Tues. May 25th: Sunshine musings

I spent the weekend at Dorchester Roman Festival, which was bathed in glorious sunshine the whole time. What a difference it makes! Thanks to Sarah Harbige, of Dorset Area of Outstanding Beauty, who organised it all into such a top class event. I met up with some of Legio II Augusta, who put on some great displays of Roman legionaries and gladiators. Did a couple of talks, sold a few books, met some interesting people and generally had a good time. I wish there were more Roman events on year round! This coming weekend, I have nothing to complain about, though, as I’ll be at the York Roman Festival, which is organised and run by the excellent Keith Mulhearn. Hope to see you there!

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9 Comments

  1. Bonovox
    Posted 25 May 2010 at 15:09 | Permalink

    I would just like to say, that as a longtime fan of historical fiction, both The Forgotten Legion, and The Silver Eagle are by far, two of the GREATEST novels I’ve EVER read!!! I cant wait to get my hands on The Road To Rome!! You sir, have just overtaken Steven Pressfield, as my favorite author!! Bravo!!

  2. benkane
    Posted 25 May 2010 at 15:36 | Permalink

    *blushes* That’s a huge compliment, for which I thank you! I loved Gates of Fire, and even to be placed in the same arena as Steven Pressfield is a great honour. I hope that you enjoy The Road to Rome as much.

  3. dobby69
    Posted 26 May 2010 at 08:59 | Permalink

    Really enjoyed your first two books.Quite suprised that the third has only just come off the production line, but really looking forward to it.Excellent work, should get in contact with HBO! as would make an excellnt mini series.

  4. benkane
    Posted 26 May 2010 at 18:12 | Permalink

    Hi David – both the previous books were released in May or June; the reason for the later release date for The Road to Rome was because the publishers thought I’d be late delivering the manuscript (as I was for The Silver Eagle). When I delivered it 2 months ahead of schedule, they left the later date so they could do more publicity for The Road to Rome. While I’m not complaining about that, it does mean a longer wait for everyone who’s champing at the bit, so my apologies for that!

  5. Bonovox
    Posted 27 May 2010 at 17:21 | Permalink

    Not to turn your blog into an internet chat room, however, I TOTALLY agree that this would make a FANTASTIC mini series!!! You should really look into it!!! O.K, I’ll turn my caps lock off, take my exclamation marks, and leave you alone. lol!

  6. dobby69
    Posted 27 May 2010 at 19:31 | Permalink

    Thanks for explaining,just have to be patient then… Is there anything else in the pipeline?

  7. benkane
    Posted 28 May 2010 at 06:56 | Permalink

    No worries, Bonovox, it’s really great to be able to ‘chat’ to my readers all of a sudden! The Forgotten Legion was sent out to an agency in Hollywood last year, but we’ve heard nothing since. I’ve even had an introduction to a film producer (from a reader!) but he wasn’t particularly interested either. As you say, the books would make a great miniseries, or even a couple of films. I live in hope!
    David – yes, indeed, thanks for asking. I’m just doing the last edits of Soldier of Carthage, which is the first book in a new trilogy about the second Punic war. It’s so exciting writing about Hannibal; I just hope I can do the amazing events justice.

  8. shadroth
    Posted 17 September 2010 at 06:40 | Permalink

    my wife bought me your first 2 books while touring in Euroupe. To my suprise they didn’t just turn out to be impulse buys. I really enjoyed these books so much so, i lent them to my old man (who reads even more than i do) and he said they were the most interesting novels he had read for years! Really looking forward to the final installment and eagally awaite Soldier of Carthage. I hope you intend to reimagine his march through gaul, the alps, and finally on to Italy.
    Cheers

  9. benkane
    Posted 17 September 2010 at 07:02 | Permalink

    Shadroth – I’m so glad that the books provided some ‘in flight’, or in ‘camper van’ entertainment for you! How long were you touring for? Where did you go? Glad that your dad enjoyed them too, and I hope The Road to Rome lives up to your expectations.
    As for Soldier of Carthage, it’s got the whole march in it, from New Carthage, to Gaul, to the Rhone, the Alps and in to Cisalpine Gaul. I LOVED writing it! Fingers crossed that you and the other readers out there like it too…

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