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Kane, Ben

Works: 129 works in 521 publications in 10 languages and 8,482 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  History  Action and adventure fiction  War fiction  Epic fiction  Biographical fiction  Adventure stories  Military history  War stories 
Roles: Author, Other, Photographer
Classifications: PR6111.A536, 823.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ben Kane
The forgotten legion by Ben Kane( Book )

31 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the late Roman Republic, in the first century B.C.E., "The Forgotten Legion" is a tale of the greatest empire of the ancient world from the perspective of those on the lowest rungs of its society
The road to Rome by Ben Kane( Book )

41 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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's twin sister Fabiola lives in fear for her life, loved by Brutus, but wooed by Marcus Antonius, his deadly enemy
Spartacus : the gladiator by Ben Kane( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Returning to his village after escaping the Roman army, Spartacus is betrayed by his jealous king and forced into life as a gladiator before executing a daring overthrow and assuming leadership over an army of escaped slaves
The silver eagle by Ben Kane( Book )

34 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first century B.C., trapped in Parthia by Crassus's failed invasion, the legionaries that survived are captured and marched to the edge of the known world. Abandoned by Rome, these men are the Forgotten Legion
Spartacus : rebellion by Ben Kane( Book )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spartacus has already done the impossible. Not only has he escaped from slavery, he and his seconds have created a mighty slave army that has challenged Rome and defeated the armies of three praetors, two consuls, and one proconsul. On the plain of the River Po, in modern Northern Italy, Spartacus has defeated Gaius Cassius Longinus, proconsul and general of an army of two legions. Now the road home lies before them-- to Thrace for Spartacus, and to Gaul for his seconds-in-command, Castus and Gannicus
Eagles at War (Eagles of Rome, 1) by Ben Kane( Book )

28 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of The Forgotten Legion, the first in a gripping three-part series based on actual historical eventsIn the summer of 9 CE, Publius Varus, the Roman governor of Germania, and Lucius Tullus, a centurion garrisoned on the Rhine, march east with three legions. As they prepare to return to their winter quarters, they are lured off the road and ambushed by German warriors. The Germans are led by Arminius, a chieftain who is a trusted ally of Rome--and a man who has been secretly planning to betray the empire since childhood. Trapping Varus' legionaries between a hillside and a marsh, and thereby preventing them from forming up or using their artillery, Arminius and his warriors wreak a terrible slaughter. The Roman defeat is overwhelming, but it is not until the third day of the massacre that the scale of Arminius' victory becomes clear. Three legions, upwards of 14,000 men, have been annihilated, and three treasured Eagle standards have been lost. Just a few hundred legionaries, including Tullus, manage to escape. Nor is the survivors' ordeal over. Pursued to the last Roman fort east of the Rhine, they are besieged by thousands of bloodthirsty tribesmen. Only the gods can save them now
Hannibal : enemy of Rome by Ben Kane( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage, their only serious rival for power in the Mediterranean. Now a brilliant young Carthaginian general, called Hannibal, is out for revenge
Hunting the eagles by Ben Kane( Book )

17 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three Roman legions in the wilds of Germania. Varus, the general who led the ill-fated army, is long dead and the bones of his 15,000 legionaries moulder in the forests. But not all the Romans were slain in the ambush. Centurion Tullus, a seasoned veteran, survived and now he lives for revenge upon the tribal chieftain Arminius, who masterminded the ambush. Tullus will stop at nothing to kill his bitterest enemy, or to recover his legion's lost Eagle. At first, fortune seems to be with the Romans. Germanicus, the general appointed to lead punitive campaigns against the tribes, is resourceful and courageous. His armies are vast, dwarfing those of the enemy and the initial clashes are won by the legions. Yet Arminius is far from defeated. Charismatic and determined, he gathers together thousands of warriors for a second time. Their purpose is to visit death and destruction upon Rome's legions, to repeat what was done five years before. Stalking Germanicus' forces day and night, they watch and wait for the perfect moment to strike. Can Tullus prevent another disaster? And will he ever recover his legion's Eagle?
Clouds of war by Ben Kane( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

213 BC. Syracuse. Under the merciless Sicilian sun, a city is at war. Outside the walls, a vast Roman army waits. Yet the city's incredible defences, designed by Archimedes, mean that Syracuse will not be taken easily. A veteran of the bitter war since its beginning, Quintus is ready to give his life in the service of the Republic. But dangers face him from within his own ranks as well as from the enemy-- who include his former friend, the Carthaginian, Hanno
Eagles in the storm by Ben Kane( Book )

19 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"AD 15. The German chieftain Arminius has been defeated, one of the lost Roman eagles recovered, and thousands of German tribesmen slain. Yet these successes aren't nearly enough for senior centurion Lucius Tullus. Not until Arminius is dead, his old legion's eagle found and the enemy tribes completely vanquished will he rest. But Arminius -- devious, fearless -- is burning for revenge of his own. Charismatic as ever, he raises another large tribal army, which will harry the Romans the length and breadth of the land. Soon Tullus finds himself in a cauldron of bloodshed, treachery and danger. His mission to retrieve his legions eagle will be his most perilous yet."--
Hannibal : fields of blood by Ben Kane( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hannibal's campaign to defeat Rome continues as he marches south to confront his enemy. With him is a young soldier, Hanno. Like his general, Hanno burns to vanquish Rome. Never has the possibility seemed so likely. But a stealthy game of cat and mouse is being played as Rome's generals seek to avoid confrontation. Eventually the two armies meet under a fierce summer sun. The place is Cannae - the fields of blood. The battle will go down in history as one of the bloodiest ever fought, a battle in which Hanno knows he must fight as never before - just to stay alive
Clash of Empires by Ben Kane( Book )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Czech and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After sixteen years of bloody war, Hannibal Barca is on the verge of defeat. On the plains of Zama, Felix and his brother Antonius stand in the formidable Roman legions, ready to deliver the decisive blow. Victory will establish Rome as the pre-eminent power in the ancient world. Meanwhile, young senator Flamininus is set on becoming one of the Republic's greatest military commanders with his eyes on the as-yet-unconquered Macedon and Greece. But in the north of Greece, Philip V of Macedon has his own agenda. He is determined to restore his kingdom to its former glory but needs a strong army to help him do it. Young Demetrios dreams of fighting in the phalanx but is just a poor oarsman. Thirsty, hungry, burnt by the unforgiving Mediterranean sun, dreams are his only sustenance, until a chance encounter changes everything. Flamininus will stop at nothing to bring Philip V to heel. The Roman wolf has tasted blood, and it wants more. But the sun of Macedon will not set without a final blaze of glory. The gripping first novel in a new series from the master of historical fiction
De opstand by Ben Kane( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Continuing the epic story of Spartacus, the gladiator slave general who held Rome to ransom through two years, this is a novel about one of the most extraordinary turning points in history, in which one remarkable man found immortality and became a legend
The falling sword by Ben Kane( Book )

7 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and Spanish and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reeling from his defeat at the hands of the Macedonians, Rome's furious General Flamininus gathers his legions for the final strike on King Philip's mighty phalanx. Both leaders know the victor will rule Greece and both armies will do everything in their power to claim the ultimate prize. Fightng on opposing sides, Felix and Demetrios think they have survived the worst of the campaign. But between vicious infighting, unruly locals and intense battle, both will be tested as the final showdown between two great civilizations begins ..."--Publisher
Fields of blood by Ben Kane( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in Spanish and English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hannibal's campaign to defeat Rome continues. Having brought his army safely over the Alps in winter, he now marches south to confront the enemy. With him is a young soldier, Hanno. Like his general, Hanno burns to vanquish Rome. Never has the possibility seemed so likely. Facing Hanno is his former friend, Quintus, whom Hanno met while in Roman captivity. A bitter quarrel with his father led Quintus to join the Roman infantry under an assumed name. Among his legionaries, he finds that his enemies are not just the Carthaginians, but men of his own side. A stealthy game of cat and mouse is being played, with Hannibal seeking to fight, and Rome's generals avoiding battle. But battle cannot be delayed for much longer. Eventually, the two armies meet under a fierce summer sun in August in the south of Italy. The place is Cannae-the fields of blood. The encounter will go down in history as one of the bloodiest battles ever fought, a battle in which Hanno and Quintus know they must fight as never before-just to stay alive"--
De gladiator by Ben Kane( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In historical terms we know very little about Spartacus the man - partly because most contemporary Roman historians were keen to obliterate his memory and prevent him from attaining mythic status. This of course is grist to the novelist's mill. Ben Kane's brilliant novel begins in the Thracian village to which Spartacus has returned, after escaping from life as an auxiliary in the Roman army. But here he quickly falls foul of his overlord, the Thracian king, who has set his heart on Dionysian priestess, Ariadne - later to become wife of Spartacus. Betrayed again to the Romans by his jealous king, Spartacus - and with him Ariadne - are taken in captivity to the school of gladiators at Capua. it is here - against the unbelievable brutality of gladiatorial life - that Spartacus and Crixus the Gaul plan the audacious overthrow of their Roman masters, escaping to Vesuvius, where they recruit and train a huge slave army - an army which will keep the might of Rome at bay for two years and create one of the most extraordinary legends in history. "Spartacus: The Gladiator" takes the story up to the moment when the slave army has inflicted its first great defeat on Rome
Enemy of Rome by Ben Kane( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As Rome rose to power in the third century BC, there was only one real rival in the Mediterranean -- Carthage. In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage. Now Hannibal, a brilliant young Carthaginian general, is out for revenge, setting the stage for the greatest conflict of the ancient world. Caught up in the maelstrom are two young boys, Hanno, the son of a distinguished soldier and confidant of Hannibal, and Quintus, son of a Roman equestrian and landowner. A disastrous adventure will see Hanno sold into slavery and bought by Quintus's father. Although unexpected friendship springs up between the two boys -- and with Quintus's sister, Aurelia -- the fortunes of the two warring empires will tear them apart. They find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict, and an alliance forged through slavery will be played out to its stunning conclusion in battle." --Publisher's description
Spartacus : the gladiator by Ben Kane( Recording )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long the stuff of legends, Spartacus is known to most modern readers through the classic Kubrick film version of Howard Fast's novel. Now bestselling historical novelist Ben Kane returns to the source material and presents a lively and compelling new vision of the man who was Spartacus--Roman army auxiliary, slave, gladiator, and ultimately the leader of an army of slaves who nearly brought Rome to its knees
Lionheart by Ben Kane( Book )

4 editions published between 2020 and 2021 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1179... Henry II's Norman conquerors have swept through England, Wales - and now Ireland. Irish nobleman Ferdia has been imprisoned in Wales to ensure the good behaviour of his rebellious father. But during a skirmish on a neighbouring castle, Ferdia saves the life of the man who would become one of the most legendary warriors to have ever lived: Richard Plantagenet. The Lionheart. Taken as Richard's squire, Ferdia crosses the Narrow Sea to resist the rebellious nobles in Aquitaine, besieging castles and fighting bloody battles with brutal frequency. But treachery and betrayal lurk around every corner. Infuriated by his younger brother Richard's growing reputation, Henry rebels. And Ferdia learns that the biggest threat to Richard's life may not be a foreign army - but Richard's own family . . ."--Provided by publisher
Het verloren legioen by Ben Kane( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in Dutch and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In de eerste eeuw voor Christus wordt een tweeling in slavernij geboren, nadat hun moeder is verkracht door een edelman. Eerste deel van een trilogie
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The forgotten legion
The road to RomeThe silver eagleHannibal : enemy of RomeEnemy of Rome
Alternative Names
Ben Kane médicu-escritor kenianu

Ben Kane novelist

Ben Kane Schriftsteller

Ben Kane schrijver uit Kenia (1970-)

Ben Kane scrittore keniano

بين كاين

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