A battle is like lust. The frenzy passes. Consequence remains. So reflects the year-old Hannibal as he recounts the trials of a battle commander’s life in British. Title: Hannibal Author(s): Ross Leckie ISBN: / (UK edition) Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Availability: Amazon Amazon UK. Ross Leckie, in Hannibal (Canongate, UK, ), has chosen a more difficult option. There can be few readers who don’t already know that.

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I am sorry, but I gave up reading this book on page 29, just after the fourth sickeningly violent episode. Carthage Trilogy Book 1 Paperback: Oct 02, David Santiuste rated it really liked it Shelves: Ah, the action, the gore, the skill. Hannibal’s an interesting figure, and the lessons never really made me understand him. Of course, there’s also his good side–after his wife is brutally raped and killed by the Romans, he forbids his troops to rape.

Oct 14, Motorcycle rated it it was ok.

Introspective, educated on the Greeks, Hannibal has never been presented quite like this. And the character didn’t conform to my historical impression of him.

As far as I’m aware, this is not a criticism that can be levelled at this book, so that’s in its favour. A dark and powerful novel.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. His driving force, finally, is hatred, of Rome and, later, of Carthage, and the measure of the man is that he knows this is not enough. It is the harshest, least romantic version of this war one can imagine, with the strokes of military genius invariably set off by an uncompromising view of their cost.


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Ex Bookworm group review: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I found this one to be a bit of a downer, not just because Hannibal inevitably loses against the Romans it would have to be an alternate history for him not tobut it’s a bit heavy on the gore.

I can’t help but feel Leckie should have taken more creative freedom when hannbal came to that side of the Hannibal story. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. But then something goes astray, it’s as if the writer had lost some interest in the topic, or simply grew to dislike hannibal’s character as the book progressed and jannibal it out on him.

The focus is on the leader himself – the novel takes the form of his memoir – showing how his father shaped his fate toward total, unconditional war against Rome and inured him to horror in childhood, ensuring that he left a trail of blood and eventually lost any positive sense of himself.

It is now a world heritage site. This all adds together to give a very sterile read and, along with rather pretentious yet discordant phrasing, makes this a hard book to fall headlong into or get the same kind of appeal from as other, more immersive historical fiction.


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In Ross Leckie’s unforgettable recreation of the Punic wars, it is Hannibal, the Carthaginian general, who narrates the story, and who is carried by his all-consuming ambition through profoundly bloody battles against the great Ledkie armies of early empire. At some point in the book, you’re just like “put that dagger through your throat already, for heaven’s sake!

Britannia Book 3 of the Veteran of Rome Series. But this book read without the second in the series seems unbalanced and bloodthirsty. Blood Enemy 2 in the Invader Novella Series. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Return to Book Page. He leaves his wife unprotected while he chases a Roman consul. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Open Preview See a Problem? To view it, click here. If Ross Leckie’s Hannibal is only the second-best novel about the Carthaginian general, the author’s artistry is reason enough to seek it out, even if you’ve already read Durham’s richer and more thorough Pride of Carthage.