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The Hittite Mass Market Paperback – May 24, 2011
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“Excellent. A thrilling and inventive retelling of the legend of Troy.” ―David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Expediter
“mpletely convincing and emotionally satisfying; the adventure and warfare are gripping enough to keep me awake to finish the book in a single night. I hope that when I'm [Bova's] age, I'll be doing--as he is--the best work of my career.” ―Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author of Ender's Game
“A cast of stars, all seen through the eyes of a Hittite warrior. With authentic battle scenes and the reality of siege warfare, THE HITTITE is an adventure you'll want to undertake.” ―Barbara D'Amato, Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Foolproof
“Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction.” ―Daily News (Los Angeles)
“Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways.” ―The New York Times
“[A] cautionary but hopeful thriller… modern twists and a genuinely surprising ending.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Green Trap
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Top Customer Reviews
I also found the Lukka- Helen relationship to be contrived. ALSO, the Hittites did not use figure eight, dipylon or tower shields. Their shields were not roundeither, at least not in 1250. Hittite body armor, when they used it was nothing like what was depicted in the novel. Hittite infantry was generally of the light infantry style. Most of their efforts and what made them a formidable fighting force was their chariot corps, which was the best bar none...even the Egyptians. Infantry were the militia conscripts. The chariot warriors were the professionals. Lukka always talks about the brilliant infantry of Hatti...professional and disciplined. Bollocks. They almost lost the Battle of Quadesh for the Hittitrs because of their lack of discipline.Read more ›
Historical figures and concepts are incorporated into the novel in an acceptable manner.
Mr.Bova has done his research. He takes recently discovered facts concerning the Hittites, their empire and military proficiency and turns the myth of Troy into a believable novel.
If you are a connoisseur of ancient history The Hittite will make sense and as the ending is left open there is a possibility for a sequel...I hope the author feels the same.
I highly recommend this book!
I read a few comments that questioned Mr. Bova's research....
if you are trully interested in the veracity of historical facts in the book then try:
and J.D.Hawkins to name a few.
These people are experts in their field of Hittite history, archeology and language.
"New evidence leads to these conclusions....recent excavations of 13th century Troy and translations of Hittite Tablets(by J.D.Hawkins)and an archelogical enterprise under the direction of of Manfred Korfman authenticates Mr.Bova's conclusions of Hittite and Tojan history and involvement.
Rebutal to Stuart McCunn: The only item I agree with you is the cover art: Lukka could have been portrayed more authentically and I would rather imagine Helen for myself. It had the look of a romance novel. But I do believe that cover art is more in the hands of the publisher than the author.Read more ›
The Ancient Middle East intrigues me, particularly the Hittites, who spoke an Indo-European language. Recognizing Ben Bova's name, I decided to read my first adventure story about a Hittite. It wasn't completely what I expected because Lukka the Hittite and his remaining men made it all the way to Troy in search of his wife and two sons. Were historic timelines and facts bent a bit here and there? Yes, but it was an adventure story that brought characters from the Illiad to life in all their glorious imperfection through the eyes of Lukka the Hittite.
Was I completely satisfied with the story's outcome and direction? Truthfully, I was about 90-95% of the time, and I feel that Ben Bova pretty much delivered a good read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was drawn to this book because of the title and subject matter - Hittites - and because of the description in Amazon, which included something about Lukka being responsible for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Bradshaw
The Hittite opens on a soldier of the Hittite (Hatti) Empire, Lukka, returning home from a campaign in Armenia, only to find the once-mighty empire in disarray and his family... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Phillip McCollum
From the pen of a very famous and prolific science fiction writer comes his first historical fiction novel. I read it as part of my trip to Turkey. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Reg Nordman
Not at all what I was expecting, this is an enjoyable alternate history romp around the ancient world centred on the fall of Troy. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I am really on the fence about purchasing this book. I read the Vengeance of Orion, and it was all about the Trojan War. I am in conflict as to why Mr. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by miki
After a long, exhausting battle far from home, Hittite commander Lukka returns with his squad only to find his once proud empire in ruins after a civil war. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Philip P. Giunta
Good read. I have enjoyed Bova's science fiction -- especially Winds of Altair. This was a good, fast-paced read. A different viewpoint of the Trojan War. Very interesting.Published on April 5, 2012 by The Conservative Anarchist