Ben Kane

Specialises in the Roman period. And Spartacus. And Hannibal. Which is probably the same.

Books:

The Forgotten Legion Trilogy:

The Forgotten Legion
Three men. Tarquinius, Etruscan warrior and soothsayer. Brennus the Gaul., one of the most feared gladiators in Rome. And Romulus, the boy slave, sold to gladiator school, but dreaming of vengeance for himself and for his twin sister, Fabiola.
One woman. Fabiola, sold into prostitution at thirteen, loved by the second most powerful man in the Republic, driven by hatred for the unknown father who raped her mother.
Slaves of Rome. Their destiny is bound and interwoven in an odyssey which begins in a Rome riven by political corruption and violence, but ends far away, at the very border of the known world, where the tattered remnants of a once-huge Roman army – the forgotten Legion – will fight against overwhelming odds, and the three men will meet their destiny.

The Silver Eagle
The Forgotten Legion. They fought against almighty odds at the very edge of the known world – and lost.
Captives. Now Brennus the Gaul, Tarquinius the Etruscan soothsayer and Romulus, bastard son of a Roman nobleman, are prisoners of Parthia. They dream of escape, but in the brutal fighting which lies ahead, only two will survive.
Hunted. Meanwhile, Fabiola, Romulus’ twin sister, is caught up in the vicious eddies of Roman politics. Hunted by slave catchers, she flees, hoping to find her lover, Brutus, bound for Alexandria with Caesar.
The Silver Eagle. Ben Kane’s brilliant second novel plunges his characters into a cauldron of war and terror, as Caesar and the Roman Republic hurtle towards their day of reckoning.
My review

The Road To Rome
Betrayal. They have fought for Rome in the Forgotten Legion and been press-ganged into Caesar’s legions in Alexandria, but Romulus, an ex-gladiator, and Tarquinius, an Etruscan soothsayer, are also runaway slaves – for which the punishment is crucifixion. Who can they trust not to betray them on the bloody field of battle?
Conspiracy. Meanwhile in Rome, Romulus’ twin sister, Fabiola, faces great danger. Beloved mistress of Brutus, she is being wooed by his deadly enemy, Marcus Antonius – and drawn into the conspiracy to murder Caesar, the man she believes is her hated father.
Murder. As events move remorselessly towards the fateful Ides of March, a final day of reckoning awaits all three of Ben Kane’s great protagonist on the lawless streets of Rome.
My review

Hannibal:

Hannibal Enemy Of Rome
Enemy of Rome: The great Carthaginian general, Hannibal, has never forgotten the defeat and humiliation of his father by Rome. Now he plans his revenge and the destruction of the old enemy. Soldier of Carthage: While Hannibal prepares for war, the young son of one of his most trusted military commanders goes on an innocent adventure with his best friend – and disappears. Slavery: Captured by pirates, put up for sale in the slave market, one of the boys is sold as a gladiator, the other as a field slave. They believe they will never see home or family again. A world aflame: But their destiny – interwoven and linked with that of their Roman masters – is to be an extraordinary one. The devastating war unleashed upon Rome by Hannibal will last for nearly twenty years. It will change their lives – and history – forever.

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The fields of Cannae provide the setting for one of the bloodiest battles in history. But who will triumph? Hannibal and his warrior army, or the mighty legions of Rome. Hannibal’s campaign to defeat Rome continues as he marches south to confront his enemy. With him is a young soldier, Hanno. Like his general, Hanno burns to vanquish Rome. Never has the possibility seemed so likely. But a stealthy game of cat and mouse is being played as Rome’s generals seek to avoid confrontation. Eventually the two armies meet under a fierce summer sun. The place is Cannae – the fields of blood. The battle will go down in history as one of the bloodiest ever fought, a battle in which Hanno knows he must fight as never before – just to stay alive.

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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.
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?

Eagles of Rome:

Eagles at WarEagles at War
A time for vengeance. AD 9, German frontier: 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 about to be 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 his commander, 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…

Hunting the EaglesHunting the Eagles
This one is available to order on Amazon, but is not released until 24 March 2016. It’s possible the picture could change as well.

 

 

 

Spartacus:

Spartacus The Gladiator
Historically very little is known about Spartacus. We know that he came from Thrace, a land north of Greece, that he once fought in the Roman legions and that, during two fateful years, he led a slave army which nearly brought Rome to its knees. In Ben Kane’s brilliant novel, we meet Spartacus as he returns to Thrace, ready to settle down after a decade away. But a new king has usurped the throne. Treacherous and violent, he immediately seizes Spartacus and sells him to a Roman slave trader looking for new gladiators. The odyssey has begun which will see Spartacus become one of the greatest legends of history, the hero of revolutionaries from Karl Marx to Che Guevara, immortalised on screen, and now brought to life in Ben Kane’s great bestseller – a novel which takes the story to its halfway point and is continued in ‘Spartacus: Rebellion’.

Spartacus Rebellion
The mighty slave army, led by Spartacus, has carried all before it, scattering the legions of Rome. Three praetors, two consuls and one proconsul have been defeated. Spartacus seems invincible as he marches towards the Alps and freedom. But storm clouds are massing on the horizon. Crixus the Gaul defects, taking all his men with him. Crassus, the richest man in Rome, begins to raise a formidable army, tasked specifically with the defeat of Spartacus. And within the slave army itself, there are murmurings of dissent and rebellion. Spartacus, on the brink of glory, must make a crucial decision – to go forward over the Alps to freedom, or back to face the might of Rome and try to break its stranglehold on power forever.

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