I'm currently reading "Total War Rome, Destroy Cathage" There honestly isn't enough good historical fiction books set during the rise of Roman...
But up next is Metro 2033... or 1984... I should probably finish that first I supose...
Oh, I actually got a review copy of that book last year and would be curious to know your impressions.
This is part of my full review, this snippet was what I wrote on my goodreads page:
"It's evident that the author really knows his ancient military history and also fetishizes the Roman Empire as many antiquarian authors and historians do. Unfortunately that zeal didn't help him develop his characters in complex and interesting ways.Gibbins tends to use character dialogue to explain ideas and the implications for Rome. While I'm certain that many of the ruling class had conversations like that, I doubt they had them ad nausea.It reduces the characters to mere set-pieces.I wish rather than reading of the aftermath or having his characters discussing much of the battles and glossing over big parts, he would actually describe them.Though it's extremely difficult to do so given that there's hardly any documentation from the period, the man could use his imagination with his knowledge of these events like most historical novelists.
The final scenes and descriptions of the Battle of Carthage finally impressed upon me that this man could have written a much more exhilarating novel.
I'm of the opinion that reading nonfiction by archaelogist David Gibbins would be fascinating and insightful but this book has proven none of the former."
Haven't read it all the way through yet, I'm only on chapter 2 (I think) but so far it's really good. He does know his ancient Roman history that's for sure. My only issue is sometimes he'll throw out a roman word or phrase and I'll forget what it means... other than that it's great so far.