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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Hyperborea Book 4 of the Veteran of Rome Series. I’m not sure why Leckie has Hannibal reenact the famous story about how Alexander tamed his war-horse Bucephalis, complete with Renault’s embellishments about the horse’s mistreatment, or why his hero goes out to kill his first man in battle on a mission so very like that in Renault’s book.

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Hannibal’s an interesting figure, and the lessons never really made me understand him. Hannibal was raw, tough, just as a warrior should be, he was also cruel just as he had been taught to be but above all a brilliant leader of men.

Oct 02, David Santiuste rated it really liked it Shelves: Although I don’t know my history on the subject, so I can’t say if it’s at all accurate.

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Apr 16, Bryn Hammond rated it did not like it Shelves: If you’re thinking he’s a mess of contradictions, then yes, he is–and it’s not helped by the first person narrative giving the illusion of an insight into his motivations and character that isn’t really there. Hannibal, the son of Carthage’s chief general Hamilcar Barca, supposedly swore an oath to his father to destroy Rome and, spurred by this overbearing desire for revenge, launched the Second Punic War and very nearly succeeded.

This item can’t be purchased in United States. Find any other novel about Hannibal, and you will find something much more worthwhile than this. Back to Directory of Book Reviews. Published April 21st by Cannongate Books Ltd first published These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Oh my word, this book was riveting! And, to be honest, are we all that much better?


The title should be at least 4 characters long. Feb 22, Adam rated it really liked it. Ross Leckie’s Hannibal conforms fairly closely to the idea of a man driven to obsession to destroy Hannibao for all the injustices it has heaped on Carthage; he sacrifices friendships, wife and son on its altar.

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Part owns her firm here. What makes the moment significant is that he knows the weight of his choice and the extent to which he lecike diminished by it. See all 28 reviews. Trivia About Hannibal The Car Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

Please review your cart. One of the problems with historical fiction is that the reader is likely to have a fairly clear idea of what happens. Yannibal does he plan to do it? Still, ‘Hannibal’ is way above average historical genre and has left me keen to read more of Leckie. As far as accuracy goes Galdir – A Slave’s Tale.

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One can almost feel the sting of the mountain winds as he crosses the Alps and the taste the bitterness of his falling short of his obsession. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Compelling and of great interest. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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Leckie’s version of Hannibal’s story is long on atrocity, packing in more varied forms of torture and execution than you’d expect to find in any three novels. The guy doesn’t only gouge out the eyes, he bites eoss the eye-strings. I read this because I despise the Rome that sacked and salted and stole the cultures and histories of Carthage and Greece and lecke many others, and wanted to read of Hannibal’s victories again.

A marvelous story very well told and from one who seems bound to be one of the masters of the historic or heroic fiction genre for years to come. Learn more about Amazon Prime. I so nearly bought this book.

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Oct 14, Motorcycle rated it it was ok. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. He stamped, just missing the groom’s foot, and his hooves made a ringing sound like a cymbal Battle of the Danube.

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