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The Roman Consul Marcus Atilius Regulus has invaded north Africa with eight legions, and is laying waste to the countryside and conquering allied cities. Libyan and Numidian allies are deserting Carthage in droves. When all the other Carthaginian generals reject Hamilcar's services in deference to the increasingly powerful Bromilcar, He manages to attach himself to the aging alcoholic general Bostar, impressing him by taming a huge savage elephant that no one else had been able to handle.

He convinces Bostar that the only possible salvation for Carthage lies in hiring Spartan mercenaries, and, indeed, the day is saved, at least temporarily, by the leadership of the Spartan king Xanthippus.

The Sword of Carthage is superbly researched and seems to weave every shred of evidence available into a convincing and exciting narrative. Anyone interested in the Punic wars will eagerly devour this book. I love history told this way.

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Heppner seems to have done his homework on facts, not that I'm an expert, but I have read a lot on the Second Punic War, and two books on the First Punic War. If Heppner strayed it wasn't far. He also did a good job of constructing the tale.

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It's difficult to relate history this way, keep the facts, but make it interesting. I give him credit for that, too. Now comes the difficult part. For as much work as Heppner put into his research, I wish he would have put half I love history told this way. For as much work as Heppner put into his research, I wish he would have put half as much into a good copy editor and proofreader. I found it inexcusable that this book had so many mistakes, both typos and words misused.

A few are understandable, but not this many. More than a couple of dozen. The shame of it is that mistakes ruin a good read, at least for me they do, and it wouldn't have taken him too much time or money to hire someone to correct that. With that said, I would still recommend this as a decent read for anyone interested in the First Punic War, and in Hamilcar Barca. I would have rated this at least 4. First, this book isn't about Hannibal. It is about his father, Hamilcar Barca. That alone is enough to set it apart from the hundreds of other historical fiction novels.

I won't lie though, I randomly go online and look for books about Hannibal and that would be how I found this particular gem. Heppner has about ten other books on Barnes and Noble that I'm going to have to check out as well. I hope that there is a sequel to this being planned because it First, this book isn't about Hannibal.

I hope that there is a sequel to this being planned because it leaves off before Hamilcar even makes it to Sicily, although it does cover the battle between the Legions and the Spartan led Carthaginian forces in Africa which I don't recall anyone ever doing in any historical fiction before. Mark rated it it was ok Oct 21, Willaim Maxwell rated it liked it May 25, Pat rated it liked it Dec 31, Tobin Marks rated it really liked it May 03, Cm rated it it was ok Jul 30, Anand Ekambaram rated it it was amazing Nov 23, Jan Andersen rated it really liked it Aug 24, Walter T.

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He befriends a canny Spartan mercenary and learns the intricacies of elephant warfare. Now, in a last, desperate battle, he faces the man who slew his brother, the conquering Roman who fights like a raving wolf. Product Details. Average Review. Write a Review. Sword of Carthage 4. I want more!

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This was a fantastic book. It is worth noting that of all the wonderful historical fiction books about Hannibal, this isn't one of them. This is about Hamilcar Barca.

Heppner does a masterful job of telling the tale of the young Hamilcar. I can't believe that I am the first one to review this, this book should be selling like crazy. I'm posting links everywhere and planning to check out more of Heppner's work. Anonymous More than 1 year ago I stumbled across this author while I was searching for novels on ancient history particularly,the Punic Wars.

What I discovered was an individual with the same love and appreciation for history as myself. The attention to detail and historical accuracy is amazing. His account of Hamilcar Barca,the father of the lengendary Hannibal Barca the Carthaginian general who made Rome tremble with his unorthodox military strategy and tactics during the Second Punic war is both entertaining and intriguing.

I especially enjoyed how he develops both historically known,and fictional characters and creates both a believable and plausible reality. If you have not checked out Vaughn Heppners novels yet,then you should do yourself afavor and do so.

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