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Hero For Hire (Eno the Thracian Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C.B. Pratt
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Book Description

A best-selling fantasy adventure set in an Ancient World where the myths, the monsters and the Gods are real...and humanity's only hope lies in a hero who can bring a barbarian's strength and philosopher's dry wit to desperate situations. #1 in Free Alternative History!

Multiple-genre author C.B. Pratt* brings a HERO FOR HIRE to life. Armed with a wry voice and a swift sword, Eno the Thracian finds his simple mission to rid an island of a harpy turns into a mystery that shakes the throne of Zeus Himself. With both Hekate, Witch Queen of the Underworld, and Aphrodite, Goddess of Desire, taking a ‘personal’ interest in Eno, the secrets of his early life will become unexpectedly important if he is to overcome the evil that threatens the entire world.

Eurytos squatted down on his haunches, the fourth man standing behind him. “Put out the arrow, Eno. You don’t need it now.”
I extinguished it in the sand. “What do you want?”
“It’s what you should want that matters. I have just been sent a message regarding you.”
The jocularity had faded from his tone. He huddled down as if he were cold, his teeth chattering together. He did not look at me, while the man behind him never took his eyes off me. It began to bother me, that steady stare. He wore a hat like a farmer’s with a brim so deep I couldn’t see his eyes but I could feel them.
“Sent a message? Who came here?”
“She doesn’t need mortal mouths to speak to me, her faithful servant.”
“She?” Doris the Crone had spoken of a goddess. I’d assumed it was Artemis. She had domination over animals and had been known to turn men into them from time to time, usually after a spied-upon bath in the woods. But she wouldn’t turn animals into men. She liked them better than us, not that she had much opinion of the males of any species.
Eurytos dropped his hand and began idly drawing figures in the sand. “Do you know what it is to die? You who have dispatched many a soul to the Underworld?”
“Not yet.” This conversation had taken a strange turn.
“I died...once. A sea-captain cut off my hand, thrust his knife into my heart and threw me overboard. I sank down into the sea, deeper and deeper, colder and colder, for what seemed forever. Do you know there are fire-filled cracks at the bottom of the ocean, great fissures that run for miles? You fall through the blackness and the cold then suddenly you see below you light and fire and heat. The cracks are deep, so deep they open into Hades itself! There I fell, time out of mind. There She found me, made me her servant...made me? I begged her to let me serve her and she sent me back. But not as I had been. She gave me power over the beasts, to change them as I had been changed.”
“So what’s the message?”
“What?” Eurytos looked up, his hand hesitating above the last symbol.
“You said there was a message?”
“Yes, there is. Listen well for She will not ask you again.”
Behind him, his dead brother opened his mouth and there emerged a voice that seemed to come rumbling from the ground like an earthquake. “This land was opened to her will by her servant, Nausicaa, and is promised to her servant, Eurytos. Leave and hide yourself away in some small corner of the earth. We will not seek you further. Or stay and serve her as we all serve her. She offers you wide dominion, leadership over her deathless armies and eternal life."
The dead jaws creaked shut. They had not moved except to open, forming no words.

Editorial Reviews


Reviewed by Barbara Garcia for Readers' Favorite

Hero For Hire by C.B. Pratt pulls you into the world of Eno the Thracian, and is told in the first person narrative. While most heroes and soldiers are off fighting in the Trojan war, Eno accepts a job dealing with a harpy that's been harassing a kingdom. Never one to miss a beat, Eno is certain that selling the captured harpy will bring him enough money to buy the hand of the maiden he's become enamored with.

In Hero For Hire, C.B. Pratt did a great job of weaving mythology with historical references, and I loved Eno. He's a down-to-earth hero, not overly confident, but he certainly got the job done in every case. Superb character building and descriptive writing puts you in the action, and I walked alongside Eno effortlessly as he told me his tales. The book didn't end the way I thought it would, but since it is the first book of a trilogy, I didn't mind. I look forward to seeing what else this hero will be tasked with in the next book!

From the Author

I hope you'll enjoy visiting Eno's world! If you do, please leave a review. Nothing makes an author happier than seeing people's responses to their work. And word-of-mouth remains the best promotion there is.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1481 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: C.B. Pratt (January 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D6KPC1S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,591 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on a Quest with Eno the Thracian October 12, 2013
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Hero for Hire, by C. B. Pratt, reminded of the wonderful times years ago when I played Dungeons and Dragons. With real dice. With maps. And hardcover books. (Once upon a time, D&D was not played on the computer. It's not a myth.)

Eno posted his advertisement in the marketplace:

"Hero for Hire. All monsters dispatched from carnivorous geese to Minotaurs. Special rates for multiples. Eno the Thracian at the sign of the Ram's Head, one flight up."

Reading Eno's story is like sitting with him in a tavern, drinking ale and boasting of past adventures.

Eno is struck by Cupid's arrow when he glimpses the third daughter of an oil merchant. As Eno knows, "nice girls like that never talked to their future husbands. Or saw them. Or even knew there was such a man until her father told her otherwise."

Needing a large infusion of cash to win his ladylove, Eno decides to bring back a harpy in return for a large sum of money.

I loved this book and highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hades - hands down October 19, 2013
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Eno the Thracian is one hell of a fun hero to follow around. He doesn't sleep around - though he's given more than one opportunity - and he has his own sense of honour, duty and piety. He's very down-to-earth and realistic, yet seems perfectly at ease in the company of his gods.

He wasn't my favourite character, though. That was Hades, hands down. Now, the ruler of the underworld only had a cameo appearance, but it was brilliant. No, I don't do spoilers - so you'll need to read for yourself to see why.

There are historical inconsistencies - Pratt mentions the currency in the beginning; Eno mentions how he "freaked out" a couple of times and Ares' war chariot had some modern touches that I don't remember hearing about in any Greek history...but I'm sure these were all deliberate on Pratt's part and don't detract from the story in the slightest.

Nevertheless, a very cool adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Wm. B. Miller September 7, 2013
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Hero for Hire is Rick Riordan's Olympians -- but for grown-ups. Witty, chock-full of pithy, wise sayings and observations, and inventive in both plot and subplots, Hero for Hire is an extremely well-written novel of Greek-hero style adventure. Woven in and around one another are lyrical passages reminiscent in their lyricism of Guy Gavriel Kay's writing. These are threaded with plucky, fresh dialog that easily holds the reader's attention and makes him appreciate the character development that is unfolding page by page. The novel has enough typographical errors that it would benefit from the attention of a skilled proofreader (I volunteer), but is not at all rife with errors, and they did not -- for this reader -- notably detract from the enjoyment of the read. Cynthia Pratt is talented, folks, make no mistake. And this engrossing first book in the Eno the Thracian series makes me want to read the next book in the series. And at $0.99 cents? A complete steal! Cynthia could charge $4.99 without any pangs of conscious. The novel is worth that, and more. I can't imagine what this author's works will look like five years from now, but I sure intend to find out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly entertaining read September 25, 2013
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Hero for Hire. All monsters dispatched from carnivorous geese to Minotaurs. Special rates for multiples. Eno the Thracian, at the sign of the Ram's Head, one flight up.

Right from the beginning this book knows exactly what it is and lets you know. It's a fun, tongue-in-cheek ride through the ancient civilizations. The author knows the mythology, knows the history and then bends both skillfully to her will, delivering a highly enjoyable, imaginative story that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Story structure is clear, logical and well crafted. The characters are consistent within the context of the story. Eno the Thracian hero got a bit of a modern makeover, but that's part of what I like about it. It reminded me a lot of Hercules, the tv show. The book does need another round of proofreading - one typo, three wrong words/wrong tense and one paragraph that repeats. I almost cried when I found them. This story is too well written to contain distractions. This was a great way to spend a rainy day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a Hero For Hire November 4, 2013
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I've always had a weakness for fantasy novels, and Hero For Hire falls right into that weakness. Conan and Tarzan and John Carter of Mars are the stuff of fantasy heroes I read growing up, and today I continue to search for more. I do think I have found one in Eno the Thracian. With Eno, the Hero For Hire, C.B. Pratt has created a hero who is self effacing yet powerful, witty at times, funny at other times and heroic when necessary. I thoroughly enjoyed this romp into fantasyland with Eno and look forward to more!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eno - An Entertaining Hero September 12, 2013
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I was never much of a fan for "sword and sandal" tales; the few I'd read prior to Hero for Hire were... to be blunt, abysmal. I'm also not a fan of stories written in the first person narrative. So why did I read it, much less write a four-star review? I read on because the writing was so much better than my previous reads in this genre and the story itself was better, too. And, thanks to C.B. Pratt's ability to establish a lead character (and narrator) that was not only funny, Eno the Thracian was also believable, and a worthy protagonist that quickly overruled my dislike for first person narrators. A Hero for Hire, Eno accepts a job that evolves into a wholly different situation that not only creates a more dangerous environment for him and his newly acquired side-kick, Phandros; he also has to confront some of Greek mythology's most evil gods and goddesses. Obviously, Eno succeeds and survives (Hero for Hire is clearly labeled the first of a series), but how he does so provides the entertaining and educating(regards Greek mythology)ride to an obvious ending. I definitely recommend Hero for Hire to fans of this genre, and I will probably read the next book in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A new hero
Good characters I like Eno as a person. Not real? Eno should have been! Even got a since of humor.
Published 6 days ago by Gene Mallard
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Stopped reading about a quarter of the way through the book. Just didn't keep my interest.
Published 17 days ago by GoPens2014
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
can't wait fur book 2!!
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovable hero!
I definitely enjoyed this novel. The pace of the novel was fast, never boring, and always kept you guessing. The story is devoid of offensive language and sexual content. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Zenaida Crespo
4.0 out of 5 stars Heracles with a sense of humor
This is a fun, action-filled romp through mythological Greece, with just about everything you could want: a brawny yet clever hero, a resourceful sidekick, plenty of peculiar... Read more
Published 24 days ago by T. Weber
3.0 out of 5 stars MEH
Author really never decides what this book will be, and fails as much as it succeeds. It is like he had a short story and tried to expand it to novel length by adding stupid plot... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Frederick A. Squier
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a fun romp through the peripheral world of ancient Greece
This was a fun romp through the peripheral world of ancient Greece. Imagine the entire world is focused on the Trojan War, is there still evil back on the homefront in Greece. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Humble Frog
4.0 out of 5 stars Myth creating
Fun to revisit ancient Greece and the gods and monsters of those times. Party's use of story telling style was entertaining because of its rarity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard A Bergeon
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining!
I enjoyed this much more than anticipated and look forward to reading the second in the series. More fun awaits, surely.
Published 1 month ago by Mare Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Hero for Hire, Fan for Life
Eno the Thracian seems like the kind of fantasy hero I'd write...if I wrote fantasy heroes that enjoyed being heroes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Unruh
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More About the Author

C.B. Pratt moved to Orlando, Florida this year after living in every quarter of the USA. A life-long interest in fantasy fiction has flowered into the adventures of Eno the Thracian, Hero for Hire.

So far, her careers have included writing, jewelry sales, politics, and the legal field. Traveling and computer games take up most of her free time. She's also started gardening...which isn't going that great.

If you'd like to see some images that inspired Eno's journeys, please visit her Pinterest page,

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