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Decurion Scipio looked over his should at Laelius and me.
He drew his sword and ordered, “Aid the General!”
Title: Hannibal’s Foe
Author: Edward Green
Published: November 6th, 2018
Publisher: Windheim Publishing Inc.
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Hannibal’s Foe by Edward Green is self-explanatory. Hannibal is an enemy that terrifies most. The story follows Decurion Scipio as he has to lead the legion to defeat their enemy. When the General, the father of Decurion Scipio, gets injured during a battle, he had to face those that question his orders while trying to win a victory against their enemy.
At the beginning of the story, it felt like the book started off really slow because of all the planning and scouting the army had to do before going into battle. Once it got to the middle of the book, it got more interesting when there were more fighting and battles. Since this was a book about army and military which does not have much to the plot besides the goal of the march, it felt like nothing was happening much besides during battle. Times, when I found it interesting, is when Scipio or anyone that is close to him outwits someone else who was being stubborn or arrogant. I really like the main characters because of their wits and interesting character. It always gets me excited when I read that Scipio was smart enough to realize that something was not right because in most books when the person in charge seems too young, they are often underestimated.
The author includes excellent descriptions that are not overwhelming or lacking in any sense. As someone who does not read or enjoy a lot of books that are about the army or military, it was not hard to imagine the scenes that are being described. Even when reading about a battle scene, the formation and everything that happens was not confusing or hard to understand, the author made it either so it is simple enough to picture it or create formations that are easy to understand.
It sometimes provides useful information about things that the average person may not know or understand so it made it easier to know what is happening. However, even though some things were explained, because I do not enjoy or purposely look to read a lot of books that relate to armies, a lot of the terms I did not understand so it hindered quite a bit of the experience while I was reading it. In the beginning, I did not mind looking through the dictionary, but after a while, it kind of got annoying; though a few times it was because I could not remember them but most of the time it was a new term for me. I am pretty sure if I did not have to look up so many of the terms it would have been a better experience for me and would probably like it more. It might have been useful if the author provided a glossary and other information at the beginning of the book so there will already be some prior knowledge before reading.
I started enjoying the book more when it reached a bit past halfway through the book because that is when all the battles become more frequent. As bad as this may sound, I am the type of person to look for tragic stories so because there were more battle scenes, I became more engrossed with it, hoping there might be a scene that someone important might get severely injured. The author has a way with words to stir up emotions. When the characters were giving speeches after a losing battle, the speech was slightly inspiring even though it may have been heard somewhere else too.
The book needs some editing for a few things. Often at the start of the book, there were overuses of commas when it could have been split into separate sentences so it does not lose its meaning or get too confusing. I would sometimes find myself reading the sentence again because I would forget what I was reading or what it was trying to say. On several occasions, it was missing spaces between words or misspellings and it made it even more confusing because I do not know if it was supposed to be a term that I do not know or if it was an error.
I would recommend this to book to those who like to read about armies and the military because this was the whole idea of the book. It did not have any other genre to this besides being a historical fiction book. Those who like to read about strategy may also like this, though I will not say that this book is its focus. There are some but it was not too strategic or complex in terms of the planning for battles. The target audience would most likely be teenagers and older just because of the language and knowledge that is needed to understand the story. Overall, this book is different from what I am used to reading.
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