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Marathon Kindle Edition
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There is a lot of action, politics, strong characters that carry the action with some dash and style. The plot is somewhat complex and the the "all-action" reader may find the battle down-time a little long. I enjoyed the whole thing. I also like the format of the main man recounting his adventures to his daughter, it works very well.
Minor moan is the continued invincibility of Arimnestos. He needs perhaps to be a little less God-like in his battle prowess. Book is also improved by the almost complete absence of Arimnestos' pompous, haughty original love. Long may she play such a distant role.
All things considered I will certainly continue to follow Arimnestos in his pursuit of, happiness, love, glory: whatever.....
Beautifully written, almost zero typos and
For readers who are interested in classical Greek history this novel is a must read. Christian Cameron does his historical research thoroughly by using both primary and secondary sources. And because of this knowledge he is in a great position to include some of his own conclusions in different parts of the novel where historical fact is inconclusive.
The famous battle of Marathon took place in 490BC between Greek and Persian antagonists during the first Persian invasion of Greece. The Persian Empire was a super power and few expected a fractious independent city state like Athens to have any chance of success. Miltiades led the Greek forces into a great victory despite deep divisions of opinion in the Greek camp.The victory at Marathon started a `golden age' for Athens.
This novel sheds great insight into battle tactics, weaponry and uniforms used by both sides. It's also a novel of human courage, drama, love, tragedy and much more. The cast is numerous, complex and add the special ingredient that makes the novel a must read.
Enriching our knowledge of the culture and practice of politics in democratic Athens, Arimnestos is embroiled up to his eyeballs in the murky politics and morals of ancient Greece, especially with his predilection to kill first and ask questions later.
The Battle of Marathon almost seems to be a secondary event to what he has gotten himself involved in but with his usually (and improving) skill of telling, the life and deaths of all who Arimnestos touches leaves cheers for those who continue to hold breath and tears for those lost to Hades.