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Hannibal by Ben Kane
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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 practice whatever its marketing designation and a historical atmosphere that oscillates between authentic - as far as we know from the original sources of course - and modern liberal sensibilities that are pretty misplaced (reading some of the dialogue especially among the "good" roman characters made me truly cringe since they sounded like leftist pundits criticizing the war mongering president of several years ago or whatever the British analogue the author has imitated)

This said, the history is well done this time and much more "true to the sources" than in the author's first series and that gets an extra star from me, but I have no interest in continuing for the literary reasons above
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