May 2015 Book of the Month.
Having given us Hannibal and Spartacus, this excellent historical adventure author now features an experienced Roman centurion, Lucius Tullus, and places him against the German tribesmen of the Rhine (AD9) in the battle of Teutoburg Forest, one of the greatest defeats Rome ever suffered. A trap is set and the final march, battle and conclusion are very powerfully written. With horrendous scenes of slaughter and close shaves for our hero, this is almost impossible to put down. It begins a trilogy. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
This book is based on real historical events a time for Vengeance Ad 9. Germania: 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 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 the Roman 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...
|Publication date:||23rd April 2015|
|Publisher:||Preface Publishing an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 28/10/2021
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Ben Kane has been hailed as the rising star of historical fiction by Wilbur Smith, a writer who recognises a top-drawer tale when he reads one. Kane doesn’t simply research, he lives the role of his characters and has earned his plaudits the hard way, following Spartacus’ trail across Italy and trudging from Capua to Rome in full Roman regalia. This first novel in a proposed trilogy centres on the leg-ions’ fateful defeat in Germany, transporting readers to the site and immersing them in the tumult of battle to the extent that one can say ‘I was there’. A remarkable achievement.
'Who is the rising star of historical fiction? I say Ben Kane' Wilbur Smith
'Gritty, passionate and violent ... a thrilling page-turner.' Steven Pressfield
'You feel the ground tremble beneath the phalanxes, hear the battle cries of the legions, smell the carnage of war.' Giles Christian
Ben Kane was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin, and after that he travelled the world extensively, indulging his passion for ancient history. He now lives in North Somerset with his wife and family. Author photo © Colin ThomasMore About Ben Kane