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Hunting the Eagles

By: Ben Kane
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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Summary

Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three Roman legions in the wilds of Germania. Varus, the general who led the ill-fated army, is long dead, and the bones of his 15,000 legionaries moulder in the forests. But not all the Romans were slain in the ambush. Centurion Tullus, a seasoned veteran, survived, and now he lives for revenge upon the tribal chieftain Arminius, who masterminded the ambush. Tullus will stop at nothing to kill his bitterest enemy or to recover his legion's lost Eagle.

At first, fortune seems to be with the Romans. Germanicus, the general appointed to lead punitive campaigns against the tribes, is resourceful and courageous. His armies are vast, dwarfing those of the enemy, and the initial clashes are won by the legions. Yet Arminius is far from defeated. Charismatic and determined, he gathers together thousands of warriors for a second time. Their purpose is to visit death and destruction upon Rome's legions, to repeat what was done five years before. Stalking Germanicus' forces day and night, they watch and wait for the perfect moment to strike.

Can Tullus prevent another disaster? And will he ever recover his legion's Eagle?

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Heart thumping

Cannot predict each twist and turn! A very good book which built on the last!

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A gripping second adventure in a memorable series

What did you like most about Hunting the Eagles?

The characters spring to life once more, eloquently voiced, from restrained emotions, to the full throated roar of battle. The author's understanding of his time, not pulling the punches of deprivation, depicting the agonies that created sworn enemies for Rome in a sensitive manner that provides an insight for the reader.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucius Comminius Tullus (who we met in Eagles at War). Demoted, frustrated, and feeling the pain of separation from his cohort and the guilt of surviving the rout of the legions in Germania. David Rintoul creates this complex personality so authentically, that the reader feels his pain, shares his sorrow and sympathises with his rebellious determination to clear his name. Despite all this, the reader must listen in awe as he stiffens to attention as the battle horns blare, & Tullus must assume command of his battle weary men once more!

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

As a blind reader I find David Rintoul's rendition of Tullus completely convincing. He is the centurion, mildly rebellious in his determination to find out what has happened to his centuries Eagle, totally devoted to giving proper burial to his men and retrieve the good name of his cohort before clearing his own name. Pure grit, honest anger, yet clarity of command are portrayed with immense skill.

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

It reduced me to tears, left me feeling I had met an honorable man who had been treated dishonorably, which made me angry on his behalf. I also laughed when Tullus and his optio went to Rome against the ban imposed on them, becane truly anxious when he put his faith in Caesar Germanicus, as well as feeling frustrated when the book ended...

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next book in this wonderful series. I am a dedicated Simon Scarrow fan and didn't think I could find anything to equal his Eagles series, however this is very powerful competition, for which I am very grateful

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great book, stuttery recording.

great story, shame it's hampered periodically by the recording of some sentences being done out of sequence to the rest. it's as though corrections have been put in, but really don't flow with the rest of the text.

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  • 25-06-18

Absolutely phenomenal

The book itself is beautifully written and David Rintoul does a fantastic job at bringing the story to life. I love all of Ben Kane's books so I wasn't surprised when this one turned out to be just as great as the others.

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Outstanding

5 years on after the slaughter in the first book, brings a slight pause in the fighting. To learn that Tullus (although a fictional character, it does not detract from what happened to the surviving legionnaires) and his friends who survived the Tuetoberg massacre were banned from entering Rome again showed just how brutal the emperors and the system of that time were. Is it any surprise that the soldiers eventually sought to mutiny.

One can only imagine the fear that was experienced when the Romans heard the Germanic Barritus before the attacks as mindset plays a huge role in any big battle.

Ben Kane has managed to mix fact and fiction into an amazing trilogy, with neither compromising the other.

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Another great book by Kane

Another great book in the 'eagles' series by Ben Kane. Can't wait to finish the trilogy

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Great listen good read as well

Ben Kane really takes you into the action loved this book looking forward to next.

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A must read

I did not particularly like the Lost Legion series as it became a little far fetched, but this series really made you feel the history. Very enjoyable.

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A misleading headline.

I feel that the title is misleading. There was very little if any hunting of the lost eagles. Whilst the book was an enjoyable listen, it felt like it was just a place filler to stretch the series. It just did not seem to have a purpose in my eyes.

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Ok but not his best

Didn't get into the book until half way through, first book in the series was far more engaging.

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  • Aaron
  • 06-08-16

Excellent historical fiction

One of the best historical fiction books that I have listened to. Characters were developed in depth and very believable. Performance was excellent.

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  • Aaron
  • 08-08-16

Bad Ass

This book Gripped me from the first chapter. full of action and great characters. Ben Kane is almost as good an author as Giles Kristan. Highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-19

Needs to be a movie

The whole series needs to be made into a movie I love these books. Three books three movies

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  • Michael Cabral
  • 30-12-18

Historical Fiction Great Fun!

I read or listed to primarily history and a great deal of Roman History. The Three books in this trigly have been a lot of fun. Based upon historical events a wonderful storyline weaves around these events with fictional characters in the Roman Legions. Listen to all three I really enjoyed them. The readers performance was great in my view.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-18

Fantastic read.

The book had a great story line. Can’t wait to start the next book in the series. Terrific author. All of Ben Kane’s books should be added to audible.

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  • Justin
  • 02-05-17

Another great series by Ben Kane.

What made the experience of listening to Hunting the Eagles the most enjoyable?

The characters much has other Ben Kane works makes me feels as if I was there.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunting the Eagles?

Tullus gaining his former glory through promotion from hard fought battles.

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

Brought emotions and personalities to life. Great emotion and excitment that never left me bored of listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Tullus finally finding the standard of his troops when visiting the ill fated battle scene 6 years later.

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  • erith rainer
  • 03-02-17

Fantastic Story!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! This is the best book I have listened to in a while. Great pacing, story and action!

What other book might you compare Hunting the Eagles to and why?

Authors Brandon Sanderson, Angus Watson, Daniel Abraham, Anthony Ryan, Robert McCammon,Bernard Cornwell.

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

Great talented narrator! He brings the characters to life!

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

Thrilled with excitement!

Any additional comments?

More on Audible please!! he's written a ton of books, but they aren't on Audible!?!

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  • Mike
  • 14-12-16

Only finished because of Rintoul's narration

Didn't realize that this was (seemingly) part of an ongoing saga... It finished without any real climax! I might have rated it higher if it did. Perhaps targeted at young males happy to hear repetitious expression of honor, shame and courage in battle.

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  • William B. Krones
  • 14-09-16

Excellent...

Where does Hunting the Eagles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is certainly one of the best. If you enjoy the genre, do not miss this one.

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

Tullius, the hero of the story, was well done. Good character development. Indeed, the story is filled with interesting characters.

Any additional comments?

Really superior. The book reminded of Bernard Cornwell's efforts...high praise indeed.

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  • Jim Dupuis
  • 02-09-16

Excellent!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

David Rintoul is the best narrator I've heard so far! His master of the characters is unbelievable. Ben Kane writes and an excellent story that is engaging, fun and interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tulles. The main character is the most developed.

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

The best narration I've heard.

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