218 BC. Hannibal’s exhausted army staggers down from the last Alpine pass like a rabble of half-
starved savages, the remnants of a once magnificent army that had set out from the Rhodanus with such hope. Now there is no way back. With the legions of Consul Publius Scipio closing fast, Carthage needs its Gaulish allies like never before. But where are the Insubres? Where are the Boii? Where are the thousands of warriors pledged by solemn oath? In the maelstrom of battle, Sphax, nephew of Hannibal, forges a reputation as the scourge of Rome. But will his ingrained recklessness and quest for honour set him at odds with the forbidding genius of his uncle? Only one thing is certain in this winter of winters, a great battle is coming that will decide the fates of Rome and Carthage.
When Cato the Censor demanded that ‘Carthage must be destroyed,’ Rome did just that. In 146 BC, after a three year siege, Carthage was raised to the ground, its surviving citizens sold into slavery and the fields where this once magnificent city had stood, ploughed by oxen. Carthage was erased from
That’s why I’m a novelist on a mission! I want to set the historical record straight. Our entire history
of Hannibal’s wars with Rome is nothing short of propaganda, written by Greeks and Romans for their Roman clients. It intrigues me that Hannibal took two Greek scholars and historians with him on campaign, yet their histories of Rome’s deadliest war have never seen the light of day.
My hero, Sphax the Numidian, tells a different story!
When I’m not waging war with my pen, I like to indulge my passion for travel and hill walking, and like my hero, I too love horses. I live in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
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My thoughts: this was really enjoyable and I felt like I learnt a bit too. I knew that Hannibal took elephants over the Alps (fun fact: I used to work in Hannibal House above the Elephant & Castle shopping centre and routinely had to explain the name) but not a huge amount more about him or his war with the Roman Empire.
I liked Sphax and his men, their love for their horses and their determination to do a good job fighting the Romans was humanising and at times a little sad, especially towards the end. No war ends without casualties and sadness unfortunately. The battlefield tactics were smart and if true, meant Hannibal and his allies were a formidable foe. It was refreshing to read about things from the other side – all those years ago studying the Romans you’re told they were unstoppable and invincible, nice to see that isn’t true.
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