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Total War Rome: Destroy Carthage by David Gibbins
  

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A series of novels based on the hugely popular computer game written by David Gibbins, a former archaeologist turned bestselling novelist whose book Atlantis is the basis for the BBC’s recent series. If you’ve never played the game it is still a fascinating look at a particular moment in Rome’s history as they sort to destroy Carthage. But it is very clear from the style and detail that this is meant as a fun but ultimately useful diversion for dedicated fans of the game as the plot and character at times play second fiddle to the historical background and military knowledge that those immersed in the game’s world will find real value in.

If you like David Gibbins you might also like to read books by Matthew Reilly, Steve Berry and Dan Brown.

Synopsis

Total War Rome: Destroy Carthage by David Gibbins

Carthage, 146 BC. This is the story of Fabius Petronius Secundus - Roman legionary and centurion - and of his general Scipio Aemilianus, and his rise to power: from his first battle against the Macedonians, that seals the fate of Alexander the Great's successors, to total war in North Africa and the Siege of Carthage. Scipio's success brings him admiration and respect, but also attracts greed and jealousy - for the closest allies can become the bitterest of enemies. And then there is the dark horse, Julia, of the Caesar family - in love with Scipio but betrothed to his rival Paullus - who causes a vicious feud. Ultimately for Scipio it will come down to one question: how much is he prepared to sacrifice for his vision of Rome? Inspired by Total War: Rome II, from the bestselling Total War series, Destroy Carthage is the first in an epic series of novels. Not only the tale of one man's fate, it is also a journey to the core of Roman times, through a world of extraordinary military tactics and political intrigue that Rome's warriors and citizens used to cheat death.

Reviews

'The long memory of an unfinished war drives this historical novel from archaeologist Gibbins ... [he] delivers the last battle in superb scenes of the horrid surprises of war, and although he rewrites an alternative death for Hasdrubal, the general defending Carthage, his work rings true. Carthage must be destroyed is the endgame of this novel, but the road to that Roman victory is the true reading enjoyment'
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About the Author

David Gibbins

David Gibbins has worked in underwater archaeology all his professional life. After taking a PhD from Cambridge University he taught archaeology in Britain and abroad, and is a world authority on ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities. He has led numerous expeditions to investigate underwater sites in the Mediterranean and around the world. He currently divides his time between fieldwork, England and Canada.

Photograph © Ann Verrinder

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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David Gibbins

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Paperback

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Thriller / Suspense
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9781447237105

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