Author Barry Unsworth has created a genuine page-turner, with a strong plot and good characters.
Both times I plodded through the first 30 or so pages, and each time I thought, "I must just not be in the mood for this book right now," and moved onto another read.
The main problem I had was that I really just couldn't get myself to like any of the characters, despite their backstories.
There was a lot of semi-technical, historical and archeological information that could have been written in a more interesting manner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CTK
Unsworth is a good writer and I like very much his other books. This one though feels like unfinished somehow, probably because it ends abruptly. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Slow, uninteresting reading. Good characters in a slow, terrible obvious,dull plot. Might be helped if there were a or some maps -- a major failing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by K. Marin
Barry Unsworth - who died in 2012 - was always more adventurous in his subject matter than his younger English contemporaries. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Fitzpatrick
I love archeology and historic fiction. This book has both in a quick read that is also rich in interpersonal drama.Published on December 9, 2011 by Squirrel
The Assyrian Empire burst onto the world historical scene by smashing the ancient Sumerians and their gods. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by A.D.
I understand this seems a bit slow, but he is such a good writer, I cannot put it down. Just a great read, great characters.Published on April 20, 2011 by Sydney Carton
One of the most overused cliches in creative writing classes is "Show, Don't Tell" which doesn't always apply. Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by Tim Lieder
Barry Unsworth, author of "Sacred Hunger" and a raw and disturbing little novel called "The Hide," has left me strangely dry with his most recent novelistic effort, "Land of... Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by pseudonym