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The Road to Rome

Forgotten Legion Chronicles 3
By: Ben Kane
Narrated by: Michael Praed
Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The third novel in The Forgotten Legion trilogy takes the main protagonists from North Africa back to Rome in the build-up to the assassination of Julius Caesar.

Having survived the perils of a journey across half the world, Romulus and Tarquinius are press-ganged into the legions, which are under imminent threat of annihilation by the Egyptians. Meanwhile in Rome, Romulus's twin sister Fabiola lives in fear for her life, loved by Brutus, but wooed by Marcus Antonius, his deadly enemy. Soon after, Romulus fights at Zela, the vicious battle where Caesar famously said, 'Veni, vidi, vici'. Tarquinius, separated from Romulus in the chaos of war, hides in Alexandria, searching for guidance. But mortal danger awaits them both. From the battlefields of Asia Minor and North Africa, to the lawless streets of Rome and the gladiator arena, they face death daily, until on the Ides of March, the twins are reunited and must decide either to back or to betray Caesar on his day of destiny.

©2010 Ben Kane (P)2011 Random House AudioGo LTD

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loved it

A master piece, has me hungering for more. Listen to or read this series. It is not to be missed.

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The Road to Rome

This is an excellent rate and tantalizingly prepares the reader for further addition to the series.
Great action, complex characters and a faithful treatment of the Roman Civil War. great work Ben

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Captivating

I totally immersed myself in this series. I enjoyed the dynamics of the plot and historical context in which the books were set. A magnificent way to escape.

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  • T
  • 25-11-2012

A fourth book please.

An excellent book couldn't wait to read it after first two novels, anxiously hoping for a fourth book in the series in the near future. Narrator Michael Praed was easy to listen to and not Americanized and fake.will definitely be listening to some more books narrated by Mr Praed.

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  • Neil
  • 06-03-2015

Excellent

This book will have you hooked from the start ! The long and hard travels across far off lands shrouded in the mists of antiquity. A must listen to for any history buff.

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  • Mr. G. Laing
  • 15-10-2013

Excellent book with great narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Road to Rome to be better than the print version?

Impossible to say

Have you listened to any of Michael Praed’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Michael Praed is one of the best narrators I have listened to

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I have now read and listened to all the Ben Kane books as I think his style of writing is excellent - this along with mp's excellent narration makes it a pleasure to listen to

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  • Chris W
  • 12-03-2019

Ben Kane = quality Roman storytelling!

I’m a big Ben Kane fan, read many of his books. This one is entertaining and enjoyable throughout.

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  • David B.
  • 10-03-2019

hugely enjoyable

excellent narration, good storyline with well rounded characters. Good historical detail a very good book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-2018

Wow

Love the detail and book series. Ben Kane is an amazing author and this series is one of his best.

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  • Poppey
  • 12-03-2018

Compelling

This has been a compelling trilogy with all roads leading to Rome and the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar. There were very sad moments along the road, like the death of Brennus, whom I had become quite fond of. I wish I could say the same of Fabiola, but her conniving finally caught up with her and it was really the only outcome.

After becoming emotionally invested in the characters and their lives over three books, the following book I started next day just seemed to be so dead. The sign of a truly first class writer.

And, one should not forget the narrator, who goes a long way to either make or break a book.

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  • Good Grain
  • 22-09-2017

Consistently gripping

To give an idea of what this trilogy is like, cross the epic scope of the movie Gladiator with the propulsive storytelling style of the show 24 and you will begin to have some idea of how gripping it is.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-2017

final bit

not as good as the first two parts but well worth a listen. Great epic overall though and the author certainly knows ancient Rome.

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  • CT
  • 07-12-2016

A Great trilogy

An excellent conclusion to the trilogy which mixes fact and function into great entertainment. I hope Ben Kane will do a fourth book in this Forgotten legion series as there are still plot lines to follow and questions awaiting answers.
I thoroughly recommend it and I have listened to many in this genre.