Stover's third Caine novel (after 2001's Blade of Tyshalle) mixes a twisty plot with intense violence and a strong narrative voice. Caine—an otherworld warrior played by professional actor Hari Michaelson in a far-future reality show beamed home to entertain fans on Earth—returns to the Boedecken, the site of the battle that made his career. As he makes his way through the city, encountering spies, warrior-priests and assassins, he also wades through memories of the fight. The political machinations of the present-day story tend to detract from the tight, well-choreographed flashbacks. Stover has a gift for brutal, detailed action sequences, and Caine is at his most enthralling when he's fighting or discussing tactics, but the high levels of (occasionally creative) profanity and the cliffhanger ending may put off some readers. (Oct.)
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“Stover has conjured up a future out of the darkest dreams of Philip K. Dick. . . . The wildest sword and sorcery adventuring since Robert E. Howard’s mighty Cimmerian laid down his sword.”
–Christopher Rowley, author of the Bazil Broketail series, on Heroes Die
“Blends science, magic, and martial arts into an action-packed tale of adventure and heroism.”
–Library Journal, on Blade of Tyshalle
“Marvelous . . . Day of the Jackal meets Lord of the Rings.”
–Simon R. Green, author of The Unnatural Inquirer, on Heroes Die
Caine is my all-time favorite character and I wish he would show up in every book I read. But that is really all that's good about these books. There's very little plot.Published 3 months ago by Jessica Carmichael
If you've read the first two Acts of Caine you should appreciate the story of how he became a star. Don't forget to pick up Caine's Law as well, since it is essentially the second... Read morePublished 3 months ago by mrwhite
Better than the second book, but still difficult to follow all the allegorical, metaphorical, bs. Rises above the typical fare because of the brilliance that shines through, but... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first book of the series was absolutely the best. This book lived up to the legend, Caine's still got it.Published 10 months ago by Kathryn Zizzi
Great entry in the Acts of Caine saga. As many have noted it takes on a new meaning after Caine's Law. This one is more narratively focused and action-packed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cbuck
Here it is: all the stuff you liked about "Heroes Die" is back. The complexity, and the whoop ass. Stover won't give you the same meal however. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Eric E. Johnson
Whether you like sword and sorcery, dystopian futures, or just really brilliant prose, Matt Stover's Caine series has it all. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Karen S. Hayes
I love it. The whole series is freaking awesome!!! I love the twists at the ends of the other books and didn't think he could throw any more at me, but I was wrong (and glad for it... Read morePublished 22 months ago by T. Z.