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Bova is best known as a prolific writer of works of science fiction. Here he tries his hand at supposedly historical fiction, with interesting, enjoyable, but uneven results. Lukka, a Hittite warrior, returns to the Hittite capital city to find it engulfed in civil war, his father murdered, and his wife and two young sons taken away by slavers. Along with a small cadre of soldiers under his command, Lukka launches an epic search for his family, which leads him to the gates of Troy as it is beseiged by the army of Agamemnon. Bova then proceeds to an original retelling of the final stages of the legendary Trojan War. In this account, Lukka serves as a literary mirror, revealing the personalities of some well-known characters, with a few surprising results. Odysseus, predictably, is practical, crafty, and a natural survivor in treacherous waters. Achilles is a born killer, but he is shown as short and ugly, and his death is decidedly unheroic. Helen is, of course, the babe of all babes, but she is also petty and whiny. Bova tends to use flowery, descriptive language to excess, but he knows his Homer. --Jay Freeman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Excellent. A thrilling and inventive retelling of the legend of Troy. (David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Expediter)

mpletely convincing and emotionally satisfying; the adventure and warfare are gripping enough to keep me awake to finish the book in a single night. I hope that when I'm [Bova's] age, I'll be doing--as he is--the best work of my career. (Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author of Ender's Game)

A cast of stars, all seen through the eyes of a Hittite warrior. With authentic battle scenes and the reality of siege warfare, THE HITTITE is an adventure you'll want to undertake. (Barbara D'Amato, Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Foolproof)

Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction. (Daily News (Los Angeles))

Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways. (The New York Times)

[A] cautionary but hopeful thriller… modern twists and a genuinely surprising ending. (Publishers Weekly on The Green Trap)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Reprint edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765363631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765363633
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane Sarges on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you love history,adventure,romance and a mystery thriller then The Hittite by Ben Bova is the book for you! Once started, I couldn't put it down. It's a real page turner,a convincing and inventive retelling of the legend of Troy. It has an interesting and believable twist! The Hittite is an adventure you'll want to undertake and be looking for more at the end of the book.
Historical figures and concepts are incorporated into the novel in an acceptable manner.
Mr.Bova has done his research. He takes recently discovered facts concerning the Hittites, their empire and military proficiency and turns the myth of Troy into a believable novel.
If you are a connoisseur of ancient history The Hittite will make sense and as the ending is left open there is a possibility for a sequel...I hope the author feels the same.
I highly recommend this book!
I read a few comments that questioned Mr. Bova's research....
if you are trully interested in the veracity of historical facts in the book then try:
Trevor Bryce
J.G.Mcqueen
Joachim Lactaz
and J.D.Hawkins to name a few.
These people are experts in their field of Hittite history, archeology and language.
"New evidence leads to these conclusions....recent excavations of 13th century Troy and translations of Hittite Tablets(by J.D.Hawkins)and an archelogical enterprise under the direction of of Manfred Korfman authenticates Mr.Bova's conclusions of Hittite and Tojan history and involvement.

Rebutal to Stuart McCunn: The only item I agree with you is the cover art: Lukka could have been portrayed more authentically and I would rather imagine Helen for myself. It had the look of a romance novel. But I do believe that cover art is more in the hands of the publisher than the author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura Witt on November 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love historical books, I also am interested in the nation of the Hittites. however the language that this book was written in is extremely poor. Its been extremely dumbed down, and i while reading it i felt as if i were reading a children's book. after 60 pgs, i found that I was more interested in the city of troy, than if the main character ever found his missing sons. the main character was very flat, we new nothing of his personal history, or what sort of man he was. the slave poletes had more depth than the main character. how lame is that? i had no idea that war rape and murder could be so boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By McGuinnThompsonKaukonenVerlaineandCarthy on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ben Bova is a good writer, there is no doubt about that, but this book fails to satisfy because you don't really get to see much of the characters in the sense that they are like a coloring book. The IMAGE is there, but it isn't colored in. You find the protagonist is so superficial that you don't care much what happens to him. There at=re some glaring historical mistakes which indicate that Mr. Bova did his research i on Wikipedia. The Hittites were the first people to produce tools and small weapons using iron, but they did not use iron in war. An iron sword of 1250 BCE would have been far too brittle and could not come close to bronze. They did do it, but it was low grade iron. Second, he makes the comment that people could pay with coinage in 1250 BCE. No...bits of precious metal , yes...coins no. Precious metal was used in economic transfers, but coinage implies a medium of exchange created by the state. That does not come around until 600 BCE in the Anatolian kingdom of Lydia.

I also found the Lukka- Helen relationship to be contrived. ALSO, the Hittites did not use figure eight, dipylon or tower shields. Their shields were not roundeither, at least not in 1250. Hittite body armor, when they used it was nothing like what was depicted in the novel. Hittite infantry was generally of the light infantry style. Most of their efforts and what made them a formidable fighting force was their chariot corps, which was the best bar none...even the Egyptians. Infantry were the militia conscripts. The chariot warriors were the professionals. Lukka always talks about the brilliant infantry of Hatti...professional and disciplined. Bollocks. They almost lost the Battle of Quadesh for the Hittitrs because of their lack of discipline.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hank Quense on June 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A different take on the Trojan War and a quite unique one at that. Bova has retold one of the most retold stories in literature and managed to give it fresh view. The main character, Lukka, is a Hittite officer who leads his squad of soldiers in a search for kidnapped and presumably enslaved wife and children. His search takes him to Troy where he plans to ask Priam from help in his search. Instead, he is cut off from the city by the Greek army. He enlists with Odysseus's troops and fights (and survives) against the Trojan hero, Hector. Odysseus uses Lukka as an ambassador to the Trojans twice. In the city, he meets the beautiful Helen and can't get her out his mind afterward.
Bova takes the historical figures and give us great character sketches: Achilles, Agamemnon and Menalaos are all portrayed vividly.
There several twists on the usual events that are reputed to take have taken place once the walls were breached, but I'm not going to give them away. I've read a number of Trojan War stories and this has to rank up there with the best of them.
Four out of five stars

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