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The Shield of Rome [Kindle Edition]

William Kelso
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

216 BC. The two great super powers of the ancient world, Rome and Carthage are engaged in a life and death struggle to control the known world. Hannibal, the legendary Carthaginian general leads his army across the Alps into Italy and inflicts three mighty disasters upon the poorly led Romans. After the battle of Cannae, Rome’s worst ever defeat in her history, it seems inevitable that the proud Roman republic will fall. In Rome only one man, Quintus Fabius Maximus seems to have the strength to guide the panic stricken city through the crisis. His heroic spirit rallies his countrymen and a divided Senate but his life is put in danger when a ruthless assassin arrives in Rome with orders to kill Fabius.

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  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FeedaRead (November 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00756ZPKC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable! July 6, 2012
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William Kelso has written a very enjoyable novel based on the aftermath of a most devastating and humiliating defeat of a large Roman army at the hands of Hannibal, on the battlefields of Cannae, in 216 BC.

Most of the storyline is centred within the walls of Rome itself apart from the initial battle scene at Cannae. Although there are no other major battles throughout the novel the author still manages to create an atmosphere that grabs and holds the reader's interest from start to finish. I was so taken in by the novel that I read it in one day.

The Roman setting and key characters are based on historical facts and hence the whole story becomes more authentic and plausible. Quintus Fabius Maximus was the one Senator in Rome the populace turned to during this time of despair and for his efforts in upholding morale and a determination to not capitulate to the Carthaginians but, fight back, he was later honoured with the title of `The Shield of Rome' and thus, meaningfully the title of the novel.

The storyline is intricate and it involves Carthaginian spies, a Patrician family with split loyalties and fractious relationships, corrupt Senators, Subura thugs, Vestal Virgins and members of the Roman army. The author does a great job in meshing together all these people, each with their own motives and agendas, in a way that it makes riveting reading.

This is my first encounter with this author and I hope this novel will be the beginning of many more to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get lost in time November 7, 2012
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An excellent read that you can fall into and get lost in time. Some writers can transport you back into history just as if you are there. To be a believer you have to embrace the story just as if you were there as its taking place. In shadow, so to speak. This story did that for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprising April 24, 2014
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I was really surprised about this book. It was well written and it had a good plot. It had a totally unexpected end.
I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised May 7, 2013
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When I bought the book I expected that Fabius would be the major character and I would be reading about the Punic battles. Instead, Fabius is a minor character and the story revolves around the attempted assassination of Fabius by a Carthaginian agent. I was not disappointed because an interesting and suspenseful story followed. The book is a real page turner with many twists in the plot. It gave a vivid description of the plight of Rome's poor at about 200 years before the end of the republic and the dirty political battles between the various factions in the senate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book February 9, 2013
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I enjoyed the book. I will buy another book from this author. The author portrayed an accurate picture of ancient Rome. I felt the pacing was just fine and the characters well developed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling period in Roman History February 18, 2014
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Starts very well. Sure to suck in pre-empire geeks like me. But auther looses control of the narrative to the point where I wonder where if any place he wants to take me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Avery good read December 8, 2013
By Gary K
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Stories of Rome have held me since did my first detention in the school library. My desk was next to the R shelve and I read every book that the school possessed on Rome. Be it historical fiction or history I loved them all. Only book that has slowed me down is The Rise and Fall of Rome. That puppy needs to be buried with some one who has a Doctorial degree in history. Writers like Kelso and Simon Scarrow will take you to the front lines. You will smell the stink of sour wine, open sewers and politics that would shame even a Republican.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, but too many typos
Book is not bad, and I'd read another by the same author. There are too many typos, which seems typical of many of the Kindle Roman books that I've read.
Published 14 months ago by kbook
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not what I expected.
Reads well, but more of a detective story with a great deal of personal intrigue, rather than the big picture novel novel I was expecting.
Published 19 months ago by Steve635
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but convoluted tale of Roman history.
As a previous reviewer commented; this story commences with an absolutely rousing account of some of the principle characters' experiences in the battle of Cannae, when Hannibal... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bob Jarvis
3.0 out of 5 stars Par for the genre
After a promising start , The Shield of Rome begins to falter as both an historical novel and as a work of good writing, limping to a melodramatic ending.
Published 19 months ago by JHeckel
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Boring Read,Could Not Finish
I must be the uninvited guest at the 5 star party for this book. The plot proceeds very,very slowly and the author spends most of his time providing a detailed description of the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Edward Hathaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
Enjoyed reading a Historical novel about this period during the Roman Punic Wars. He is a good storyteller. Hope he writes some more books on this period.
Published on July 20, 2012 by Doug Pinotti
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More About the Author

Hello, my name is William Kelso. I was born in the Netherlands to British parents. I love writing. My first stories were inspired by the war games that I used to play with my mates along the road from Son to Best, (site of the landing zones of the US 101st Airborne on 17 September 1944 and the Joe Mann memorial.

After graduation I worked in financial publishing for some big brands but the desire to write never went away so since 2012 I have been writing full time.

I love football, long walks, arguing history and discovering new things. My books are all about ancient Rome, especially the early to mid-republic as this was the age of true Roman greatness. My books include, The Shield of Rome, The Fortune of Carthage, Caledonia and Devotio: The House of Mus. Go on, give them a go.

In my spare time I help my brother run his battle field tours company which takes people around the battlefields of Arnhem, Dunkirk, Agincourt, Normandy, the Rhine crossing and Monte Cassino. I live in London with my wife.

Please visit my website

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