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Thunderbolt - Torn Enemy of Rome (English Edition) di [Kean, Roger M.]
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219BC—Carthage locks horns with Rome in a bloody war for survival…

When Carthage’s charismatic general Hannibal launches his army on a daring campaign across Spain to Gaul and over the Alps into Italy to bring predatory Rome to its knees, his cousin, noble-born teenager Malco is proud to take part in the glorious endeavor.

From the heat of the Libyan desert to the passion of great love, Malco—the Thunderbolt—battles corrupt politics, bears, wolves, dread mountain passes, and the massed Celtic tribes who would bar Hannibal’s path to victory. Through his eyes and the loves of his life—Giskon, hotheaded activist; Juba, Numidian warrior; and Trebon, dearest and eternal friend—this violent tale unfolds across the rich tapestry of history, of political intrigue, and brutal bloody war.

Finally, the deadly political infighting at home destroys Malco’s patriotic feelings, and he finds himself hating Carthage even more than his sworn enemy Rome. Malco is inexorably led to a moment of fateful choice that will determine the future course of his life, and that of those he loves.

Publisher’s note: This book contains some explicit gay sexual content.

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  • Editore: Reckless Books (5 luglio 2012)
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4.0 su 5 stelle From GLBT Bookshelf 7 agosto 2013
Di Christopher Moss - Pubblicato su
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Ah, Carthage in the third century BCE. I fell in love with Hannibal as a teenager, so it's fitting I read this novel about Hannibal's teen cousin Malco who includes his heroic commander and family member among his great loves.

Keane definitely recaptures what I saw in the man and the era, as well as the wars, with vivid historical detail and exciting action scenes. Malco has gotten mixed up with a cousin courting treason and is sent to Iberia as a soldier to escape executions and join Hannibal's expedition intended to shake the foundations of the fledgling Rome. Malco's story revolves around battle and other adventures and also his loves, his great romance with X and his long term friendship with benefits with Juba.

I don't remember the book I read as a teen, but I learned so much about the period from Keane that the old book must have lacked that much of interest and accuracy. This is the time of the Celtic peoples and speakers of Europe. I had not even realized that Carthaginians were descended from Phoenicians. Given my growing interest in pre-Roman Empire Europe and the Mediterranean, this learning was a merry treat. Keane is detailed on the names of the Celtic and other tribes to the point that all the unfamiliar names begin to run together, but I can't say the plethora was exactly distracting.

The character of Malco is certainly satisfying to follow. He is a simple, trusting fellow at the beginning of the novel, but by the time he turns north after becoming disgusted with the corruption and hypocrisy of Carthage and the tragedies of warfare, the reader has followed how he comes to his mature approach to relationships and his own responsibilities.

One thing I appreciated among so many others in this novel is the account of the crossing of the Alps. Heretofore I knew about it and the use of elephants, but Keane manages to make the glorious adventure believable, full of not only the accomplishment but also the toll on the party. That is an aspect of historical fiction I value, the author who can give you an earlier time warts and all.

If you kept checking to see if the title said "sworn enemy of Rome", it really says "torn" and by the end of the book you will see just how accurate and meaningful that choice is.

Kean is a multiple creator with "illustrated novels" and other books. I will definitely look into more of his work.
5.0 su 5 stelle Wonder Thunderbolt 27 maggio 2014
Di Regis Rodrigues - Pubblicato su
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I just read Thunderbolt - Torn Enemy of Rome. I found it agreat story. Striking and unforgettable characters, as Malco, Trebon and Juba. Apart from a very interesting historical aspect. In a way this book had, for me, the same effect of "Fire of Troy" by Marion Zimmer Bradley, which made ​​me look with new eyes the Trojan War, to know the point of view of the Trojans. And, "Thunderbolt", the point of view of the Carthaginians. In addition there is the beautiful and strong love story between Malco and Trebon, which, I confess I feared that it fell in the common place when Clothilde appears. Despite sometimes poor Malco suffers like Heracles, being sent to complicated missions and also because, especially the passage in Rome, a character apparently ending his fate as a gladiator (and certainly dying), these parties do not compromise the whole stor. This book that should be read. A beautiful marriage of history, romance, sex and friendship, very well told.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Historical Novel of War and Love (Gay and general interest) 18 settembre 2012
Di Tom(C) - Pubblicato su
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Malco is indeed a bold warrior but he is also stunningly beautiful as the cover shows. At full size, Oliver Frey's masterpiece of cover art reveals a sparkle of fire in the young soldier's eyes that shows his commitment to bravery and passion in both love and war. Roger Kean has created a most singularly captivating young man in our hero Malco and a spectacular adventure of a war within a war in this historical rare gem. Malco is the cousin of the one of the greatest militarily leaders in history, Hannibal (247-182 BC.)

Malco was well trained before becoming an officer in Hannibal's army at age 20. It was said of young Malco while he was still in training,"He handles a mean sword, swims like an otter, is a great endurance runner over distance, throws a javelin with unerring aim, and sends an arrow to the mark as well as the best Libyan archer." He also is a natural born leader who gains the respect of the soldiers under his command despite his youth."

While the book is an historical account of the Second Punic War (Roger Kean is the author of a plethora of non-fiction history books) His historical novel, Thunderbolt: Torn Enemy of Rome is also an account of Malco's loves, particularly the love of his life, fellow soldier Trebon. He also forms a loving friendship with Juba, a Numidian tribesman who is a mercenary fighting with Hannibal's troops. Juba is completely dedicated to his friend Malco but is not blind to Malco's sometimes overeagerness in his fight against the Romans. Juba refers to Malco and says to Trebon, "He has a fondness for getting into trouble."

Malco loves Trebon with all his heart but sometimes war preempts his passion. Juba tells Malco that Trebon has been wounded by an arrow in his arm and urges Malco to go see him. Malco responds,

"I can't. I must get cleaned up and attend Hannibal with the other commanders."

Juba sighed. "It's said when he thought you lost in the Rhône he considered taking his own life for failing you."

Malco steeled himself and glared at Juba. "He was ever for exaggeration." (Malco of course does go see his beloved Trebon but only after reporting to his cousin and leader Hannibal.)

Danger abounds in this adventurous tale of war. War is bloody and people die. Those who cannot accept the violence of battle scenes should avoid it and stick to romances where the only things that get wounded are feelings. Despite the uncertainty of combat there is no reason to fear for Malco's life because he is the narrator of the novel. The story is being told by an elderly Malco entertaining his grandchildren. Yes he has children and they have children. Hannibal had no problem with Malco's homosexuality so long as he carried on the tradition of family. When Hannibal informs him of his duty to marry and procreate, Marco bristles saying:

"...but you must never expect me to feel again for anyone as I loved Trebon."

Hannibal's smile faded a degree and his face took on a sterner expression.
[Hannibal replies]
"Then you must learn to separate love and sex."

As the war drags on the leaders of Carthage make excuses and do not send Hannibal the supplies he needs to carry out the war. Once Malco fought for the glory of Carthage. Now he fights to honor Hannibal and the sacrifices of his comrades fallen in battle. As it becomes clear that Carthage has abandoned Hannibal Malco feels so betrayed that he has no more love for Carthage than he has for Rome. The one who remains true to Malco is his beloved friend Juba. While Juba could return to Africa a rich man, he refuses to go anywhere except to be with Malco.

As for Malco:
"But the warmth which moved his heart, which beat in the pulse and made life worth living... this came from Juba, the mutual release of their seed which transported him to the heavens."

Having fought against Rome and then been betrayed by Carthage Malco longs for a place where "it's free and independent, where courage, manliness, and honor still count." That sums up Malco well, independent, courageous, manly, and honorable. But he is also generous with his steadfast love and gives his heart wholly to the man he loves.

Thunderbolt: Torn Enemy of Rome is the best historical romance I have ever read. It has the most real history and the most real love. Roger Kean is a genius.
5.0 su 5 stelle Lavish Epic 1 ottobre 2014
Di AN - Pubblicato su
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The Punic Wars are a time that seldom appears in modern classrooms, at least in my experience, but everyone has heard of Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants. Military students still study Hannibal’s stratagems. In Roger Kean’s Thunderbolt: Torn Enemy of Rome, thousands of warriors from many different lands form the Carthaginian host, and Mr. Kean depicts them lovingly, with details of their armor, battle dress, weapons, and habits. This a bildungsroman with elements of classic men’s adventure stories, historical drama, and gay fiction. Notice I said gay fiction not gay romance or m/m romance. The rules for romance require a happily-ever-after, and the protagonist, Malco, lives to be a content ninety-year=old great-grandfather, but without the great love of his life.

Thunderbolt is a great journey, when lions roamed Africa north of the Sahara and wolves thronged across Europe. Carthage and Rome vie for the known world and while the reader knows how that ended, Mr. Kean paints how big a threat Carthage was. Through the eyes of young Malco Barca, an imaginary cousin of Hannibal Barca, the achievements of the Carthaginians and their allies come alive as well as the political frailties that were their downfall.

And then there are the romances. Yes, plural, get over it. Malco is a teen at the beginning of his tale, usually a serial monogamist (but not always). He cares deeply about these men, has lots of hot sex with them, and learns hard lessons when love and politics don’t mix, but only one man is his true love, Trebon.

There are many players and places in this book; it should be read when you can pay attention to the lavish details. Nicely formatted, it did have some missing quotation marks, which sometimes made it confusing on who was speaking. Nevertheless, it’s a great story and well done. Highly recommended.
5.0 su 5 stelle History brought to gay life 3 aprile 2015
Di O. Frey - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
A review posted on which I agree with wholeheartedly. A gay historical novel that is definitely not just sex with added story…

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping historical story 30 Mar. 2015
By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
It is at the age of Sixteen that we pick up the story of Malco, called by some an Adonis on account of his beauty, and by his cousin Hannibal "my Thunderbolt", for that is what the Bacra family name means, a name that Malco unquestionably lives up to. It is at sixteen that Malco enters his first battle in North Africa and also distinguishes himself by saving the life of Nessus, a young Numidian (Algerian) soldier. Very soon after he is off to Iberia to join Hannibal's army where again he proves his courage, and as Hannibal prepares his army to march into Italy across the Alps Hannibal appoints the young Malco to command a company of his own choice. So we follow Hannibal's army and Malco's adventures as the campaign moves into Italy and confronts the Roman armies and contends with the treacherous political manoeuvres back in Carthage.

Along the way Malco gets in many scrapes and saves more lives, while his is saved more than once by his now adjutant of choice, the humble and ever faithful Nessus. Already schooled in the art of love with men by his nineteen year old adopted cousin, Malco soon finds love amongst his comrades, including a young guardsman Trebon who hopes to capture his heart.

Thunderbolt is a gripping fictionalised account based around Hannibal's campaign, it is also a great adventure of the very courageous and most resourceful young man, Malco, and a touching love story. There are great battles, much loss of life, political intrigue, acts of courage and great loyalty, a humiliating rape, tender explicit love scenes, and much more. It is also very enlightening as we learn much of an historical nature, and here I am trusting to the writer who has also authored history books. However there is an anachronism in the expression, "cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey" which he ascribes to "a crude Roman saying"; while of uncertain origin as far as I can discern the expression is thought to originate from the early nineteenth century, while a few suggest possible the C17th, whatever, it does seem out of place - or maybe I have more to learn. Nonetheless this is well written and a most enjoyable read about some very likable characters.
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