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Hannibal: Clouds of War

By: Ben Kane
Narrated by: Michael Praed
Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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superbly written and performed

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

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Amazing series

Great story and excellent characters. Full of plot twists and underhanded characters to keep you guessing. Must have series can't wait for the next series from Mr Kane.

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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.