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Hannibal and his Oliphaunts
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
This book was an interesting intersection of Hannibal's ancient warfare, modern paleopathology, and biological warfare. The author did a great job of weaving the various threads together to come up with a compelling story.
There were times when my suspension of disbelieve was shaken a few times as the protagonist kept changing countries as if the borders were extremely porous. Yes, there was some justification of the fluidity ("The Italian border guards have their hands full trying to search as many cars and motor scooters as possible coming back into Italy." with Ticino marijuana). The main character lives a charmed life (under fire) where he can travel as freely (and carefully) as he wants to with funds seemingly never running out.
Another thing that was distracting was the full and complete names of guns and planes. Around page 493, he introduced the "Aerotechnik Super Vivat Icarus" motorglider and then used that name 2 more times in the next 2 pages. That was jarring; like trying to land on that rocky, pitted meadow at Aiglemont.
However, all in all, a good story and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
This story reminded me a bit of some of the biowarfare plots from Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger series.