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"An unassuming novel full of darkening tides of war and blood, with a little bit of love. It's an all-rounder that pleases everyone, not least me." Amazon review
"Superb story - well told & exciting. Not only an adventure story but a love story also. The son of a merchant who becomes a warrior who rises in command to lead his tribe in battle. Gripping I couldn't put it down" Amazon review
"Outstanding, if you enjoy full on historical fiction that's different from the usual Romans and Greeks this is for you.... Christian Cameron & Conn Iggulden watch out this author is a breath of fresh air." Amazon review--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00H5PSN9S
- Publisher : Bauer Photography and Media; 2nd edition (December 30, 2013)
- Publication date : December 30, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1839 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 295 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #897,364 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The novel takes place around the year 219 B.C. in Carthaginian-ruled Spain, just before the start of the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome. Carthage has established a strong presence in Southern Spain and has made alliances with some of the tribes, while violently subduing others. The book’s hero, Caros, belongs to the Bastetani, a tribe in alliance with Carthage.
At the beginning of the book, Caros arrives at his village to find his family, father, mother, and younger brother, murdered by raiders of the Arvenci tribe. Much of the village has been destroyed, its houses burned, the livestock plundered and all those who could not escape or hide, murdered. After seeing to the burial rites of his family, Caros determines to join the Bastetani war leader Alugra who has raised a troop of warriors to hunt down and destroy the Arvenci raiders and reclaim the livestock and other booty. During the troop’s successful encounter with the Arvenci, Caros acquits himself well as a warrior, much to the surprise of his fellows. He spots an Arvenci in possession of his father’s warhorn and determines to give chase. He hires Neugen, a talented tracker to help him pursue the man and his companions.
After a pursuit lasting several days, Caros and Neugen catch up with their prey and, in a fierce struggle, kill the Arvenci and his companions. The fight is witnessed by a troop of Numidians under their leader Massabaca. The Numidians are mercenaries from North Africa working for the Carthaginian general Hannibal. These warriors are so impressed with Caros’ fighting skills that they award him with a war name: claw of the lion.
Despite his manifest martial skills, Caros has little interest in becoming a warrior. He makes his way to the Bastetani city of Baria and contacts Marc, his father’s agent. He sets about doing business deals and falls in love with Marc’s niece, Imilic. But on their return journey to Caro’s village, he, Neugen and Imilic are set upon by raiders working for the warlord Berenger, and both men are seriously wounded, barely escaping with their lives, while Imilic is taken captive.
Eventually, upon his recovery, Caros ends up joining the Bastetani warriors who are fighting under the banner of Hannibal. He demonstrates his prowess as a warrior and a leader at the battle of the Tagus River where Hannibal defeats a much more numerous enemy, and thus come to the attention of Hannibal. After that he participates in the eight month siege of Sagunt. (Better known by the Roman name of Saguntum.) Unbeknownst to him, Imilic has been taken to Sagunt and is in danger of being sacrificed to the Goddess Catubodua.
J. Glenn Bauer has created a hero’s hero in Caros and readers who are fond of a good war story will enjoy this book.
Supplemental characters are brought on stage often to illustrate the harsh realities of the time. The Barbarous nature of the era. And readers should be prepared for this is a time where might is right, and might does rule. Especially when you are in the border lands of two giant empires positioning for control of ultimately all of the Mediterranean, though that will come later. This is the beginning of that long war.
To tell us about this period and take us through it, we are introduced to Caros, the son of a merchant. The story opens when tragedy has struck his family. Caros is our advocate to learn of Hannibal, he of the elephant fame, and who we know will ultimately lose to Rome. Thus usually in fiction told of the period we see the world through the eyes of Rome. We know Scipio Africanus will be victorious ultimately. We also know that Hannibal was a military genius.
Here Caros shows us that there were actions like the pawns in chess moving about ahead of the first fight at Tagus and then the siege of Saguntum. That Mr. Bauer changes the timeframe perhaps makes a wronger tale with a great many heroic fight scenes and tales of the siege.
There however is a certain realism to our heroes that Caros transcends. Here is a man who has had some training with a weapon, and the intelligence to learn the life of a merchant. He instantly has the skill of a battle hardened warrior of many campaigns, and the craft of a leader of thousands of men. Skills that are not acquired over one season of warfare. Given some backstory to these skills beyond what we learn might have provided us with a greater appreciation of our hero. Instead he appears more blessed than even Hannibal who trained for his generalship from childhood is eclipsed by our Caros. When overlooking this the story flows to surround us with details and subplots that give us an idea what the Inerian Peninsula was like at the time.
Even to the very end, where Caros faces the end of his own personal journey, we see a harsh world revealed with a conclusion that is necessary for our heroes personal growth. Reading this tale of fighting, great battles, and a period long gone, should bring a reader who has had a large selection of Pro-Roman Historical and Military Fiction to see that the grass may be no greener from the side of their many foes, but is as equally filled with heroism, sacrifice, and wonderment. For those with a shared love of this period you will see that Bauer does not disappoint and a perusal of his story is worth the effort.
Top reviews from other countries
The times are very bloody indeed; the description of the fighting and battle strategies are explained in great detail - the gore and devastation to man, woman, child and beast leaping off many of the pages in graphic horror. Caros transitions from being a young trader to a battle-hardened warrior who uses his deadly falcata with unerring accuracy, his combatant skills coming so naturally to him at a very swift pace. However, I like that J.G. Bauer ensures that Caros does not magically escape all injury- for me that would have been farcical in such violent and turbulent times. Battle scars gained toughen up the warrior even more even though he must live through some heartbreaking consequences.
His rapid progress to being noticed by the upper echelons of the armies didn’t disappoint me, and that the young Hannibal singles him out seems fitting. Caros becomes the kind of unassuming hero who draws friends and admirers easily from his fellow comrades and also from his enemies. Named ‘Claw of the Lion’ early on in the novel is well earned by the time the story closes.
It is not only a story of war, though, the love of a young woman –Ilimic- is also a painful transition time for Caros to work through. There are many characters in the novel, some of whom are very likeable – like Neugen who becomes a real and trusted friend very quickly. Other characters are much less attractive but well portrayed.
My only problem with the read was that the editing could have been sharper: this would have avoided occasional spelling and what I would term points of view problems.
Summing up though, If you want a detailed historical novel of trememdously exciting battle frenzy at a time that isn’t too commonly written about, then I definitely recommend Warhorn.
The battle scenes were brutal and bloody, and I admit to feeling a little queasy on one occasion. Warhorn is well written and the writing does evoke a reaction. I especially liked how the author described simple things such as Caros washing after a battle and scrubbing the blood and gore away.
A touch violent for a 5 star but a well deserved 4.