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Scipio by Ross Leckie
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Stunning, stylish and extremely well written. Leckie paints a vivid picture of the man behind Scipio (Africanus) and his story of how he saved Rome from Hannibal. The first book in the trilogy, Hannibal, is equally well written and weaves the tale of Hannibal's rise to power and his hatred of Rome. ( )
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The life of Scipio Africanus, the Roman general who defeated Hannibal.
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This is an epic story of Scipio Africanus. Spanning six decades and three continents, SCIPIO is a riveting fictional memoir that charts the life of one of the great Roman leaders. Scipio's defeat of Hannibal at the battle of Zama was a pivotal victory which paved the way for Roman expansion. His subsequent destruction of Antiochus at Magnesia and Philip V at Cynoscephalae helped to establish Rome's dominance of the world as they then knew it. Despite all this Scipio remained a flawed character; a man whose blindness to his own weaknesses ultimately brought about his own downfall. Leckie brilliantly evokes the period in this superb historical novel. The result is a gripping and moving tragedy, an account of one man's successes and failings, filtered through the eyes of his compassionate, wise and loyal friend. -- Publisher details.… (more)

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