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Wolves of Rome (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Lee Buckner

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218 BC.

Hannibal Barca has conquered Saguntum and is preparing his army to lay siege on Rome.

But an arrogant Roman Senate is dismissive of the barbarian warrior - and refuses to take any steps to protect the city.

A young man, Gaius, has been brought up as part of the Wolves of Rome, one of the most powerful and feared legions of the Empire.

As the threat from Hannibal rises, the Wolves are given orders to prepare for battle.

Meanwhile, back in Rome, Gaius has found out that his childhood sweetheart, and the love of his life, Julia Varro, has been betrothed to Lucius Aemilius Paullus by her father to secure an important political alliance.

Gaius finds himself trapped between his duty - fighting to the death for the Republic - and his heart - fighting to secure Julia’s hand in marriage.

As the war ravages the nation, and Rome faces one crushing defeat after another from Hannibal’s invading barbarian horde ,Gaius stands to lose his love and his life…

Can he help lead the Wolves - and Rome - to victory against Hannibal?

Or does he stand to lose it all in the fight to secure the Empire?

Set during the events of the Second Punic War, circa 218 – 201 BC, ‘Wolves of Rome’ is a sweeping military epic set against the backdrop of one of the ancient world’s greatest conflicts – a war that would see the end of one nation and the rise of a new world super-power that would forever change the course of western civilization.

'Wolves of Rome combines epic story-telling with convincing historical detail' - Richard Foreman, best-selling author of 'Sword of Rome'.

'Historical adventure fiction at its very best' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of 'The Dante Conspiracy'.

Christopher Lee Buckner worked as a video game journalist and designer before beginning his career as a writer. He lives in California with his wife and newborn baby girl. He is the author of the Conquest of Heroes series, Empire America and Wolves of Rome.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Christopher is a native of California. His primary writing background comes from working in the video game industry where he has worked as a writer, designer and creative director for a number of studios. He has also worked for various online outfits as a video game journalist.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2181 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 360 Seiten
  • Verlag: Endeavour Press (3. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00HNVWYYO
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #183.617 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Amazon.com: 3.6 von 5 Sternen  34 Rezensionen
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It does read like a war epic. 21. März 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is not for the squeamish. The gore is described in full and, sometimes, in excess, which should please those who want their history unrestrained and uncensored, no matter how bloody. While the gore wasn’t my cup of tea, I will say that other parts of the book have admirable vivid descriptions. One that I really liked and that stuck with me while reading was “The wretched souls looked as if they had just crawled out from their own graves” when describing a group of beggars. It paints such a clear picture in your mind.

However, the description in the book goes above and beyond, venturing close to the realm of beating you over the head. Many times, you’re told of motivations, actions, and thoughts in excruciating detail when it’s unnecessary. And more often than not, you’re reminded again and again. Even information from a previous chapter that has already been established will be hammered home repeatedly. For example, if after the first time, you don’t remember that “Hannibal knows Rome better than Rome knows itself,” it’ll be ingrained into your head by the midpoint of the story.

The part that highlights this best, and that stood out most for me, was when one character is told his father looked like Apollo when charging onto a battlefield. A short time later, the character names his own horse Apollo. But not content to let the reader make the connection, the story outright tells you why the character named the horse Apollo and gives a summary of the story about his father.

While the descriptions may have hurt it, the plot did hold my interest. Honestly, it’s unique in that I can’t recall any stories using Hannibal and the Second Punic War. The book says it’s a historical epic and I have to agree. It certainly reads like that, following a soldier’s lifetime of love, loss, and valor against the backdrop of a large-scale war. And Buckner has certainly does his research on the era. I’m not an expert on Roman culture, yet nothing about the people, cities, or the lifestyles struck me as being off.

The problems this book has bring it down, but are nothing that an editor couldn’t fix. I can’t really say it was the book for me or that I’d personally recommend it. Although I can see those who like historical fiction or war epics enjoying it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wolves of Rome - quick review 8. Januar 2014
Von James Lee Jobe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you liked Rome or Spartacus or Game of Thrones, this is for you. Enter the world of a decaying corrupt empire doomed to fail and fall.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining Historical Fiction. 1. Februar 2014
Von Les - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
The product description for this book provided a good summary of this story. I found that the story held my attention from beginning to end. It was well written and flowed smoothly, disrupted only by numerous minor editorial issues.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen HIGH QUALITY STORYTELLING 28. Februar 2014
Von Betty30554 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Wolves of Rome by CHRISTOPHER LEE BUCKNER

The story takes place in the late 3rd Century, B.C.E., beginning with Hannibal's conquest of Saguntum and offering the reader a glimpse into the obsession he has with conquering Rome and bringing down the Roman Republic. We then skip ahead 10 years, and catch up with Hannibal Barca and his brother Mago after they have finally crossed the Alps and amassed an army of Gallic tribes to begin their campaign in earnest.

The main character of the story is Gaius, the son of former Sixth Legion centurion Lucius. Lucius, suffering from progressive health problems caused by his military career, sends Gaius off with his best friend Valerius to a life with the Wolves of Rome, the Sixth Legion. Both Lucius and Valerius tell Gaius that the most successful soldiers never forget those they love - in Gaius' case, Julia and Julius, children of the senator Varro. Ten years later, Gaius has climbed in rank, and his legion is dispatched to Rome, where he reunites with Julius and Julia.

The most richly drawn characters are Gaius and Valerius, who develop father-son bonds within the bigger context of their general- lieutenant relationship. Gaius is confident in his abilities, dedicated to his cohort, yet he was plagued often throughout his career by the sadness of his "could I have done/saved more" questions. At times his honesty in the face of politics is astonishing. He is challenged by all he sees and experiences to retain his humanity. And through it all, Valerius, his mentor and surrogate father, watches over Gaius and continues to teach and guide him.

The supporting cast has, to my reading, several levels. In spite of not seeing his childhood friends Julius and Julia for more than a decade, Gaius' reunion with them is exciting for the reader, and sets the emotional stage for all the action that follows. While Julia and Julius provide Gaius' motivation, his inspiration, they did not seem to have much emotional depth, remaining reminiscent of their childhood portrayals. Julia, in particular, seems exceptionally casual regarding her being caught in between her heart and her familial obligations. Lucius Paullus, consul of the Roman Republic, becomes increasingly mentioned during the middle of the story to take a place of prominence in the latter phases of the campaign. Paullus is complex: he respects Gaius' intellect, he trusts Gaius' military assessments. He acknowledges the very close friendship between Julia and Gaius, yet is surprised when Gaius tells him of the degree of intimacy of their relationship?

Author Christopher Lee Buckner does an excellent job with the settings of the story. I am admittedly challenged to keep a sense of position when I read, but did not find that to be the case with this story. Not once did I run to the internet to look at maps, as I normally do. Gaius does not present as a particularly poetic person, he is a military person, trained to take note of his surroundings and assess risk quickly. Mr. Buckner seems to carry that view through in the story. When a setting is described, flowery and emotive terms are not used. Instead, the reader gets an immediate sense of safe versus dangerous areas. Since the story's perspective is that of one soldier, battle descriptions are of what is happening around Gaius, with the other aspects of the fighting related in de-briefing manner.

I was surprised to not find the typical marker years at the beginnings of the chapters (I must confess to having to look up Hannibal to find out when he lived, and subsequently terrorized Italy). With so much factual information available, I was also surprised that Mr. Buckner did not include the typical list of sources - perhaps he gives us credit for being smart enough to explore further on our own. There were also a few occasions where I felt lost - a couple of the references to battle tactics seemed to take readers knowledge of the historical perspective for granted. Finally, as is common with most ebooks, there were quite a few grammatical/typo/syntax errors. However, the high quality of the storytelling far overshadowed any distraction.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thoroughly enjoyable 5. Januar 2014
Von Alexandra Lee-Jobe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book to be both exciting and intriguing. I would recommend it to anyone fascinated by this time period.
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