Clash of Empires

Author – Ben Kane.  Kenya born, Irish by blood and UK resident, Ben Kane’s passion for history has seen him change career from veterinary medicine for writing, and taken him to more than 60 countries, and all seven continents.  During his travels and subsequent research, including walking hundreds of miles in complete Roman military gear, he has learned much about the Romans and the way they lived.

Nine of his eleven novels have been Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, and his books are published in twelve languages; a million copies have sold worldwide.  In 2016, his research was recognised by Bristol University with an honourary Doctor of Letters degree and he is a regular speaker at schools and history festivals around the country, as well as being an official guide for Andante Travels.

Kane lives in Somerset with his wife and children, where he writes full time.

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Publisher – Orion Publishing

Pages – 409

The Blurb –

The Might Of Rome

The great general Hannibal Barca is on the verge of defeat.  As the ambitious senator Flamininus plots his path to power, he knows victory will crown Rome the most powerful empire in the world.

The Glory Of Greece

Only unconquered Greece stands in the way of glory.  King Philip V of Macedon’s mighty phalanx is an enemy Rome has long feared, and one that has never known defeat.

The Heroes Of History

Demetrios has dreamed of fighting with the phalanx his whole life, but the young villager will soon learn that, in a clash of empires, you’re only ever one swing of the sword away from death – or entering legend.

Today is my stop on the Clash of Empires blog tour.  Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the chance to read and review.


My thoughts – What a great read.  You can tell how much research has been done to produce such a detail rich book.  This is supplemented by maps at the start of the book and a glossary at the back.  There is also the authors note which go into historical detail.

The story follows different points of view from the Roman army and the Greek army and shows the knowledge behind decisions taken during the battle.

The authors shows how harsh war is, the punishment that the soldiers faced and the conditions they faced.  A truly harrowing but totally engrossing read.

Purchase Links – Clash of Empires


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