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What was a routine exercise became a deadly fight, the twelve year old had to learn quickly, because war is no place for an untrained boy. With only his wits and reflexes, Alexander has to find a place in the troops.
Suddenly the mishap turned into a deadly fight for survival, untrained and inexperience, Alexander's story becomes a stepping stone in the series that I will be following until the end. His willingness to learn might be key, but it is the teacher's lessons that I am more interested in.
Nothing surprising in the outcome of events, the plot is not complicated, you can figure things out easily. It is the historical research and lessons that interests me the most, from the history of hoplites to how battles were worn in Greek civilization. It is sad that modern Greeks are pale and shameful comparison to their prideful and strong ancestors.
If you are a fan to historical fiction, or you think 300 was a well told piece of 'story' then Hoplite is right up your alley. Told in third person point of view, Alexander's life is forever changed, but he has help along the way. From Hoplite, we can see that even boys do not get much leeway compared to men.
A lot of action, a lot of reasons why Hoplite is worth your time. Of course me imagining some characters with 300's six pack helps with the mental image of the setting and scene. It may not be a quick read, it is a satisfying one.
Alexander ends up being put to work as a servant to the Athenian army who is on their way to take over the benign state of Samos. The army finds this task harder to complete then they thought, tragedy strikes and Alexander is forced to become a soldier. Life changes quickly for Alexander as he learns the politics of war and how not everyone in his army is an ally.
Hoplite is a coming of age story. In the beginning Alexander is a normal kid that dreams of being an Olympian. You could say he is less than normal because he and his mother are outcasts in Athens with only his father being Athenian. Alexander wasn’t thinking of being a soldier but due to circumstances he has to become a warrior. It seems the world is against him but he proves his intelligence and adapts to the changing world around him.
This was a fascinating read not only is it suspenseful but it is also educational. I loved the scenes where Alexander learns what it takes to be a warrior and how to deal with other soldiers. Alexander’s teacher and my favorite character in this book is Theokritus. Theokritus is given the task of teaching Alexander how to be an athlete and a warrior. Alexander doesn’t think highly of him, his perception is that he doesn’t look very athletic and he is old, but he quickly learns that Theokritus is the most respected man in the army. At this point in the book it becomes like an instruction manual on how to live as a Hoplite and it comes from a man who doesn’t look like a hero. I loved that this guy who looked like he didn’t fit in was so important and that Alexander had to learn from him.
The descriptions of battle scenes were excellent from the armor they wear to the tactics used in battle. One great scene had A group of archers firing on the Athenians and the Athenians getting into a formation with their shields that would help them survive with the least amount of casualties. I can only imagine the amount of research that must have went into learning what Ancient Greek soldiers were like and how they lived their lives. Lee Ness really brought the Greek world to life.
This is an excellent work of historical fiction. Not only can you learn about history here but you could also learn about how to be a solider and a politician. Lee Ness is a teacher and you can tell that while reading this book. The book is entertaining as well with some great scenes like when Alexander has to race a much bigger man from Samos. Alexander doesn’t have much of a chance but if he looses two people from his army will die. In another scene he is given the task of negotiating with the enemy so his army can collect dead bodies from a battlefield. Hoplite is a great book that works on several levels as it brings history to life.
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