Wed. 18th August: The Road to Rome becomes a bestseller!

I’m proudly able to announce that The Road to Rome has reached the Sunday Times Top Ten in its first part week of publication! From Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th August, it sold over 3,500 copies, allowing it to storm up to number 4! Hurrah! Thanks to all the Roman gods, and to every one at Random House, who have worked so hard to help this happen. Most of all, thanks to you, my cool readers who have gone out and stumped up the cash for a copy of The Road to Rome. I’ve hardly stopped grinning since I heard the news yesterday.

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  1. Kerry
    Posted 10 September 2010 at 20:10 | Permalink

    Hi Ben,

    I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your trilogy. After watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand I wanted to read some fiction set in this era and that’s when I came across The Forgotten Legion. It instantly attracted me, especially as I’d recently read The Tiger Warrior by David Gibbins and was fascinated with the idea of ‘Crassus’ lost legionaries’. I immediately devoured the first two books and luckily for me I discovered that The Road to Rome was due to be released two weeks after finishing The Silver Eagle, so didn’t have to wait too long! The story has been fantastic and I really enjoyed the characters; for me they are what really made the books so special, especially Romulus. Well done on your success, and I really can’t wait for your next books!

  2. benkane
    Posted 11 September 2010 at 12:24 | Permalink

    Hi Kerry – thanks for your kind words! You did do well, not having to wait a year for The Road to Rome, like so many others! The Tiger Warrior is a good book, isn’t it? I met David Gibbins at a book do recently, and he’s really nice. Should have got my book signed! Anyway, I hope that you enjoy Soldier of Carthage when it comes out. Cheers!

  3. catavecino
    Posted 18 September 2010 at 06:04 | Permalink

    Hi, this seems a little late, i’m afraid to say that i haven’t read road to rome yet (just bought it, and it is in his way here), but i’m sure that it is going to be great, and i didn’t want to lose the opportunity of saying thanks to you, it is been a long road since i read the forgoten legion, i bought it in argentina (on vacations) in spanish of course, and fell in love with the it instantly, to the point where i couldn’t wait to read the next one, so The silver eagle was the first book that i read in english (my first internet purchase too by the way), and i am happy to say that, it was even better than expected, now Road to rome is almost at my hands reach, and i can’t wait to once again immerse in this world that you created, so, from the bottom of my heart thanks, you will always have a fan in this corner of the world called Chile.
    best regards: Gabriel Palavecino F.
    PS: sorry for any mistake i made up there, for me, reading is easy, write in the other hand… well, i think i can leave that to you.

  4. benkane
    Posted 18 September 2010 at 07:39 | Permalink

    Hi Gabriel/catavecino! Muchas gracias por su amable email. Estoy muy feliz que tengo un fan Chilenno en tuyo! En los anos 1998/9, viaje por mas de 12 meses en america del sur, y me gusto mucho Chile! Entre desde Peru, y viaje hasta Tierra del Fuego via Puerto Montt y Chiloe. De donde vienes?
    My Spanish is very bad now, so I apologise for that. Thanks for taking the time to email, Gabriel, I really appreciate it. I’m very pleased that you were so keen to read The Silver Eagle that you bought it in English!! I hope you enjoy it, and whenever I next get to Chile – I have no idea when that will be – I’ll buy you a beer!
    Best wishes

  5. JBB
    Posted 20 September 2010 at 15:53 | Permalink

    Just finished Road to Rome.Excellent,Every Chapter,enthralling couldn’t put it down.Hopefully not the end of Romulus , Tarquinius and Brennus ? !! .
    New book :Soldier of Carthage.Read first chapter,already hooked.

  6. benkane
    Posted 20 September 2010 at 18:07 | Permalink

    Hi JBB! Glad that you enjoyed The Road to Rome so much! As to more about Romulus and Tarquinius, well, I’m not sure. Certainly, I won’t be writing about them any time soon. Too many other topics! As for Brenus, who knows if he’s even alive? 🙂

    Soldier of Carthage has been great fun to write. Just putting the final touches to the battle of the Trebbia at the moment…

  7. catavecino
    Posted 21 September 2010 at 01:24 | Permalink

    i’m currently living at antofagasta, but i’m from santiago, whenever you come i will gladly accept that beer, and my house doors are always open for you, if the time is right, and you want, i could show you historical places that maybe you haven’t visited yet,like a little town called “Alhue” near santiago than in Mapudungun the Mapuche language, means “where the devil hides”, basically a nice place with a lot of history and stories, my Email is, i won’t visit this page for a while, becouse i just read a HUGE spoiler, although it made me happy (put a big smile on my face), the best action for the time being is not read more and wait for the book.

    Best regards
    Gabriel Palavecino F

  8. benkane
    Posted 21 September 2010 at 06:34 | Permalink

    Hi catavecino – good to hear from you. I’d love to visit ‘Alhue’ sometime. Sorry about the spoiler – I do my best to edit them in case people (like you) who haven’t yet read The Road to Rome come across them, but sometimes I miss them.
    Ciao for now, and I hope the book arrives soon!
    (Seeing as you have to order books from outside Chile, have you heard of They are excellent and don’t charge postage and packing to anywhere in the world.)

  9. Muz73
    Posted 30 September 2010 at 03:25 | Permalink

    Sorry i was away for a bit and just seen your comment now Ben, no I havn’t read Youghal Man, I must look it up after i put down yours, thank you 🙂 by the way a friend of mine reccomended Conn Igglunds books on Rome, have you read them…should I? 🙂 Sorry to mention another author on your blog but I assure you I will be buying all yours lol!

  10. Muz73
    Posted 30 September 2010 at 03:30 | Permalink

    just Realized the title isn’t Youghal Man, that the author is from Youghal, appoligise for my ignorance hehe 🙂

  11. benkane
    Posted 30 September 2010 at 09:04 | Permalink

    @Muz – no worries. Is Youghal Man the same kind of thing as Navan Man? 🙂 Yes, I’ve read Conn Iggulden’s books, and they are great. He takes a lot of liberties with Caesar’s life, but tells a fantastic story. His books have been massively successful – we’re talking No. 1 in the UK for most of them, and he’s followed them up with a quartet about Genghis Khan, which I haven’t read, but which are also meant to be great.

  12. Muz73
    Posted 30 September 2010 at 16:26 | Permalink

    Ok thanks and yes Navan man is the same 🙂

  13. leslieianjones
    Posted 18 October 2010 at 14:05 | Permalink

    I’m a proud yet worried Dad. Proud as my son (14) is reading Tacitus, Annals of Imperial Rome without anyone suggesting it. Then I found him reading The Forgotten Legion. OK I tohught it is there to read. Then last night he asks me if the Lupanar existed!!! OK worried Dad LOL

  14. benkane
    Posted 18 October 2010 at 20:53 | Permalink

    My gods! Every time I get a teenager or younger kid looking at my books I don’t know what to say – so I usually end up saying to their parents that they’re about a ’15’ certificate, but that I was reading Wilbur Smith etc. at the age of 12-13, so they should make up their own minds. I shake when I think of my son (currently 4) picking up my books when he’s say, 11 or 12. What shall I do?! At 14, your son is probably well suited to reading them. Good for him to be reading Tacitus! Impressive indeed, and far more than I was doing at that age. You can tell him that the Lupanar did exist – in Pompeii, I think it was.

  15. dickinson44
    Posted 16 November 2010 at 14:36 | Permalink

    Hi Ben

    excuse me when is road to rome going to be available in spanish??? and how is it going to be called??

  16. benkane
    Posted 16 November 2010 at 14:56 | Permalink

    Hi dickinson44 – I don’t actually know when The Road to Rome will come out in Spanish – I would presume one year after The Silver Eagle did – and that was published in May, I think. I have no idea what it’s going to be called either – lo siento! (Basically, once the books are sold to a foreign publisher, there is minimal contact.) Perhaps El Camino a Rome?

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