Thurs. 8th July: Competition time!

It’s that time of year again!

I’ve got two signed hardback first edition copies of my upcoming book, The Road to Rome, on offer. The first lucky person whose name comes out of the hat will also receive a real silver denarius which dates from about 90 BC, and which therefore would have been in use at the time of my books. It’s worth a decent sum, and I thought it would add to the prize. The second person just gets the book, but as both copies will be among the 15 copies I stamp as well as sign, they’ll be getting a decent prize too.

Please answer the following question by email to me at – no later than midnight (UK time) on the 22nd July. Good luck!

What was the nickname (in English or otherwise) of Caesar’s famous Fifth Legion, which fought heroically at Thapsus?

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  1. Mike Reynolds
    Posted 9 July 2010 at 11:56 | Permalink

    Ave Ben
    Not sure if this is the right place to answer some of the pointless criticism you have attracted by some small errors in you work? but I have to say to those who read your books, that whilst they are built around fact they are works of fiction and with that comes artistic licence! I enjoy these books for what they are and if people want to pick holes because they have nothing better to do! they really should get a life and allow us lesser mortals enjoy reading the writings of clearly a great story teller! There!I’m done and waiting for another excellent book!
    Mike Reynolds

  2. benkane
    Posted 9 July 2010 at 13:55 | Permalink

    Hi Mike – thanks for your vote of confidence! I posted up my rant well over a year ago, and it attracts all kinds of amused comments from readers such as yourself. Yesterday, I re-read it again for the first time in many months, and realised that a) I didn’t really care any more what such people thought, and b) that I hadn’t any ‘complaint’ emails for ages. Both felt good! I hope you enjoy The Road to Rome, and good luck in the competition. Entries are coming in thick and fast – over 50 in the first 24 hours…

  3. flindop
    Posted 11 July 2010 at 07:50 | Permalink

    Hi Ben,

    I have just entered the competition and although it would be great to win either of the two prizes, finally getting around to being able to read the third book in the series is just as exciting. I am not a particualry fast reader, nor do I normally read books more than once, however, I may just have to read the Forgotten Legion and Silver Eagle again, just as a reminder for when I get my copy of Road to Rome 🙂

    Ignore the critics, the readers are certainly out there and they are the ones who truly matter.


  4. benkane
    Posted 11 July 2010 at 19:46 | Permalink

    Thanks, Frank! Only a month to go for The Road to Rome, so your waiting’s nearly over…

  5. treslade
    Posted 13 July 2010 at 18:53 | Permalink

    Hello Ben,

    I want you to know how much I have enjoyed your books, after reading the Forgotten Legion in 2 days, I had to buy the Silver Eagle over the internet because I couldn’t wait to read it nor wait the week before shopping……
    Your books transport me back in time to another age, and that in my mind makes you a great author…….I can’t wait for The Road to Rome…..


  6. benkane
    Posted 14 July 2010 at 11:59 | Permalink

    Hi Sandra – thanks indeed for the high praise! I’m always delighted when readers tell me that they couldn’t wait to read the next book! Have a go at entering the competition, and you could win a copy of The Road to Rome early!

  7. Phoenix
    Posted 15 July 2010 at 01:14 | Permalink

    Forgotten Legion and Silver Eagle are A+ in my opinion. Cannot wait for Road to Rome. I am enjoying the friendships, twins and intermingling history. Great detail and story. Keep writing!

  8. Jack of Knaves
    Posted 17 July 2010 at 20:30 | Permalink

    Hi Ben,

    A thankyou for today, your presentation on Caesar was excellent and the boys say a big thankyou for your time. Cullen can’t get over the fact he has met a real novelist !!

    Don’t worry about the the people who examine minor detail,you are helping to bring history to life and making it highly readable for all.

    Looking forward to your take on Carthage !!

    Tim Loftus

  9. benkane
    Posted 20 July 2010 at 19:50 | Permalink

    Hi Janet
    Thanks so much! Sorry about the delay in putting up your post, and replying – you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve been mad busy writing!

  10. benkane
    Posted 20 July 2010 at 19:52 | Permalink

    Hi Tim
    Many thanks for your post. It’s great that you enjoyed my talk, and I’m really pleased that Cullen has met a novelist too! It’s the only the second time someone has had their photo taken with me and it was an honour. I hope too that you enjoy Soldier of Carthage!

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