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Empire of Ashes: A Novel of Alexander the Great Paperback – July 6, 2010
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"...fascinating...gripping...characters were carefully and convincingly created...Grim and gritty and vividly brought to life...a great achievement." -- Simon Scarrow, author of THE EAGLE AND THE WOLVES
"...gives the reader a true feel for the time...fast-paced and scholarly, a difficult combination...but Nicastro succeeds beautifully." -- James L. Nelson, author of THE ONLY LIFE THAT MATTERED
"[A] grand historical epic combined with court-room drama and political intrigue. Believable characters...clear, evocative language...a captivating, compelling page-turner." -- Pamela Goddard, Ithaca Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Nicholas Nicastro has taught history, anthropology and psychology at Cornell University and Hobart-William Smith Colleges. He has published six novels as well as short fiction, travel, and science articles for "The New York Times", "The New York Observer", "Film Comment", "The International Herald Tribune", and "Archaeology", among other publications. His books have been translated into seven languages. He lives in northern California.
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I have no real knowledge about Alexander, so I cannot venture an opinion into the veracity of this work, but as a "good read" I have to say that it IS that. Nicastro's eye for detail brings the reader to ground-level. You feel that you're walking the streets, noticing the sweat, the smells, it is a hypnotic experience to read the book.
It really makes me want to read more. I love historical fiction, and I would love to see Nicastro, this author, specifically, tackle some of my favorite personalities in history- but since most of them are pretty darn obscure, I guess that won't happen.
In any case, the book did not disappoint. I paid it the ultimate compliment by reading passages aloud to my wife. Yet another triumph. Can't wait to get my next order from this author. I heartily recommend it to all who want to curl up in a chair on a cold night and have a good, exciting read.
Each book alone is a wonderful read, but together, Virtues of War and Empire of Ashes create a wonderful three-dimensional study of one of history's most interesting and perplexing characters.
Like Pressfield, Nicastro is a brilliant writer with enormous talent. If you are still on the fence about Empire of Ashes, hop off and dive into it. You'll be glad you did.
After he captured and refused to free the Athenian mercenary traitors and prisoners from his battle at the Granicus, the once great city state of Athens declined both in influence and reason. They never would admit to their part in helping Greece's ancient enemies (the Persians) fight the young Makedonian king. This book about an Athenian with an axe to grind and a preconceived hatred of Alexander maybe tells the tale well enough from that biased view but does nothing to bring any fresh insight into who he was or what he did for Greece and Helenistic culture.
I give it 2 stars because the prose was enjoyable and I liked the Machon character.
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Machon a somewhat minor figure in Alexander's retinue is accused of impiety.Read more