Thursday, June 27, 2013

Total War Rome: Destroy Carthage 1st of novels based on the new game

I received an e-mail about a new series of novels scheduled for release in September that will serve as companion novels to the new "Rome Total War II" game by Creative Assembly:

"Carthage, 146 BC. This is the story of Fabius Petronius Secundus – Roman legionary and centurion – and his rise to power: from his first battle against the Macedonians, that seals the fate of Alexander the Great's Empire, to total war in North Africa and the Siege of Carthage.
 Fabius's success brings him admiration and respect, but also attracts greed and jealousy – the closest allies can become the bitterest of enemies. And then there is Julia, of the Caesar family – a dark horse in love with both Fabius and his rival Paullus – who causes a vicious feud.
 Ultimately for Fabius, it will come down to one question: how much is he prepared to sacrifice for his vision of Rome?
 Inspired by Total War: Rome II, the bestselling game, Destroy Carthage is the first in an epic series of novels. Not only the tale of one man’s fate, but is also a journey to the core of Roman times, through the world of extraordinary military tactics and political intrigue that Rome’s warriors and citizens used to cheat death." - Pan Macmillan, publisher

The publisher also points out that author David Gibbins has penned seven previous historical adventure novels that have sold over two million copies and are published in twenty-nine languages. Gibbins taught archaeology, ancient history and art history as a university lecturer, before turning to writing fiction full-time.  Hopefully, Gibbins will be as successful at creating vibrant characters and settings as Harry Sidebottom, another academician turned best-selling novelist.  Pan Macmillan has graciously offered to send me a review copy so I'll give you my take on it when I get some time to read it.

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