The Sword of Carthageby Vaughn Heppner
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For centuries, Carthage has ruled a sprawling maritime empire. Now, a Roman armada sails from Sicily, landing four legions onto Africa. The legionaries are hard-bitten veterans, men of middle height, with powerful chests and shoulders and bronzed faces. They carry javelins, short keen swords and heavy shields. Consul Regulus leads them. His goal is more than victory, but the end of an ancient empire�
In 256 B.C., the Carthaginian Empire is a seething, buckling realm of barbaric warriors, unstable generals and baffled seamen. At this pivotal moment, a young Hamilcar Barca thrusts himself forward. He befriends a canny Spartan mercenary and learns the intricacies of elephant warfare. Now, in a last, desperate battle, he faces the man who slew his brother, the conquering Roman who fights like a raving wolf.
THE SWORD OF CARTHAGE is the recreation of a historical campaign of bitter savagery, filled with the dust, sweat and roar of battle. It is 123,000 words in length by Vaughn Heppner, a Writer of the Future winner.
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I can't believe that it ended where it did. I want more! This was a fantastic book. It is worth noting that of all the wonderful historical fiction books about Hannibal, this isn't one of them. This is about Hamilcar Barca. Heppner does a masterful job of telling the tale of the young Hamilcar. I can't believe that I am the first one to review this, this book should be selling like crazy. I'm posting links everywhere and planning to check out more of Heppner's work.
I stumbled across this author while I was searching for novels on ancient history particularly,the Punic Wars.What I discovered was an individual with the same love and appreciation for history as myself.The attention to detail and historical accuracy is amazing.His account of Hamilcar Barca,the father of the lengendary Hannibal Barca the Carthaginian general who made Rome tremble with his unorthodox military strategy and tactics during the Second Punic war is both entertaining and intriguing.I especially enjoyed how he develops both historically known,and fictional characters and creates both a believable and plausible reality.If you have not checked out Vaughn Heppners novels yet,then you should do yourself afavor and do so. 5 stars!
This book was amazing! I really hope he makes a book like this one about caeser or alexander