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Hero For Hire: A Historical Fantasy of Myths and Monsters (Eno the Thracian Book 1) by [Pratt, C.B.]
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Reviewed by Barbara Garcia for Readers' Favorite

Hero For Hire by C.B. Pratt pulls you into the world of Eno the Thracian, and is told in the first person narrative. While most heroes and soldiers are off fighting in the Trojan war, Eno accepts a job dealing with a harpy that's been harassing a kingdom. Never one to miss a beat, Eno is certain that selling the captured harpy will bring him enough money to buy the hand of the maiden he's become enamored with.

In Hero For Hire, C.B. Pratt did a great job of weaving mythology with historical references, and I loved Eno. He's a down-to-earth hero, not overly confident, but he certainly got the job done in every case. Superb character building and descriptive writing puts you in the action, and I walked alongside Eno effortlessly as he told me his tales. The book didn't end the way I thought it would, but since it is the first book of a trilogy, I didn't mind. I look forward to seeing what else this hero will be tasked with in the next book!

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  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: C.B. Pratt; 2 edition (January 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D6KPC1S
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Hero for Hire is Rick Riordan's Olympians -- but for grown-ups. Witty, chock-full of pithy, wise sayings and observations, and inventive in both plot and subplots, Hero for Hire is an extremely well-written novel of Greek-hero style adventure. Woven in and around one another are lyrical passages reminiscent in their lyricism of Guy Gavriel Kay's writing. These are threaded with plucky, fresh dialog that easily holds the reader's attention and makes him appreciate the character development that is unfolding page by page. The novel has enough typographical errors that it would benefit from the attention of a skilled proofreader (I volunteer), but is not at all rife with errors, and they did not -- for this reader -- notably detract from the enjoyment of the read. Cynthia Pratt is talented, folks, make no mistake. And this engrossing first book in the Eno the Thracian series makes me want to read the next book in the series. And at $0.99 cents? A complete steal! Cynthia could charge $4.99 without any pangs of conscious. The novel is worth that, and more. I can't imagine what this author's works will look like five years from now, but I sure intend to find out!
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Hero for Hire, by C. B. Pratt, reminded of the wonderful times years ago when I played Dungeons and Dragons. With real dice. With maps. And hardcover books. (Once upon a time, D&D was not played on the computer. It's not a myth.)

Eno posted his advertisement in the marketplace:

"Hero for Hire. All monsters dispatched from carnivorous geese to Minotaurs. Special rates for multiples. Eno the Thracian at the sign of the Ram's Head, one flight up."

Reading Eno's story is like sitting with him in a tavern, drinking ale and boasting of past adventures.

Eno is struck by Cupid's arrow when he glimpses the third daughter of an oil merchant. As Eno knows, "nice girls like that never talked to their future husbands. Or saw them. Or even knew there was such a man until her father told her otherwise."

Needing a large infusion of cash to win his ladylove, Eno decides to bring back a harpy in return for a large sum of money.

I loved this book and highly recommend it.
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I was never much of a fan for "sword and sandal" tales; the few I'd read prior to Hero for Hire were... to be blunt, abysmal. I'm also not a fan of stories written in the first person narrative. So why did I read it, much less write a four-star review? I read on because the writing was so much better than my previous reads in this genre and the story itself was better, too. And, thanks to C.B. Pratt's ability to establish a lead character (and narrator) that was not only funny, Eno the Thracian was also believable, and a worthy protagonist that quickly overruled my dislike for first person narrators. A Hero for Hire, Eno accepts a job that evolves into a wholly different situation that not only creates a more dangerous environment for him and his newly acquired side-kick, Phandros; he also has to confront some of Greek mythology's most evil gods and goddesses. Obviously, Eno succeeds and survives (Hero for Hire is clearly labeled the first of a series), but how he does so provides the entertaining and educating(regards Greek mythology)ride to an obvious ending. I definitely recommend Hero for Hire to fans of this genre, and I will probably read the next book in the series.
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Eno the Thracian is one hell of a fun hero to follow around. He doesn't sleep around - though he's given more than one opportunity - and he has his own sense of honour, duty and piety. He's very down-to-earth and realistic, yet seems perfectly at ease in the company of his gods.

He wasn't my favourite character, though. That was Hades, hands down. Now, the ruler of the underworld only had a cameo appearance, but it was brilliant. No, I don't do spoilers - so you'll need to read for yourself to see why.

There are historical inconsistencies - Pratt mentions the currency in the beginning; Eno mentions how he "freaked out" a couple of times and Ares' war chariot had some modern touches that I don't remember hearing about in any Greek history...but I'm sure these were all deliberate on Pratt's part and don't detract from the story in the slightest.

Nevertheless, a very cool adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Eno the Thracian is a Hero for Hire whose specialty is eliminating strange creatures.

So many dangers in the world… evil harpies, cackling crones, man-eating horses, cannibals… yes there really were cannibals in those days! Nasty buggers, they were.

Maybe the horses were getting even for being a food source of a tribe halfway around the world. I know of a tribe that had no use for riding horses, all they wanted to do was eat them. True history, by the way, although not relevant to Eno the Thracian.

These monsters were all small potatoes, however. The true danger in this story came from an unexpected quarter, which I won't blab with a spoiler. It sure would be fascinating to pop back in time, and see what our ancestors actually saw… to know what they were describing in their tales, assuming that legends such as harpies are borne out of fact.

We know what harpies are in today's mythology, but what were they, really? Wouldn't you like to know?

It was pretty cool snagging this book just when we'd started watching a Thracian series on TV. It's one segment of history I don't know much about, though I'm familiar with many of the surrounding histories.

Absolutely loved the descriptions in this book! Nice touch explaining the money up front. Perfectly logical :-)

— Sharon Delarose
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