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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.
I found the narrative voice distracting, and the book did not maintain my interest.
I have read several novels of ancient warfare over the past two years, including Pressfields' Gates of Fire, and hands down this is the best.
The characters were fleshed out and, to the extent necessary in this work of fiction, historically accurate.
Another great Pressfield read! Pressfield captures your attention and grips it with his descriptive and imaginative writing. Highly recommend this to anyone!Published 1 month ago by Reuben
Steven Pressfield is a fantastic author. Anything he has written is well worth the read. Issues that make you think.Published 1 month ago by B. Freeman
Taking the style he developed for Gates of Fire, Pressfield goes on to tackle Alcibides and the Athenians in the Peloponnesian War. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Romantic Whiskers
Tides of War gives deep insight into why our forefathers distrusted democracy and features a true demagogue in an exciting biographical novel.Published 2 months ago by Mountain Man
this is my 3rd fav pressfield book behind the afgan compaign and gates of fire love how he involves all the historical characters and the fictional onesPublished 2 months ago by johnwarren
I love this series own them all. well written and kept me engrossed all the way to the end. It was a great price and worth it.Published 2 months ago by crasin
Not anywhere near as engaging as 'Gates of Fire' or 'Alexander: The Virtues of War'. I didn't know any of the history prior so can't comment on that but unlike the other two Steven... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Komene Cassidy
Parts of this novel were brilliant, fast-paced and hard to put down. Other parts, the more historical and non-warfare parts, were tedious at times. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Molly Ross
It does not make the Greeks into heroes, which is probably very realistic. Certainly there is history I was unacquainted with and the description of battle is realistic.Published 13 months ago by Grandon