The Bottom Line
- Great Roman military detail
- Plausible alternative history
- Basic story is interesting
- Too little attention to characters
- Not really a complete story
- Only two women and almost identical
- Hannibal's Children takes place a century after the war between Rome and Carthage led by Hannibal.
- Rome, in exile, has continued to practice its political and military traditions.
- Roman soldiers sent by the senate spy on Carthage and Egypt.
- Archimedes survived and set up a school for inventors in Alexandria.
- The patrician Roman soldiers use their inventions to fight Hannibal successor's attack on Egypt.
- The plebeian Romans join Hannibal's successor and show him Roman military might.
- Meanwhile the Senate back in "Rome" sends its own legions to retake the once lost Rome.
- Both Egypt and Carthage have kings whose sisters are scheming to take the throne.
- One of the two women goes after the patrician Roman and the other after the plebeian Roman soldier.
- The story doesn't stand well on its own but looks to its sequel.
Guide Review - Review - Hannibal's Children
Like other military fiction written with an eye to Hollywood, the story is bigger than life and filled with exquisite costumes and choreographically-trained legions.