Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour of THE FALLING SWORD by Ben Kane.
CAN GREECE RESIST THE MIGHT OF ROME?
Get ready for the climax of the Roman invasion of Greece in Sunday Times bestseller Ben Kane’s latest historical adventure.
ONE FINAL CLASH
Reeling from his defeat at the hands of the Macedonians, Rome’s furious General Flamininus gathers his legions for the final strike on King Philip’s mighty phalanx.
AN EMPIRE ON THE EDGE
Both leaders know the victor will rule Greece, and both armies will do everything in their power to claim the ultimate prize.
TWO HEROES PREPARED TO DIE
Fighting on opposing sides, Felix and Demetrios think they have survived the worst of the campaign. But between vicious infighting, unruly locals, and intense battle, both will be tested as the final showdown between two great civilisations begins . . .
THE FALLING SWORD is the gripping follow-up to CLASH OF EMPIRES from Ben Kane, the master of historical fiction – for fans of Simon Scarrow, Harry Sidebottom, Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the follow on story to Clash of the Empires, which I highly recommend that you read first as you get a solid background of the characters in this story. I really didn’t think that after reading the first novel it could better than that but wow has Ben Kane upped the ante with this book.
There is a huge amount of characters in this story but the true key players soon shine through. The story continues from 198 B.C. with the battle for dominance between the Greeks and the Romans. The battles that take place are both detailed and savage but I really did have to stand back and admire the tactics and battle plans of each side. It is quite mind-blowing to think that tens of thousands and men were commanded by word of mouth with precision.
The soldiers fought hard and played harder with bonds and loyalty to each other as tight as family. The story continues to follow the lives of Felix whose loyalties lie with Titus Quinctius Flamininus and Demetrios who fights for King Philip. The chapters alternate between the two characters, both who I liked equally.
I do have to admire an author that can write in such a way that it affects me physically, feeling hate, compassion, fear, and to make me laugh. Shocking, brutal and totally unforgettable this is a must read. What a journey!
There is a real passion in Ben Kane’s writing which brings everything to life not just visually but heightening all my senses. After reading this epic story do go on to read the author’s notes too. These gave me added insight into this period, I especially liked the explanation regarding PTSD. Totally fascinating.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ben Kane is a novelist, specialising in historical fiction. He is best known for The Forgotten Legion, Spartacus and Hannibal book series. Six of his eight novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers, and his books have been published in more than ten countries, including the US, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia and the Netherlands.
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