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Publisher's Summary

As Rome's war with Carthage continues, two friends - now on opposing sides - confront each other in one of the most brutal sieges of all time. A new Hannibal novel by the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Forgotten Legion series.

213 BC, Syracuse: Under the merciless Sicilian sun, a city is at war. Outside the walls, a vast Roman army waits. Yet the city’s incredible defences, designed by Archimedes, mean that Syracuse will not be taken easily. A veteran of the bitter war since its beginning, Quintus is ready to give his life in the service of the Republic. But dangers face him from within his own ranks as well as from the enemy - who include his former friend, the Carthaginian Hanno.

Hanno has been sent by his general Hannibal to aid Syracuse in its fight against Rome. Pledged to bring death to all Romans, he is diverted from his mission by the discovery of Quintus’ sister Aurelia, a captive within the city.

Two friends on opposing sides. A woman caught between them. They are about to meet in one of the most brutal sieges of all time.Who will survive?

©2014 Ben Kane (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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loved this series. I really like anything linked to Carthage and the Punic wars. wish I knew more.

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Another epic story

Throughly enjoyable, well written and spoken, Thankyou Ben Kane and Micheal Praed. I’m getting used to this listening rather than reading, although I think I still prefer to read.

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great listen

loved it! could not stop listening. loved the characters and thier journey can't wait for the next installment

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Epic

The Hannibal series is wonderfully crafted, taking you right into the action. Such an epic time in history! Can't wait to visit this area one day.

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  • Luis
  • 23-08-2015

Great Series

What made the experience of listening to Hannibal: Clouds of War the most enjoyable?

The story was good and the reader was very engaging.

What other book might you compare Hannibal: Clouds of War to and why?

Others by Ben Kane, very dinamic.

Any additional comments?

I loved the whole series, the ending point was not the best in my opinion (historically) but it was a good book.

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  • AndyHarney
  • 18-01-2015

What a gripping story!

A great story from the first book to this last book, (clouds of war) didn't want them to finish and look forward to the next book. A fantastic historic story and thank you Ben for your hard work and your gift of story telling. Come on Crespo!

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  • sam
  • 03-10-2014

An incredible book by and incredible author

Would you listen to Hannibal: Clouds of War again? Why?

This book has so much depth and intimacy, it is more than the classic death and and destruction found lots of historical fiction. This book, the third in the series, forms genuine connections between the lead characters and the reader during their adventures. This really is a book I simply could not put down.

Who was your favorite character and why?

During the series you come across many strong characters, but if I had to pick Corax would be my man. He embodys Rome, he is brutal yet he is kind fair and consistently a character to be admired.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The final chapter. Just wait.

Any additional comments?

Remember this is the third book, and this is not a series you will want to start half way through!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-2021

acceptable

where he rushed through a few years of heavy conflict in the second novel, we slow down and take an onteresting look in the brutality of daily life. less repetative than his last work

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  • William Rymer
  • 11-04-2021

Historic delight

I inadvertently bought the 2nd book in the series thinking it was a non fiction work on Hannibal, I don't listen or read a lot of fiction. This was a real treat though, I then went back to the 1st book and although I absorbed them in an unusual order, they are a great experience. very enjoyable. Got through the whole 3 book series (so far) in about a month of commuting and lawn cutting. Very immersive and excellent ability to connect the fiction to the fact enough to make the story gripping and educational.

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  • J. T. Ronan
  • 18-09-2020

brilliant

I think I am getting completely hooked on these Roman books what it must have been like to live in these times it must have been horrific

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-2020

Disappointing

This is a love story. Historical events are almost glossed over and key events are completely bypassed.

Added to which, the author spends so much time pondering teen angst that he neither fully explains the siege nor brings the novel to a logical conclusion.

Also Hannibal, for whom the book is named, is conspicuous by his absence throughout. The 'hero' is a spy for Hannibal but we get no insights into Hannibal's thinking, view of the siege or indeed feedback to news throughout. All on all, I have preserved with this trilogy and it has gone steadily downhill.



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  • Stephanie Paul
  • 13-12-2019

A real copout. Love Ben Kane's books but seriously

The ending of the book is a farce. Such a great story totally ruined.

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  • Barbara E. Tippett-gant
  • 06-08-2018

after six of his books I'm taking a break!

great story as usual but.....a lot more bad language than his other books I have listened to. Please note this on cover as this was well past my comfort level.

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  • James Wilson
  • 06-06-2018

Fallen in love with the Romans all over again.

Amazing balance of plot and historical detail. Bought on a whim I'm now a devotee.

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  • STEPHEN LAMBERT
  • 15-02-2018

superbly written and performed

Superbly written and performed. eally enjoyed the series. hoping there will be another one soon

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