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Gripping and compulsively readable, the ancient world springs to life in these pages―GOOD BOOK GUIDE
It's wonderfully descriptive, the characters are fascinating and above all else it's the story of Alexander that everyone should read... Finally add to this Christian's wonderful writing style, with a cracking prose, a wonderful sense of pace and when backed with an instantly identifiable writing style, it's a book that is going to take a hell of a lot to beat this year especially in the award season, and let's face it, that's saying something considering how early this one's out―FALCATA TIMES
The more Cameron's 700-page story progresses the more impressive it becomes. Detail is piled upon detail to reconstruct the Alexandrian world... the battles that punctuated Alexander's journey with his armies from Greece to the Indus valley are described with enormous verve and power. The ruthless intrigue and politicking that dominate his court are also brilliantly evoked. And, as fate and his own insatiable desire for conquest and glory drive Alexander towards death in Babylon at the age of 32, a genuine sense of an extraordinary personality emerges. Cameron has risen to the challenge of creating a portrait of Alexander that matches - and often eclipses - those of earlier novelists―SUNDAY TIMES
The saga of daring, heroism, vanity and monumental battles reveals a man who believed himself invincible―CHOICE --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00H6SB2DS
- Publisher : Orion (February 14, 2013)
- Publication date : February 14, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1529 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 527 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1409122247
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #533,396 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Solid 5-star rating.
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But it is a solid 5-star book in this genre.
Filled with gripping action, the novel follows Satyrus (mostly) and Melitta (to a much lesser extent) as they take part in the epic Siege of Rhodes. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Once more the book has been historically very well researched and described in the historical and author's note at the end of the book, and you'll find a well defined glossary at the beginning of the book as well.
Great storytelling makes it once again an absolute joy to read this tale, simply because from start to finish this thrilling adventure keeps you spellbound and gripped throughout.
The book starts off in the year 306 BC until well into the year 305 BC, and it tells us mainly about the Siege of Rhodes by Demetrios, son of Antigonus One-Eye.
Demetrios is determined to take Rhodes at all costs, and so he and his army and fleet are completely surrounding Rhodes with deadly siege engins to destroy the city.
Against him he will find Satyrus, King of the Bosporus, who's surrounded by his closest friends, and this same Satyrus is determined to save the city from destruction.
What will follow is a thrilling book with great battle scenes, wonderful interaction between all the characters within this very entertaining tale, not forgetting of course dirty politics, intrigue and treachery, and last but not least a most fascinating and exciting telling of the Siege of Rhodes itself.
Very much recommended, for this is a superb historical novel, and one that I like to call as "A Tremendous Read"!
However, the story soon took off and I quickly found myself, sword in hand, fighting along side Satyrus, King of the Bosporus, to try and save Rhodes. Yes, the eye for detail and the high standard of the writing and story telling puts you right there in the centre of the action.
This book works as a stand alone tale but if Christian Cameron is new to you, then you are lucky enough to do as I did and enter this wonderful series with book one. If that sounds too great a task then allow 'Destroyer of Cities' to hook and reel you in to the magnificent world of ancient Greece, knowing that you have the freedom to roam at your will to where ever this saga takes you.
Having said that, this book is still a good, action-filled classical adventure, set in a period with historic characters who have not already been done to death by other authors ( My mental image of Julius Caesar, for example, is a bi-poplar schizophrenic mess because I've read so many literary versions of his lfe. My own fault really).
Quite frankly though this book is not up to the same very high standards as Mr Cameron's previous work such as 'Marathon' & 'God of War' although ,as I say, still better than most of the other historical fiction out there at the moment.
I was slightly confused with the reviewer who mentioned Hilary Mantel & Mary Renault.
Renault wrote beautiful love stories, whilst Mantel writes highly acclaimed literature. Christian Cameron is attempting neither here and it is ridiculous to me to even suggest making a comparison.
Others have gone into the plot, and the characters, so I won't. You'll enjoy this book even if you haven't read the first four books in the series, but it will go down far better if you have. Start with Tyrant, the story of Satyrus' and Melitta's father. You won't regret it.
Ben Kane, author of the Spartacus and Hannibal novels.