Ben Kane avec Clash of Empires
'Who is the rising star of historical fiction? I say Ben Kane' - Wilbur Smith
It is the turn of the 3rd century BC. Hannibal has just been defeated, and Rome now turns its eyes on Greece. The Roman legion was pitted against the Greek phalanx in the ultimate ancient military showdown as Rome stretched its military muscles into the birthplace of civilisation. In Kane's trademark style, the novel will follow both soldiers on the ground, as well as the great political figures of the day. In three tumultuous years, Greece, birthplace of Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and Alexander of Macedon, whose soldiers saw off the invading Persians hordes at Thermopylae, whose phalanxes made the world tremble, fell beneath the inexorable Roman legions' march. This victory cemented the birth of the mightiest empire that has ever existed.
Ben Kane is one of the most hard-working and successful historical writers in the industry. His third book, The Road to Rome, was a Sunday Times number four bestseller, and every title since has been a top ten bestseller. Born in Kenya, Kane moved to Ireland at the age of seven. After qualifying as a veterinarian, he worked in small animal practice and during the terrible Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001. Despite his veterinary career, he retained a deep love of history; this led him to begin writing.
His first novel, The Forgotten Legion, was published in 2008; since then he has written four series of Roman novels. Kane has walked more than 500 miles in full Roman military gear, including the length of Hadrian's Wall and a long march to Rome. He has also cycled 1500 miles from Spain to Italy via the Alps, à la Hannibal. During these three epic events, he has raised almost £65,000 for charity. He is active on social media and averages more than fifty events per year. Kane lives in Somerset with his wife and two children.