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Passage at Delphi (The Apollo Series) Paperback – November 25, 2013

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"A force to be reckoned with: a novel that involves even the most experienced reader of historical fiction, mythology fantasy, and adventure."  —Midwest Book Review
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

A.K. Patch is a former U.S. Navy captain with a longtime fascination of ancient cultures and their connections to the modern world. He lives in San Diego, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Apollo Series
  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: AKP Publishing (November 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061591702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615917023
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,643,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this kind of story! The characters are wonderfully written and the book contains a diabolical villain that you will truly love to hate. The author, A. K. Patch, has woven gritty fiction into Greek history and used a plethora of characters to make this story truly impressive. At the beginning, Lauren and Zack, two university professors are living the “good life” in San Diego. Before long they are swept through time to ancient Greece and the land of the Spartans, fight for their own survival, and, in turn, learn a lot about life and themselves. The writing is superb and the story moves along smartly, never boring. There are lots of surprises, twists and turns, and people to love and hate. It’s clear that the author really knows his history, and the battle scenes are so descriptive that the reader feels like he or she is right in the middle of the action. I can easily see this book and the ones that follow as a series of hit movies. I’ll be in line to get the next one, that’s for sure.
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This is a must read! At first I thought the subject of Ancient Greece a little daunting but the plot moves very fast and I simply couldn't put this book down. How refreshing to find a strong and heroic female character that dominates the story in a time of Gods and Men. The author has created a unique scenario of current issues we face today and the similarities they faced in Ancient Greece in 480 BCE. Passage at Delphi is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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I have to agree with the other reviews on here--this book is definitely a must-read! It's easy to tell the author REALLY knows his history and it's always exciting to encounter a book with a strong heroine as one of the main characters, especially in a story with this much action. I was also kind of intimidated by the idea of a book set in Ancient Greece, but the author made the story really accessible. It's also interesting how the story compares problems we face in modern democracies to problems that ultimately led to the fall of democracy in Ancient Greece. This book would make a great gift for just about anyone, including yourself! You won't be able to put it down!
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I couldn't put this book down. I really enjoy reading about the spartans and ancient Greek history. It starts in San Diego, CA where I am from and really struck home with me. I watched Quantum Leap and time travel movies growing up but I also enjoy movies like Indiana Jones and Star Trek. I am also a fan of book series like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. I am buying a few of these books as gifts for friends and family and would suggest this as a read for anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction thriller with extreme plot twists and turns. I can't wait for book 2 of this series.
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This book kept me up nights because I couldn't put it down. The action and plot twists were great. You absolutely fall in love with the characters. Can't wait for Book 2 of the series to be released.
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Passage at Delphi," and was especially impressed with the depth of knowledge about ancient Greek history and mythology on display here by the author. Fantasy collides with gritty reality when Apollo, the sun god of healing and music, touches down in the modern world hoping to avert a doomsday scenario for Western civilization only he can foresee. He selects the brilliant husband and wife team of archeologist/educators Zack and Lauren Fletcher to do his bidding on earth, sending them on an epic adventure back to 480 B.C. to witness and be part of the Greek and Persian wars as part of a training exercise that tests the very limits of their human endurance. The writing is cinematic, visceral and taut, moving the complex story line along from modern to ancient times and back again as Lauren and Zach encounter the horrors of war and contend with a villain you will love to hate, Bessus, who is as colorful as he is depraved. What really made the story for me was that it features a strong female protagonist in Lauren, who relies on her physical prowess and keen intellect, including an indispensable knowledge of ancient languages and cultures, to hold her own in the male-dominated world of Ancient Greece. Kudos to the author for allowing Lauren to fight her own battles and emerge as a true heroine after enduring some harrowing scenes where rape and certain death were eminent. This book will appeal to fans of action-adventure and fantasy genres, but it also has a strong intellectual component that lifts it above pure escapist fiction. Patch challenges his readers to ponder dichotomies like order vs. disorder, free will vs. tyranny, paganism vs. monotheism, and of course, the old standby, good vs. evil. He also adds touches of sardonic humor that prevent the subject matter from seeming dry. I'm really looking forward to reading his next book in the series.
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After 22 five-star and one four-star reviews, I obviously have a minority opinion. I found the writing wooden and the characters weak. The plot has many threads that get tangled rather than woven. The biggest problem is the rules seem to be made up as the author goes along. When a book has this many magical elements, without some kind or order to them, things quickly become random. While there is an impressive amount of accurate historical detail, the author fails to convey any feeling of the physical or intellectual reality of different eras.

There is some interesting speculation about the nature of western civilization and the interaction of historical accidents with forces of human good and evil. While it was hard for me to take seriously when spoken by a blond Apollo (a literal Apollo) who carefully arranges his hair with one curl on his forehead, taken on its own it's worth reading.

The book has the feel of a screenplay in that there are long passages of dramatic physical descriptions that have no connection to the story. Characters are enveloped in ovals of blue light with lightning flashing inside. We never learn the source or meaning of these embellishments. You expect this sort of thing in a movie to give visual interest when silly things are happening, but I don't see the point in a book, at least in a book without illustrations. The reader can't see them, and they add nothing other than visual interest.

Overall, this book is too loaded down with plot for a good romance and too silly for a thriller. It works best as a historical meditation, but there are too many distracting elements and the writing is too wooden to be really successful.
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