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To Kill a Consul by Robert M. Kidd


Genre: Historical fiction / action adventure / military fiction

Tour Dates: 17th - 23rd November 2023

Publication Date: TBC 2023

Formats available: Epub or Paperback

Standalone Book 4 of The Histories of Sphax series

Estimated Page Count: 360

Types of post available: Reviews, extracts, guest posts and Q&As

217 BC. The Gauls are restless. Where is the wealth, plunder and lands they were promised? Hannibal’s army has become little more than a burden to be fed and quartered … as welcome as a plague of locusts. Assassination plots abound as Hannibal is driven to take desperate measures to evade the assassin’s knife.


If Hannibal is to appease the Gauls he must act fast. The invasion of Italia must not be delayed – his very life depends on it – but as that winter of winters fades into memory he is faced with a stark choice. Should he strike east towards the plains of Umbria and face consul Gnaeus Servilius Geminus’ legions holed up inside the unassailable walls of Ariminum? Or strike westwards into the plunder-rich lands of Etruria?


Consul Gaius Flaminius’ legions guard the western approaches. If any man can fire the bellies of Gauls with loathing it’s Flaminius. But there is one other whose blood runs cold at the mention of the name. Flaminius ordered the brutal murder of Sphax’s parents and Sphax has sworn a sacred oath to seek revenge. Can Hannibal trust the leader of his Numidian cavalry, or will this blood feud cloud his judgement? Sooner or later Sphax will have to face his inner demons. 

About Robert M. Kidd

I’ve always read widely and been fascinated by ancient cultures - especially those of Greece, Phoenicia and Carthage. But my reason for writing the first novel in The Histories of Sphax series may sound strange to readers: I really wanted to set the record straight, to write about Hannibal’s war with Rome from Carthage’s perspective.

When Cato the Censor demanded that ‘Carthage must be destroyed,’ Rome did just that. In 146 BC, after a three year siege, Carthage was raised to the ground, its surviving citizens sold into slavery and the fields where this once magnificent city had stood, ploughed by oxen. Carthage was erased from history.

That’s why I’m a novelist on a mission! I want to set the historical record straight. Our entire history of Hannibal’s wars with Rome is nothing short of propaganda, written by Greeks and Romans for their Roman clients. It intrigues me that Hannibal took two Greek scholars and historians with him on campaign, yet their histories of Rome’s deadliest war have never seen the light of day.

My hero, Sphax the Numidian, tells a different story!

When I’m not waging war with my pen, I like to indulge my passion for travel and hill walking, and like my hero, I too love horses. I live in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

17th November

  1.  BetweenTheLines

  2.  bertyboy123

18th November

  1.  Sharon Beyond The Books

  2.  Novel Kicks

19th November

  1. Just One More Chapter…Book Blog.


20th November

  1.  eBook Addicts

  2.  Little Miss Book Lover 87

21st November

  1.  Splashes Into Books

  2.  @tamisreadingcorner

22nd November

  1.  Country Mamas With Kids

  2. Bookworm86 

23rd November

  1. Chez Maximka

  2. Celticlady's Reviews

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