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Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman on his way home from a good night out. At 13 years old, they and their mother are sold: Romulus to gladiator school, Fabiola into prostitution, where she will catch the eye of one of the most powerful men in Rome, and their mother into obscurity and death in the salt mines.

Tarquinius is an Etruscan, a warrior and soothsayer, born enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic in the Forgotten Legion.

Brennus is a Gaul; the Romans killed his entire family. He rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators of his day - and mentor to the boy slave, Romulus, who dreams night and day of escape and of revenge.

The lives of these four characters are bound and interwoven in a marvellous story which begins in a Rome riven by corruption, violence and political enmities, but ends far away, where Romulus, Brennus, and Tarquinius find themselves fighting against the Parthians and overwhelming odds.

©2011 Ben Kane (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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There'll be no Kane mutiny by me!

It was a guy on the train reading "Hannibal" that tipped me off on Ben Kane. Can't believe that I hadn't heard of him before. I decided to start at the beginnig & having just finished listening to Michael Praed's excellent rendition of the novel I 'm happy to report that it was excellent! I can't wait to rip through the rest of Kane's novels.
Who can resist the allure of classical Rome during the Late Empire? If an author can conjure up some interesting characters and write a good battle scene he's up and running. Add in some wider background history with some speculative twists, wrap it all in a layer of myticism and voila, an instant success! Of course if it was that easy we'd all do it, so kudos to writers like Ben Kane who actually deliver!
Got book 2 "The Silver Eagle" in my basket right now - don't hesitate....



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Similar to Simon Scarrow. Maybe better!!!

Possibly as readable as Scarrow but more gritty. Kane seems to write one layer deeper in terms of Roman life. There’s just a little more detail and he feels a touch more authentic.

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Roman epic

Good story and also a good history lesson about the Roman harsh way of life. Bit gory in places but Michael Praed's reading was good

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Take the Jump

As a reader who enjoys reading around a subject Ben Kane part 1 of 3 in this collection does a fantastic job of telling a historically accurate tale of sequence of events through the lives of fictional characters. He does this in a really well written and throughly well researched book. The narration performance adds to this story and Michael Praed delivers accents and difficult language with easy allowing the listener to truly believe they are right there amongst the action and suspense. A pleasure to listen to.

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A Winner

Although not, I think, quite as good as the Eagles Trilogy, the Forgotten Legion,
nevertheless, has started well, even though some of the narrative was repeated several times over.

I understand that this is the first book that Ben Kane has had published and it does not disappoint. Once I made it through the first chapter, I was well and truly hooked. Fortunately, I have come to the table late in the Ben Kane seres of books and do not have to wait for the next book to be published.

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Great!

My first audio book that I have finished loved the story so much so in depth!

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Jumpy, Frustrating but Good

Great story lines, I really enjoyed Hannibal and the start of this book makes you think that it’s going to be just as good however there are a few story lines in this book spread over different time periods e.g. Rome 9 years later...you get the idea. This technique allows the storylines to avoid dreary parts when we’re waiting for people to grow up but unfortunately just gets a bit to frustrating when a story line is developed and then moves on to another when really it would be great if it just carried on a little longer.

Majority of the book is good but the ending seems as though the author had a few more hundred pages up his sleeve and then ran out of time. I guess there might be a follow on to come.

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A very entertaing listen.

Really entertaining, looking forward to Vol II. Good historical content, good pace of tension. very evocative.

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detailed and fascinating

loved this book from a fascinating and well known period of Roman history. great book

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Excellent a great listen

A brilliant book look forward to the next one in the series and the third!