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Darkness over Cannae

Published by Zmok Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

The year is 216 BC. As Rome and Carthage vie for supremacy, the Mediterranean is shaken by a conflict that will go down in history as the Second Punic War.

The year is 216 BC. As Rome and Carthage vie for supremacy, the Mediterranean is shaken by a conflict that will go down in history as the Second Punic War. Two years ago, Hannibal, the Carthaginian general, took Rome completely by surprise by leading an army of African, Spanish, and Celtic soldiers across the Alps to attack Rome on her own soil. Rome has suffered three defeats at his hands already, and spent the last year licking her wounds and avoiding another battle. Now, the senate in Rome feels the time has come to take the initiative again. With an army of an unprecedented eight legions, led by both consuls and two proconsuls, they are determined to put Hannibal in his place once and for all.

Darkness over Cannae is a historical novel accurately researched on the battle, what led up to it and its aftermath.  Illustrated and with a glossary of terms it is a great introduction to Roman military history for anyone fifteen years and older.

"Darkness Over Cannae" by author and graphic artist Jennifer Dolphin is immensely enhanced for the reader's informed entertainment with accurately researched historical details on an ancient and decisive battle between the military forces of Rome and Carthage including what led up to it and its aftermath. Nicely illustrated and enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of a glossary of terms, "Darkness Over Cannae is a great introduction to third century Roman military. "Darkness Over Cannae" is an inherently fascinating novel from first page to last -- making it an especially and unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated historical fiction fans, as well as a welcome and enduringly popular addition to middle school, high school, and community library Historical Fiction collections.

– Mid-west Book Review