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Hannibal (1995)

by Ross Leckie

Series: Carthage Trilogy (Book 1)

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A battle is like lust. The frenzy passes. Consequence remains. Hannibal is an epic vision of one of history's greatest adventurers, the almost mythical man who most famously led his soldiers on elephants over the Alps. In Ross Leckie's unforgettable re-creation 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 Roman armies of early empire. In this breathtaking chronicle of love and hate, heroism and cruelty, one of humanity's greatest adventurers is brought to life, who learns through suffering that man is but a shadow of a dream.… (more)
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    YossarianXeno: Both these novels convincingly allow us into the mindset of Roman era soldiers and set them against the geo-political context of the era, albeit that Under the Eagle deals with middle-ranking warriors fighting for Rome and Hannibal chronicles the life of the general who was proably Rome's greatest opponent.… (more)
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Gratuitous violence is piled on in a way that quickly becomes tedious. It is almost as if he tried to produce a piece of rabid anti Hannibal propaganda - except that everyone in this novel is deeply unpleasant - Romans included. You might expect that with such an interest in violence, his descriptions of battles would be excellent. However it is mindless violence that attracts Leckie so the description of Cannae is vague with Hannibal morosely wandering round not doing very much useful.
It is simply not believable that Leckie's Hannibal could have inspired men and led them to victory as the real Hannibal did ( )
  daivid | Mar 10, 2013 |
Most interesting story of a remarkable man, with great persistence in planning and a lot of guts. He deserved better. Typical of petty trading politics as displayed by European colonisers all over the world. ( )
1 vote rajaratnam | Jun 19, 2010 |
Probably as close as we're likely to get to a portrait of Hannibal and his age, very satisfying both for the authentic feel of the book and as an exciting, moving story. ( )
1 vote SteveWDavies | Aug 6, 2007 |
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I am old now, and the time of my people is past. No more will the lineage of Barca fight the Romans whom we hate.
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A battle is like lust. The frenzy passes. Consequence remains. Hannibal is an epic vision of one of history's greatest adventurers, the almost mythical man who most famously led his soldiers on elephants over the Alps. In Ross Leckie's unforgettable re-creation 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 Roman armies of early empire. In this breathtaking chronicle of love and hate, heroism and cruelty, one of humanity's greatest adventurers is brought to life, who learns through suffering that man is but a shadow of a dream.

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