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Eagles at War

By: Ben Kane
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)
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Based on real historical events.

A time for vengeance. German frontier: Close to the Rhine, a Roman centurion, Lucius Tullus, prepares to take his soldiers on patrol. On the opposite side of the river, German tribes are resentful of the harsh taxes about to be imposed upon them. Suspicious that there might be unrest, Tullus knows that his men's survival will be determined not just by their training and discipline, but by his leadership.

A time for war. What neither Tullus nor his commander, Governor Varus, realise is that ranged against them is the charismatic chieftain and trusted ally of Rome, Arminius, who has long been plotting to drive the Romans from the tribal lands east of the Rhine.

A time to die. As Varus' legions prepare to leave their summer encampment, thousands of warriors - directed by Arminius - are massing nearby. Eager to throw off the Roman yoke, the tribesmen prepare a deadly ambush. Only the gods can save the Romans now....

©2015 Ben Kane (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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Impressive and thrilling

Loved this, moreso after the epilogue where the author describes how he's augmented historical fact and tried to keep faith with history to create this thrilling tale around and actual event bringing it to live with graphic detail based on research and experience. Fantastic reading by the author and huge respect for the author.

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Fascinating & action packed.

An excellent historical context and events made visceral by a excellent writer and a fabulous narration. I learnt a lot from the novel while totally entertained by a period that never fails to be fascinating for examining the motivations of earlier civilisations. Great to see the the ancient Germans treated with the balance they deserve and not a cheer squad for the Romans that some writers of the period fall into. If you like B Cromwell then this is for you.

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  • Brian Wenzel
  • 18-09-2018

Fast Paced Action!

Entertaining story with fast paced story line. If you are a lover of Roman military history this is a must read.

Enjoyed the multiple prospective's of characters on each side of the events and on different levels from the commander of the army to ordinary foot soldiers.

Looking forward to more from Ben Kane!

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  • Maya
  • 17-09-2018

Amazing book

Ben Kane is amazing, I loved this book I couldn't stop listening. The narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-2018

Fantastic

The eagle series are great books. I’d recommend them to anyone. I’ve read/listened to them all multiple times. I never get tired of them. I would like to thank Mr. Kane himself for getting this particular book added to audible. It was the first one of the series and only one I was unable to purchase. He corrected the issue. Thanks to him for his assistance and for such a good read.

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  • Ben
  • 21-08-2015

Great Read

What did you like most about Eagles at War?

The fact that the events are accurate and Ben has tried to be as historically true to the events make this book stand out.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eagles at War?

Going back in the night to find the Women, Child and Pup.

What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Pronunciation of Roman names and Places :)

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Even though I knew the ending it kept be listening to find out how and the detail added in that is then explained in the authors note is quite fascinating.

Any additional comments?

Hope for more :)

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  • Alan
  • 01-12-2015

Another superb Ben Kane, full of realism

Would you listen to Eagles at War again? Why?

The realism that Ben manages to get into his stories, while still maintaining the drive necessary to propel the reader/listener keeps me wanting more

What did you like best about this story?

The realism, the historic accuracy, the believable characters

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

Clear diction makes the recording easy to understand, even when listening in the car.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, if only I had a car journey long enough.

Any additional comments?

A little more inflection required in the humerous parts, and some variation in delivery of dialogue needed to take it from 4 to 5 stars

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  • Erik Nilssen
  • 20-07-2015

Thrilling listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Eagles at War to be better than the print version?

yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eagles at War?

Opening scene

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favourite?

Tullus

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Roman history brought alive!

Any additional comments?

Excellent historically based fiction. Really looking forward to next book in this series by Ben Kane.

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  • Graham Nash
  • 02-07-2015

Ben Kane Does It Again! 5 Stars

Would you consider the audio edition of Eagles at War to be better than the print version?

I really enjoyed the Audible Version and unfortunately have not read the printed version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I found it very difficult to choose a favourite character as this book was so well written that the book brought the reader close to a number of characters. It was quiet hard to choose a side as both(Roman and Germanic) had traits of good and evil. Both Tulis and Arminius were a close top spot.

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favourite?

Tulis

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hells Forest

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  • Johnny
  • 12-04-2016

Hummmmmm

Outstanding book brilliantly narrated really felt like I was there! Smells blood and dirt.. Bens description of battle is yet to be matched

Well. Done!
Loved it

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  • Jess
  • 16-03-2019

Buy it.

Superb work by Ben Kane and fantastic performance by the narrator, David Rintoul fits the character of Centurion Tullus perfectly!

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  • Naomi
  • 26-10-2018

Wonderful book, good read.

Wonderful book, at times the writing was so real that I could imagine myself there amongst the fighting. I could smell the blood and sweat of the soldiers see their exhausted forms in the mist.

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  • Stefan
  • 20-07-2018

If you like Roman military history/fiction 👌👍

I love Roman military fiction based on history and this was absolutely up my street if you're a fan of Simon scarrows eagle series get amongst this!

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  • bill sneddon
  • 11-08-2017

Roman defeat

the narrator was excellent and the storyline great to listen too. grea
t storyline. too. well worth the cost.

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  • Paul
  • 22-06-2017

great stuff

nice work once again. looking forward to book 4 great listen now onto germania with the eagles of war