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The Road to Rome: The Forgotten Legion Chronicles, Volume 3 [Paperback]

Ben Kane
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Jan. 31 2011 Forgotten Legion Chronicles
The third novel in The Forgotten Legion trilogy takes the main protagonists from North Africa back to Rome in the build-up to the assassination of Julius Caesar.

Having survived the perils of a journey across half the world, Romulus and Tarquinius are press-ganged into the legions, which are under imminent threat of annihilation by the Egyptians. Meanwhile in Rome, Romulus' twin sister Fabiola lives in fear for her life, loved by Brutus, but wooed by Marcus Antonius, his deadly enemy. Back in Egypt, Romulus fights at Zela, the vicious battle where Caesar famously said, 'Veni, vidi, vici'. Tarquinius, separated from Romulus in the chaos of war, hides in Alexandria, searching for guidance. But mortal danger awaits them both. From the battlefields of North Africa and Spain, to the lawless streets of Rome and the gladiator arena, they face death daily, until on the Ides of March, the twins are reunited and must decide either to back or to betray Caesar on his day of destiny.

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About the Author

BEN KANE was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin, but after that he travelled the world extensively, indulging his passion for ancient history. He now lives in North Somerset with his wife and family.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Way too boring! Nov. 7 2012
I am a fan of Roman history / military novels, and bought the three books of the Forgotten Legion series just after I finished my long list of books by Simon Scarrow. Ben Kane have chosen a great plot in a very sensitive and interesting part of the Roman history, yet he spends so much on the characters' minds and their personal internal issues that it would take a lot of effort to keep reading the series .. This excess comes at the price of having to rush through the story in some very good parts of the books, just to keep it around 500 pages or so. This excess is to the amount that in fact you can easily remove over 100 pages out of each of the books and don't miss any part of the actual story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romulus and Fabiola draw you in to their lives - a fascinating addition to the Forgotten Legion series! March 30 2011
By Gaby at Starting Fresh blog - Published on
You'll need to read each of the books in Forgotten Legion series in order. Ben Kane creates complex characters that undergo incredible trials. As they escape death and tempt fate, the lead characters are forced to give up things that they hold dear.

The twins Fabiola and Romulus are children of a slave woman who was raped by high ranking Roman citizen. The twins never know who their father is but hold a deep anger and hatred towards him for the pain inflicted on their mother. They're exceptionally good looking and strong willed - traits that serve them well and bring them considerable pain. As slaves, their owner raises them and disposes of them in the most profitable way possible: Romulus is sold to a ludus and is forced into the life of a gladiator. Fabiola is sold to a brothel.

Romulus is quick, smart, and strong. He finds a good friend in the ludus and when fate forces them to run away, they escape together and join the Roman legion. Though they face death on the battlefield, their greatest danger comes from their past. An escaped slave faces death by crucifixion. Romulus does well on the battlefield, he takes to strategy and leadership quickly. While he proves his strengths, his past still serves as his greatest weakness.

Fabiola learns quickly the rules of the brothel. Her owner and the patrons hold her life in their hands, but it's the jealous competitors that pose the greatest threat. As Fabiola uses her beauty and cunning to win over powerful lovers, she is ruthless in her ambitions. Life in the brothel is as deadly as the battlefield and Fabiola is willing to attack first. Her experiences leave deep scars. Only the dream of revenge and of reuniting with her brother keep Fabiola intact.

This third book in the Forgotten Legion series covers Fabiola's deep hatred of Julius Caesar and her conviction that he is their natural father. Fabiola is driven by the desire for revenge. She makes alliances and takes on "clients" towards this end. Even Romulus and her lover Brutus are unable to dissuade her from her goal. Fabiola works to kill Julius Caesar while Romulus is committed to defending him. Rome, Caesar and the twins speed towards tragedy.

In The Road to Rome, Ben Kane combines considerable detail on Roman life with a deep and fascinating drama. As Romulus becomes more of a traditional hero, Fabiola is a much darker and less sympathetic character in this third novel. Romulus's bravery and loyalty are finally recognized and he's given the chance to shine. As Romulus becomes a Roman citizen and declares his deepest allegiance to Rome and her ideals. Fabiola remains focused on her family's tragedy and her need for revenge - at the cost of the people that she loves. Overall, The Road To Rome is another satisfying addition to Ben Kane's Lost Legion series. I highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction and adventure.

ISBN-10: 0312536739 - Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011), 528 pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Sept. 1 2011
By Nick Brett - Published on
It's been a long road for Romulas and Tarquinius, the survivors of The Forgotten Legion, at the end of the previous book they found themselves stuck on the docks of Alexandria and forced into Caesar's legions.
As Ben Kane's trilogy gets to its final instalment, we find how the lives of Romulas and his twin sister Fabiola are linked to that of Caesar and how they have very different views of the dictator of Rome. This book is a stronger blend of battle action and politics than the previous books as we near the Ides of March and we see the triumph and dictatorship of Caesar from the perspective of our twins.
It's been a satisfying journey for us readers as we see the trilogy come together but aligned with a perspective on one of the most turbulent times to impact Rome, the civil war and the ascendancy of Caesar to dictatorship. This is deeply researched and brings alive the battlefields and politics of ancient Rome while driving an absorbing story.

It has been an engrossing and well written trilogy, allowing the author entry to the historical genre with a unique style and approach rather than just more of the hack and slash stuff that is so easy to find. Very enjoyable indeed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Rome Novel Jan. 2 2013
By Michael W Buehler - Published on
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The book gets a little Soapy, but the action is good and the plot is fast paced. No major complaints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Guy (Entire Series) Dec 17 2011
By M. Gilliland - Published on
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This series does something most historical fictions don't do. Focus on the little guy. Ben shows the seedier, more down trodden side of Rome. He doesn't focus on the misery of it, except when he is using it to show the strength of their spirit.

Also he shows the varieties of life and that everything in Rome wasn't Excess. Most didn't have enough and strove for more.

A story about overcoming the odds and doing what is necesary to survive.

A must read for anyone who is a fan of the Rome circa 50 B.C.E.
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2.0 out of 5 stars almost felt like everything was rushed through Nov. 3 2011
By Nads - Published on
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I was really excited for the final book to come out and curios to see how the author would end the trilogy. Romulus being in the other end of the world with many obstacles to over come while his sister fabiola having her own problems to deal with such as finding the right people to join her plot to assassinate the dictator Ceaser. My view, I felt like the author just wanted to get this book over with so he can start a new series of books. there were to many coincidence for some of the events that took part which I wont go in details. The Twin's reunion was very brief, which should have been the biggest part of the book. I mean come on, this guy was thinking about getting back with his sister 80 percent of the time, especially when he was facing death. all in all I was disappointed with the book, not the whole trilogy.

but hey don't take my word for it, some people probably like the fast pacing read and don't worry too much on detailed part.
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