged back to the Khan. Pezi, the word slave along with M somehow talk their way out of being killed while most of the captives are executed. Subsequently, they are put on a river ra ...more
Chris Bauer
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alan Smale concludes his Clash of Eagles trilogy in the strongest manner possible. This unique series proposes the Roman Empire discovered North America in the 13th century and attempts to add it to their collection. The natives ("Hesperians") have other ideas.

The primary character, introduced in the very first book, demonstrates an incredible arc resolution in the series, and this book specifically. His intentions, loyalty, plans for the future - a man of two nations who is forced to decide, o
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pretty satisfying end to the trilogy, although some issues (view spoiler) are not wrapped up and beg for more books. Other things, like Enopay's interest in world travel, leave room for more books. I do hope Smale returns to this world in future. I also think this would make an excellent TV series.

One thing did bug me about the series over all, and that is the lack of disease. If a world war on this scope had happened in North Ame
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The conclusion to the Hesperian Trilogy is definitely a rapturous read. The conflicts that the author set up in volumes one and two come to an inevitable - brutal - and satisfying conclusion. The battles are many, detailed to the point of obsession, but that attention enables readers to picture the scenes as if playing on screen. As someone who is actually quite indifferent to military strategies and tactics - my own interest aligning more with character development - I came out of the novel a t ...more
Richard Otxoa
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clash of Eagles has a satisfying end. It is thankfully one of those series that get better as you progress from book to book, and not one of those stories that slows down as the marathon goes. You can tell Alan Smale planned his series from start to finish, as just about everything from the previous books is touched upon in one way or another. No plot holes whatsoever and the final battle is both cinematic and accurate in its portrayal (minus the avian flyers of course). Those who wish to read ...more
Karen A. Wyle
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this alternate history series, despite what my well-informed husband tells me is the dubious factual foundation on one important point (whether this continent's 13th century population had the means and technology to develop a certain key military item). I am not, as I sometimes am with a series, sorry that it has (at least for the moment) ended; but then, each of the three volumes was thick and jam-packed. The character development has been excellent throughout, and the plot adeq ...more
Paul Lunger
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The finale to Alan Smale's "Clash of Eagles" trilogy, "Eagle and Empire", picks up where the last installment left off with the people of Nova Hesperia preparing for a fight against the Mongols who are ready to continue their worldwide domination across the continent. Set across the next 3 years, Smale takes these characters that we have known & enjoyed across the 2 previous installments on a quest to rid the continent of the Mongols as well as to solve the issue of how Roma will deal w/ Cahokia ...more
Lawrence Carrington
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall I enjoyed this series. The concept was intriguing and was told in a believable way. I would give this final book a 3.5 rating. This was a fitting end to the series and wrapped up the stories well. There were some plot twists I didn't expect that were creative and in tune with the story. One thing that grated on me was the introduction of a lot more language. It was brought into the series a little bit by the introduction of a Roman character at the end of book two, but spread in use in t ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a meticulously written alternate-history book with a very unique story. The Roman Empire has survived and extended to North America; the Mongols are challenging in a war that will keep you absorbed. I had not read the two earlier books in this series and that made for a very taxing read but, with some effort, I was able to catch up and follow the conclusion to this epic story. All-in-all, this is an intense and imaginative read that I would recommend to anyone who likes this genre.
I won
Carl Phillips
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very satisfying end to the series. Continues the strengths of the series so far - the supremacy of events over individual action, the characters and the depth of world building are all excellent.

I am keen for Alan Smale to write more in this world, perhaps moving ahead a century or two.

My prior skepticism of a Roman legion successfully fighting the Mongols continue, as the whole set-up for the battle that headlines this book was the Cahokia/Roman leadership picking a location to fight a cava
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed these enough to finish the series (obvs), but I'm also kind of glad it's over. The character tends to get a little woe-is-me, the battle scenes are huge (both in land area and in page numbers), and *none* of the secondary have enough depth to be distinguishable from each other. As a result, as they're killed off in battle, it has little to no emotional impact. Still a better example of Alternative History than *anything* by Harry Turtledove, by lightyears.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: althistory
It is the 13th Century, and the Roman Empire has come to what we know as North America. In the last book it was revealed that Caesar had come to fight a war against the Mongol Horde. In this book that war finally comes to pass. It will take a strong alliance between the Romans and all the nations of "Nova Hesperia" to win the day. Gaius Marcellinus is caught in the middle between the two forces, and must find a way to make the future a place for both the Romans and his Native family.
John Haslam
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alternate history that explores intercultural issues through the eyes of a Roman soldier and native Americans in what is North America during a 13th century in which the Roman Empire never fell. I'm not much of a military buff but this whole series plenty to think about. This is the final book of a trilogy. Really enjoyed it. Sad to say goodbye to these characters. Alan Smale: if you're reading this would welcome more like this!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Even though I have only read half of this book, I read enough to know that it is a book that I will really enjoy after I get to read the first two books in the Hesperian Trilogy. This is not usually a genre that I would read, but on this occasion I am glad that I decided to.

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Alan Smale is a professional astronomer, but his writing tastes have always veered more towards alternate and twisted history, fantasy, and horror. His novella of Romans in ancient America, "A Clash of Eagles" in Panverse Two, won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and the first book in a trilogy set in the same universe, CLASH OF EAGLES, appeared in 2015 from Del Rey in the US and Titan Bo ...more

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