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Even his lisp worked in Alcibiades' favor. It was a flaw; it made him human. It took the curse off his otherwise godlike self-presentation and made one, despite all misgivings, like the fellow.This tale of arms and the man requires two narrators. One, Jason, is an aging noble who serves as a sort of recording angel of the Athenian golden age. The other, Polymides, was long Alcibiades' right-hand man, yet is now imprisoned for his murder.
As they were in his previous novel, Pressfield's battle scenes are extraordinarily vivid and visceral. This time, however, many of these elemental clashes take place on water. "As far as sight could carry, the sea stood curtained with smoke and paved with warcraft. Immediately left, a battleship had rammed one of the vessels in the wall; all three of her banks were backing water furiously, to extract and ram again, while across the breach screamed storms of stones, darts, and brands of such density that the air appeared solid with steel and flame."
In addition to his gift for rendering patriotic gore, the author excels at quieter but no less deadly forms of combat. As Alcibiades' star rises and falls and rises again, we are escorted directly into the snakepit of Athenian realpolitik. Bathing us in the details of a distant era, Pressfield is largely convincing. But it must be said that his diction exhibits a sometimes comical variegation, sliding from Homeric rhetoric to tough-guy speak to the sort of casual Anglicisms we might expect from Evelyn Waugh's far-from-bright young things. No matter. Tides of War conquers by sheer storytelling prowess, reminding us that war was--and is--a highly addictive version of hell. --Darya Silver --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bought this after enjoying The Afghan Campaign. Pressfield really keeps you engaged in an interesting perspective on the Peloponnesian War.Published 24 days ago by morgandolph
This story makes you feel like you're really there with the narrator.Published 1 month ago by jerry guzman
I have read other books by this author. He makes you feel as if you are right in the middle of the story.Published 2 months ago by George Lopez
I will start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book. It started off slow for me, however, continued to build in scope, breadth, and interest. I have also learned a lot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fistybee
I highly recommend this book for any historical fiction fan who is looking to learn (A LOT) about Ancient Greece. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eduardo Arnillas
The author has so much talent in writing about war and warriors. The only thing I find to fault is he uses so much exposition. It's another tale someone is telling another. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
While this novel doesn't seem to be as well known as agates of Fire, it is every way as enthralling. Even with a hectic schedule I made time each day to read several chapters.Published 5 months ago by Davis
I heard about this book from reading Lone Survivor which mentions Tides of War as the favorite book for one on the SEALS. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Allen