- Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (August 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060892455
- ISBN-13: 978-0060892456
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,943,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dawn of Empire Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Former software designer Barone sets his entertaining debut novel in Mesopotamia at the dawn of civilization. The nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes, who in 2500 B.C.E. still dominate the fertile valley between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, are agitated at encroaching gentrification. Barbarian chieftain Thutmose-sin announces that Orak, the agricultural "great village" of 2,000 people nestled along the banks of the Tigris, "defies our way of life" and must be destroyed. Instead of fleeing the fearsome barbarian warriors who have never been defeated by "dirt eaters," the citizens of Orak stay and fight. They're led by a former barbarian, Eskkar, and his young slave mistress, Trella, who is wise beyond her years and station. The apocalyptic battle that ensues will determine which culture—that of the nomad or the villager—will prevail. Barone's characters are engaging enough, if not fully realized, and the action is fast-paced, if sometimes predictable. The combat scenes, gritty and bloody, are especially vivid. Equal parts history lesson, love story and war saga, Barone's first historical will have readers turning pages. (On sale Aug. 29)
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“[A] wonderful book! Big, passionate, powerful, epic...sheer story-telling prowess. I couldn’t put it down!” (--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of THE HUNT CLUB)
“Beautifully imagined and researched adventure, with terrific action!” (Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
“Equal parts history lesson, love story and war saga, Barone’s first historical will have readers turning pages.” (Publishers Weekly)
“[W]ell-crafted...a Bronze Age historical romance with brains as well as brawn, ripe for a sequel.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“[A] compelling first novel ...Readers will find it hard to put down this dramatic tale of conflict.” (Library Journal)
“If Bernard Cornwell and Diana Gabaldon decided to collaborate on a novel, the result would be something like this.” (Arizona Republic)
Top customer reviews
This is a very good story about a critical turning point in ancient history. It's well written and edited and the principle characters are well developed. Looking forward to more from this author.
This is a new genre for me, never having read this angle of the Bronze Age before, pre-Roman empire or not of Egyptian origin. So many things that are of common sense to us now, were totally foreign, new ideas to the people of that age. So interesting to read how these people adapted to life under fire, and how some of the most powerful civilizations came to be. Without these people, there WOULD be no Babylon, no Byzantine Empire, and, no Rome.
I so enjoyed this first book from Sam Barone, hadn't been able to put it down,or, had a VERY hard time putting it down, thought about it when not reading it, couldn't wait to get back to it, and have already bought the next book in the series. I definitely have turned out to be a groupie of this series and am looking forward to reading them all, in succession. I can't believe that I've found this series NOW!! I'm not going to have to wait until the next one comes out! I'm sure I'm not going to be getting anything done, until I've read them all and then will, most likely, go back and start reading them over again.
Thanks Sam Barone, for such wonderful books!!!
Sure, I'm sure not all of his accounts of daily life were accurate and he is missing a bit of detail with that respect. But thats not the point. The point is that the setting and characters are incredibly intriguing. The time in which this story occurs; the early days of farming and cities clashing with nomadic tribes is fascinating to me. I only wish his books were longer (not that they are particularly short) because they are fast page turners! I would buy and read 10 of his books if he had them!
Good show Mr. Barone! Good show indeed! Keep em comming!