- File Size: 4656 KB
- Print Length: 514 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Seventh Star Press; 1 edition (January 21, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I00O6N4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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PHILISTINE is an epic fantasy tale of the giant who became a hero to his race and a scourge to those who would try to rule over him and his kind. This action story is a bit different from those Bible tales we have heard before. Goliath is still the champion of the Philistine army, but in this telling, he lives to fight any and all who would try to kill him or enslave his people. Tasked by kings to expand their rule, Goliath must face all who would confront him, be they diabolical priests, evil gods, fanciful demons or mortal men. He must champion over them all even though he knows that death in battle will claim him someday. These exploits are the stuff of PHILISTINE.
Told with absolute realism and set down in the tongue of the day, the character of Goliath is strong beyond measure and invincible to all. His youth, spent in tyrannical training by those jealous of his parentage, is glimpsed by the reader through Goliath’s own tales told to those around him. His wisdom is seen through stories he tells of past battles and fallen comrades. His absolute knowledge that he is invincible, but that he will one day be bested and fall in battle, is what his life is destined for and that is how he prefers it.
Shrewsbury has written a tale of war and warriors, in a world long past, but more like the present than the reader may at first, realize. The addition of characters along the way, keeps the story fresh and the battles raging along nicely. And who doesn’t love a great battle for action and blood-letting realism? Goliath’s character is all-encompassing, powerful, intelligent and maybe a little bit bored with it all, but the story never stops entertaining as Shrewsbury pours on the evil bad guys and demonic minions and monsters, to keep our hero mowing them down in true fantasy fashion. This story leaps from the pages and will have the reader up all night, hating the meanies and rooting for the good guys.
Excitement, adventure, debauchery, and battle after battle punctuated with realism, and true to life writing at its best… this is what the reader will find in PHILISTINE. Steven Shrewsbury is a master crafter of worlds and heroes in battle, and PHILISTINE is THE epic fantasy adventure of 2014.
5 spiders for PHILISTINE… Sword & Sorcery awesomeness!
For Suspense Magazine
The story pace to me proved rather slow and not in a good way. Primarily because the introduction of Goliath, our main character, was sort of like an introduction of meeting Gorias La Gaul from Thrall and Overkill. Needless to say, the characterization for Goliath was much too close to that of Gorias, for my liking. If that wasn't bad enough some of the universe's history and present cultures could be a bit confusing. Names thrown around like Ba'al Zebul, Sanrevelle, and Beth-horon proved vastly confusing to me. I'm sure this would not be an issue if I knew more of this type of mythology.
Yet, for readers who might not be remotely interested in mythology I'm sure they would be even more lost than me.
Those negatives out of the way. After about 50 pages or so I did feel the story picked up quite nicely. I was again re-introduced to why I love Steven Shrewsbury books. You never quite know what you are going to get but that is the whole point of reading in the first place. And while Philistine might have begun in a restrained manner, by the end, I found that perhaps the more interesting characters to discover all along might have been Orpah and the Gods of Philistine.
I felt the story was someone disjointed. I followed it but the action happened all over the place. There was a lot of detailed mayhem. This is not a book for the faint of heart. Goliath was not a nice person but neither were the assorted ogres, monsters, godlings, demons or priest/priestess.
I see some similarities to Gorias from the previous Shrewsbury works but Goliath is not nearly as likeable. Gorias LaGaul, a barbarian’s barbarian, was in my review of Thrall and Overkill. I liked those books better.
This book has action galore as well as gore to spare.
This book took off from word one and was action packed the whole time. I love the Authors voice. Thrall was one of the best I have read in the genre so I had a feeling this book would not disappoint. And it did not. This was a great sword and sorcery. But be warned it is battle after bloody battle. But I highly recommend if you love sword and sorcery you will love this book. I love this new take on an old tale. Shrewsbury is an old school storyteller and a master at that.
My Rating: 4 out of 5.
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