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
The fact that the events are accurate and Ben has tried to be as historically true to the events make this book stand out.
Going back in the night to find the Women, Child and Pup.
Pronunciation of Roman names and Places :)
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.
Hope for more :)
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
The realism, the historic accuracy, the believable characters
Clear diction makes the recording easy to understand, even when listening in the car.
Yes, if only I had a car journey long enough.
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
Roman history brought alive!
Excellent historically based fiction. Really looking forward to next book in this series by Ben Kane.
I really enjoyed the Audible Version and unfortunately have not read the printed version.
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.
Outstanding book brilliantly narrated really felt like I was there! Smells blood and dirt.. Bens description of battle is yet to be matched
Took a while to get going but obviously the story for the main battle has to be set.Fantastically well read,great annunciation.Enjoyed it
It's probably more for blokes. I thought there would be some Roman history or enough historical context to make it interesting. I couldn't finish it.
I've been a big fan of Ben Kane's since his very first Forgotten Legion series, and I was reading his first Spartacus novel in the hospital just after my son was born. I really wanted to check out this new series of his, but I don't have much time to read these days so the Audible version was downloaded as soon as I had a spare credit.
The narrator is excellent, really putting himself into the tale and acting rather than simply reading which I really enjoy.
The tale, based on a true story, is a good one, with a few nice twists and turns, some good characters and an ending that sets up the rest of the series very nicely.
I liked the way the author made me wonder who I should be rooting for - who was the "goodie" and who was the "baddie"? In most books that is very clear cut but here you empathise with both sides and that elevates this work above the usual run-of-the-mill action romp.
If I have a criticism it's the fact that a certain character was blind to what was coming, even when it was pointed out to him on more than one occasion. It seemed so obvious that it made the guy in question come across as a bit of a fool but I suppose this is something authors must deal with when they choose to write about true events and people.
Overall, another great book by Ben Kane, although I personally liked the Spartacus novel better and will be downloading the second in that series next.
Steven A. McKay, author of "Wolf's Head"
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