219BC—Carthage locks horns with Rome in a bloody war for survival…
When Carthage’s charismatic general Hannibal launches his army on a daring campaign across Spain to Gaul and over the Alps into Italy to bring predatory Rome to its knees, his cousin, noble-born teenager Malco is proud to take part in the glorious endeavor.
From the heat of the Libyan desert to the passion of great love, Malco—the Thunderbolt—battles corrupt politics, bears, wolves, dread mountain passes, and the massed Celtic tribes who would bar Hannibal’s path to victory. Through his eyes and the loves of his life—Giskon, hotheaded activist; Juba, Numidian warrior; and Trebon, dearest and eternal friend—this violent tale unfolds across the rich tapestry of history, of political intrigue, and brutal bloody war. Malco is inexorably led to a moment of fateful choice that will determine the future course of his life, and that of those he loves.
334 pages Paperback and ebook
Published July 5, 2012
Praise for Thunderbolt: Torn Enemy of Rome
Thunderbolt just went on my very short list of books I will keep with me for life. The book is an endearing, stirring and engrossing work with magnificent artistry of language, pacing and storytelling.
Lucas Lyons, Goodreads
If you are a history buff and love sexy scenes thrown in the middle of the discourse, this is the book for you.
Gabbo Parra, Goodreads
Malco is indeed a bold warrior but he is also stunningly beautiful as the cover shows. At full size, Oliver Frey's masterpiece of cover art reveals a sparkle of fire in the young soldier's eyes that shows his commitment to bravery and passion in both love and war. Roger Kean has created a most singularly captivating young man in our hero Malco and a spectacular adventure of a war within a war in this historical rare gem. Danger abounds in this adventurous tale of war. War is bloody and people die. Those who cannot accept the violence of battle scenes should avoid it and stick to romances where the only things that get wounded are feelings. Thunderbolt: Torn Enemy of Rome is the best historical romance I have ever read. It has the most real history and the most real love. Roger Kean is a genius.
Boyd Walker, Smashwords